Hotel at a Glance: Savoy Suites
From the grounds of Savoy Suites, you can survey three of Washington DC's best-known landmarks: the Potomac River, the Washington Monument, and the Capitol Building. There’s plenty to see inside, too: the hotel comprises a restaurant, a fitness center, and rooms that boast complimentary WiFi, comfy Tempur-Pedic mattresses, and 37-inch flat-screen TVs.
- Getting around: Complimentary shuttle service to Georgetown University, American University, and the Metro
- Must-sees nearby: The National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian Institution are just 5 miles away.
- Onsite dining: Twist Georgetown Restaurant & Lounge serves American food with Mediterranean influences.
- Taking care of business: Spacious meeting rooms can be set up with audio-visual gear, such as iPod docking stations, LCD projectors, and animatronic bosses.
Georgetown, Washington, DC: Historic Architecture, Trendy Shops, and the Waterfront
Originally founded in 1751 as its own city, Georgetown predates Washington itself. From the waterfront parks to the 200-year-old mansions, the historic neighborhood has a Southern, genteel quality not found in other parts of the capital. Its cobblestone paths were made for strolling, and a self-guided walking tour of the area can uncover a wealth of sightseeing gems. These include Dumbarton Oaks, the former home of diplomat Robert Bliss and his wife, Mildred. Take a tour of the extensive gardens to see rows of purplish dogwood trees, a 16th-century-style arbor, and a mini amphitheater. Just a short walk from here, you can climb up the Exorcist Steps, a set of stairs featured in a terrifying scene from the 1973 horror film.
Though old, Georgetown is far from stale. It’s home to an array of high-end shops, ranging from antique stores and upscale furniture shops to fashion boutiques. Most of them can be found along M Street, interspersed with lounges and lively bars catering to the university crowd.
Set on the bluffs overlooking the Potomac River, the neighborhood also has a surprising number of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Theodore Roosevelt Island lies just across the Key Bridge and features miles of hiking trails through woodlands and swampy bottomlands. The canal south of M Street is a good place for a bike ride, or you can rent a single or tandem kayak to take out on the river.