Hotel at a Glance: The Fairfax at Embassy Row
This hotel sits right on Massachusetts Avenue, nicknamed “Embassy Row” for its concentration of embassies and other diplomatic offices. Many of the offices are in historic mansions formerly occupied by Washington’s elite. The hotel fits right in with these stately buildings, with a white-columned Georgian facade and an elegant lobby that includes a fireplace, chandelier, and sumptuous rugs.
- Prime location: The hotel is just two blocks from Dupont Circle and its elaborate fountain. Get on the Metro here to explore other parts of the city.
- Fairfax Grille & Lounge is right in the hotel, serving up signature cocktails, an extensive wine list, and edibles such as brioche grilled cheese with roasted tomato soup.
- In-room amenities: 42-inch flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and robe-and-slipper sets
- For maximum luxury: Opt for a 328-square-foot Grand Deluxe room, decorated with opulent glass lamps and hand-carved end tables.
- Stay connected: This getaway includes free WiFi for the duration of your stay.
- Distance from The White House: 1 mile
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.