No matter who becomes President of the United States, there will be one heck of a party on January 20, 2017, when the new president is sworn in. Don’t be stuck -- like thousands of visitors were in 2008 -- with outrageous Airbnb rentals that get you nowhere near the action. While it won’t be cheap, splurge on a front row seat to the show at any of these 10 DCRefined-approved hotels, from the not-yet-open Trump hotel to two new Kimpton properties and seminal favorite Four Seasons Georgetown. But don't delay booking as the prime real estate is already being snatched up.
Donald Trump is the only presidential candidate in recent memory who's also developing a signature hotel property in Washington, D.C. Run by his daughter Ivanka Trump, this eagerly anticipated (opening September 12, 2016) conversion of the Old Post Office should be a fanfare media event regardless of whether he wins the presidency.
Located a prime three blocks from the heart of the capital and waterfront views including The Jefferson Memorial, the luxurious Mandarin Oriental remains one of the quintessential D.C. hotels. Check in early and enjoy the flawless spa. A tranquil 15,000-square-foot oasis, with an Asian-inspired theme, the timed treatments (two hours, three hours, four hours) covering a range of various scrubs, massages and even facials, will prepare anyone for the pulsating action of Inauguration.
Just a few blocks from The White House, The Jefferson is a boutique hotel in a converted 1926 Beaux-Arts building. Upon entry, one's imagination is immediately carried away by the carefully crafted interiors, beautiful Plume (the restaurant anchoring the hotel) as well as the library and The Quill Bar. Fun fact: the little patio off to the side of The Quill Bar is one of the most secluded outdoor spots to wind-down after a busy day.
With the best cocktails right now in the D.C. area at Ashlar Bar -- run by the esteemed head bartender Maria Concepcion -- as well as a top-to-bottom renovation, we consider this a no-brainer to book. And this boutique hotel in Old Town Alexandria is just far enough away from the Inauguration craziness to provide some breathing room.
Across the street from The White House, The Hay-Adams has traditionally been considered one of the best hotels in D.C. With their near flawless service, super plush beds, Off The Record bar, award-winning coasters depicting famous politicians, not to mention the insanely awesome views in just about every room, it's no surprise The Hay-Adams is typically sold-out during Inauguration.
Kimpton Glover Park, located in the Glover Park neighborhood just north of Georgetown, has a nature-inspired design by artist Michele Oka Doner, a new restaurant, Casolare, by James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schlow, a 2,000 plus-square-foot boutique fitness space from Urban Athletic Club, revamped indoor and outdoor event spaces and 25 rooms that overlook the National Mall and Potomac River, making it perfect for Inauguration fireworks viewing.
The Fairmont Washington, D.C., in the West End neighborhood between Georgetown and Foggy Bottom, is a stately hotel which has recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. Some instant design classics include wallpaper that creates a map of D.C. in the bedrooms, as well as some really interesting art throughout the property. Additionally, the Fairmont has a superb foyer bar, the comforting food of Juniper Restaurant and an inner courtyard allowing for plenty of conversations discussing the latest presidential appointments.
A D.C. institution, the Four Seasons Georgetown is a perennial favorite for power brokers, politicians and celebs alike. But it has recently gone through multiple renovations to ensure it continues to be an icon of the D.C. hotel landscape. Be sure to dine at Bourbon Restaurant for the best Wagyu steak in D.C. or lounge at the Bourbon bar where plenty of celebrity rubber-necking can be had. Or just relax at the spa.
The Watergate Hotel just reopened after being closed for nearly a decade and undergoing a $125-million renovation. The hotel evokes strong imagery tied to The Nixon Administration's controversy -- a history that the hotel fully embraces --and the interiors ring true with a quintessential Mad Men feel. Enjoy the sleek furniture and plush bedding of this 336-room hotel with every modern amenity on hand.
The rebranded Cappella Hotel in Georgetown, now one of the 11 Rosewood hotels in 11 countries around the world, is stylish and cozy. Relax in one of the standalone soaking tubs or sit outside by the C&O canal at The Rye Bar. For those who don't score a room, the rooftop of the Rosewood is now open to the public, providing a stunning view of Georgetown and the city.