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Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington DC

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington DC

2121 P St Nw, Washington 20037

4.5 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (2,058 reviews)

Located in Dupont Circle area, the stylish Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington DC is a half-mile from Georgetown and 1 mile from …

£123
Washington Plaza

Washington Plaza

10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington 20005

3.5 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (7,841 reviews)

Ideally located on Thomas Circle, near Massachusetts Avenue in the heart of Washington DC, this Kennedy-era hotel is 0.3 mile …

£120
The Watergate Hotel

The Watergate Hotel

2650 Virginia Ave NW, Washington 20037

5.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (169 reviews)

Located in Foggy Bottom, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of George Washington University and Georgetown …

£177
Hotel Lombardy

Hotel Lombardy

2019 Pennsylvania Ave Nw, Washington 20006

3.5 out of 5.0
4.4 out of 5 (3,409 reviews)

Hotel Lombardy on Pennsylvania Avenue provides intimate respite from the hustle and bustle outside its doors. This 1929 …

£130
State Plaza Hotel

State Plaza Hotel

2116 E Street NW, Washington 20037

3.5 out of 5.0
4.2 out of 5 (4,517 reviews)

Nestled on a tree-lined street across from the State Department, the all-suites State Plaza Hotel is midway between the White …

£110
Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle

Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle

1731 New Hampshire Ave Nw, Washington 20009

4.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (2,162 reviews)

Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle is in Washington, DC’s city center, a 9-minute stroll from historic Dupont Circle. Guests …

£136
The Jefferson, Washington, DC

The Jefferson, Washington, DC

1200 16th St NW, Washington 20036

5.0 out of 5.0
4.8 out of 5 (405 reviews)

With original letters from Thomas Jefferson on display, this aptly-named beaux-arts hotel lies five blocks from the White …

£190
The Embassy Row Hotel

The Embassy Row Hotel

2015 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington 20036

4.0 out of 5.0
4 out of 5 (757 reviews)

This hotel is a short walk away from Dupont Circle Metro station and the National Mall. Dining, shopping, museums, galleries, …

£110
Club Quarters Hotel in Washington DC

Club Quarters Hotel in Washington DC

839 17th St NW, Washington 20006

4.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (3,308 reviews)

Club Quarters is in a prime location in the center of the business district, and two blocks from the White House and key …

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The Georgetown Inn West End

The Georgetown Inn West End

1121 New Hampshire Ave Nw, Washington 20037

3.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (47 reviews)

This all-suites, smoke-free, West End hotel is located a block from the Foggy Bottom Metro station and is six blocks from …

£103

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Pocket Guide: Washington DC

Washington DC, or just DC to the locals, evokes a wealth of iconic, powerful images. As the seat of government in the United States and home to the White House, the Senate, and the Supreme Court of the United States, the city is rarely absent from newspapers and television screens.

As with New York one might experience a sense of knowing Washington before setting foot in the city, but the American capital offers much more than the headquarters of federal power. Washington is a city of contrasts where poor ghettos exist only blocks away from the Senate. The city has a long and sometimes turbulent history, which reaches far beyond the familiar images of today.

Home of American History

While Washington's governmental buildings should certainly be on any holiday itinerary they should not be the only items you visit. The National Mall, a two-mile stretch between the capital and the Lincoln Monument features more than a dozen museums and galleries including the National Gallery of Art and the National Museum of the American Indian.

The nearby National Museum of American History tells the story of a still relatively young nation, and its location could not be more appropriate; it was here that the words 'I have a Dream' were uttered by Martin Luther King, Jr. It was also here that thousands protested against the Vietnam and later the Iraq War, and Al Gore launched the Live Earth concerts to raise awareness of climate change.

From C to Z Street

As Washington DC is laid out in a grid pattern of numbered and lettered streets split up into four quadrants (NE, SE, NW, and SW), it's easy to find your way around. Most sights are within walking distance from the Obelisk, which stands tall in the centre of the city. However, if you want to see more, it's a good idea to get a metro ticket or a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing pass. If you really want to dedicate yourself to the sights, especially those that are a little off the beaten track, opt for a professionally guided two-day tour, or get a city pass, which includes sights such as the International Spy Museum.

A Multi-Cultured City

While many would argue that New York is the USA's capital of culture, Washington DC more than holds its own against the Big Apple. There are several cultural institutions of nationwide importance, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Washington National Opera.

Given the diverse make-up of the United States it's not surprising to learn that the cultural scene in the capital is the product of many nations. Migrants have come to live here since DC was founded in 1877, bringing suitcases filled with music, arts, and traditions. As a result, there is a diverse mixture of entertainment and restaurant options, from the music clubs and bars in the Adams Morgan and Shaw districts, Dupont Circle and the Penn Quarter, to the emerging nightlife precinct of the H Street Corridor.

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