Hotel at a Glance: Carlyle Suites
This boutique hotel receives regular plaudits on TripAdvisor, which ranks it the 10th best place to stay in all of Washington, DC. Cute, art-deco accommodations and a prime location in trendy Dupont Circle—just three blocks from the neighborhood’s iconic fountain—make Carlyle Suites feel both vintage and in the now.
- Onsite dining: Twist Dupont Restaurant and Lounge serves New American cuisine with Mediterranean flavors.
- Breakfast meets lunch: The hotel’s Sunday jazz brunch was named among the best brunches in Washington by FindOutDC.
- Nifty in-room amenities: Recently renovated rooms feature 37-inch flat-screen TVs, gourmet Keurig coffee systems, and full-service kitchens.
- Walking distance to: Dupont Circle fountain (0.4 mi.) and hip U Street (0.3 mi.)
Dupont Circle, Washington, DC: Historic Charm and Dynamic Nightlife
In Dupont Circle, located about 2 miles north of downtown, foreign embassies housed in historic mansions neighbor hole-in-the-wall bars and boutiques. During the day, crowds gather in Dupont Circle's park to watch chess players hustle on permanent stone-table boards. Here, you can catch a glimpse of the neighborhood’s elaborate centerpiece—the two-tiered, white-marble Dupont Circle Fountain. At night, check out the bars along Connecticut Avenue, which range from Latin lounges to beer pubs and high-end clubs.
Two blocks from the fountain, The Phillips Collection showcases paintings and priceless macaroni necklaces by Renoir, Van Gogh, and O'Keeffe. A quick ride on the Metro will drop you off at the National Mall, a tree-lined open space that stretches more than 2 miles, from the US Capitol Building, past the Smithsonian museums to the Lincoln Memorial.