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Foggy Bottom

One of Washington’s oldest districts is now an upscale urban neighborhood, home to important government buildings as well as a lively student and arts community.

The Foggy Bottom district, named for the fogs that collect above the Potomac River, was settled in the 1760s as a community of laborers and factory workers. Today it’s an urban residential district as well as a hub of iconic government buildings, including the US Department of State, the offices of the President and Vice President and a number of international embassies. The area has become so affiliated with State matters that the name Foggy Bottom is often used to mean the US Department of State. 

While much of what happens in Foggy Bottom is Federal business and occurs behind firmly closed doors, there is still plenty to keep visitors happily occupied. Fans of political history can see the Watergate complex, site of the infamous Watergate burglaries that were the catalyst in President Nixon’s downfall. 

Foggy Bottom is also an entertainment and cultural center of D.C. The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, one of the world’s premier arts venues, opened in 1971 and hosts more than 2,000 music, comedy, dance and theater performances each year. Head to the Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. for a free nightly performance. Not far away is the Cocoran Gallery of Art, which houses an extensive collection of American art from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, as well as masterpieces from Rembrandt, Degas, Monet and Picasso. There’s also a whimsical collection of outdoor sculptures throughout the neighborhood.

Foggy Bottom has been the site of the George Washington University campus since 1912, and the large population of students ensures that the area’s bars, restaurants and accommodations are not geared solely towards visiting dignitaries and diplomats. Catch the sunset and the best views of the nation’s capital from the P.O.V. (Point of View) Rooftop Lounge at the W Hotel. 

Foggy Bottom’s location, between the National Mall to the south and Georgetown to the northwest, makes it a great base from which to explore the city. You can catch the MetroRail to Foggy Bottom from Federal Triangle Metro Station, or the L1 bus from Chevy Chase Circle stop.




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The Watergate Hotel

The Watergate Hotel

2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington
4.6
of 5, from 138 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Foggy Bottom, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of George Washington University and Georgetown Waterfront Park. Lincoln Memorial and White House are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£130
The Melrose Georgetown Hotel

The Melrose Georgetown Hotel

2430 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington
4.5
of 5, from 857 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Just west of downtown, this upscale hotel is 2 blocks from the Foggy Bottom Metro station, Georgetown, and George Washington University and Hospital; the White House is 8 blocks away.

£110
State Plaza Hotel

State Plaza Hotel

2116 E Street NW, Washington
4.2
of 5, from 1,342 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on a tree-lined street across from the State Department, the all-suites State Plaza Hotel is midway between the White House and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, both a half-mile away.

£125
Avenue Suites

Avenue Suites

2500 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington
4.4
of 5, from 1,064 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Who's to say you're not a visiting diplomat or Georgetown scholar-in-residence at this conveniently located, spacious hotel? Guest suites have full kitchens for those oh-so-important DC dinner parties.

£116
Hotel Lombardy

Hotel Lombardy

2019 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington
4.4
of 5, from 1,176 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Hotel Lombardy on Pennsylvania Avenue provides intimate respite from the hustle and bustle outside its doors. This 1929 boutique hotel maintains a distinctly European character with objects d'art.

£102
Hotel Hive

Hotel Hive

2224 F Street NW, Washington
4.4
of 5, from 61 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Foggy Bottom, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of George Washington University Hospital and George Washington University. Lincoln Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial are also within 15 minutes.

£131
Residence Inn Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom

Residence Inn Washington, DC/Foggy Bottom

801 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington
4.2
of 5, from 177 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Foggy Bottom, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of George Washington University Hospital and George Washington University. Lincoln Memorial and White House are also within 1 mi (2 km).

£98
The River Inn

The River Inn

924 25th St NW, Washington
4.5
of 5, from 835 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

The River Inn sits on a brick-paved street lined with mature myrtle trees in historic Foggy Bottom, 4 blocks from the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and 5 blocks from Georgetown.

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