Modern Boutique Hotel with European Influence
A two-tiered marble fountain stands at the epicenter of Dupont Circle, from which 10 roads emanate like rays of the sun, lined with Queen Anne–style row houses, palatial embassies, and boutique storefronts.The fountain and famed stone chessboards that surround it are visible from the floor-to-ceiling windows in The Dupont Circle Hotel's Bar Dupont, where Washington insiders gather to sip after-work cocktails such as the Sugar ñ Spice, a rum drink flavored with autumnal notes of nutmeg and apple. A canopy of hanging orbs casts an ambient glow upon the bar's hip denizens, seated at sleek egg chairs and cream-colored leather sectionals.
Well-appointed accommodations rival the bar's elegance. A pair of cherry-colored pillows shine bright in the sunlight filtering through shutter windows of a superior room—a splash of color in an otherwise hushed palette. A king bed or two double beds, anchored by leather headboards, sit between dark wood nightstands facing a flat-screen TV. An in-room iPod docking station blasts tunes to drown out the off-key melodies emanating from the bathroom, which boasts heated floor tiles and excellent shower song acoustics.
Downstairs, The Dupont Circle Hotel's signature restaurant, Café Dupont, transports patrons across the Atlantic with Franco-American cuisine and Parisian-style décor composed of pale woods and mosaic stone. Neighborhood farmers markets inspire dishes such as pan-seared salmon with mushroom-cream fennel and beef fillet with foie gras and wilted spinach.
Dupont Circle: Historical Neighborhood with Eclectic Shops and Art Galleries
Less than a quarter-mile away from the hotel, the National World War II Memorial updates the National Mall and Memorial Parks campus with neoclassical vigor. The area's newest addition, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial features fountains and inscription-laden walls, and Dr. King's impressive, stone-carved image can be glimpsed along the Tidal Basin.
A quick cab ride to Georgetown unveils the secret gardens at Dumbarton Oaks where self-guided tours require visitors to traverse hillside terrain to discover beautiful rose-garden terraces. Like the ninjas who first settled Washington, Dumbarton Oaks’ gardeners move silently through the various gardens to tend to the greenery while hikers explore the vast variety of plants and flowers found on the 53-acre grounds.