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Often mistaken as a destination only for politicos and lobbyists, there’s more to DC than meets the eye. Dotted between the white marble, grand museums and iconic monuments, there are charming terraces, beautiful parks and an abundance of art and culture.

Built on a swamp, DC’s weather is temperamental; summers are hot and sticky, winters are freezing and dry. Spring brings both the best weather and scenery, with cherry blossoms lining the streets and the National Cherry Blossom Festival showcasing the best that DC has to offer in terms of culture, music, art, film and more.

A city steeped in history (those who work in the Capitol building still tease British tourists about the Burning of Washington), DC is made up of various neighbourhoods and communities. From the vibrancy of DuPont circle to the multicultural buzz of Adams Morgan, DC offers something for everyone. Beyond the White House, Congress and national mall, DC is home to nearly 700,000 people – a population that take happy hour and bottomless brunches very seriously.

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The Palomar

The people at Kimpton really can do no wrong. Each hotel has a boutique feel, oozing creativity and fun. The Palomar is their most exquisite DC hotel, offering an urban sanctuary in the middle of lively Dupont Circle. With their own wine-focused happy hour, in-room spa services, an onsite gym and gorgeous outdoor pool, the hotel reflects the energy of its downtown location with room to cool down from DC’s summer weather.

Embassy Row

This modern hotel delivers the best elements of Dupont Circle to each guest by championing local brands and offering daily events. With a 24-hour chef’s pantry, an underground playground complete with air hockey, a gym, rooftop pool and bar, and curated events including yoga and splash cycle, this boutique hotel would keep you busy even if it wasn’t in one of DC’s most vibrant neighbourhoods. And if you’re there over Halloween, make sure to ask about trick or treating on Embassy Row, where every international embassy provides their own local candy.

Topaz Hotel

A wallet-friendly option that doesn’t scrimp on luxury, Topaz provides a respite despite its busy downtown location. Each room comes with a yoga mat, as well as custom-designed bike for venturing to the nearby White House, National Mall and Embassy Row. They’re also dog-friendly.

Topaz Hotel

Embassy Row Hotel

The Palomar

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