Viceroy Washington DC
Contempo-Stylish, $$ ($195)
If you ever travel for business again, you swear you'll never overpack, use a plastic straw, or settle for one of those depressing run-of-the-mill hotels your company is known for booking. You resolve to kick things up a notch, aesthetically speaking, spend more time in a place once you get there, and give kudos to companies that are doing their part to give back. With all those things in mind, the next time you're in the nation's capital, consider Viceroy Washington DC. The stylish hotel in Logan's Circle will wake you from your lockdown slumber with its colorful, textural, prop-styled interiors and buzzy outdoor spaces, including the largest patio in the neighborhood and a rooftop pool bar for guests only. The hotel has been emphasizing its spacious bedrooms, ample desks, and multiple meeting spaces for guests who've had enough (!) of their crappy WFH setups and are itching for a creative setting for their business (and personal) pursuits. Could this be you?
At a Glance
The Vibe: Contained, sustained maximalism.
Standout Detail: Viceroy really nails that 21st-century design. It's always au currant without ever feeling tragically trendy.
This Place Is Perfect For: Hardworking design junkies and people who don't travel anywhere without their pets.
Rooms: 178 spacious and boldly color-coordinated guest rooms have art and big desks for people looking to WFH — "work from hotel." Tune into the curated jazz playlist featuring D.C. natives like Duke Ellington and Shirley Horn (a nod to the neighborhood's creative roots). Marble bathrooms have luxury products, and spa suites have deep soaking tubs. The 65-inch plasma TVs allow for personal device streaming and Google NestHub allows for virtual concierge needs.
What's on Site: A rooftop pool, fitness center, several super stylish meeting spaces, and a gallery with rotating art installations.
Food + Drink: BP Coffee and Wine for grab-and-go beverages and snacks on the large outdoor patio (with fire pits!); Dovetail bar and restaurant for locally sourced small plates at high-boys; Hush rooftop cocktail bar for hotel guests taking in expansive city views.
Covid-19 Notes: Viceroy rolled out a Promise of Cleanliness list of protocols that includes disinfecting and social distancing. Thoughtful amenities (like Google NestHub) make it easier to go touch-less.
Feel-Good Factor: Book a room directly on the website and Viceroy will unlock a room at 50 percent the rate to a healthcare professional. (This promotion applies to all Viceroys.)
Besides being close to the convention center, the city's business hub, and three metro stations, the hotel is right next to the 14th Street corridor, not to mention tons of cute restaurants and bars in Logan's Circle and Shaw. After a big day out on The Mall, spend your dollars at a neighborhood joint. Keep your social distance at Calico, a big outdoor garden with a vintage greenhouse and communal tables. Head to Oaxacan restaurant and mezcal bar Espita for bright ingredients piled on homemade tortillas. Try delectable Filipino dishes from Bad Saint. And stay a while longer.