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Hotels in Washington

As the capital of the United States of America, Washington D.C is home to many of the nation's most celebrated historic landmarks and cultural institutions, and is also one of the world's greenest capital cities.

Founded in 1790, it attracts close to 20 million visitors each year, and became the permanent seat for the federal government just a decade after its establishment.

The National Mall

One of America's most visited and recognisable attractions, the National Mall is surrounded by many of the city's thriving exhibition venues, almost all of which belong to the Smithsonian Institution group. The most visible feature of this park is undoubtedly the Washington Monument which, at 169 metres, is the tallest stone structure in the world, and was completed in 1888.

Museums

One of the most reputed museums is the National Museum of American History, which showcases the story of the birth of the United States and its transformation from a newly-independent former British colony to a 20th-century superpower. Meanwhile, the National Air and Space Museum exhibits many fascinating aircraft and spacecraft of history, and also examines the nation's role in the space race.

If you're interested in natural history, spend some time at the National Museum of Natural History, and if you're a lover of fine art, don't forget to visit the National Gallery of Art and its magnificent Sculpture Garden. For some insight into Native American history, go to the National Museum of the American Indian, which houses hundreds of thousands of items related to Native American populations of North, Central and South America.

The White House

As you would probably expect, visiting the White House is by special invitation only, although it is possible to get a very good view of the facade from near the main gate. This landmark, which was built in the photogenic Neo-Classical and Palladian style, was completed in 1800 and is probably the most famous house in existence.

Other points of interest:

The United States Capitol, another fine example of American Neo-Classical architecture, was also completed in 1800, and is the home of the United States Congress. The Lincoln Memorial, meanwhile, commemorates the highly influential President Abraham Lincoln, and is acclaimed for its beautiful Greek Doric-style architecture and distinctive columns.

Accommodation - recommendations

A few of the most popular, affordable Washington DC Hotels include the Fairfield Inn & Suites Washington, DC/New York Avenue, and the elegant Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/US Capitol. Other sophisticated, highly rated hotels include opulent and historic The Jefferson and the awe-inspiring Capella Washington D.C., Georgetown.

Dining

For delicious American-themed cuisine, you could dine at the Corduroy or Bub and Pop's restaurants, or try Rasika for some mouthwatering Indian food. If you're a lover of tantalising French recipes, consider Le Diplomate, try H &pizza for fabulous pizzas, go to Komi for some delectable Greek dishes, or visit Filomena Ristorante - Georgetown for some inspirational Italian flavours.

Frequently asked questions about Hotels in Washington

What are the best hotels to stay in Washington?

Sofitel Lafayette Square Washington DC, Hamilton Hotel Washington DC and Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown are some of the popular hotels in Washington.

What are the most convenient hotel rates in Washington?

The cheapest price for a double room in Washington is £57, offered by The Baron Hotel.

What hotels are in the central Washington neighborhood?

The best hotels near the center of Washington are The Darcy Hotel, The Madison Washington DC, a Hilton Hotel and Mason & Rook Hotel.

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