The Living Room at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, DC, features exposed brick, and a dramatic 130 foot wood burning fireplace.
It happens every four years: The stars and stripes are rolled out, poet laureates are flown in and masses gather in the freezing cold on the National Mall to see their new President sworn into service in Washington, D.C. No matter what your political leaning, a presidential inauguration is a sight to see.
If you’re headed to the nation’s capital to welcome the new Commander-in-Chief and party–at least from afar–with the new President, you have options on where to stay. Here are some of our favorites:
For a front row seat
If you want to stay super close to where the ceremonies and celebrations are happening, the JW Marriott Washington, DC is definitely the spot to be. Book yourself a balcony room for an ideal view of the presidential parade. And while you’re here, stroll over to the oldest dining saloon in DC for a drink and maybe a bite.
Old Ebbitt Grill, which opened its doors in 1856, is a historical standout that has refreshed Presidents such as Ulysses S. Grant, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland and Theodore Roosevelt.
If you want to hang with the cool kids
While not the closest to the Capitol, The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown is one of the coolest spots to stay in DC. And it’s just a quick Capitol Bikeshare ride away from the National Mall, where the festivities will take place.
A repurposed old factory and incinerator, the hotel is posh, exclusively small and one of DC’s best kept lodging secrets. Before leaving town, enjoy a delicious brunch on the Potomac River at Fiola Mare. Be sure to order the lobster ravioli.
If you’re looking to explore the food scene
Washington, DC is quickly becoming a rising star on the culinary scene, and the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown is situated within walking distance of some of the capital’s most treasured eateries—Rasika, Convivial, Momufuku and Komi (President Obama has been known to take the first lady out to dinner here a time or two). This is a great place to stay in order to be close to the action and eat well.
For those with a tight budget
Let’s face it, there is no “cheap” place to stay during the inauguration, but these two Courtyard hotels will offer a fair rate and are well situated to the National Mall. Just a quick hop on the Metro and you’ll be in the heart of all that’s happening on January 20.
Our favorite thing about this Courtyard’s location is its proximity to Union Market—a hip, renovated warehouse, hosting artisans that offer everything from popsicles to delicious charcuterie.
And we love this location because it’s right next store to the smartly designed Canal Park, complete with an ice-skating rink—perfect for a DC trip in January.
For a family affair
Bringing the whole family? The Residence Inn Washington, DC/Capitol has space for everyone, free breakfast and a great location. Residence Inns are geared toward a longer stay, so go ahead and tack a few days onto your trip to explore DC without the crowds.
A little-known DC secret? This Residence Inn is within walking distance of the Museum of the American Indian, featuring a cafeteria with delicious food from major American Indian tribes—definitely the best place to grab lunch on the National Mall.