The Liaison Capitol Hill
What We Love
- Walking distance from Union Station and the National Mall
- Art and Soul restaurant, helmed by a two-time James Beard Award–winning chef; try the signature buttermilk-brined fried chicken for two
- Going for a dip in the rooftop pool and sipping cocktails at the bar with city views
What To Know
- Walking Tour Kits with a city guide, iPod-loaded playlists and a pedometer
- In-room spa services are available
- Very dog-friendly, there's even a pooch patio menu on offer
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Liaison Capitol Hill delivers a personalized experience in a hip setting. The energetic lobby features a mix of modern furniture, including black and white leather chairs, circular cocktail tables, and a sculpted ceiling. More than 70 black and white images by fashion photographer Wayne Takenaka adorn the corridors and common spaces of the hotel’s 12 floors, showcasing a “day in the life” of a fictional DC lobbyist and iconic landmarks. All 343 rooms have been thoughtfully updated, though the petite bathrooms remain. The 300-square-foot Deluxe Rooms and slightly larger Superior Rooms have kingsize beds styled with black leather quilted headboards and comfortable mattresses. Oversize chaise longues are positioned below the windows, and there are modern glass-top desks and ergonomic chairs for business travelers. Bathrooms are done up with sleek subway tiles, colorful wallpaper and refillable organic bath products. Helmed by two-time James Beard Award-winning Chef Art Smith, the Art and Soul restaurant is one of DC’s hottest spots, with a deal-making atmosphere and a Southern-inspired menu (the signature buttermilk-brined fried chicken for two is outstanding). The restaurant’s dog-friendly outdoor patio offers glimpses of the Capitol dome, while the L-shaped bar and lounge area are perfect for socializing after a hard day on the hill. In the summer months, head to the rooftop pool and bar for cocktails and city views.
In the Area
The Smithsonian’s 18 museums and galleries have so many artifacts that only one percent are ever on view at one time. Scratch the surface with a visit to the National Portrait Gallery or the National Museum of the American Indian. A short cab ride away, Georgetown is perfect for an afternoon of retail therapy; the charming 19th-century architecture houses a variety of upscale and midlevel stores, sprinkled with charming sidewalk cafés. You’re also a short walk from the vintage designer goods at Secondi, the award-winning Med-Greek tasting menus at Komi and the funky Kramer Books & Afterwords, a bookstore/café/late night hangout. Head north to Adams Morgan for a nightlife scene, from live blues at Madam’s Organ to beer and barbecue joint Smoke & Barrel. The intersection of 14th and U Streets is also a prime nighttime hang, with legendary music club the Black Cat, soul food hip-hop joint Marvin and reggae bar Patty Boom Boom.
How to Get There
I have been staying at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel for many years. It’s impeccably kept and well decorated with the exception of an over abundance of what I suspect are supposed to be dramatic photos, of some pretentious old fart with an unknown trophy woman. So, if you can manage to ignore these photos, which are an apparent homage of self import to whomever this guy is, the hotel is great. The restaurant has a great selection of foods that are delicious and well prepared and their Sunday brunch is good. Prices are what you’d expect in downtown DC. The concierge and lobby staff are always pleasant and accommodating. The hotel is close to everything, either by walking, or by cab or car service.
A wonderful boutique hotel with excellent customer service. Gorgeous rooms! Thank you to the reservations manager, Augustina, for doing a fabulous job catering to our needs during our recent stay. This is how EVERY hotel needs to treat their guests. I truly appreciate it!
I didn’t have many choices as far as where I would stay thanks to this being for a work trip, but the hotel was clean, close to Union Station, and had a nice happy hour at the restaurant within. Downside was the very very close proximity to the fire station and hearing the alarms all night from my third floor room right above the street. Was only a few nights, but would’ve driven me nuts if it had been longer!
This was booked through corporate booking, so I didn’t have much choice about where I’d stay in the DC area. The rooms are well appointed. Very clean, stylish decor. Some notable flaws that could be corrected by business; there are no USB ports available except those behind the television set, so if you don’t bring your plug for your chargeable devices, you’re out of luck. There are no “fluffy robes,“ as described on the website. Would’ve been nice, but truly not a dealbreaker. The iHome device has a very old connection so forget about it if you have a device older than five years. The restaurant, however, is fabulous! Ordered room service and was amazed! The food is truly delicious, and I received it in my room in about 15 minutes. No drinking glasses in the room (they use paper ... please go back to glass!) but a request to housekeeping brought glasses in less than five minutes. As previous reviews mentioned, the tubs were reglazed so there is some flaking paint. However, a very, very good stay. Well worth it in the DC area.
Not much to fault at this hotel in Washington DC. Room was excellent. Modern, clean, spacious and comfortable. Staff are helpful and there's a nice bar in the lobby that serves very nice cocktails and food. Location is excellent being close to Union Station and Capitol Hill. Highly recommended.