Best Preferred Hotels & Resorts in Washington, D.C.

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With more than 600 independent properties across 85 countries, Preferred Hotels & Resorts offers its guests unique luxury experiences and quality customer service. Each hotel must conform to the brand's Preferred Standards of Excellence – an anonymous, annual inspection carried out by third-party experts to ensure top-notch service is provided – to remain a Preferred property. And within each collection (Preferred Legend Collection, Preferred LVX Collection, Preferred Lifestyle Collection and Preferred Connect Collection), travelers can expect amenities like locally inspired restaurant menus and full-service spas. Several Preferred properties also feature kids clubs, swimming pools and beach and ski slope access. What's more, members of the brand's I Prefer Hotel Rewards program can earn points – which can be redeemed for free nights – and perks, such as free Wi-Fi access and welcome amenities, during their stays. Popular collections in Preferred Hotels & Resorts appear on our Best Hotels in the USA, Best Hotels in Canada, Best Hotels in Mexico, Best Hotels in Bermuda and Best Hotels in Europe rankings lists; the U.S. News-ranked Preferred Hotels & Resorts are listed below.

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    The Jefferson, Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1296 reviewsTripAdvisor (1296)
    Free WiFi

    The Jefferson, Washington, DC has been catering to Washington's most elite visitors since 1923, providing a taste of European luxury in the heart of the United States capital. The Beaux-Arts era reigns supreme here, with early 20th century paintings and sculptures lining the checkered floors. The Jefferson's elegant accommodations are appointed with iPads, walk-in showers, flat-screen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi access. (For a little more space, upgrade to a suite, which will come equipped with a coffee maker and, in some suites, balconies overlooking the Washington Monument.) Recent guests highly recommend making good use of the intimate on-site spa during your stay, and the in-house gourmet restaurants, Plume and The Greenhouse, earn particularly high praise, along with the on-site bar, Quill. Visitors also give props for The Jefferson's location, which is just a short walk from the National Mall.

    Washington, DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1296 reviewsTripAdvisor (1296)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Excellent Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Watergate Hotel
    Washington, DC
    5-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 806 reviewsTripAdvisor (806)
    Free WiFi

    One of the most infamous hotels in the country has been restored to its former glory in the District of Columbia after a $125 million renovation. Blending modern details (decor is sleek and chic) while embracing its storied past (guest room key cards read "No need to break in"), the Watergate Hotel reopened in June 2016. The hotel is set in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, putting guests close to shopping and dining in Georgetown; the monuments and museums that line the National Mall are also just 1 mile away. On-site, travelers have access to a 12,500-square-foot wellness center with spa services, an indoor pool and a fitness center. The property also boasts The Next Whisky Bar (a visitor favorite for its amber-hued wall of whiskey and extensive selection) and the Kingbird restaurant. But perhaps one of the best parts of this hotel is the Top of the Gate rooftop bar and lounge that offers sweeping views of the Potomac River and downtown Washington. Meanwhile, the hotel's 336 accommodations are outfitted in neutral tones of white, mocha and charcoal, and they feature flat-screen TVs, minibars and marble bathrooms. What's more, recent guests lauded the impeccable design and the friendly staff at this property, though a stay here is quite expensive.

    Washington, DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 806 reviewsTripAdvisor (806)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    The Fairfax at Embassy Row
    Washington, DC
    4-star HOTEL CLASS
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2079 reviewsTripAdvisor (2079)

    Our nation's capital 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 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. Now part of Preferred Hotels & Resorts, the hotel allows guests who are part of the brand's iPrefer loyalty program to earn and use points here.

    Washington, DC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2079 reviewsTripAdvisor (2079)
    4.0-star Hotel Class