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St. Regis Washington D.C., Downtown 

923 16th & K Streets N.W.
Washington , D.C.
Tel: 202 638 2626
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Washington's newest grande dame actually arrived on the scene in 1926, as the Carlton Hotel. (It became a St. Regis in 1999, the first property to bear that name after the New York original.) Modeled on an Italian palazzo and located just two blocks from the White House, the hotel was intended to make European dignitaries feel at home when visiting the U.S. capital. It's still the province of visiting heads of state, diplomats, and lobbyists, and an air of decorum prevails. You arrive to a handwritten welcome note from the manager, and your butler ensures that shoes are shined and shirts pressed (complimentary in suites). A $56-million renovation in 2007 added high-tech touches to the 175 traditional rooms: An armoire hides the flat-screen TV and minibar; in the bathroom, handsome brass fixtures and mosaic tiles frame no-fog mirrors with built-in TV screens. In all, the decor is light and contemporary, with jewel-toned textiles to offset the dark wood and gilt trim. By late 2009, the hotel expects to open a spa and fitness center in a neighboring town house; until then, amenities are limited largely to the bar and Adour, the French restaurant from Alain Ducasse. Two minor quibbles: The hotel charges $12.95 a day for Wi-Fi, an irksome expense for such a business-friendly hotel. Also, standard rooms lack bathtubs, though upgrading to a suite can cost as little as $30 more per night.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Two blocks from the White House and near the National Geographic Society, the former Carlton hotel pairs Palladian windows and Louis XVI chandeliers with contemporary custom-designed furnishings. Rooms are decorated in gold and sienna hues, while "wonderful bathrooms" are stocked with Remede amenities. Adour, with tones of black, silver, cream, and gold, is an Alain Ducasse restaurant serving contemporary French-American cuisine like Muscovy duck l'orange.

(182 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 90.1
  • Design: 91.1
  • Food: 87.5
  • Location: 94.6
  • Rooms: 91.1
  • Service: 85.7
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