W Washington D.C.

515 15th Street NW | Washington, DC 20004 [See Map]
#30 in Best Washington D.C. Hotels
Hotel Class 4.0-star Critic Rating Good Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 1204 reviews
Property Type Hotel with 317 rooms, 11 floors
Primary View(s) City center
Style Traditional, Modern, Historic, Opulent
Best For Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers

U.S. News Review

Rubbing elbows with the Department of the Treasury and the White House, the W Washington D.C. places guests in the heart of our country's political sphere. This W property is much more colorful than its white-stone neighbors; guests love the hotel's funky red furniture and purple lighting, which gives the W a nightclub-esque feel. In addition to the decor, previous visitors praise the accommodations, furnished with plush 350-thread-count linens, sleek flat-screen TVs and high-speed Internet access (for a fee). Visitors also compliment the W's upscale dining venue Pinea Restaurant, but for many, the highlight of this hotel is the P.O.V. rooftop lounge, which boasts breathtaking views of the National Mall. Just keep in mind: If you're looking for a quiet place to stay, this is not the right place for you. Some recent guests say that the noise level can be a problem for those trying to get a restful night's sleep. Thanks to its brand ties, this hotel participates in the Starwood Preferred Guest rewards program.

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Critic Reviews

Travel + Leisure

“What rooms lack in space, they make up for in decor. Designer Dianna Wong has retained the former Hotel Washington’s Beaux-Arts sensibility, while making it modern a chic of white and black palate.”


“The historic Italian Renaissance building comes alive when you walk through the doors. The contemporary, stylish ambiance sets the tone of this hotel with a signature restaurant and dazzling rooftop lounge with a spectacular view of the Washington Monument.”

Other Awards:
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Frommer's Highly Recommended
  • Lonely Planet Recommended

Guest Rooms

Designed by Dianna Wong, guest rooms are decorated in shades of white, gray and black. The modern style rooms have white lacquer desks, leather desk chairs, small chandeliers and 37-inch flat-screen TVs. All rooms feature signature W beds, 350-thread-count sheets and iPod docking stations.

  • In-room high-speed Internet access available for $14.95 per day; complimentary in the Living Room
  • Wonderful (standard size) rooms are 215 to 286 square feet, small by D.C. standards
  • Bathrooms feature waterfall showers and Bliss Spa products

Standard room size:

215 to 286 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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A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1204 guests have reviewed the W Washington D.C., giving it a rating of 4.0, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.0 (based on 1204 reviews)

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

Location & Parking

The W Washington D.C. is located in the downtown area, two blocks east of the White House, near Penn Quarter. Formerly the Hotel Washington, the property was completely renovated and opened as the W Washington D.C. in July 2009. Situated in a historic 1917 Beaux Arts building, the hotel has hosted presidential galas, dignitaries and famous celebrities, including Elvis Presley. The lobby area does get a party-like atmosphere in the evening, so if you’re looking for a quiet hotel this may not be the best fit. While this W is within walking distance of many of D.C.'s top attractions, the immediate area around the hotel does get deserted after business hours.

  • 24-hour Whatever/Whenever concierge
  • Nearest metro stations: McPherson Square (Blue and Orange lines) is four blocks north and Metro Center (Red, Blue and Orange lines) is four blocks northeast
  • Located 4 miles north of Reagan National Airport and 28 miles southeast of Dulles International Airport

  • 24-hour valet parking ($50)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service (with fee)

Within walking distance of:

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


The hotel boasts three dining options. Pinea, created by chef Barry Koslow, focuses on Mediterranean dishes, crafted from locally sourced meats, seafood and vegetables. The rooftop POV, Point of View, is known for its picturesque views of the city’s landmark monuments. POV serves pizzas, sandwiches, salads and light snacks, as well as drinks from a signature cocktail menu. For light fare, there’s the Living Room Bar, which offers cocktails and appetizers in an eclectic setting with pinstriped, high-back sofas, stainless steel side tables and a DJ spinning as the crystal chandeliers change colors.

  • Pinea is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Root Cellar Whiskey Bar is located in the lower level of Pinea
  • Food is served at POV Sunday through Thursday until 9 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays until 11 p.m.
  • POV offers bottle service Fridays and Saturdays
  • Dress code at POV is "casual sophistication," no athletic wear allowed
  • The Living Room Bar offers SIP (social interactive playtime with appetizers and cocktails) from 4 to 7 p.m
  • 24-hour room service

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 on-site Bliss Spa offers the brand’s trademark skin and body care treatments in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Decorated in blue sky-inspired tones, the spa has treatment rooms and manicure and pedicure stations, along with men's and women's locker rooms featuring eucalyptus-infused showers.

  • In-room "in’spa'ration" treatments available 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Light snacks and beverages
  • Reservations recommended

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


The W primarily caters to couples and professionals, but the hotel does offer cribs and rollaways upon request.

  • Concierge can arrange babysitting services with a 24-hour notice
  • Rollaway beds are $40 per night, but they cannot be accommodated in all rooms

  • Kids club
  • Cribs
  • High chairs


The FIT Gym offers iPod-compatible Excite treadmills, elliptical machines and stationary bikes. The fitness center also has wave machines and dumbbells available, in addition to balance balls, yoga equipment and boxing bags.

  • Open 24 hours
  • Whatever/Whenever service can schedule personal training sessions for a fee

  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
  • Bicycles
  • Tennis
  • Guided runs
  • Paddle boats
  • Motor boats


The W has 10,000 square feet of space available for business meetings and events. On-site specialists can help with event details, including mood music, signature scents and break-time activities.

  • Great Room can accommodate up to 700 guests
  • Full-service event and catering staff
  • 24-hour business center

Number of meeting rooms:

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


The W is a pet-friendly hotel and welcomes cats and dogs that weigh 40 pounds or less. The hotel charges $25 per pet, per day, plus a nonrefundable $100 cleaning fee.

  • Fee covers pet welcome kit that includes a pet toy, treats, W Hotels pet tag and other essentials
  • Concierge can help with referrals for pet-sitting, dog walking and nearby vet facilities

  • Pets allowed (with fee)
  • Dog walking
  • Pet-sitting



The W Hotel offers multiple spaces that can be used for wedding ceremonies and receptions, as well as pre- and post-wedding festivities. The historic location offers unique spaces including two rooftop spaces: the POV Lounge area and Altitude ballroom, which has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the National Mall. The Great Room features large chandeliers and can seat up to 500 guests banquet style.

  • Wow Suite for bride and groom
  • Hotel has on-site audiovisual specialists
  • Customized Wow Vows website to share with guests
  • Events are eligible to earn Starpoints rewards

Maximum wedding guest capacity:

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

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W Washington D.C.

515 15th Street NW | Washington, DC 20004 [See Full Map]