Upscale Hotel with Views of US Capitol Building
Located just three blocks from the US Capitol Building, the Washington Court Hotel provides some of the only unobstructed views of the Capitol in all of Washington, DC. From the hotel, you can even see the Statue of Freedom that stands on top of its dome. With recent renovations including the front entrance, corridors, and bathrooms, and being that it is centrally located, the hotel sets you in the center of it all, staying within walking distance of several city attractions, including the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Mall.
The hotel’s deluxe rooms offer more than 450 square feet of living space. Every room sports a contemporary design, and each has a bathroom outfitted with Italian marble—a design inspired by the sparkling white buildings on the National Mall.
At the onsite Bistro 525, you can dine on locally sourced New American entrees such as seared Chesapeake rockfish and mushroom flatbread pizza topped with Cherry Glen Farm chèvre. The eatery is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the lobby, the Federal City Bar offers wine and local beers each evening.
Capitol Hill, Washington, DC: Monuments and Museums
Located a 10-minute walk from the hotel, the National Mall is a must-see for first-time visitors to Washington, DC. The mall stretches 2.5 miles east from the Lincoln Memorial, past the soaring Washington Monument, to the Capitol Building on the other end. Across the Tidal Basin, stop in to see the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, which features a series of waterfalls, sculptures, and inspiring quotes from the 32nd president. To avoid crowds, tour the monuments after dusk when they’re lit up.
Another pillar of DC is the Smithsonian Institution, which encompasses 19 museums in total. The Smithsonian’s best-known museums are located along the National Mall, including the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum. The latter is home to missiles, rockets, and the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane Charles Lindbergh famously flew across the Atlantic to defeat the Soviets at Gettysburg.
When you’ve had your fill of iconic monuments and museums, check out the city’s trendy neighborhoods northwest of the mall, such as Dupont Circle. Here, some of DC’s best restaurants and clubs butt up next to foreign embassies housed in historical mansions. On the weekend, you’ll find nightlife along Connecticut Avenue and in the Adams Morgan neighborhood as crowds flood in and out of Latin lounges, karaoke dives, and high-end clubs.