The Fairfax at Embassy Row, A Luxury Collection Hotel

2100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW | Washington, DC 20008 [See Map]
#12 in Best Washington D.C. Hotels
Hotel Class 4.5-star Critic Rating Moderate Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1006 reviews
Property Type Hotel with 259 rooms, 8 floors
Primary View(s) City center, Neighborhood
Style Traditional, Historic, Opulent
Best For Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

Our nation's capitol is a smorgasbord of different nationalities, and there's no better way to get a taste than at The Fairfax. This hotel sits on Massachusetts Avenue near lively Dupont Circle and is surrounded on all sides by beautiful embassy buildings, which represent Kenya, Luxembourg, Paraguay and more. Recent guests love this hotel's elegant decor, complete with marble floors and antique-style furnishings, not to mention the more contemporary amenities found in each guest room (including 42-inch flat-screen TVs, 300 thread-count Fili D'oro sheets and high-end bath products). If you prefer to dine on-site, head to The Capitol Room, which has served prime cuts of steak to the likes of John and Jacqueline Kennedy, Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio. As part of the Luxury Collection hotel family, The Fairfax participates in the Starwood Preferred Guests rewards program.

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Critic Reviews


“The historic, 259-room Fairfax has an ideal location — near great dining and nightlife, but still quiet and close to the sights. Guest rooms, though small, are comfortable, the service is superb, and the features are solid. All around, a fine pick for the price.”


“The concierge seeks to pamper by getting hard-to-find tickets, or having luggage packed and unpacked; and the staff is gracious and mannerly. The old photos of Washington embassies and other landmarks that line the corridors pay tribute to the hotel's prestigious address.”

Other Awards:
  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2014

Guest Rooms

Guest rooms at The Fairfax at Embassy Row start at 250 square feet and feature traditional decor in tones of beige, yellow and soft green with cherry wood headboard and armoire, floral curtains, wallpaper and plaid chairs. All rooms have pillow-top mattresses, down comforters, Fili D’oro Italian linens, iPod docking stations, 42-inch flat-screen TVs and laptop safes.

  • Wi-Fi available for a $12.95 daily fee
  • Rooms offer views of Embassy Row, along with local museums and monuments
  • Bathrooms feature Frette bathrobes and towels, along with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries
  • Concierge can help arrange newspaper delivery from more than 600 news publications via NewspaperDirect service

Standard room size:

250 square feet
  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available
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Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1006 guests have reviewed the The Fairfax at Embassy Row, A Luxury Collection Hotel, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 1006 reviews)

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  • Room Service
  • Internet Access
  • Business Center
  • Dining
  • Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Fitness Center

Location & Parking

Built in 1927, The Fairfax at Embassy Row is located on a tree-lined section of Massachusetts Avenue, surrounded by embassies. The historic location has welcomed an array of U.S. presidents, congressmen, dignitaries and celebrities through the years, and it went through a complete renovation in 2008. The building kept its original Beaux Arts feel with original wood paneling, wainscoting and crown molding, and it gained modern amenities. Situated one block west of Dupont Circle's shops, restaurants and nightlife, the immediate area surrounding the hotel is quiet in the evenings.

  • Two blocks from the Dupont Circle metro station on the Red Line
  • Bus stops available in immediate vicinity of the hotel
  • No airport transportation provided, but hotel can call or hail a cab anytime
  • Located 6 miles north of Reagan National Airport and 28 miles southeast of Dulles International Airport

  • 24-hour valet parking ($45)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach
  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping


The hotel was once home to The Jockey Club, a legendary D.C. restaurant known for serving John and Jackie Kennedy, along with other notable celebrities. Today, guests can enjoy a power breakfast in that same space at The Capitol Room. There’s also the Fairfax Grille and Lounge which offers American cuisine in a casual, wood-paneled setting.

  • Private dining is available in The Capitol Room
  • The Capitol Room is open for breakfast Monday through Friday from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Saturday through Sunday 6:30 to 11 a.m.
  • Room service is available from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Number of restaurants:


Cuisine types:

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast




The hotel does not offer any specific kids club or amenities.

  • Children 15 and younger stay free in existing room
  • Rollaways and cribs available for an additional charge

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


There is a small 24-hour fitness center available with two cable weight machines, some free weights and seven cardio machines.

  • Cardio machines have personal TV screens
  • Complimentary chilled towels available
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The Fairfax Embassy Row has six meeting spaces for business events. The Ballroom is the largest space with 2,600 square feet available, along with smaller room options. The hotel offers a sales and catering team to help with planning the details for meetings, conferences and presentations.

  • Rooms are equipped with phone, high-speed Internet access and audiovisual services
  • 24-hour business center

Number of meeting rooms:

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available




The Fairfax Embassy Row offers a grand setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Ballroom is 2,600 square feet with four chandeliers, 19-foot ceilings and a balcony room that overlooks the ballroom. The hotel can accommodate weddings, rehearsal dinners and post-wedding events of up to 240 people.

  • All event spaces feature historic wood paneling
  • On-site banquet team to assist with all details from food to customized table settings
  • Wedding packages available
  • Special room rates available for wedding guests

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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