Surrounded by international embassies, Washington, DC's Churchill Hotel has played host to scores of foreign dignitaries and ambassadors over the years. The towering Beaux Arts building, which was constructed in 1906, is a member of the Historic Hotels of America thanks to the faithful preservation of its original architecture and character. Inside, fresh flowers ornament a stately front desk, which is complemented by heirloom mirrors and other elegant accents befitting a landmark.
Rooms and suites at The Churchill pair antique charm with modern comforts such as pillow-top beds and flat-screen TVs. Pale yellow walls surround dark wood furniture and wingback chairs upholstered in the hotel's signature goldenrod. Suites include a private study and separate bedroom, and rooms on higher floors offer sweeping views of DC and of junior senators scaling the Washington Monument during their initiation rites.
In the morning, a continental breakfast for two—included with this Getaway—features an assortment of pastries as well as juice and Starbucks coffee served in the mahogany-wrapped Chartwell Grill and Lounge.
Dupont Circle and Adams Morgan: D.C.'s Vibrant Cultural Core
The neighborhoods surrounding the Churchill showcase DC's dual identity as a history-steeped center of international politics on the one hand and a vibrant center for arts and culture on the other. A short walk down embassy-lined Connecticut Avenue leads to the leafy oasis of Dupont Circle—home to the Phillips Collection, a modern art museum housed in a 19th-century Georgian Revival mansion.
A few blocks away stands the Woodrow Wilson House, the post–White House home of the former president and Nobel laureate. Its rooms are preserved as they were when Wilson lived there, providing an intimate glimpse into both his personality and life in 1920s America. The city's international character is perhaps best represented in nearby Adams Morgan, where dozens of ethnic eateries dish out tasty fare and face off in marathon games of Risk.