Best Places to Stay in Washington DC (I)
Best Places to Stay in Washington DC: Capitol Skyline Hotel – Unlikely hipster hangout in SW DC
DC's 20-30-something hipsters have adopted this hotel, at least in summer. Weekends, they party hearty by the pool, with Good Stuff Eatery chef Spike Mendelsohn or his stand-in grilling burgers while a DJ blasts tunes.
Why? you might ask. Located south of the Capitol near a freeway and condos, the hotel is not in the thick of things, though it is within walking distance of the Mall, Metro, and Nationals Ballpark. (Taxi at night, please.)
Its off-putting concrete exterior is not awesome.
On the other hand, consider the Philippe Starck and Frank Gehry furnishings in the lobby, views of the Capitol from some of the top floor guest rooms, the onsite state-of-the-art gym and the free shuttle to downtown sites.
There are rather reasonable rates.
Metro: Navy Yard on the Green Line. M and Half St. SE exit.
Best Places to Stay in Washington DC: Donovan House – Hippest hotel in town
Summer rooftop pool parties that rival those of the also-cool Capitol Skyline Hotel, delicious sushi and other Asian tastes in trendy restaurant Zentan, and very modish decor throughout the hotel mark Donovan House as hipster territory. If you feel like testing your coolness creds, stay here and try out the interesting snail shell-like shower stall that butts out into the bedroom, or sip a cocktail in the bar-lounge of a hotel lobby and survey the scene. Like it? Congrats, you pass.
Another reason to stay here is the hotel's location on Thomas Circle; floor-to-ceiling windows in rooms on that side of the hotel treat guests to an especially lovely view at night when the street- and moonlit circle, its intersecting avenues, and the neoclassical architecture of the John Russell Pope-designed National City Christian Church across the circle from the hotel look magical. Plus, you're within walking distance of downtown, Dupont Circle, and the Greater U neighborhoods.
Metro: McPherson Square on the Blue and Orange Lines. 14th and I St. exit.