Upscale Hotel with Views of US Capitol Building
Located just three blocks from the US Capitol Building, the Washington Court Hotel provides one of the only unobstructed views of the Capitol in all of Washington, DC. From the hotel, you can even see the Statue of Freedom that stands on top of its dome. The hotel's central location puts you within walking distance of several Washington attractions, including the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Mall.
Many of the hotel’s deluxe rooms have direct views of the Capitol. Other units overlook the DC skyline or face the hotel’s expansive atrium. Every room was remodeled in 2009 and each has a bathroom outfitted with Italian marble—a design inspired by the sparkling white buildings on the National Mall.
At the onsite restaurant Bistro 525, you can dine on locally sourced New American entrees such as seared Chesapeake rockfish and an Angus burger topped with smoked Maryland bacon. The eatery is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the lobby, the Federal City Bar offers a selection of local draft beers or glasses of wine each evening, which you can enjoy in front of a waterfall or while playing billiards.
Washington, DC's Capitol Hill: Monuments and Museums
Located a 10-minute walk from the hotel, the National Mall is a must-see for first-time visitors to Washington, DC. The mall stretches 2.5 miles east from the Lincoln Memorial, past the soaring Washington Monument, to the Capitol Building on the other end. Across the Tidal Basin, stop in to see the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, which features a series of waterfalls, sculptures, and inspiring quotes from the 32nd president. To avoid crowds, tour the monuments after dusk when they’re lit up.
Another pillar of DC is the Smithsonian Institution, which encompasses 19 museums in total, including the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum. The latter is home to missiles, rockets, and the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane Charles Lindbergh famously flew across the Atlantic to defeat the Soviets at Gettysburg.
When you've had your fill of iconic monuments and museums, check out the city’s trendy neighborhoods northwest of the mall, such as Dupont Circle. Here, some of DC’s best restaurants and clubs abut foreign embassies housed in historical mansions. On the weekend, you’ll find nightlife along Connecticut Avenue and in the Adams Morgan neighborhood as crowds flood in and out of Latin lounges, karaoke dives, and high-end clubs.