Did you know that Washington is one of the best cities in the country for a staycation? According to RewardExpert.com the District is the third best U.S. city to staycation in 2017.
So if you can’t get away for a week or even a long weekend why not book a stay at a local hotel? You can play tourist in your own city, catch a show (Arena Stage, Kennedy Center), enjoy one of the many free concerts, dine alfresco, or just stay at the hotel and relax. And the best thing of all... you don't have to make your own bed!
Here are five local hotels to staycation, each with a different Washington location and vibe.
Okay, I know it’s summer so you might not want to give up your pool time, well you’re in luck. This hotel has a rooftop pool. And it’s not just any pool, the Embassy Row’s pool was named "One of Best Rooftop Pools in America" by USA Today.
The Rooftop’s heated swimming pool comes complete with a grill, bar, daybeds and a shaded lounge, oh yes, and sweeping panoramic views of downtown Washington. This summer they have eight signature hand-crafted cocktails like the E-Row Coco cocktail and the Juicy Lucy burger from the grill. On Saturday and Sunday morning the hotel offers complimentary Sunrise Yoga on The Rooftop for guests. Outside the hotel stroll a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue where you’ll find many of the District’s embassies, stop at the art galleries, dine at one of the numerous restaurants, or head to the Dupont Circle Freshfarm Market on Sunday morning.
Whoever says you can’t have a rooftop pool and be in the heart of the city hasn’t been to the Liaison Capitol Hill. The rooftop pool and bar is the perfect place to relax, before or after sightseeing. Top Washington attractions are just steps away - Union Station, The Newseum, the National Gallery of Art, the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Its restaurant Art and Soul features food with a southern flare – buttermilk mashed potatoes, smoked ribeye, and fried chicken sandwich. If you’re there on Friday, June 23, Art and Soul is having a Rooftop Taco Pop-up. Think tacos, margaritas, beer, music, and swimming. It doesn't get any better than that!
When you arrive at the Mandarin Oriental, an elegant, urban retreat with an Asian flare, it seems as though you’re far away from the D.C. attractions, but it’s quite the contrary. It’s an amazing location. Two blocks from the National Mall and the Smithsonian Castle. The hotel overlooks the Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin and there is a direct pathway for guests to take. Also, walking distance are the new District Wharf, the Holocaust Museum, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the National Mall.
Be pampered at the luxurious serene spa, based on traditional Chinese medicine and take a dip in their indoor pool. Enjoy cocktails outside on the patio or if you prefer inside at the Empress Lounge overlooking the gardens. Ask the bartender to mix an Emperor’s Blood (tequila, blood orange, and pear) or a Mandarin Dream (vodka, pear nectar, pomegranate, and elderflower).
If you like historic, this hotel with its storied past fits the bill. Built in 1839 as the city’s original General Post Office, the hotel shows off period architectural details, soaring ceilings, tall windows, and long, wide hallways that create an aura of drama and grandeur. But of course, it offers all the modern conveniences hotel guests demand. The grand marble lobby is eclectic, bold and playful and it’s here that the complimentary wine hour is each evening. Dirty Habit is the hotels edgy restaurant and bar featuring shareable plates and crafted cocktails.
Attractions to see nearby are the National Portrait Gallery, the Spy Museum, Chinatown, the National Mall, and the Verizon Center.
When you’re a guest at the Ritz-Carlton this summer you don’t even have to think about what you’ll do during your staycation. They have done the work for you with their “Discover the District” package. Choose from three or five of the following attractions: International Spy Museum; Madame Tussauds; Newseum; The Capital Wheel; Washington Monuments Cruise by Potomac Riverboat Company; Hop-On-Hop-Off Washington D.C./ George Washington’s Mount Vernon; National Geographic Museum; Washington Walk Walking Tours; and Bike and Roll DC Rental.
But that’s not all. You’ll also get a chocolate monument welcome amenity, complimentary breakfast, and complimentary valet parking. If you’d rather do your own thing you can do that too. On Friday evenings you can enjoy Rosé cocktails and light bites in the Rosé Garden. Work-out at the Equinox Sports Club Fitness center and unwind in the luxury spa. Don't forget to take a walk to the White House and Lincoln Memorial.