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1 The Admiral Fell Inn
The Admiral Fell Inn
888 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231

This inn is an upright anchor at the center of the action in funky Fells Point. By joining together buildings constructed between the late 1770s and the 1920s, the owners created a structure that resembles a small, European-style hotel, with lots of character and quirks. The rooms, which vary in shape, all have four-poster canopy beds. Three suites and eight rooms have whirlpool baths. Some hallways have a few stairs, and some rooms face a quiet, interior courtyard: if steps or street noise bother you, let the reservation agent know. Pros:

a good sense of history; close to nightlife.

Cons:

neighborhood noise can be loud and distracting. www.admiralfell.com. 80 rooms. In-room: Internet, Wi-Fi (some). In-hotel: restaurant, bar, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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2 Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor
Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor
110 S. Eutaw St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

This 10-story hotel is a block away from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Harborplace, and the convention center. The public areas are nondescript but surprisingly tranquil, as are the rooms, decorated in teal, mauve, and gray. The best views are from rooms facing the Inner Harbor and the ballpark. Rooms on the 10th floor come with concierge-level privileges. Staff is generally friendly and eager to please, and some of the views are top-notch. Pros:

some rooms have stunning views of historic landmarks like the Bromo Seltzer Tower; easy access to Oriole Park.

Cons:

adjacent fire department and rowdy ballpark crowds can make for a noisy night. www.marriott.com. 524 rooms, 2 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, pool, gym, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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3 Celie's Waterfront Bed & Breakfast
Celie's Waterfront Bed & Breakfast
1714 Thames St.
Baltimore, MD 21231

Proprietors Nancy and Kevin Kupec oversee every detail of this small inn in the heart of Fells Point. Guest rooms, all with private bath, are furnished in Early American style; two suites accommodate large groups. Upscale amenities include down comforters, terry robes, fireplaces, and whirlpool baths. Continental breakfast is served in the cozy dining room. The rooftop deck provides a wonderful view of Baltimore's skyline and harbor. Pros:

intimate accommodations; situated next to an entertainment district.

Cons:

prices high for what you get; it can get noisy late at night. www.celieswaterfront.com. 7 rooms, 2 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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4 Courtyard by Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor
Courtyard by Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor
1000 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

Close to the Inner Harbor waterfront and adjacent to Little Italy, this lodging is the farthest east of the Inner Harbor hotels. With sunny rooms in soothing neutral tones, the Courtyard Inner Harbor is a comfortable and attractive alternative to more central hotels with similar amenities and higher rates. Most downtown attractions are still within walking distance, though the stadiums and convention center are more comfortably reached by car or cab. Pros:

less expensive than most downtown hotels.

Cons:

a decent walk to many Inner Harbor attractions. www.marriott.com/BWIDT. 205 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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5 Courtyard by Marriott Hunt Valley
Courtyard by Marriott Hunt Valley
221 International Circle
Hunt Valley, MD 21030

About 25 minutes from downtown, in an affluent suburb that's a growing corporate center, this motel is comfortable and affordable. Guest rooms are as standardized as Courtyard's signature white-stucco exterior; coffeemakers, ironing boards, and hair dryers are added conveniences. The neighbors are office buildings, which means rooms are quiet at night but have uninteresting views. The nearby York and Shawan road corridors have many restaurants, and there's public transportation to downtown via the light-rail Hunt Valley stop. The restaurant serves breakfast only. Pros:

inexpensive prices; comfortable accommodations.

Cons:

the drive downtown can take a while; must also drive for dinner options. www.marriotthotels.com/BWIHU. 134 rooms, 12 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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6 Days Inn Inner Harbor
Days Inn Inner Harbor
100 Hopkins Pl.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Less than three blocks from the Inner Harbor, this nine-story redbrick building provides reliable and relatively economical accommodations in the center of town. The utilitarian, pastel-hue guest rooms are sparsely furnished, but each has a small desk and phone with voice mail and Internet access. It's also close to the 1st Mariner Arena venue, which makes it an easy pick for concertgoers. Pros:

inexpensive.

Cons:

this street can be sketchy at night. www.daysinnerharbor.com. 250 rooms. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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7 Hampton Inn and Suites
Hampton Inn and Suites
131 E. Redwood St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

The free breakfast and the logo may be the same, but this Hampton Inn tries to be more urban and chic than others in the chain. In an early-1900s office building that lay vacant for many years, the hotel follows the historical direction of the structure, but keeps things contemporary. Rooms, done in warm mauve and beige and dark wood, have a clubby, streamlined look. The biggest and most expensive rooms, on the top floor, are studio suites in the former executive offices. Pros:

trendier than most other Hampton Inns.

Cons:

patrons can get loud from time to time. www.baltimorehamptoninn.com. 116 rooms, 10 studio suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: pool, gym, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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8 Harbor Court
Harbor Court
550 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

The entrance to the most prestigious hotel in Baltimore is set back from the street by a brick courtyard that provides an immediate sense of tranquillity. A grand spiral staircase dominates the lobby, which is decorated in English country opulence. All guest rooms include such deluxe touches as twice-daily maid service, plush bathrobes, and TVs in the bathrooms; upscale suite amenities also include 6-foot marble tubs, canopied four-poster beds, and CD players. Waterside rooms have a commanding view of the harbor, but courtyard rooms are quietest. Pros:

the city's nicest hotel.

Cons:

also city's most expensive hotel. www.harborcourt.com. 195 rooms, 23 suites. In-room: Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, pool, tennis court, gym, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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9 Hilton Baltimore
Hilton Baltimore
401 W. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

Location, location, location: One of Baltimore's newest hotels has an unparalleled view of Camden Yards and a skywalk that connects to the city convention center. Opened in 2008, the towering 20-story hotel is mostly boring gray metal on the outside, in stark contrast with the brick-clad ballpark. Inside, the hotel has a nautical feel, with wave-shape fixtures hanging from the ceiling and pillars of deep wood and blue tiles. Ask for a room on the south side, where you can peer down into the ballpark. Or you can watch the games from the fitness center on the fourth floor. Hotel staff is friendly and accommodating and the amenities are new. Pros:

connected to the convention center; excellent ballpark view.

Cons:

pricey for its accommodations. www.baltimore.hilton.com. 757 rooms,. In-room: Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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10 Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency
300 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

This stretch of Light Street is practically a highway, but the unenclosed skyways allow ready pedestrian access to both Inner Harbor attractions and the convention center. Rooms have rich gold and black-purple prints and cherrywood furniture; most rooms have views of the harbor or the city. The lobby has glass elevators and the chain's trademark atrium. The 12th floor is the Club level, with complimentary breakfast, evening hors d'oeuvres, and a private concierge available. Atop the hotel, the Pisces restaurant and lounge provides stunning city views, especially at night. Pros:

the Inner Harbor is just a skywalk away.

Cons:

service can be slow and unhelpful. baltimore.hyatt.com. 488 rooms, 26 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, pool, tennis courts, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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11 Inn at the Colonnade
Inn at the Colonnade
4 W. University Pkwy.
Baltimore, MD 21218

Directly across the street from Johns Hopkins and within walking distance of the Baltimore Museum of Art, this hotel is also 15 minutes north of downtown. Rooms are welcoming, with rich, warm furnishings, and there are extras such as a glass-dome swimming pool and whirlpool baths. Pros:

close to Johns Hopkins University.

Cons:

some rooms can feel run-down. www.doubletree.com. 125 rooms, 19 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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12 Marriott Baltimore Waterfront
Marriott Baltimore Waterfront
700 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

The city's tallest hotel and the only one directly on the Inner Harbor itself, this upscale 31-story Marriott has a neoclassical interior that uses multihue marbles, rich jewel-tone walls, and photographs of Baltimore architectural landmarks. Although it's at the eastern end of the Inner Harbor, all downtown attractions are within walking distance; there's also a water-taxi stop right by the front door. Most rooms offer unobstructed views of the city and harbor; ask for one that faces west toward downtown for a splendid panorama of the waterfront and skyscrapers. Pros:

nice amenities; great location and view.

Cons:

pricey, compared to nearby hotels. www.marriotthotels.com/BWIWF. 751 rooms. In-room: safe, Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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13 Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys
Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys
5100 Falls Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21210

Ten minutes north of downtown, this secluded hotel is a respite from city bustle. Rooms come with high-speed Internet access along with cheerful French country style. The health conscious will appreciate the wooded walking trails, tennis courts, and state-of-the-art exercise equipment. The hotel is adjacent to an outdoor mall with high-end boutique shopping, though in recent years many of the boutiques have closed or moved elsewhere. There's complimentary shuttle service to the Inner Harbor. Pros:

removed from the Inner Harbor's hustle.

Cons:

not much to do nearby. www.radisson.com. 147 rooms, 10 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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14 Renaissance Harborplace Hotel
Renaissance Harborplace Hotel
202 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

The most conveniently located of the Inner Harbor hotels—across the street from the shopping pavilions—the Renaissance Harborplace meets the needs of tourists, business travelers, and conventioneers. Guest rooms are light and cheerful, with amenities that include coffeemakers, terry robes, hair dryers, and ironing boards. Some rooms have a view of the harbor, the downtown landscape, or the indoor courtyard. The hotel adjoins the Gallery, a four-story shopping mall. Pros:

snappy service.

Cons:

some rooms can be a bit threadbare. www.renaissancehotels.com/BWISH. 562 rooms, 60 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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15 Tremont Plaza Hotel
Tremont Plaza Hotel
222 St. Paul Pl.
Baltimore, MD 21202

This 37-story all-suites hotel, once an apartment building, is in the densest part of the business district. Its plain facade and minuscule brass-and-marble lobby belie the tasteful earth-tone guest rooms, which are a favorite of musicians and actors performing at local theaters. The suites come in six sizes. The best views of the city and the small park in the center of St. Paul Place are from rooms with numbers ending in 06. The restaurant, Tugs, has a nautical theme and a menu rich in seafood. Pros:

renovated rooms, kitchens in suites.

Cons:

a somewhat long walk from the Inner Harbor. www.tremontsuitehotels.com. 253 suites. In-room: kitchen, Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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16 Wyndham Inner Harbor
Wyndham Inner Harbor
101 W. Fayette St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

One of Baltimore's largest, this hotel (four blocks from the harbor) divides its rooms between two towers and also houses the largest ballroom in the city, which makes it especially popular with conventioneers. Rooms, decorated in light colors, have a contemporary flair and marble-floor bathrooms. Amenities include in-room voice mail, Internet access, hair dryers, and ironing boards. The hotel restaurant is Don Shula's Steak House, where the menu is presented on an official NFL football autographed by Shula, a former coach for the Baltimore Colts. Pros:

easy access to the convention center.

Cons:

service can be sluggish. www.wyndham.com/hotels/BWIIH/main.wnt. 707 rooms, 21 suites. In-room: Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, pool, gym, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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17 Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Baltimore, MD 21217

The 150 acres of the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore—the third-oldest zoo in the country—are a natural stomping ground for little ones seeking out the spectacle of elephants, lions, giraffes, hippos, and penguins, among the more than 2,000 animals that make this their home. Don't miss the warthog exhibit, said to be the nation's only dedicated environment for the bumpy beasts. Favorite sights include a chimpanzee house and leopard lair, polar bears frolicking in an arctic pool, and a petting zoo with a re-created barnyard. If you make it all the way to the Africa exhibit and are too tired to walk back, you can hop on a tram that goes back to the entrance. Surrounding the zoo is Druid Hill Park, which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.; the park has seen better days, but it's worth a drive through. www.marylandzoo.org. Admission: $15. Hours: Mar.-Dec., daily 10-4.

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18 National Aquarium in Baltimore
National Aquarium in Baltimore

Baltimore, MD 21202

The most-visited attraction in Maryland has more than 10,000 fish, sharks, dolphins, and amphibians dwelling in 2 million gallons of water. The Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes exhibit mimics a river running through a gorge. It features lizards, crocodiles, turtles, bats, and a black-headed python, among other animals from Down Under. The aquarium also features reptiles, birds, plants, and mammals in its rain-forest environment, inside a glass pyramid 64 feet high. The rain-forest ecosystem harbors two-toed sloths in calabash trees, parrots in the palms, iguanas on the ground, and red-bellied piranhas in a pool (a sign next to it reads "do not put hands in pool"). Each day in the Marine Mammal Pavilion, Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are part of several entertaining presentations that highlight their agility and intelligence. The aquarium's famed shark tank and Atlantic coral reef exhibits are spectacular; you can wind through an enormous glass enclosure on a spiral ramp while hammerheads and brightly hued tropical fish glide by. Hands-on exhibits include such docile sea creatures as horseshoe crabs and starfish. Arrive early to ensure admission, which is by timed intervals; by noon, the wait is often two or three hours. www.aqua.org. Admission: $21.95. Hours: Nov.-Feb., Sat.-Thurs. 10-5, Fri. 10-8; Mar.-June, Sept., and Oct., Sat.-Thurs. 9-5, Fri. 9-8; July-Aug. 19, daily 9-8; Aug. 20-31, Sat.-Thurs. 9-6, Fri. 9-8; visitors may tour for up to 1½ hrs after closing. Timed tickets may be required on weekends and holidays; purchase these early in the day.

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19 Best Western Capitol Skyline
Best Western Capitol Skyline
10 I St. SW
Washington, DC 20024

Who could believe that a Best Western, built in the 1960s would make a 21st-century comeback? Yet the Capitol Skyline has done just that. The hotel is a cool retro embodiment of its earlier heritage, with a gleaming lobby and inviting rooms done in red, white, and blue (some with views of the U.S. Capitol). Children staying here will enjoy the summertime pool, and the restaurant offers a kids' menu. The hotel lies in an area considered a last frontier in Washington's development, and you will need to wait for the hotel's free shuttle, hail a cab, or hop on the Metro to reach major tourist attractions. Pros:

big outdoor pool; spacious rooms; good value.

Cons:

area sketchy at night; out-of-the-way location; restaurant has uneven food and slow service. www.capitolskyline.com. 197 rooms, 6 suites. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, pool, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Navy Yard.

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20 Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase
Courtyard by Marriott Chevy Chase
5520 Wisconsin Ave.
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Everything about the new Courtyard by Marriot Chevy Chase is bright and shiny. The sleek lobby features the chain's new interactive touch-screen "GoBoard" listing attractions, restaurants, and printable maps. Rooms are a good size and have high-tech amenities like free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Bonus for bikers: the hotel has a few bicycles (for kids and adults) that it lends guests for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Pros:

new hotel; green initiatives at work throughout the hotel; close to Metro, restaurants, and shops; outdoor pool.

Cons:

not downtown. www.marriott.com. 225 rooms, 1 suite. In-room: Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, gym, laundry facilities, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: Friendship Heights.

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21 Courtyard by Marriott Washington Northwest
Courtyard by Marriott Washington Northwest
1900 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009

The Courtyard by Marriott is hiding something. The Connecticut Avenue hotel's secret is that some of its rooms have fantastic panoramic views of the city. The Washington Monument and other historic landmarks can be spotted from some of the south-facing rooms on higher floors. No matter which direction they face, all the guest rooms have the same floor-to-ceiling windows. The hotel recently underwent a small renovation and has standard Courtyard amenities like free breakfast and free Wi-Fi. Pros:

great views from some rooms; good location; outdoor pool.

Cons:

chain-hotel feel with few unique touches; older hotel design. www.marriott.com. 147 rooms, 1 suite. In-room: safe, Internet. In-hotel: bar, pool, gym, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: Dupont Circle.

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22 Donovan House
Donovan House
1155 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005

You won't find anything remotely close to a colonial reproduction here. Complete with its hanging egg chairs, iPod docking stations, and circular showers, the Donovan House seems more Manhattan than Washington. The boutique-style hotel opened in 2008 and is already making a big splash. Guests tend to be as hip as the decor, often taking advantage of the nearby nightclubs. The hotel's restaurant Zentan serves global Asian cuisine and offers some favorites upstairs at the rooftop pool. Pros:

modern design; rooftop pool; near clubs.

Cons:

smallish rooms; 10-minute walk to Metro. www.thompsonhotels.com. 193 rooms. In-room: safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: McPherson Sq.

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23 Doubletree Guest Suites Washington, D.C
Doubletree Guest Suites Washington, D.C
801 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20037

Among the row houses on this stretch of New Hampshire Avenue you might not realize at first how close you are to the Kennedy Center and Georgetown. This all-suites hotel has a tiny lobby, but its roomy one- and two-bedroom suites have full kitchens and living-dining areas with desks, dining tables, and sofa beds. The rooftop pool provides a place to relax after summertime sightseeing. You receive chocolate-chip cookies upon arrival. Pros:

near Metro; quiet neighborhood; good online deals available.

Cons:

far from the museums; too quiet for some. www.doubletree.com. 105 suites. In-room: kitchen, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: pool, laundry facilities, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU.

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24 Doubletree Hotel Bethesda
Doubletree Hotel Bethesda
8120 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

The Doubletree has guest rooms that are larger than those at comparable hotels, with firm, comfortable beds, ample working space, and free morning newspaper delivery. The hotel caters to business travelers with a free shuttle to the nearby Metro, the National Institutes of Health, and the Naval Medical Center. Pros:

rooftop pool; hypoallergenic rooms; good value.

Cons:

outside the city; far from major attractions; a bit of a walk to Metro. www.doubletreebethesda.com. 269 rooms, 7 suites. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, laundry facilities, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Bethesda.

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25 The Dupont Hotel
The Dupont Hotel
1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

The newly renovated Dupont Hotel has pulled off Mad Men chic without so much as a hint of kitsch. The small but comfortable guest rooms are outfitted with heated bathroom floors, flat-screen TVs and surprisingly effective noise-blocking windows. A $52 million renovation and rebranding effort has upgraded all the public areas and rooms. Even a new floor has been added: Level Nine, which is like a hotel within a hotel. Each of Level Nine's contemporary rooms boasts wood floors, high ceilings, balconies that overlook the city, twice-daily housekeeping service, and access to a library-style sitting room with complimentary food, drink, and business amenities. The dark pub in the hotel's lobby has been replaced by a bright restaurant with a South Beach-style outdoor seating area overlooking the circle. Pros:

right on Dupont Circle; newly renovated hotel; fabulous Level Nine concierge level.

Cons:

traffic and noise on Dupont Circle; guest rooms on the small side; limited closet space. www.doylecollection.com/dupont. 295 rooms, 32 suites. In-room: safe, kitchen (some), Internet (some), Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Dupont Circle.

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26 Embassy Suites at Chevy Chase Pavilion
Embassy Suites at Chevy Chase Pavilion
4300 Military Rd.
Washington, DC 20015

You can feel good about your carbon footprint as you enjoy the newly renovated suites at this green hotel. The hotel cut its energy usage by a third in 2007 and boasts efficient heating and cooling systems in every suite, Energy Star appliances, a saline pool, and even prints with soy-based ink. Families will love the free breakfast and afternoon reception, two-room suites, and being attached to two shopping malls complete with dining and movie theaters. You can hop on the Metro without ever stepping outside. Pros:

eco- and family-friendly; close to Metro.

Cons:

lots of families; chain hotel. www.embassysuitesdcmetro.com. 198 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: Friendship Heights.

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27 Embassy Suites Washington, D.C
Embassy Suites Washington, D.C
1250 22nd St. NW
Washington, DC 20037

Plants cascade over balconies beneath a skylight in this modern hotel's atrium, which is filled with classical columns, plaster lions, wrought-iron lanterns, waterfalls, and tall palms. Within walking distance of Georgetown and Dupont Circle, the suites here are suitable for both business travelers and families. Beverages are complimentary at the nightly manager's reception, and the rate includes cooked-to-order breakfast. There's a kids' corner with movies and games, and the Italian restaurant, Trattoria Nicola's, serves lunch and dinner. Pros:

family-friendly; all suites; pool to keep the little ones—and sweaty tourists—happy.

Cons:

not a lot of character; museums not in walking distance. www.embassysuites.com. 318 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU or Dupont Circle.

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28 The Fairfax at Embassy Row
The Fairfax at Embassy Row
2100 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Two years and many millions of dollars turned what was once a perfectly lovely historic hotel into a wonderfully luxurious one. Gone are the English hunt club-themed rooms, the dark decor, and the Westin name. In its place are light-filled hallways, inviting bright guest rooms, and a new identity as an exclusive Luxury Collection member. Insanely soft bed lines, marble baths, decorator furnishings, more double rooms, and impeccable service make this hotel, which used to be Al Gore's childhood home, a good choice for business and leisure travelers alike. The old photos of Washington embassies and other landmarks that line the corridors pay tribute to the hotel's prestigious address and are worth checking out. The fabled Jockey Club, frequented by every first lady since Jackie Kennedy, reopened in 2008, much to the delight of Washington insiders. Pros:

historic hotel; larger rooms; great location.

Cons:

no pool; challenging street parking. www.fairfaxhoteldc.com. 259 rooms, 27 suites. In-room: safe, Internet. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, gym, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Dupont Circle.

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29 Fairmont Washington
Fairmont Washington
2401 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20037

The large glassed-in lobby and about a third of the bright, spacious rooms overlook a central courtyard and gardens. Rooms are comfortable, if not the city's most modern. The informal Juniper restaurant serves mid-Atlantic fare and has courtyard dining; there's a champagne brunch on Sunday in the Colonnade Room. The health club is one of the best in the city. Families have access to the pool, kids' menus and crayons in the restaurant, and a babysitting referral service. Family packages include things like a trip to visit the pandas at the National Zoo. Pros:

fitness fanatics will love the health club; lots of kid-friendly features.

Cons:

pricey; far from most attractions. www.fairmont.com. 406 rooms, 9 suites. In-room: safe, Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU.

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30 Four Seasons Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel
2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007

After a whopping $40 million renovation, the Four Seasons has reasserted its role as Washington's leading hotel. Impeccable service and a wealth of amenities have long made this a favorite with celebrities, hotel connoisseurs, and families. Luxurious, ultramodern rooms offer heavenly beds, flat-screen digital TVs with DVD players, and French limestone or marble baths with separate showers and sunken tubs. A 2,000-piece original art collection graces the walls, and a walk through the corridors seems like a visit to a wing of the National Gallery. The formal Seasons restaurant offers traditional dishes with an elegant twist, as well as a popular Sunday brunch. The sophisticated spa here is one of the best in town. Pros:

edge of Georgetown makes for a fabulous location; lap-of-luxury feel; impeccable service.

Cons:

expensive; challenging street parking; far from Metro. www.fourseasons.com/washington. 160 rooms, 51 suites. In-room: safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, children's programs, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Foggy Bottom.

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31 Grand Hyatt Washington
Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

In this high-rise hotel's airy atrium a player piano sits on a small island surrounded by a waterfall-fed blue lagoon. You can enter Metro Center, the hub of D.C.'s subway system, directly from the lobby. Cozy guest rooms have plush mattresses and thick down comforters, and marble baths are filled with Portico spa products. The hotel's sports bar is a good place to catch the game and a beer. Pros:

great location for sightseeing and shopping; often has weekend deals.

Cons:

often filled with conventioneers; chain-hotel feel, service can be impersonal. www.grandwashington.hyatt.com. 851 rooms, 37 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Metro Center.

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32 Hay-Adams Hotel
Hay-Adams Hotel
1 Lafayette Sq. NW
Washington, DC 20006

It's no wonder that the Obamas chose this impressive Washington landmark as their first Washington home as they got ready to move into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Less expensive guest rooms overlook the historic St. John's Episcopal Church and are equally lovely. The Lafayette serves American fare and serves as the backdrop to many a Washington power lunch or dinner. The Off the Record bar downstairs lives up to its reputation as "the place to be seen but not heard." A new fitness center was recently opened at the hotel. Pros:

plush guest rooms; impeccable service; almost in the shadow of the White House.

Cons:

expensive; no pool. www.hayadams.com. 145 rooms, 21 suites. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: McPherson Sq. or Farragut N.

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33 Henley Park Hotel
Henley Park Hotel
926 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

A Tudor-style building adorned with gargoyles, this National Historic Trust hotel has the cozy charm of an English country house. Rooms are charming, with nice touches like four-poster beds. There are also modern amenities like flat-screen TVs. Afternoon tea is served at 4 PM in the handsome Wilkes room. The highly acclaimed Coeur de Lion restaurant serves regional American dishes. Pros:

historic building; privileges at nearby pool; frequent weekend specials.

Cons:

little parking; some street noise. www.henleypark.com. 83 rooms, 13 suites. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Metro Center.

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34 Hilton Arlington Hotel
Hilton Arlington Hotel
950 N. Stafford St.
Arlington, VA 22203

Traveling Downtown is easy from this hotel just above a Metro stop. Guest rooms offer "serenity" beds, work desks, and comfy chairs, and the hotel's service is friendly and responsive. The hotel also has direct access via a covered skywalk to the Ballston Common Mall and National Science Foundation. The hotel now has a workout room on-site. Pros:

easy Metro access; big rooms; online check-in.

Cons:

far from attractions; chain-hotel feel; no pool. www.hiltonarlington.com. 209 rooms, 5 suites. In-room: Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Ballston.

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35 Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston
Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston
4610 N. Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, VA 22203

You can get in and out of Washington quickly from this hotel three blocks from a Metro station. Especially comfortable for business travelers, rooms have spacious workspaces, plus tea/coffeemakers. Sightseers can take advantage of the hotel's proximity to Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima and Downtown monuments and museums. Kids 12 and under eat free. Pros:

free high-speed Internet access; free parking on Friday and Saturday nights; near the Metro.

Cons:

outside the city; typical chain-style guest rooms. www.hiarlington.com. 221 rooms, 2 suites. In-room: Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, laundry facilities, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Ballston.

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36 Holiday Inn Capitol
Holiday Inn Capitol
550 C St. SW
Washington, DC 20024

One block from the National Air and Space Museum, this family-friendly hotel has a great location for those bound for the Smithsonian museums. Rooms have comfortable beds, granite vanities in the bathrooms, coffeemakers, and hair dryers. The Downtown sightseeing trolley stops here, making getting around town a snap. Kids stay free, and those under 12 eat for free at Capitol Bistro. Pros:

family-friendly; rooftop pool; close to museums.

Cons:

limited dining options nearby; not much going on in the neighborhood at night. www.hicapitoldc.com. 532 rooms, 13 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, pool, gym, laundry facilities, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: L'Enfant Plaza.

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37 Holiday Inn Georgetown
Holiday Inn Georgetown
2101 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20007

On the edge of Georgetown, this Holiday Inn is a short walk from Dumbarton Oaks, National Cathedral, and Georgetown University. Many guest rooms offer a scenic view of the Washington skyline. There's a free shuttle service to the Metro and a bus stop at the front door. Kids under 12 eat free, and rooms offer video games. Pros:

quiet neighborhood; walk to restaurants; pretty pool.

Cons:

not near a Metro; far from Downtown. www.higeorgetown.com. 281 rooms, 4 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, laundry facilities, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Foggy Bottom.

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38 Homewood Suites by Hilton, Washington
Homewood Suites by Hilton, Washington
1475 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005

The large family room-style lobby here often is abuzz with people in suits preparing presentations and tourists resting up from the day. In the morning all guests can take advantage of the extensive breakfast buffet. The main room in the two-room suites (all were renovated in 2008) have pullout sofas, a work area that doubles as a table, and kitchens complete with microwaves, dishwashers and full-size refrigerators. If you drop off a list in the morning, hotel staff will do your grocery shopping for no additional fee. You can also buy ice cream, frozen dinners, and snacks at the little shop off the front desk and there is a complimentary dinner buffet Monday through Thursday. Pros:

roomy suites; reduced weekend rates; good for families and extended stays.

Cons:

no pool; difficult street parking; 10 minutes to Metro. www.homewoodsuites.com. 175 suites. In-room: kitchen, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: gym, laundry facilities, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: McPherson Sq.

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39 Hotel Helix
Hotel Helix
1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20002

In the Logan Circle neighborhood, the Helix combines a hip vibe with colorful hospitality. The theme here is fame, with blown-up photos of pop-culture icons ranging from Little Richard to Martin Luther King Jr. Some suites have bunk beds and flat-screen TVs. The minibar is stocked with fun extras like Pop Rocks candy. The Helix Lounge serves such American comfort food as its well-loved Helix burger. Pros:

funky feel; good service; afternoon champagne.

Cons:

a schlep to the Metro; no pool; small gym. www.hotelhelix.com. 160 rooms, 18 suites. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, gym, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: McPherson Sq.

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40 Hotel Lombardy
Hotel Lombardy
2019 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20006

From the European antiques to the Oriental wool rugs to the original oil paintings, Hotel Lombardy has lots of charm. The 1926 art deco building, recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, originally served as a luxury apartment house. Guest rooms feature plush bedding, work desks, and steel-and-chrome bathrooms. In summer, ask for free passes to the pool at the nearby Washington Plaza. Pros:

homey rooms; beautiful lounge; three blocks from the White House.

Cons:

old-fashioned; expensive breakfast; on busy street. www.hotellombardy.com. 140 rooms 20 suites. In-room: kitchen, Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Foggy Bottom-GWU.

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41 Hotel Madera
Hotel Madera
1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

The unique Hotel Madera sits in a quiet part of town southwest of Dupont Circle. Innovative guest rooms with art-nouveau styling have high-tech touches. Extra-spacious "specialty rooms" have finer furnishings, although the bathrooms remain small. The adjoining Firefly Bistro has a sophisticated look and specializes in American comfort food. A tree hung with candles calls to mind the restaurant's name. Check in with a hybrid car and get a discount on parking. Pros:

fun hotel; convenient location.

Cons:

no pool or gym; small bathrooms. www.hotelmadera.com. 82 rooms. In-room: safe, kitchen (some), Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Dupont Circle.

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42 Hotel Monaco
Hotel Monaco
700 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004

Designed by Robert Mills (who also did the Washington Monument), the 1839 Tariff Building was one of the leading neoclassical buildings of its day. The brilliantly restored interior introduces a colorful, playful feel to the landmark edifice. Rooms have 15-foot vaulted ceilings, eclectic furnishings, and minibars with martini kits. If you wish, the staff will deliver companion goldfish to your room for the duration of your stay. The fashionable Poste Brasserie serves contemporary American cuisine, and the Verizon Center is right across the street. Pros:

fun location next to Spy Museum; near great restaurants and shops; convenient to the Metro.

Cons:

noisy part of town; pricey; no pool. www.monaco-dc.com. 167 rooms, 16 suites. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, gym, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Gallery Pl./Chinatown.

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43 Hotel Palomar
Hotel Palomar
2121 P St. NW
Washington, DC 20037

The P alomar is winning hearts and minds with space, style, and its hard-to-beat location. Guest rooms here are some of the largest in town, and are decorated with cool animal prints. (Think tiger-striped robes, crocodile-patterned carpets, and faux-lynx throws.) Plush purple and fuschia furnishings splash color on muted chocolate-beige rooms. Although bathrooms are surprisingly small, L'Occitane toiletries ease the blow; other up-to-the-minute details include laptop-size safes and iPod docking stations. Pros:

spacious rooms; outdoor pool; good for pet owners.

Cons:

smallish baths; busy public areas not cozy for sitting. www.hotelpalomar-dc.com. 315 rooms, 20 suites. In-room: safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Dupont Circle.

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44 Hotel Palomar Arlington
Hotel Palomar Arlington
1121 N. 19th St.
Arlington, VA 22209

From the mood lighting to the burnt-orange marble reception desk to the fantastically funky living room off the lobby, you might think you woke up in South Beach rather than Rosslyn. Complimentary coffee, tea, and newspapers are in the living room every morning, and all meals are served at the hotel's Italian restaurant, Domaso. The Metro is a short walk away. Stop by for the nightly "Wines Around the World" reception. Pros:

sleek design; attention to detail; comfy beds.

Cons:

un-hip location; some noise from airport; no swimming pool. www.hotelpalomar-arlington.com. 142 rooms, 12 suites. In-room: safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, gym, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Rosslyn.

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45 Hotel Rouge
Hotel Rouge
1315 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

This postmodern hotel bathed in red succeeds at bringing Florida's South Beach club scene to D.C. guest rooms. With specialty themes such as "chill or chow," the rooms are decorated with swanky eye-catching furniture. In the hip lobby lounge the bartenders are always busy concocting sweet new drinks. Bar Rouge, the cocktail lounge, attracts club-going denizens at all hours. Pros:

great lounge scene; gay-friendly vibe; good location.

Cons:

no pool; the scene is not for everybody. www.rougehotel.com. 137 rooms. In-room: safe, kitchen (some). In-hotel: bar, gym, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Dupont Circle.

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46 Hyatt Regency Bethesda
Hyatt Regency Bethesda
1 Bethesda Metro Center
Bethesda, MD 20814

This hotel stands atop the Bethesda Metro station on Wisconsin Avenue, the main artery between Bethesda and Georgetown; Downtown Washington is a 15-minute Metro ride away. Well-equipped guest rooms have sleigh beds and mahogany furnishings, as well as large workstations for business travelers. They also include 32-inch TVs and marble baths. The rooftop fitness center and indoor pool are welcome retreats from a busy day in the city. Pros:

at Metro; walk to dozens of restaurants; indoor pool.

Cons:

often crowded; noise from lobby. www.bethesda.hyatt.com. 391 rooms, 7 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Bethesda.

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47 Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

A favorite for political events, fund-raising dinners, and networking meetings, this property is a solid choice if you're planning on spending a lot of time on the Hill. Expect to find the newly renovated lobby abuzz with groups getting ready to participate in the political process. The Hyatt often serves as home base for lobbying days, where organizations bring in busloads of people to meet with lawmakers. The hotel is within walking distance of Union Station, home to Amtrak, the Metro, shops, a food court, and restaurants. The recently expanded gift shop serves Starbucks coffee along with fresh pastries, bagels, and other treats. You can feel good about your carbon footprint when you sleep here. The hotel is one of the most environmentally friendly in the city, doing everything from pre-setting thermostats in guest rooms to utilizing earth-friendly cleaning products to monitoring its electrical use each day. The Old Town Trolley has a stop right in front of the hotel and goes to the city's top tourist destinations. Pros:

indoor pool; quick walk to Union Station; near the Capitol.

Cons:

busy; lots of groups; escalator in lobby. www.hyattregencywashington.com. 802 rooms, 32 suites. In-room: Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Union Station.

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48 The Inn at Dupont Circle North
The Inn at Dupont Circle North
1620 T St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

A more modern version of its sister property, the Inn at Dupont Circle South, this small hotel is a good choice if you want to be close to the restaurants and shops of Dupont Circle. Rooms have high-tech touches like flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Some have whirlpool tubs and working fireplaces. A full breakfast is served every morning. Pros:

good location; breakfast included.

Cons:

not as charming as other bed-and-breakfasts; some shared baths; steps to climb. www.thedupontcollection.com. 7 rooms, 5 with bath. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: laundry facilities. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Dupont Circle.

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49 JW Marriott Pennsylvania Avenue
JW Marriott Pennsylvania Avenue
1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004

From the location near the White House to the views from the top floors, it's hard to forget you are in the nation's capital when you stay here. Down in the lobby there is always lots of hustle and bustle as the many tourists and businesspeople who stay here get ready to take on Capitol Hill. Pros:

in the heart of town; spiffy rooms; good views from top floors.

Cons:

very busy; expensive for what you get; chain-hotel feel. www.jwmarriottdc.com. 729 rooms, 33 suites. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Metro Center.

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50 Key Bridge Marriott
Key Bridge Marriott
1401 Lee Hwy.
Arlington, VA 22209

If you don't mind being across the Potomac, this hotel is a good choice. Guest rooms sparkle, and the views from the hotel's Potomac side are camera worthy. Although the property carries a Virginia zip code, you can walk over the Key Bridge into Georgetown, and the Rosslyn Metro is about four blocks away. Added bonus: one of the few hotels in town with an indoor-outdoor pool. Pros:

good choice if traveling with kids; near the Metro.

Cons:

outside the city; area dull at night. www.marriott/waskb-key-bridge. 568 rooms, 14 suites. In-room: safe. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Rosslyn.

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51 Latham Hotel
Latham Hotel
3000 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20007

Many of the beautifully decorated rooms at this boutique hotel offer treetop views of the Potomac River and the C&O Canal. The polished-brass-and-glass lobby leads to Citronelle, one of the city's most acclaimed (and expensive) French restaurants—make reservations well before you arrive. You'll find a number of Washington's most illustrious personalities here for dinner, with many diplomats overnighting at the hotel. Be prepared for occasional street noise in some rooms, as the Latham lies on a fashionable avenue. Pros:

fun location; lots of charm; great restaurant.

Cons:

street noise; busy area at night and on weekends. www.thelatham.com. 133 rooms, 9 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Foggy Bottom.

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52 The Liaison Capitol Hill, An Affinia Hotel
The Liaison Capitol Hill, An Affinia Hotel
415 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

The Manhattan-based Affinia Hotel group is the latest urban hotel chain to stake its claim on Washington. The Liaison marries modern style with customized service elements, such as a pillow menu. The lobby gives off a private nightclub vibe and showcases a series of specially commissioned 6-foot monochromatic portraits of world leaders like Martin Luther King, Margaret Thatcher, and Gandhi. The space also houses the hotel's popular lounge, which buzzes into the early hours of the morning with political players and night owls alike. Pros:

fantastic rooftop pool and deck; in-house Art and Soul restaurant is a choice dining destination; sidewalk patio for people-watching and summer cocktails.

Cons:

some street noise at night; no great room views; expensive parking. www.affinia.com. 343 rooms. In-room: safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Union Station.

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53 The Madison
The Madison
1177 15th St. NW
Washington, DC 22205

Luxury and meticulous service prevail at the stately Madison, which is why the signatures of presidents, prime ministers, sultans, and kings fill the guest register. Deceptively contemporary on the outside, the 15-story building is an elegant blend of Georgian, Federal, and American Empire styles. The M Street location puts you close to the White House, many monuments, and dozens of Downtown restaurants. A 2008 renovation bathed the guest rooms in soothing natural colors and gave them a more-contemporary feel. The plush bed linens and the heated towel racks are favorites with many regulars. Pros:

twice-daily maid service; central location.

Cons:

pricey; no pool. 311 rooms, 38 suites. In-room: safe, Internet. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, gym, spa, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: McPherson Sq.

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54 Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C
Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C
1330 Maryland Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20024

This hotel set a new standard of sophisticated luxury and refined service. The expansive lobby's floor-to-ceiling windows let you take in the grandeur of the Tidal Basin and the Jefferson Memorial. During cherry blossom season the Empress Lounge is among the most sought-after spots in town. Throughout the year, the gourmet CityZen is one of Washington's hottest restaurants. Asian accents and an impressive art collection are incorporated throughout the public areas and the guest rooms, which either overlook the waterfront or the Mall. The beds, dressed in imported Fili D'oro linens, will lull you to sleep and might very well make you want to ignore your wake-up call. The decadent spa is among the best around. Pros:

decadent spa; beautiful views; best location for cherry-blossom viewing.

Cons:

expensive; a bit out of the way; few nearby dining options. www.mandarinoriental.com. 400 rooms, 53 suites. In-room: safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Smithsonian.

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55 Marriott Residence Inn Bethesda Downtown
Marriott Residence Inn Bethesda Downtown
7335 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

In the heart of downtown Bethesda, this all-suites hotel caters primarily to business travelers who stay for several nights. If you're looking for an affordable home away from home, this is a sensible option. The comfortably (though slightly blandly) furnished one- and two-bedroom suites come with fully equipped kitchens with a standard-size refrigerator and dishwasher, plates, and utensils. The many complimentary services include grocery shopping, a breakfast buffet, and evening cocktail and dessert receptions. Pros:

tons of restaurants within walking distance; rooftop pool; walk to Metro.

Cons:

far from monuments; chain-hotel feel. www.residenceinnbethesdahotel.com. 187 suites. In-room: kitchen, Internet. In-hotel: pool, gym, laundry facilities, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: Bethesda.

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56 Marriott Wardman Park
Marriott Wardman Park
2660 Woodley Rd. NW
Washington, DC 20008

You almost get the sense that you stepped into a mini city when you first enter the Marriott Wardman Park. The hotel, housed in a hard-to-miss redbrick Victorian building behind the Woodley Park Metro, is massive. Many rooms recently benefited from a $100 million upgrade, leaving them with splashes of bright colors typical of many a Marriott these days. Rooms in the decidedly quieter 1918 Wardman Tower have not yet been renovated, but some will prefer its low-key vibe. The hotel's ground level has tons of seating, food choices, a full-service Starbucks, and lots of places to plug in. Kids will love the outdoor pool and the proximity to the pandas. Pros:

on top of Metro; light-filled sundeck; pretty residential neighborhood with good restaurants.

Cons:

busy; loud; lines at restaurants when hotel is full. www.marriott.com. 1,171 rooms, 145 suites. In-room: safe, kitchen (some), Internet. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, pool, gym, spa, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Woodley Park/Zoo.

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57 Marriott Washington at Metro Center
Marriott Washington at Metro Center
775 12th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005

Near the White House, the MCI Center, and the Smithsonian museums, the Marriott has many virtues, including a marble lobby, original artwork, and the popular Metro Center Grille, Plaza Stop Café, and Regatta Raw Bar. Guest rooms have all the bells and whistles. The indoor pool and health club are among the best in town. Pros:

great location; popular restaurants.

Cons:

busy location; big chain hotel. www.marriott.com/wasmc. 451 rooms, 2 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Metro Center.

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58 The Normandy
The Normandy
2118 Wyoming Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Nestled on a residential street near Embassy Row, this quiet bed-and-breakfast-style hotel is walking distance to dozens of restaurants, shops, and bars without being on top of any of them. All of the cozy rooms were recently updated. Breakfast is served every morning in the pretty conservatory and in good weather can be enjoyed on the terrace. The staff bakes cookies each afternoon and hosts a weekly wine-and-cheese reception. In the summer guests can use the outdoor pool at the nearby Courtyard by Marriott. Pros:

quiet location; close to restaurants and shops; charming inn-like hotel.

Cons:

no fitness center or pool on-site; a bit of a walk to the Metro. www.doylecollection.com/normandy. 75 rooms. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: Dupont Circle.

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59 Omni Shoreham Hotel
Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St., NW
Washington, DC 20008

This elegant hotel overlooking Rock Creek Park has been lovingly tended and is aging gracefully. The light-filled guest rooms have a soothing garden palette and feature flat-screen TVs and marble bathrooms. The vast art deco-and-Renaissance-style lobby welcomes visitors, who in the past have ranged from the Beatles to heads of state (the hotel has played host to inaugural balls since its 1930 opening). There is even a resident ghost said to haunt Suite 870. Families will love the larger-than-typical guest rooms, kiddie pool, bird-watching, bike rentals, and movie nights. Parents: Ask the concierge about story time and cuddles with the guide dog for the blind who trains at the hotel. Pros:

historic property; great pool and sundeck; good views from many rooms.

Cons:

not Downtown; big. www.omnihotels.com. 818 rooms, 16 suites. In-room: safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa, children's programs, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Woodley Park/Zoo.

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60 Park Hyatt
Park Hyatt
1201 24th St. NW
Washington, DC 20037

A study in stylish neutrality, this hotel is all clean lines, natural wood, and sun-warmed glass. Minimalist rooms are enlivened by duck decoys and Shaker accents; delicate white linens make up wide, luxurious beds. Deluxe rooms are worth the extra cost, with separate living rooms and spacious, spa-style stone bathrooms equipped with massive showerheads. Free car service from the hotel is offered weekdays 7 am to 11 pm. Downstairs, the Blue Duck Tavern is recommended. Pros:

spacious rooms; good for entertaining; lull-you-to-sleep beds.

Cons:

expensive valet parking; not convenient to Metro. www.parkwashington.hyatt.com. 196 rooms, 19 suites. In-room: safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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61 Phoenix Park Hotel
Phoenix Park Hotel
520 N. Capitol St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

If you prefer to be near the Hill but not in a convention hotel, Phoenix Park may be for you. Guest rooms at this hotel named for a Dublin park boast comfy beds with 300-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets and equally soft Irish cotton bathrobes in the closets. The hotel is also across the street from Union Station, meaning you have lots of dining choices. At the always-packed Dubliner Restaurant and Pub, which provides in-room dining, Irish entertainers perform nightly. Pros:

perfect location; pleasant guest rooms.

Cons:

no swimming pool; small rooms. www.phoenixparkhotel.com. 149 rooms, 6 suites. In-room: safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Union Station.

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62 The Quincy
The Quincy
1823 L St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

The black, white, and orange color scheme carries throughout the property, which now offers studio-style rooms with various-size kitchenettes. Kids—and the kid inside you—will get a kick out of the pay-per-play Nintendo games, while the many business travelers who pass through appreciate the large desks, laptop-size safes, and free Wi-Fi. Two different Metro stations—Farragut North and Farragut West—are a short walk from the front door, making it convenient to most of the city. Mackey's, the hotel's popular Irish pub, serves traditional Irish food and drink and gives off an everybody-knows-your-name kind of vibe. Pros:

central location; convenient to Metro; affordable weekend rates.

Cons:

much of the area shuts down at end of the workday; no pool. www.thequincy.com. 78 rooms, 21 suites. In-room: safe, kitchen, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, laundry facilities, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Farragut N or Farragut W.

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63 Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
Renaissance Mayflower Hotel
1127 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

The magnificent block-long lobby with its series of antique crystal chandeliers and gilded columns is a destination in itself. Guest rooms at this grande dame hotel, which opened its doors in 1925 for Calvin Coolidge's inauguration, are done in soothing yellows, green, tans, and blues. Town and Country, the hotel's inside-the-Beltway power bar, has been a place for political wheeling and dealing for nearly as long as the hotel. Sam the bartender mixes up 101 martinis to keep guests happily in the drink. Work off the booze and the crab cakes, a favorite on the menu at the hotel's elegant Café Promenade, in the spa-like fitness center. Pros:

historic building; near dozens of restaurants; a few steps from Metro.

Cons:

rooms vary greatly in size; no pool. www.marriott.com. 657 rooms, 74 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Farragut N.

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64 Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel
Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel
999 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

Close to the Washington Convention Center and MCI Center, the Renaissance offers extensive business services and guest rooms with special mattresses and linens. The hotel includes a 10,000-square-foot fitness center and indoor lap pool. The casual restaurant, 15 Squares, serves regional American cuisine; the Presidents' Sports Bar is decorated with black-and-white photos of U.S. presidents at play; Starbuck's serves its signature brew in the lobby. Pros:

convenient to convention center; near Metro.

Cons:

convention crowds; chain-hotel feel. www.marriott.com. 775 rooms, 26 suites. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, pool, gym, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Gallery Pl./Chinatown.

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65 Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City
Residence Inn Arlington Pentagon City
550 Army Navy Dr.
Arlington, VA 22202

The view across the Potomac of the D.C. skyline and the monuments is magnificent from this all-suites hotel. Adjacent to the Pentagon, the high-rise is two blocks from the Pentagon City Fashion Centre mall, which has a food court, shops, and a Metro stop. All suites include full kitchens with dishwashers, ice makers, coffeemakers, toasters, dishes, and utensils. Complimentary services include grocery shopping, daily newspaper delivery, full breakfast, light dinner Monday to Wednesday, and movies, popcorn, and ice cream on Thursday evening. Pros:

a plus for families; easy walk to Metro; airport shuttle.

Cons:

outside D.C.; neighborhood dead at night. www.marriott.com. 299 suites. In-room: kitchen, Internet. In-hotel: pool, gym, laundry facilities, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: Pentagon City.

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66 Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City
Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City
1250 S. Hayes St.
Arlington, VA 22202

This Ritz has a more contemporary feel than one might traditionally associate with the luxury chain. The large guest rooms now shine in gold, yellow, and blue, and flat-screen TVs have been placed in all rooms. Attached to a shopping mall, this Ritz-Carlton is a quick cab ride from both Ronald Reagan National Airport and Downtown D.C. Afternoon tea remains popular. Metro can be accessed through the mall. Pros:

indoor walk to Metro; lovely restaurant; indoor pool; airport shuttle.

Cons:

outside D.C.; slightly less ritzy than other Ritz properties. www.ritzcarlton.com. 345 rooms, 21 suites. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Pentagon City.

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67 Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C
Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C
1150 22nd St. NW
Washington, DC 20037

Already one of the city's top hotels, the Ritz-Carlton got a $12 million face-lift in 2008, leaving the guest rooms, lobby, and lounges even more luxurious. Rooms are done in soothing pale yellow and moss-green, embracing a refined classic look that has come to define the Ritz-Carlton. Beds are dressed in 400-thread-count Egyptian cotton linens and have earned the reputation as some of the most comfortable in town. The large marble tubs, separate showers, and Bulgari toiletries are similarly inviting. Impeccable service makes you feel pampered. The hotel's Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert serves American fare and has amassed a loyal following. Pros:

attentive service; convenient to several parts of town.

Cons:

pricey room rates; expensive valet parking. www.ritzcarlton.com/hotels/washington_dc. 300 rooms, 32 suites. In-room: safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Foggy Bottom/GWU.

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68 St. Regis Washington, D.C
St. Regis Washington, D.C
923 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20006

Don't forget to admire the hand-painted ceiling in the newly restored lobby of the St. Regis, a 1926 landmark hotel that reopened in January 2008 after an extensive 16-month restoration. Pratesi linens line the beds, a 15-inch LCD TV is recessed behind the bathroom mirror in every guest room, and personal butlers now carry BlackBerrys, so while you're out you can e-mail requests like "Please pack my bags." Just two blocks from the White House, this Italian Renaissance-style hotel attracts a formal business crowd. If you check in with children, hotel staff will give them F.A.O. Schwarz teddy bears and bring kid-size robes to your room. The concierge also keeps a selection of toys and games on hand and can arrange babysitting. Newly opened Adour offers a contemporary French menu created by executive chef Julien Jouhannaud. Pros:

close to White House; historic property; exceptional service.

Cons:

no pool; most rooms don't have great views; very expensive. www.stregis.com/washington. 175 rooms, 25 suites. In-room: safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, gym, spa, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Farragut North.

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69 Swann House
Swann House
1808 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20009

From breakfast under the antique crystal chandelier to evening sherry by the fire, the days pass grandly in this romantic 1883 mansion. Equidistant from Dupont Circle's establishment scene and U Street's antiestablishment one, the location is convenient for much of D.C.'s nightlife. But like the local couples who come here for romantic weekends, you might be tempted to stay in, particularly if you've booked a room with a whirlpool tub or a two-person claw-foot tub. The Lighthouse Room, in one of the mansion's round turrets, is small, but three huge windows flood it with light, and there's an engaging view of the dog park across the street. A small swimming pool beckons in hot weather. Pros:

perfect location; beautiful and lavish rooms; fireplaces in winter, a pool in summer.

Cons:

it is a bed-and-breakfast, so you're expected to mingle; cheaper rooms are small. www.swannhouse.com. 9 rooms, 4 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: pool, parking, some age restrictions. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: Dupont Circle.

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70 Topaz Hotel
Topaz Hotel
1733 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

A night at the Topaz is akin to a slumber party at a New Age dance club. The hotel's mystical theme is expressed through the colorful walls and art, allusions to different forms of enlightenment, and the fruity "power shots" served every morning. Creatively themed guest rooms may come with exercise equipment or yoga mats. The popular (and loud) Topaz Bar draws people from all over town. Pros:

hybrid cars park free; good service; no cookie-cutter rooms.

Cons:

funky style not for everyone; no pool. www.topazhotel.com. 91 rooms, 8 suites. In-room: safe, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: bar, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Dupont Circle.

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71 W Washington, D.C
W Washington, D.C
515 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

From the DJ that spins tunes the living room-style lobby to the ultramodern room furnishings, this isn't your grandparents' hotel. The brand new W is the latest player to enter DC's growing contemporary hotel scene. It's nearly impossible to forget where you are: floor-to-ceiling windows in the J&G Steakhouse restaurant offer spectacular views of the Washington Monument and other iconic sites and, unless your last name is Obama, you pretty much aren't going to get a better look at the White House than from the outdoor rooftop bar lounge. Pros:

new hip hotel; individualized and attentive service; fabulous location

Cons:

pricey; too modern for some; no pool. www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels. 317 rooms, 32 suites. In-room: safe, Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bars, gym, spa, business center, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: McPherson Sq.

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72 Washington Doubletree Hotel
Washington Doubletree Hotel
1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005

Just off Scott Circle, the Doubletree offers spacious, recently renovated guest rooms that have comfortable beds, well-equipped workstations, clock radios with MP3 players, and coffeemakers. An American bistro, 15 Ria, brings a New York sensibility to the hotel, which is only six blocks from the White House. Pros:

child-friendly; good location; new fitness center.

Cons:

no pool; limited street parking. www.washington.doubletree.com. 181 rooms, 39 suites. In-room: safe, Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Dupont Circle.

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73 Willard InterContinental
Willard InterContinental
1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20004

This historic hotel has long been a favorite of American presidents and other newsmakers. Superb service and a wealth of amenities are hallmarks of the hotel, two blocks from the White House. The spectacular Beaux-Arts lobby showcases great columns, sparkling chandeliers, mosaic floors, and elaborate ceilings. Period detail is reflected in the rooms, which have Federal-style furniture and sleek marble bathrooms. The new French bistro-style restaurant Café du Parc serves three meals in a casual atmosphere. The Willard has opened its own history gallery, which chronicles the hotel's legendary past with photos, newspaper articles, and artifacts. Pros:

luxurious historic hotel; great location; decadent spa.

Cons:

expensive; no pool. www.washington.interconti.com. 292 rooms, 40 suites. In-room: safe, Internet. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, gym, parking, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Metro Center.

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74 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial

Washington, DC 20024

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial. Unveiled in 1997, this 7.5-acre memorial to the 32nd president includes waterfalls and reflecting pools, four outdoor gallery rooms—one for each of Roosevelt's presidential terms (1933 to 1945)—and 10 bronze sculptures. The granite megaliths connecting the galleries are engraved with some of Roosevelt's famous statements, including, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

Highlights

Congress established the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Commission in 1955, and invited prospective designers to look to "the character and work of Roosevelt to give us the theme of a memorial." Several decades passed before Lawrence Halprin's design for a "walking environmental experience" was selected. It incorporates work by artists Leonard Baskin, Neil Estern, Robert Graham, Thomas Hardy, and George Segal, and master stone carver John Benson.

The statue of a wheelchair-bound Roosevelt near the entrance of the memorial was added in 2001. Originally, the memorial showed little evidence of Roosevelt's polio, which he contracted at age 39. He used a wheelchair for the last 24 years of his life, but kept his disability largely hidden from public view. The statue was added after years of debate about whether to portray Roosevelt realistically or to honor his desire not to display his disability.

A bronze statue of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt stands in front of the United Nations symbol in the fourth room. She was a vocal spokesperson for human rights and one of the most influential women of her time.

You're encouraged to touch the handprints and Braille along the columns in the second room, which represent the working hands of the American people.

TIPS

If you come with a toddler, head straight to the third room. Though youngsters can't sit on Roosevelt's lap, they can pet Fala, Roosevelt's Scottish terrier. The tips of Fala's ears and his nose shine from all the attention.

Allow about 30 minutes at this memorial. Take your time walking through the most expansive presidential memorial in Washington and read the lines from FDR's speeches.

This was the first memorial designed to be wheelchair accessible. Several pillars with Braille lettering and tactile images help the visually impaired.

This memorial presents good opportunities for family photographs. You can strike a pose while petting Fala, joining the men in the breadline, or listening to Roosevelt's fireside chat.

At night the lighting over the waterfalls creates interesting shadows, and there's not as much noise from airplanes overhead. www.nps.gov/fdrm. Admission: Free. Hours: 24 hrs; staffed daily 8 am-midnight. Metro: Smithsonian.

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75 Korean War Veterans Memorial
Korean War Veterans Memorial

Washington, DC 20024

Korean War Veterans Memorial. This memorial to the 1.5 million United States men and women who served in the Korean War (1950-53) highlights the high cost of freedom. Nearly 37,000 Americans were killed on the Korean peninsula, 8,000 were missing in action, and more than 103,000 were wounded. The privately funded memorial was dedicated on July 27, 1995, on the 42nd anniversary of the Korean War Armistice. Compare this memorial to the more intimate Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the grandiose World War II Memorial.

Highlights

In the Field of Service,

19 oversize stainless-steel soldiers toil through a rugged triangular terrain toward an American flag; look beneath the helmets to see their weary faces. The reflection in the polished black granite wall to their right doubles their number to 38, symbolic of the 38th parallel, the latitude established as the border between North and South Korea in 1953, as well as the 38 months of the war.

Unlike many memorials, this one contains few words, but what's here is poignant. The 164-foot-long granite wall etched with the faces of 2,400 unnamed servicemen and servicewomen says simply, "Freedom is not free." The plaque at the base of the flagpole reads, "Our nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met." The only other words are the names of 22 countries that volunteered forces or medical support, including Great Britain, France, Greece, and Turkey.

The adjacent circular Pool of Remembrance honors all who were killed, captured, wounded, or missing in action; it's a quiet spot for contemplation.

Tips

Allow about 10 or 15 minutes at this memorial.

A sign at the entrance to the memorial indicates the time of the next park ranger-led interpretive talk.

You can get service information on the soldiers who died in the Korean War from the touch-screen computer at the memorial information booth. Further information about veterans and casualties is available at www.koreanwar.org.

It's tempting for kids to trek through the field with the statues, but they're not allowed to. They can strike a pose next to the wall and see their reflection added to those of the 19 soldiers.

Visit the shop in the nearby Lincoln Memorial for books and souvenirs relating to the Korean War. www.nps.gov/kwvm. Admission: Free. Hours: 24 hrs; staffed daily 8 am-midnight. Metro: Foggy Bottom.

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76 Lincoln Memorial
Lincoln Memorial

Washington, DC 20024

Lincoln Memorial. Many consider the Lincoln Memorial the most inspiring monument in Washington, but that hasn't always been the case: early detractors thought it inappropriate that a president known for his humility should be honored with what amounts to a grandiose Greek temple. The memorial was intended to be a symbol of national unity, but over time it has come to represent social justice and civil rights.

Highlights

Daniel Chester French's statue of the seated president gazes out over the Reflecting Pool. The 19-foot-high sculpture is made of 28 pieces of Georgia marble.

The surrounding white Colorado-marble memorial was designed by Henry Bacon and completed in 1922. The 36 Doric columns represent the 36 states in the Union at the time of Lincoln's death; their names appear on the frieze above the columns. Over the frieze are the names of the 48 states in existence when the memorial was dedicated. Alaska and Hawaii are represented with an inscription on the terrace leading up to the memorial. At night the memorial is illuminated, creating a striking play of light and shadow across Lincoln's face.

Two of Lincoln's great speeches—the second inaugural address and the Gettysburg Address—are carved on the north and south walls. Above each is a Jules Guerin mural: the south wall has an angel of truth freeing a slave; the unity of North and South is opposite.

The memorial's powerful symbolism makes it a popular gathering place: In its shadow Americans marched for integrated schools in 1958, rallied for an end to the Vietnam War in 1967, and laid wreaths in a ceremony honoring the Iranian hostages in 1979. It may be best known, though, as the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

Tips

On the lower level of the memorial is a small museum financed with pennies collected by schoolchildren.

Lincoln's face and hands look especially lifelike because they're based on castings done while he was president. Those who know sign language might recognize that the left hand is shaped like an A and the right like an L. It's unlikely this was intentional, but the sculptor, Daniel Chester French, did have a deaf son.

After the 2008 election, AVAAZ erected a 24-foot message board here with the words "Congratulations President Obama—Change Won't be Easy, but…Together, As One World, Yes We Can," which gathered thousands of messages of hope and congratulations from 224 countries and territories.

See where Lincoln was shot (on April 14, 1865) at Ford's Theatre (511 10th St. NW) and the bullet that killed him at the National Museum of Health and Medicine (6900 Georgia Ave. and Elder St. NW; nmhm.washingtondc.museum). www.nps.gov/linc. Admission: Free. Hours: 24 hrs; staffed daily 8 am-midnight. Metro: Foggy Bottom.

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77 National Aquarium
National Aquarium
14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001

Established in 1873, this is the country's oldest public aquarium, with more than 1,200 fish and other creatures—such as eels, sharks, and alligators—representing 270 species of fresh- and saltwater life. Seekers of a transcendent aquarium experience will probably be happier visiting the Baltimore National Aquarium, which is routinely ranked among the nation's best. But the easy-to-view tanks, accessible touching pool (with crabs and sea urchins), low admission fee, and absence of crowds make this a good outing with children. There are also animal keeper talks and feedings every day at 2. www.nationalaquarium.com. Admission: $7. Hours: Daily 9-5, last admission at 4:30; sharks fed Mon., Wed., and Sat. at 2; piranhas fed Tues., Thurs., and Sun. at 2; alligators fed Fri. at 2. Metro: Federal Triangle.

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78 National Aquarium
National Aquarium
14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20230

The aquarium has an incongruous location inside the lower level of the Commerce Department Building, near the massive Ronald Reagan Building. Established in 1873, it's the country's oldest public aquarium, with more than 1,200 fish and other creatures—such as eels, sharks, and alligators—representing 270 species of fresh- and saltwater life. Operated by a nonprofit organization, without the benefit of large federal funding, the exhibits look somewhat dated, but the easy-to-view tanks, accessible touching pool (with crabs and sea urchins), low admission fee (only $3 for children), and absence of crowds make this a good outing with small children. The Aquarium's cafeteria is also a great place to stop for a snack. The aquarium does not accept credit cards, so be sure to have cash or a check handy. www.nationalaquarium.com. Admission: $7. Hours: Daily 9-5, last admission at 4:30; sharks fed Mon., Wed., and Sat. at 2; piranhas fed Tues., Thurs., and Sun. at 2; alligators fed Fri. at 2. Metro: Federal Triangle.

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79 National World War II Memorial
National World War II Memorial

Washington, DC 20024

National World War II Memorial. Dedicated just before Memorial Day in 2004, this symmetrically designed monument honors the 16 million Americans who served in the armed forces, the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort at home.

Highlights

An imposing circle of 56 granite pillars, each bearing a bronze wreath, represents the U.S. states and territories of 1941-45. Four bronze eagles, a bronze garland, and two 43-foot-tall arches inscribed with "Atlantic" and "Pacific" surround the large circular plaza. The roar of the water comes from the Rainbow Pool, here since the 1920s but newly renovated as the centerpiece of the memorial. There are also two fountains and two waterfalls.

The Field of Stars, a wall of 4,000 gold stars, commemorates the more than 400,000 Americans who lost their lives in the war.

Although the parklike setting and the place of honor between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial may seem appropriate, some people were critical when the site for the memorial was announced, because they felt it would interrupt the landscape between the two landmarks and because it uses some of the open space that had been the site of demonstrations and protests.

Bas-relief panels tell the story of how World War II affected Americans by depicting women in the military, V-J Day, medics, the bond drive, and more activities of the time. The 24 panels are divided evenly between the Atlantic front and the Pacific front.

Tips

Look for veterans. Perhaps the best part of visiting this memorial might be the last opportunities to see men and women who fought in World War II and are part of what former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw called "The Greatest Generation."

Computers at the National Park Service kiosk behind the Pacific side of the memorial contain information about soldiers who lost their lives in the war.

Kids might be bored here. You can engage their attention by asking them to look carefully at the bas-reliefs for a dog and a radio as large as today's big-screen televisions. Then try to find Kilroy, the cartoonlike character who appears to be looking over a ledge. The image and the phrase "Kilroy was here" were popular graffiti left by U.S. soldiers during the war. www.wwiimemorial.com. Admission: Free. Hours: 24 hrs. Metro: Smithsonian.

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80 Antrim 1844
Antrim 1844
30 Trevanion Rd.
Taneytown, MD 21787

The graceful antebellum mansion, charming outbuildings, and the immaculate gardens that fan out from them comprise one of the region's premier B&Bs. Once the centerpiece of a massive plantation, the mansion has been lovingly renovated into nine guest rooms. An additional 30 suites are tucked into smaller, but equally lovely, outbuildings, including an icehouse, carriage house, and barn. Each suite has a unique feeling, but all include luxurious details, whether a wood-burning fireplace, private balcony, whirlpool, steam shower, or canopy feather bed. A swimming pool, gazebo, tennis court, croquet field, and putting green are interspersed with the elegant topiary gardens. Just 15 minutes from Gettysburg, the inn is a popular choice for weddings and romantic getaways. Pros

: opulent setting; restaurant on-site.

Cons

: pricier than other area B&Bs. www.antrim1844.com. 9 rooms, 30 suites. In-room: no TV (some). In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, tennis court, some age restrictions. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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81 Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort
Rocky Gap Lodge and Golf Resort
16701 Lakeview Rd.
Flintstone, MD 21530

With Evitts Mountain and Lake Habeeb as a backdrop, this resort is in one of the state's most idyllic spots. The lobby, dining room, and lounge overlook a 243-acre man-made lake. In keeping with the nature outside, the colors green and brown are used throughout the six-story hotel. Rooms, larger than usual, are appointed with Shaker-style furniture, and most have views of a breathtaking ridge of mountains. If traveling with your pet, request a special "V.I.P." room, which greets your furry one with a special treat basket. Suites include a gas fireplace and sitting area. Try a spa treatment, 18 holes on the golf course, a hike along the park's trails, or boating, fishing, and swimming. At this writing, Rocky Gap was planning an expansion to include a gambling area. Pros:

one of the region's best golf courses and a first-rate spa.

Cons

: not as intimate an experience as staying at a small B&B. www.rockygapresort.com. 203 rooms, 15 suites. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, golf course, pool, tennis courts, gym, spa, beach, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted.

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82 Wisp Resort Hotel
Wisp Resort Hotel
290 Marsh Hill Rd.
McHenry, MD 21541

Western Maryland's biggest draw features activities that run the gamut from skiing, fly-fishing, and a spa to a skatepark and paintball arena. Some of the rooms are ski-in, ski-out, and they all include modern appliances, fluffy comforters, and comfortable lodge furniture to sink into after a long day on the slopes, the water, or on your derriere. Parents can take advantage of the Club Wisp Kids' Night Out program as they skip out to the spa or for a round of golf. All activities are arranged through the hotel. Pros

: everything you want to do in one spot.

Cons

: big crowds and lots of kids make the resort feel chaotic. www.wispresort.com. 102 suites, 67 rooms. In-room: kitchen (some). In-hotel: restaurants, bar, pool, spa, some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted.

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83 The Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa
The Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa
4165 Mears Ave.
Chesapeake Beach, MD

Opened in 2004, this luxury hotel and spa is a key part of the revitalization of the town's tourism business. The public spaces pay homage to the beachfront community's history. A mural in the lobby depicts the old roller coaster that once thrilled vacationers, and framed photographs line the corridors, tracing the town's changes from its Victorian heyday to the present. The whitewashed oak furniture and sand-color walls give the rooms an elegant yet beachy style. The resort was built right on the water's edge, and its suites and deluxe rooms have balconies that seem to hang over the Bay. There are also three dining options, a boardwalk, and a fishing charter company at the hotel's full-service marina. Pros:

a full-service resort with boating, an indoor pool, and spa services; a sandy beach.

Cons:

don't expect a "jumping the waves" experience at the beach—the Chesapeake is placid compared to the beach properties on the Atlantic. wwwcbresortspa.com. 72 rooms, 6 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurants, pool, gym, spa, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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84 Country Inn & Suites
Country Inn & Suites
2600 Housely Rd.
Annapolis, MD 21401

True to its name, a cozy, country mood, as well as the gentle aroma of potpourri, permeates this suburban hotel. Rooms all have standard chain-hotel decor, but a large fireplace, wooden floors, and overstuffed sofas make the lobby an inviting place to linger. Exterior windows, trimmed with shutters and latticework, look out at a wooded area or a shopping plaza. Within walking distance of Annapolis's largest mall, the hotel also has a free shuttle that can take you to the historic district and to business parks. Four rooms have whirlpool tubs and two have fireplaces. Pros:

continental breakfast included; reliable and inexpensive option.

Cons:

4 mi from the dock. www.countryinns.com. 100 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: pool, gym, laundry facilities. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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85 Hilton Garden Inn Solomons
Hilton Garden Inn Solomons
13100 Dowell Rd.
Solomons, MD 20629

This brand new inn and convention center opened in 2008. It has all the amenities, including a heated indoor pool and a modern fitness center. It has an expansive lobby and the corporate look that signals the expectation of the convention and meeting crowd. Large rooms have desks with ergonomically designed chairs and plenty of outlets Pros:

everything is modern and up-to-date; as a business hotel for conferences, it has many amenities.

Cons:

2 mi from the center of town and along a highway. www.solomons.stayhgl.com. 100 rooms, 8 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, pools. Credit cards accepted.

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86 Historic Inns of Annapolis
Historic Inns of Annapolis
58 State Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401

Three 18th-century properties in the historic district are now grouped as one inn with registration for all three at the Governor Calvert House.

Built in 1727, Calvert House is steps from the capitol building. Also on State Circle,

Robert Johnson House

was built for the Annapolis barber in 1772. At the

Maryland Inn,

on nearby Church Circle, all rooms date back to the Revolutionary era. The Treaty of Paris Restaurant and two pubs serve all three inns. Guest rooms are individually decorated with antiques and reproductions; all have hair dryers, some have sitting suites or whirlpools.

Pros:

historic properties; recent renovations include new bathrooms.

Cons:

prices vary greatly www.historicinnsofannapolis.com. 124 rooms, 14 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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87 Sheraton Annapolis Hotel
Sheraton Annapolis Hotel
173 Jennifer Rd.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Next to Westfield Shoppingtown, and near numerous chain restaurants, this large Sheraton has a free hourly shuttle bus to and from downtown Annapolis. (Traffic and parking there can be difficult.) The lobby is outfitted with marble floors, fresh flowers and ferns, and two sitting areas among marble columns. The café is adjacent to the lobby. Rooms are furnished with blond woods, geometric carpeting, and burgundy-print bedspreads. Pros:

reliable Sheraton experience; many in-hotel amenities.

Cons:

despite its name, the hotel is 5 mi from downtown. www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton. 196 rooms. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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88 The Westin Annapolis Hotel
The Westin Annapolis Hotel
100 Westgate Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401

The new Westin Annapolis is part of a large redevelopment complex about a mile from the City Dock. Park Place will contain not only the hotel, but offices, condominiums, and shops and the future site of the Maryland Theater of the Performing Arts. This luxury hotel offers complete spa services, a business center, and four varied restaurants, both within the hotel and outside in the larger complex. Pros:

the complete Starwood hotel experience, including the comfortable Heavenly Bed; modern hotel with modern amenities.

Cons:

about a mile from the City Dock in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. www.westin.com/annapolis. 225 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: pool, gym. Credit cards accepted.

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89 William Page Inn
William Page Inn
8 Martin St.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Built in 1908, this dark-brown, cedar-shingle, wood-frame structure was the local Democratic Party clubhouse for 50 years. Today its wraparound porch is furnished with Adirondack chairs. The third-floor suite, with dormer windows and a sloped ceiling, includes an Italian-marble bathroom with whirlpool. Breakfast is served in the common room. Pros:

a nice alternative to large hotels; only half a block from the dock.

Cons:

no elevator; two-night minimum stay on weekends. www.williampageinn.com. 5 rooms, 3 with bath; 1 suite. In-room: no TV (some). In-hotel: parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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90 Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum
Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum
4155 Mears Ave.
Chesapeake Beach, MD

The Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, housed in the railroad's 1898 track-side terminus, provides memorable glimpses of the onetime resort's turn-of-the-20th-century glory days. Among its exhibits are a glass-enclosed model of the town of Chesapeake Beach and a hand-carved kangaroo from the magnificent carousel, as well as a slot machine and photos of early vacationers. One of the railroad's passenger cars rests nearby. www.cbrm.org. Admission: Free. Hours: May-Sept., daily 1-4; Apr. and Oct., weekends 1-4 and by appointment.

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91 Chesapeake Beach Water Park
Chesapeake Beach Water Park
Gordon Stinnett Ave. at Rte. 261
Chesapeake Beach, MD

Families make a day of it at Chesapeake Beach Water Park, which has a children's pool, beach, and many slides. The park is open from Memorial Day until the first day of school. Admission is $18.

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92 Courtyard Manassas Battlefield Park
Courtyard Manassas Battlefield Park
10701 Battleview Pkwy.
Manassas, VA 20109

You can't get any closer to the Manassas Battlefield than this—it's down the block from the main entrance. Business travelers appreciate the hostelry's location near the Dulles High Tech Corridor, with plenty of dining and shopping nearby. This beautifully landscaped, three-story hotel has comfy guest rooms that feature luxurious linens, down comforters, thick mattresses, and fluffy pillows. Included are a coffeemaker, hair dryer, iron, and ironing board. Pros:

close to the Manassas Battlefield; complimentary newspaper delivered to each room.

Cons:

restaurant serves breakfast only; no shuttle bus offered; area is light on public transportation. 137 rooms, 12 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, pool, gym, laundry facilities, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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93 Embassy Suites Old Town Alexandria
Embassy Suites Old Town Alexandria
1900 Diagonal Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22314

The relaxing sound of rushing water from the atrium fountain adjacent to the restaurant greets you inside this modern all-suites hotel three blocks from Alexandria's landmark George Washington Masonic Temple. Train buffs should request a suite facing the Amtrak and Metrorail stations across the street. Each suite has a living room with overstuffed sofa and chairs and a work desk; beds have an abundance of fluffy pillows. A free shuttle is available to transport you to the scenic Alexandria riverfront, which has shops and restaurants. Pros:

the cooked-to-order breakfast is complimentary; kids can romp in the playroom.

Cons:

train station across the street can be noisy; Wi-Fi use costs $9.95 a day. www.embassysuites.com. 268 suites. In-room: kitchen, Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, pool, gym, laundry facilities, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: King St.

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94 Hilton McLean/Tysons Corner
Hilton McLean/Tysons Corner
7920 Jones Branch Dr.
McLean, VA 22102

The staff has a reputation for friendliness at this upscale hotel, where rooms are decorated in an autumn color scheme with restful green carpeting and upholstered furniture. The large guest rooms have two overstuffed lounge chairs and a desk; many also have a matching sofa, work desk, hair dryer, iron, ironing board, and coffeemaker. The Cafe Restaurant serves American cuisine from 6:30 am to 11 pm daily. Pros:

free shuttle service to the two vast shopping malls at Tysons Corner and elsewhere in a 3-mi radius; free copy of

USA Today

available.

Cons:

traffic can be difficult in this area of Northern Virginia near I-495 and Route 123; fee for Wi-Fi use. www.mclean.hilton.com. 458 rooms, 18 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, pool, gym, spa. Credit cards accepted.

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95 Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston
Holiday Inn Arlington at Ballston
4610 N. Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, VA 22203

You can get to the major sights of Northern Virginia and DC quickly from this hotel, two blocks (or a free shuttle ride) from the Ballston Metrorail station. It is also across the street from the Custis jogging trail. Guest rooms have a navy and burgundy color scheme with duvet comforters, an overstuffed chair with ottoman, and a mahogany dresser and work desk. Kids love the suspended model railroad at Lacey Station Dining Car Restaurant (named for the railroad station that was once 200 feet away); hotel guests 12 and under eat free from the kids' menu. Parking is free Friday and Saturday nights. Pros:

perks for kids; free shuttle to the Metro; free parking on weekends.

Cons:

service sometimes suffers with a busy staff; fee for parking during the week. www.hiarlington.com. 221 rooms, 2 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, laundry facilities, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Ballston.

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96 Lansdowne Resort
Lansdowne Resort
44050 Woodridge Pkwy.
Leesburg, VA 22075

With 312 acres of hills and tall trees bordered by the Potomac River, Lansdowne specializes in outdoor activities and has miles of hiking and jogging trails. Polished wood furniture, handsome wall decorations, and marble-accented bathrooms help make the property elegant. On the Potomac restaurant serves a seasonal menu with fresh fish options. The Riverside Hearth, an upscale café overlooking an 18-hole golf course and driving range, is best known for its decadent Sunday brunch buffet. Pros:

there's always something to do here between its tennis courts, pools, and 45 holes of championship golf courses; some areas of the hotel have beautiful views.

Cons:

the resort gets mixed reviews when it comes to service and friendliness of front desk staff; prices are high. www.lansdowneresort.com. 305 rooms, 14 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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97 Marriott Crystal Gateway
Marriott Crystal Gateway
1700 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Arlington, VA 22202

This elegant, modern Marriott caters to the business traveler and those who want to be pampered. Its two towers rise 17 stories above the highway; inside is mahogany, marble, and lots of greenery. Rooms have contemporary styling with fabrics in hues of gold and red blended with mahogany furniture. Amenities include hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, and coffeemakers. Concierge Lounge serves a Continental breakfast, evening hors d'oeuvres, and all-day beverages to concierge-floor guests. Although the hotel does offer unlimited in-room high-speed Internet access and long-distance phone calls in the 48 contiguous states as part of its "Wired for Business" package, there is a cost of $9.95 per day. Pros:

rooms come with flat-screen HD TVs that allow you to connect your iPod, laptop, video camera, or camcorder; great for business travelers.

Cons:

fee for Internet access; area has a corporate feel. www.marriott.com/wasgw. 615 rooms, 82 suites. In-room: Internet, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, pool, gym, laundry facilities, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Crystal City.

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98 Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
1700 Tysons Blvd.
McLean, VA 22102

One of the most elegant hotels in the DC area has large guest rooms with modern furniture and flat-screen TVs. Booking a concierge room gives you access to an exclusive club with five complimentary mini-meals and appetizer services throughout the day and sweeping views of the Virginia countryside. On the third floor is the expansive European Day Spa. The lobby lounge's dark-panel walls and safari animal bronzes make it feel like a 19th-century club room. The hotel adjoins the exclusive Tysons Galleria mall. Pros:

true luxury experience; the location adjoining the Tysons Galleria mall is ideal for browsing Saks Fifth Avenue or Neiman Marcus; there's also a multitude of dining options, from Legal Sea Foods to P.F. Chang's China Bistro.

Cons:

like any hotel in the Tysons Corner area, it's burdened with heavy shopper and commuter traffic; a stay here is a hit to the wallet. www.ritzcarlton.com. 348 rooms, 50 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, spa, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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99 American Inn of Bethesda
American Inn of Bethesda
8130 Wisconsin Ave.
Bethesda, MD 20814

At the north end of downtown Bethesda, the American Inn breaks no new fashion frontiers for motel decor, but the rooms are clean, generally bright, and affordable. The hotel houses Guapo's restaurant, serving moderately priced Tex-Mex fare. Use of the business center—including Internet access—is free. The hotel also provides a free shuttle to the National Institutes of Health and the Naval Hospital. Pros:

many other restaurants and nightclubs are within walking distance; the Bethesda Metro is a 10-minute walk away.

Cons:

service is sometimes slow and unhelpful; not a tranquil setting. www.american-inn.com. 75 rooms, 1 suite. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, laundry facilities, business center, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: Bethesda.

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100 Crowne Plaza Hotel
Crowne Plaza Hotel
8777 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Three blocks from the Silver Spring Metro, this chain hotel doesn't offer many luxuries, but is a dependable, pleasant place to stay. Some rooms have refrigerators, couches, or recliners. The bedding is so comfortable here that due to popular demand guests can order it online for their own homes. A shuttle bus runs within a 3-mi radius daily. Pros:

the Crowne Plaza's Sleep Advantage program provides guests with complimentary ambient-sound CDs to help them sleep; if the hotel forgets your wake-up call, you get a free night's stay; on a main thoroughfare with much to do.

Cons:

on a main thoroughfare with plenty of noise; rooms fill up quickly during the week, so book early. www.crowneplaza.com. 221 rooms, 11 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Metro: Silver Spring.

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101 Embassy Suites
Embassy Suites
4300 Military Rd.
Washington, DC 20015

Shopping and sightseeing couldn't be more convenient at this all-suites hotel, which adjoins the upscale Chevy Chase Pavilion and is an elevator ride up from the Friendship Heights Metro station. Each suite includes a bedroom and separate living room with a sleeper sofa, kitchen space, and a table suitable for dining and working. The fitness center has more than 20 exercise stations and a personal trainer for a fee. A dozen restaurants and no fewer than three large shopping malls are within walking distance. Pros:

complimentary breakfast and evening cocktails in the sun-filled atrium; great location adjacent to shopping and Metro.

Cons:

although rooms come outfitted with noise-strip sealers and triple-pane windows, that won't always be enough to keep out streets sounds from busy Wisconsin below; street parking is scarce, and the garage is available only for a fee. www.embassysuites.com. 198 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast. Metro: Friendship Heights.

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102 Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745

The $800 million Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is larger than life (and everything else around it). Guests at the 2,000-room resort can dine, shop, get pampered, and even go clubbing without ever leaving the property, which anchors the newly developed National Harbor waterfront in Prince George's County, Maryland. About a 25-minute ride to the National Mall, the Gaylord is shaping up to be a fun alternative for the DC-bound who don't mind commuting to museums and monuments. Room balconies opening on to the 230-foot-high glass atrium are a good place to watch the nightly dancing fountain show in the massive lobby below. Pros:

30-foot-wide media wall in the National Pastime Sports Bar and Grill; waterfront location.

Cons:

cab, car, or public bus necessary to get downtown; might be a bit too big for some; area still in development. www.gaylordnational.com. 2,000 rooms. In-room: safe, kitchen (some), Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurants, bars, pool, gym, spa, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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103 The Inn and Conference Center/University of Maryland and University College
The Inn and Conference Center/University of Maryland and University College
3501 University Blvd. E
College Park, MD 20783

Renovated in 2004, the center is a certified green building, with an air-conditioning system that is chlorofluorocarbon free. Guests can use the campus recreation center and indoor pool for free. The university offers a complimentary shuttle that links the hotel with both the College Park and Prince George's Plaza Metro stops. Pros:

guests in need of their daily coffee fix can visit the Starbucks in the hotel lobby; two restaurants provide plenty of food options.

Cons:

it's tough to get a reservation in late May and early June; parents start booking rooms months before graduation. marriott.com. 237 rooms, 7 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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104 New Carrollton Landover Courtyard by Marriott
New Carrollton Landover Courtyard by Marriott
8330 Corporate Dr.
Landover, MD 20785

This business-district hotel caters to a corporate crowd, but it's also a convenient roosting spot for visitors to Six Flags and other sights in suburban Maryland.Guests can indulge in a hot breakfast every morning or take a daily dip in the on-site pool. Prices for the basic rooms drop below $100 on weekends. Pros:

free shuttle service runs in a 3-mi radius to the DC Metro and to Amtrak's New Carrollton station; no fee for parking.

Cons:

Wi-Fi available only in lobby; room service is limited to dinner between 5 and 10 pm. marriott.com. 136 rooms, 14 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, pool, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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105 Six Flags America
Six Flags America
13710 Central Ave.
Largo, MD 20775

Maryland's only amusement park, Six Flags America combines a theme park with Hurricane Harbor, a water park. On the "dry" side, high-speed revelers enjoy eight old-fashioned wood or modern steel coasters. "Batwing" puts riders headfirst, face and belly down, with nothing between them and the ground but a safety strap. Children under 48 inches can coast on a minimodel, "drive" an 18-wheeler, and earn their wings flying minijets. On the "wet" side, children of all ages beat the heat whizzing down waterslides and swimming in pools. The five-story Crocodile Cal's (named for Cal Ripkin, legendary star of the Baltimore Orioles) Caribbean Beach House dumps 1,000 gallons of water on unsuspecting passersby every few minutes. When your body has been through enough, sit back for the stage and musical entertainments. www.sixflags.com/America. Admission: $50, kids under 48" $25, kids 2 and under free; parking $15. Hours: Late Apr.-Labor Day, call ahead or check Web site calendar for hrs; Fright Fest, Oct., Fri. 5-10, weekends 1-10.

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106 Arts Hotel
Arts Hotel
300 Harrisburg Ave.
Lancaster, PA 17603

This downtown boutique hotel occupies what was once a tobacco warehouse in the 1800s. The sleek rooms have executive desks, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, and free Wi-Fi. There are also whirlpool tubs in the suites. Local artists' work adorns the walls of rooms, which are decorated with exposed brick, stone, wood floors, and chestnut beams that create a rustic yet sophisticated feel. The adjoining restaurant and bar, John J. Jeffries, offers impeccably prepared organic dishes, such as aged bison steak in a merlot reduction with chimichurri. Pros:

hip rooms; great restaurant; personalized service.

Cons:

located away from downtown attractions; on a busy street; no pool. www.lancasterartshotel.com. 63 rooms, 3 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, gym, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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107 Best Western Eden Resort Inn
Best Western Eden Resort Inn
222 Eden Rd.
Lancaster, PA 17601

Attractive grounds and spacious rooms with Colonial-style furnishings make your stay here pleasant. The inn has an indoor pool and whirlpool under a retractable roof—quite a hit with the kids. The chef at Arthur's is noted for delicious seafood and pasta dishes; more casual food is served at Garfield's. If you're spending a few days in the area, consider one of the extended-stay suites. Pros:

clean rooms; breakfast buffet; all-seasons pool.

Cons:

noise from Route 30; chemical smell from indoor pool; slow service. www.edenresort.com. 276 rooms, 42 suites. In-room: safe, Internet. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, pools, tennis court, gym. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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108 Bird-in-Hand Family Inn
Bird-in-Hand Family Inn
2740 Old Philadelphia Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505

The rooms are simple, clean, and comfortable, and the staff is friendly at this family-run motel. The property offers a host of recreational opportunities. Pros:

free tour of Amish farm; indoor pools; convenient to farmers' market.

Cons:

small bathrooms; some rooms need updating; no alcohol permitted. www.bird-in-hand.com/familyinn. 125 rooms, 4 suites. In-hotel: restaurant, pools, tennis court, gym. Credit cards accepted.

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109 Historic Best Western Gettysburg Hotel 1797
Historic Best Western Gettysburg Hotel 1797
1 Lincoln Sq.
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Built before the Civil War, this hotel is in the heart of the downtown historic district. Prominent guests have included Carl Sandburg, Henry Ford, and General Ulysses S. Grant. During the Cold War the hotel served as President Eisenhower's national operations center while he was recuperating at his nearby home. Rooms are furnished in traditional style, and suites have fireplaces and whirlpool baths. There's a cannonball from the battle that's still embedded in the brick wall across the street. Pros:

great location in center of town; good housekeeping; helpful staff.

Cons:

some street noise; some rooms need updating; parking not included. www.hotelgettysburg.com. 67 rooms, 27 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, pool, parking. Credit cards accepted.

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110 Hotel Hershey
Hotel Hershey

Hershey, PA 17033

The grande dame of Hershey, this gracious Mediterranean villa-style hotel is a sophisticated resort with plenty of options for recreation, starting with the golf course that wraps around the hotel. Inspired by the fine European hotels Milton S. Hershey encountered in his travels, elegant touches abound, from the mosaic-tile lobby to rooms with maple armoires, paintings by local artists, and tile baths. The Spa at the Hotel Hershey has body treatments that include chocolate bean polish, cocoa butter scrub, chocolate fondue wrap, and a whipped cocoa bath. Outdoor activities include carriage rides, a ropes course, and nature trails, while newer amenities include an ice-skating rink and wing of boutique-style shops. Pros:

gourmet dining; swimming pool and lush grounds; attentive service.

Cons:

some guest rooms are small; front desk not helpful; overcrowded spa. www.thehotelhershey.com. 234 rooms, 20 suites. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, golf courses, pools, tennis courts, gym, spa. Credit cards accepted.

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111 King's Cottage
King's Cottage
1049 E. King St.
Lancaster, PA 17602

An elegant 1913 Spanish-style mansion on the National Register of Historic Places has been transformed into this B&B. The blend of architectural elements includes an Art Deco fireplace and stained-glass windows. Several rooms have whirlpools and fireplaces, including two first-floor bedroom chambers. An outdoor hot tub accented by a soothing goldfish pond and patio is pleasant in warm weather. The price includes full breakfast and afternoon tea. Pros:

gourmet breakfast and afternoon tea; personal service; homey ambience.

Cons:

some rooms on small side; fireplaces are electric; not in a country setting. www.kingscottagebb.com. 7 rooms, 1 cottage. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: parking, some age restrictions. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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112 Lancaster Hilton Garden Inn
Lancaster Hilton Garden Inn
101 Granite Run Dr.
Lancaster, PA 17601

An elegant, contemporary hotel popular with business travelers, the Garden Inn has oversize rooms, many with cathedral ceilings and large writing desks. There's free coffee in the rooms. The hotel is in a corporate center on the edge of town. Pros:

indoor pool; very clean rooms; adjustable beds in king rooms.

Cons:

location isn't central; breakfast not included in standard rates; crowded during week. www.hiltongardeninn.com. 156 rooms. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurant, pool, gym, laundry facilities. Credit cards accepted.

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113 Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center
Lancaster Host Resort and Conference Center
2300 Lincoln Hwy. E
Lancaster, PA 17602

This sprawling family resort is in the heart of the busy Pennsylvania Dutch tourist area and features cherrywood furnishings. You can jog or rent a bike and ride around the beautifully landscaped golf course and grounds. Pros:

knowledgeable staff; indoor pool; plenty of activities.

Cons:

some dingy hallways; gym needs upgrading; smell of manure from nearby fields. www.lancasterhost.com. 330 rooms, 8 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: restaurants, bar, golf course, pools, tennis courts. Credit cards accepted.

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114 Olde Fogie Farm Bed and Breakfast
Olde Fogie Farm Bed and Breakfast
106 Stackstown Rd.
Marietta, PA 17547

Even grown-ups get to act like kids at this old-fashioned farm inn that gets a "four-pig" rating. Guests can milk the goats and bottle-feed the calves. The accommodations have names like the Hayloft Suite and the Pig Pen Room. The old frame home has an Amish cookstove; the property has a creek, a playhouse, and a stable for pony rides. The swimming pool has waterfalls and a sitting area. A hearty breakfast is included if you stay in one of the rooms; guests in the apartments are given ingredients to make their own. Pros:

welcoming hosts; great for children; lovely gardens; swimming pond.

Cons:

basic guest rooms; few amenities; early hours of a working farm. www.oldefogiefarm.com. 2 rooms, 2 apartments. In-room: kitchen (some). In-hotel: children's programs, parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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115 Strasburg Village Inn
Strasburg Village Inn
1 W. Main St.
Strasburg, PA 17579

This circa-1788 house in the heart of town has rooms elegantly appointed in the Williamsburg style. Most have a canopy or four-poster bed; three have whirlpool baths. A sitting room is on the second floor; an old-fashioned porch overlooks Main Street. A made-to-order breakfast is served each morning. Pros:

convenient location; charming quarters; friendly staff.

Cons:

small rooms; bathrooms are old; noise from road. www.strasburg.com. 5 rooms, 5 suites. In-hotel: parking. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.

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116 Willow Valley Family Resort and Conference Center
Willow Valley Family Resort and Conference Center
2416 Willow St. Pike
Lancaster, PA 17602

Smorgasbord meals, large rooms, a duck pond, and indoor pools make this large, stylish resort a great family place. Rooms are spread out over three buildings; those in the Atrium Building surround a striking skylighted lobby. The extensive Sunday brunch in the Palm Court is a favored feast. Since the resort is Mennonite-owned, liquor is not permitted on the premises. Pros:

indoor pools; fresh baked goods; central location.

Cons:

restaurant gets mixed reviews; no alcohol served. www.willowvalley.com. 342 rooms, 50 suites. In-hotel: restaurants, golf course, pools, tennis courts, gym. Credit cards accepted.

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