What We Love
- Free in-room WiFi
- You can unwind with locals at the clubby bar, Off the Record
- Location: The hotel is right on Lafayette Square steps from the White House and the boutique-lined streets of Dupont Circle
What To Know
- Some rooms and suites have decorative fireplaces and French doors leading to private balconies
- Valet parking is available for $45 per day
- Free downtown luxury sedan service is offered mornings and evenings on a first-come, first-serve basis
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A D.C. icon, this 1920s Italian Renaissance Revival building has hosted presidents, international heads of state and more than a little political intrigue. Ornate fireplaces, marble floors, cherry wainscoting and gold chandeliers usher you into the past in the grand lobby. Each of the 145 rooms and suites start at 345-square-feet and feel more like private residences, with stately decor, marble bathrooms and city or courtyard views. Award-winning chef Peter Schaffrath’s Lafayette Restaurant serves hearty American fare, from potato gnocchi with basil pesto and squash to locally sourced roast chicken with polenta, artisan greens, radish and lemon thyme jus. At the hotel’s tin-ceilinged bar, Off the Record, you can join the politicos and journalists trading secrets over stiff cocktails with wonky names like David’s Washingtonian (vodka, limencello, chambord, frothy sour blend).
In the Area
Deemed the “Church of the Presidents” for its prized location on Lafayette Square just across the White House. Flex your plastic along the boutique-lined Embassy Row for trendy vintage designer goods at Secondi and leather-bound titles at cafe/bookstore Kramerbooks & Afterwords. Looking to sample something local? Stroll through Dupont Circle’s FreshFarm Market on Sundays for charcuterie, fresh-baked croissants and seasonal produce. Don’t miss the Library of Congress, The National Mall and the world’s largest museum complex, the Smithsonian Institution. Join the after work crowd slurping briny Virginia oysters and throwing back boozy punches at Hank’s Oyster Bar, or unwind with the cool kids along the U-Street Corridor at hip-hop/soul food hangout Marvin and legendary music venue Black Cat.
How to Get There
Only stayed for one night but would easily consider returning on my next visit to DC. The rooms, although in an older hotel, were very well appointed. The staff - from the reception desk to the concierge to the doorman - were all incredibly helpful and attentive. Rooms were amazingly quiet for a hotel. Could not have asked for a better experience.
They claim the only thing they overlook is the White House but they of course cannot always deliver. I think their ad gimmick is deceiving. I was given a room on the 8th floor and did not have much of a view. Just another office building.
We had a wonderful stay at this historic hotel. Our room was beautiful and roomy. We also ate breakfast at the hotel each morning, and it was terrific. The Off The Record Bar was a great way to end the evening. Great location to walk to sites or take a Lift to sites.