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About Washington DC
The District of Columbia is named after Christopher Columbus; the 'Discoverer of America'.
The city of Washington extends alongside the District of Columbia
(DC), the federal district of the United States.
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Find out more about Washington, DC before you travel there.
The location of the federal district, at the head of navigation of
the Potomac River, was chosen by George Washington - after America gained independence
from Great Britain and needed a capital.
French engineer, Pierre L'Enfant designed the large boulevards
of the original Federal City, which was later named after America's first president.
The Secretary of Defence, Joint Chiefs of Staff, the National Guard and the Armed Services
together make up the Department of Defense in The Pentagon.
The Pentagon is actually across the river in Virginia.
Museums, monuments, and misuse of power are a magnet for tourists
to the nation's capital.
Washington's museums and organisations.
The National Museum of Crime
& Punishment is located across from the Verizon Center at 575 7th St. NW between E
and F Streets in downtown D.C.
The US Capitol sits on a hill, and is probably the first place
you'll see on leaving Union Station.
Pennsylvania Avenue leads to the White House, or amber down The Mall
and take in the museums on your way down to Washington Monument.
The White House:
On every visitor to Washington's agenda. Get briefed on the past and present at the
Washington's other side; a list of homes, and offices that are unique to American
Diplomatic Missions in Washington, DC
If you are going to Washington, and you're not too interested in the museums or politics,
then maybe you're looking for another country's Embassy.
The Dupont Circle and Adams-Morgan districts can also be safely
The metropolitan subway system also extends into Maryland and Virginia.
Explore America's cosmopolitan capital city at Washington.org.
DC restaurant guide with menus, ratings and reviews.
Think about travelling to Washington, D.C. in the Spring or
Autumn, because in the Summer the tourists outnumber the residents.
Hotels in Washington DC.
Washington National Airport: Arlington, VA.
1480 Crystal Drive.
Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport.
|This Crowne Plaza is
located approximately three miles from the White House and one mile from Ronald Reagan
National Airport (complimentary shuttle).
One mile from the hotel are the Pentagon,
Arlington Cemetery, Pentagon City Mall, Crystal City Metro Station, and Washington,
Lincoln, Jefferson, and FDR monuments.
The Veranda Cafe, Potomac Bar, Starbucks, and room service are available for on-site
2401 M Street Northwest.
Washington's fashionable West End, The Fairmont Washington, D.C. surrounds you with
comfort and luxury.
With its open, light-filled lobby, sun-drenched loggia and central
garden courtyard, the Fairmont is a residential oasis.
In addition, Fairmont Gold, an exclusive hotel within a hotel concept featuring 48
rooms and three suites on the entire 9th floor of the hotel brings the highest levels of
service and pampering to the most discerning traveller.
The Juniper Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner specialising in mid-Atlantic
fare from the Chesapeake Bay.
The Colonnade offers an extensive Champagne Brunch on Sundays, and in room dining is
available 24 hours a day.
On the premises is a fitness centre voted one of America's best hotel facilities. A
pool, extensive workout equipment, and a host of spa services aim to meet the needs of
each and every guest.
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2800 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Four Seasons Washington.
attentiveness and elegance attract business and leisure guests, dignitaries and
celebrities alike to this legendary Pennsylvania Avenue retreat in prestigious Georgetown.
gardens and walls of windows create an airy, sophisticated setting for an exquisite dining
experience. The award-winning restaurant showcases regional and seasonal ingredients,
highlighted by a wine list that has consistently been ranked as among the best in the
Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC, offers 211 elegant rooms including 25 suites
with a variety of views including Georgetown and the historic Chesapeake and Ohio
Canal. Situated in a quiet residential neighbourhood, the mid-rise brick building is
composed of separate east and west wings, connected by a glass-enclosed garden walkway.
800 16th Street Northwest
|One the finest
historic hotels in Washington DC, featuring luxury accommodations in a boutique setting.
Conveniently located across from the White House (as close as one can get to staying at
the White House - short of being invited by the president) and minutes away from
government offices, shops, and museums.
Originally designed in the 1920's as a
residential hotel, the Hay-Adams has always preserved the ambiance of a distinguished
private home on Lafayette Square.
From the moment you walk into the intimate warm lobby you will experience a level of
service not found in the larger, more impersonal hotels. The multi-lingual staff can cater
to your every need whether it be limousine arrangements or Kennedy Center tickets.
The 145-room hotel features 20 suites, some with views of Lafayette Park and the White
House. All guest rooms combine heritage and luxury with contemporary comfort and
700 F Street Northwest.
Hotel Monaco DC.
|The Hotel Monaco is in
Penn Quarter, just blocks away from the White House, Washington Convention Center and the
National Gallery of Art; while directly across the street is the Verizon Center.
Monaco is surrounded by classical 19th-century architecture that houses the hip shops, art
galleries, restaurants, and nightlife of this vibrant neighbourhood.
The Living Room lobby incorporates three distinct sitting areas for enjoying the
evening's hosted wine reception. Poste Moderne Brasserie has a highly regarded American
menu and a designer decor that flows out into the courtyard patio.
The pet-friendly hotel welcomes pets with a treat and food and water dishes to use
during their stay. Walking services are also available. The Monaco also affords guests
with goldfish companions for the duration of their stay. Hotel staff cares for the fish,
leaving guests to simply enjoy the company of their aquatic roommates.
1075 Thomas Jefferson Street.
|The Hotel Monticello
(formerly the Georgetown Dutch Inn) is an intimate, all-suite, luxury boutique hotel
located in the heart of Old Georgetown; on the street where Thomas Jefferson once lived.
colonial times, when the fashionable Union Tavern opened nearby, Georgetown has offered
fine accommodations in one of the world's most desirable neighborhoods.
Today, at the Monticello Hotel, you will enjoy the excitement of Georgetown's superb
restaurants, boutiques, a variety of night spots, the tranquillity of its tree-lined
streets, landmark brick mansions and the famous C&O Canal; while just minutes away
from the business and tourist centres of Washington, DC.
National Geographic Traveler Magazine chose the Hotel Monticello as one of the top
weekend getaway hotels in Washington, DC.
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2500 Calvert Street Northwest.
|The Omni Shoreham is a
renovated Art Deco/Renaissance hybrid building set on a hill overlooking Rock Creek Park
and the arch of Connecticut Avenue Bridge.
The Shoreham has hosted an inaugural ball for
every president since FDR. It's located in Woodley Park, and a short walk from
Adams-Morgan hotspots. One can walk up to the zoo or down to Rock Creek Park for the
walking and biking trails.
The hotel has a full fitness centre, dry sauna, and separate
men's and women's locker
rooms with private showers and lockers available, outdoor heated resort pool surrounded by
lush green landscaping (open May to October), and massages, facials, pedicures, and
manicures available by appointment.
Hotel: Washington, DC.
|10 Thomas Circle Northwest.
Washington Plaza Hotel.
Washington Plaza Hotel is four blocks from the White House, five blocks from the MCI
Arena, and approximately five miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
location is also a mile from the FBI Headquarters and the Washington Monument, less than
two miles from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial, two miles from the
Jefferson Memorial, and three miles from Washington National Cathedral.
Hotel amenities include the outdoor swimming pool, fitness centre, and business
Number Ten Thomas offers American cuisine and daily fish specials.
The Melrose Hotel:
2430 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Georgetown, Washington DC.
The generously oversized rooms and brick wall interiors at the Melrose Hotel Washington,
DC provide sophisticated travellers with a multitude of layouts, peaceful and quiet
evenings and luxurious amenities.
If you're a fan of Mariott hotels you're not short for choice in
The Bethesda Marriott offers superior accommodations and facilities in suburban Maryland;
ten miles north of Washington DC.
This stunning new hotel and conference centre is located in the heart of fantastic
shopping and dining as well as many flourishing business districts.
City at Reagan National Airport:
Conveniently located less than a mile from Ronald Reagan National Airport in Crystal City,
the hotel connects to the Metro stop and underground shopping.
The Marriott Crystal Gateway is a mile from Ronald Reagan National Airport and easily
accessible to the Metro, which reaches Washington, D.C.'s attractions and the airport.
This Marriott is located approximately nine miles from Arlington National Cemetery and 12
miles from Dulles International Airport.
Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center:
The 11-story Marriott Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center is located approximately one mile
from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The 18-story Marriott Greenbelt is two miles from Beltway Plaza Mall and 13 miles from
downtown Washington DC.
The Marriott overlooks the Capital and Georgetown from the Virginia side of the Francis
Scott Key Bridge.
Contemporary, all-suite, suburban Washington DC hotel offering easy access to world-class
dining, shopping, and entertainment.
This Marriott is located approximately 14 miles from Dulles International Airport,
Washington Monument, and the White House.
Renovated in 2001, this air-conditioned hotel comprises a total of 1,348 rooms, set over
The Washington Marriott is just steps from historic Georgetown's finest
restaurants and shops, and minutes from the monuments, memorials and
Washington Metro Center:
In the heart of Washington's East End business district, the Marriott at Metro Center is
one block to DC Convention Center and four blocks to the MCI Center.
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