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A guide to the city's best digs

Definitely the best capital of the best country EVER, the District's home to more political monuments and famous sites than you could shake a novelty obelisk at. But to ensure your stay is greater than or equal to a night in Eckington's Motel 6, you'll want to consult our rundown of the city's more awesome lodgings

The Hay-Adams800 16th St NW; 212.679.2222Looking down on the White House since 1928, the historic Hay-Adams provides arguably the best unobstructed views of the President's dormitory, along with 145 guestrooms, fine dining, and one of the "World's Best Hotel Bars."Read the full review...

W Washington DC515 15th Street NW; 202.661.2400The W Washington DC is "where Italian Renaissance meets modern cool", but instead of awesome mutant reptiles with knowledge of ninjutsu, it has 317 tech-enabled rooms, J&G Steakhouse, and the ridiculously panoramic POV Roof Terrace.Read the full review...

Hotel Helix1430 Rhode Island Ave NW; 202.462.9001Boasting that it's the "life of the party", Hotel Helix must be genetically wired for a good time, as the cheeky Logan Circle hotel (located just off 14th street) is stocked with bunk beds, an outdoor patio, and a funky lounge with private alcoves.Read the full review...

Hotel Palomar2121 P St NW; 202.448.1800Where "Art in motion comes to life", The Hotel Palomar thankfully has zero tiger paintings, and even more thankfully does have a subterranean restaurant & wine bar, a heated outdoor pool, and swanky, eclectic décor.Read the full review...

Mandarin Oriental1330 Maryland Ave SW; 202.554.8588The Mandarian Oriental may be walking distance to the national monuments and Mall, but chances are you won't want to leave this monstrosity housing three restaurants, 13 different types of rooms, and a 10,500sqft spa.Read the full review...

Avenue Suites2500 Pennsylvania Ave; 202.333.8060The Avenue Suites in Georgetown doesn't need your star rating, as portraits of famous actors from Paul Newman to Al Pacino grace its boutique lobby walls, watching as you decide whether to enter the contemporary cocktail lounge or head to the fire-pitted outdoor terrace.Read the full review...

The St. Regis Washington DC923 16th NW; 202.638.2626 Because it's only polite to invite over your new neighbor, the four-diamond St Regis DC located two blocks from the White House has welcomed/hosted every American president since Coolidge cut the grand opening ribbon in 1926.Read the full review...

Donovan House1155 14th St NW; 202.737.1200The boutique Donovan House has good reason to not consider itself "your daddy's DC", as the swank'd out Thomas Circle urban retreat offers up a design-forward ambiance with a sleek sushi restaurant, modern stylish rooms, and a rooftop pool that, come nighttime, clubs harder than any of those Norwegian dudes.Read the full review...