Whenever politicians and the business class converge, you'll find a special brand of luxury — well-appointed accommodations with prices designed to satisfy both those for whom money is no object, and those whose expenses are closely watched. For this reason, 4-star hotels in Washington D.C. offer more great services and appointments for your travel dollar than almost any other major metropolitan city.
Most 4-star hotels in Washington D.C. are primarily situated around the Capitol grounds and the Washington Mall, a quick cab ride's distance from all the city's major tourist sights and monuments. Avoid the long treks between monuments by buying a ticket for one of the walk-on, walk-off sightseeing buses; day passes are available at the main train station and at kiosks around sightseeing areas.
For great shopping, hop in a cab or private car to Georgetown, where M Street NW and Wisconsin Ave. NW offer boutiques ranging from designer housewares to on-trend fashion. Wander into the Smithsonian Museum of American History for an all-you-can-eat buffet of Americana, from our nation's founding to the 1960s and beyond, or get a taste of the Capitol's latest and greatest in interactive museums with fascinating exhibits at the International Spy Museum (across the street from the Smithsonian Museum of American Art) or the Newseum, less than two blocks from the U.S. Capitol building.
Many of the nation's great chefs end up spending time in Washington D.C., serving those staying in 4-star hotels in Washington D.C. as well as its permanent or seasonal residents; be sure to enjoy some fine dining (Dupont Circle is home to several top-tier restaurants) and a round of Chesapeake oysters if you're visiting in the fall.
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