You don't need to be interested in politics to enjoy a break in history-laden Washington DC, the capital city and political powerhouse of the United States of America. National icons, such as the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian are the obvious draws, but Washington DC also boasts more subtle attractions, including cool cafés, boutique shops and swinging hotspots.
Sitting on the Potomac River, in the District of Columbia on the nation's east coast, many visitors opt to combine a stay in Washington DC with visits to some of the coast's nearby attractions, which include Philadelphia and New York City. But whatever your itinerary, there are some fantastic hotels in Washington DC from where you can appreciate the best of the city and the surrounding area.
Booking Washington DC Hotels in the central areas, which are packed with attractions, will help you to make the most of your time and save you the hassle of commuting in and out of town.
You can access all the city's main attractions on foot from Downtown, which houses a good scattering of luxury hotels, but fewer budget options.
Swanky, historic Georgetown with its shops, bars and eateries is also worth considering, as long as you like walking (the central attractions are about 45 minutes away by foot).
If you are on a budget, and have your own car, however, hotels in the neighbouring states of Virginia and Maryland charge vastly reduced rates - just remember that parking in Washington DC can be a challenge.
For well-known chains, look out for hotels from Hampton Inn, Best Western, Marriott, Hilton, Holiday Inn, Park Hyatt, Omni, Mandarin Oriental, Ramada, Sheraton, W, Westin, Ritz Carlton, Renaissance, Sofitel, Loews, Hyatt Regency, Embassy Suites, Courtyard, Days Inn, Doubletree and Intercontinental.
Top five attractions
A fabulous collection of museums and institutes; there is plenty for young and old to see and discover.
This iconic memorial to the 16th president of the USA looks out to the magnificent Washington Monument. Take the time to read Abraham Lincoln's words, which whirl around his seated figure.
Not just the hub of a world superpower, but also a tourist attraction. Tours of the East Wing are available.
This vast building is a must-see for any Washington visitor intrigued by the mysterious secrets being discussed within. Tours are currently suspended, so check before you travel.
One of Washington's favourite neighbourhoods, Georgetown is a great place to get a feel for how the locals spend their time.
National Memorial Day Parade; May: There is no better place to be to see the nation honour those who have served it.
Independence Day celebrations; July 4th: Celebrate American independence by watching fireworks light up the night sky above Capitol Hill.
National Christmas Tree Lighting; December: It's always special to see the Christmas tress lights turned on for the first time that year. This prestigious ceremony takes the moment further with musical performances and yuletide festivities.