TripAdvisor.com, voted “Favorite Site for Reviews” by Budget Travel Readers, offers a list of the top 20 hotels in DC as voted by travelers.  The record of this list was made on a random day in November 2010.  While the positions may change and some hotels may even drop out of the top 20 entirely, this list still represents an accurate snapshot of the best accommodations Washington, DC has to offer.  Keep in mind that these are largely luxury hotels and franchisesif you’re looking for a more subdued inn or bed and breakfast, you won’t find it here.  However, TripAdvisor.com does allow you to search in other categories, including “B&Bs/Inns,” “Specialty Lodging,” and “Vacation Rentals.”  Visit their site for more information and for the most up-to-date version of this list.  As a final note, TheDCWriteup.com is not affiliated with TripAdvisor.com in any waylike you, we’re simply keeping an eye out for the best resources to make your DC trip the best it can be.  In that regard, you may find some of TripAdvisor’s other sites equally useful:

  • CruiseCritic: Read reviews of popular cruises and search out hard-to-find deals.
  • SeatGuru: Find out where you’ll be sitting or pick the best seat (with the best path to the bathroom).
  • FamilyVacationCritic: Get reviews geared toward traveling with the family, with recommendations for attractions, Raleigh Direct TV , resorts, and restaurants.

Top 20 Hotels Voted By Readers on TripAdvisor.com

  1. Hotel Palomar DC: http://www.hotelpalomar-dc.com/index.html
  2. Sofitel Washington, DC: http://www.sofitel.com/gb/home/index.shtml
  3. Hotel George: http://www.hotelgeorge.com/
  4. Willard Intercontinental: http://washington.intercontinental.com/
  5. The Jefferson: http://www.jeffersondc.com/
  6. Topaz Hotel: http://www.topazhotel.com/
  7. Park Hyatt Washington: http://www.parkwashington.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp?null
  8. Omni Shoreham Hotel: http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/WashingtonDCShoreham.aspx
  9. The St. Regis Washington, DC: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis/index.html
  10. Hotel Helix: http://www.hotelhelix.com/
  11. Carlyle Suites Hotel: http://www.carlylesuites.com/
  12. Hampton Inn Convention Center: http://hamptoninn1.hilton.com/en_US/hp/index.do
  13. The Hay-Adams: http://www.hayadams.com/
  14. W. Washington DC: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/whotels/index.html
  15. Homewood Suites DC: http://homewoodsuites1.hilton.com/en_US/hw/index.do
  16. Embassy Suites Washington-Convention Center: http://embassysuites1.hilton.com/en_US/es/index.do
  17. The Fairmont: http://www.fairmont.com/washington
  18. Hotel Rouge: http://www.rougehotel.com/
  19. Embassy Suites Chevy Chase Pavilion: http://www.embassysuitesdcmetro.com/
  20. Embassy Suites Hotel Washington: http://embassysuites1.hilton.com/en_US/es/index.do

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