by Jessica Terson, Writer
Locals know that Washington, D.C. is home to more than just the nation’s capital. With a wealth of galleries, restaurants, and theaters, this city offers capital entertainment. For your next intimate event, think beyond the traditional grand hotel and opt for unique boutique style. We’ve handpicked the most fashionable boutique hotels that Washington, D.C. has to offer. From dining in a private wine cellar to clinking champagne glasses next to a floor-to-ceiling firefly tree, there’s a curated, uncommon experience waiting for you at each of these Washington, D.C. venues.
Originally designed in 1923 as a luxury residential building for Washington’s elite, The Jefferson is now a world-renowned hotel. Today, historic artwork and impressive antiques exist alongside modern amenities. Host an intimate gathering in the posh Private Cellar. Walls lined with private wine lockers make a sumptuous backdrop for a chic rehearsal dinner or an elegant birthday celebration. We especially love The Book Room where guests can peruse walls of leather-bound books. For larger celebrations, step inside The Gallatin Room which comfortably accommodates larger parties of up to 80 guests. Best of all, Michelin Star Chef, Thomas Keller, will customize your menu for an evening of paramount luxury at this extraordinary boutique hotel.
The Private Cellar Capacity: Up to 20 guests
The Book Room Capacity: Up to 30 guests
The Gallatin Room Capacity: 46 (seated) – 80 (standing)
Situated on the picturesque Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in historic Georgetown, Rosewood Washington, D.C is a residential-style retreat with prime access to the city’s finest galleries and exclusive restaurants. Host a private dinner or elegant conference in the refined Private Dining Room. The room is accessible from a private staircase in the fashionable CUT Lounge for additional privacy. The Rooftop Bar and Lounge boast dramatic views of the Washington Monument as well as an indoor-outdoor swimming pool, making it a truly unique event space. The artisan cocktails, rare whiskeys, and excellent wines make this location perfect for a chic cocktail reception.
Private Dining Room Capacity: 14 (seated)
The Rooftop Bar and Lounge Capacity: 100 (standing)
We love how modern industrial meets historic elegance in the Ritz-Carlton’s Fahrenheit Ballroom. Overlooking the Potomac River in the heart of cosmopolitan Georgetown, this restored event space wows with exposed brick dating back to the early 20th century. Floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors and lofty ceilings capture the building’s rich past. This sophisticated but approachable event space is ideal for both weddings and corporate galas. And guests will love staying at the luxurious 99-room hotel that manages to be both intimate and expansive.
Fahrenheit Ballroom Capacity: 110 (seated) – 130 (standing)
Situated among cobblestone streets and centuries-old buildings, The Graham offers 57 spacious guest rooms and suites just steps away from the nation’s most eminent landmarks. The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar and Speakeasy highlights both past and present with Victorian Era Empire sofas and exposed brass ceiling pipes. Savor craft cocktails amidst the romantic glow of crystal decanter light fixtures. The Graham Rooftop Bar brings the celebration outdoors with panoramic views of the city. The raw bar, featuring top-quality oysters and seafood, offers an exclusive dining experience in a city renowned for its culinary accomplishments.
The Alex Craft Cocktail Cellar and Speakeasy Capacity: up to 50 (seated)
The Graham Rooftop Bar Capacity: 150 (standing)
Ranked the best hotel in Washington, D.C. by US News and World Report, Kimpton Hotel Madera is only steps away from Dupont Circle’s vibrant nightlife. For milestone celebrations and stylish receptions, check out Firefly restaurant. A candlelit floor-to-ceiling “firefly tree” makes for an unforgettable party and photo backdrop. Guests can relax knowing that the recycled glassware and salvaged barn wood tables mean this venue supports environmental sustainability. For more intimate gatherings, the Backwoods space delights guests with its nature-inspired décor. The spacious Lounge overlooks the animated streets of Dupont Circle and is ideal for energetic cocktail receptions.
Backwoods Capacity: 22 (seated)
Lounge Capacity: 34 (seated) – 40 (standing)
Firefly Capacity: 110 (seated) – 120 (standing)
Hotel Hive is Washington, D.C.‘s first micro-hotel — with 83 chic, petite guest rooms. The minimalist design of each room complements industrialized brick walls and exposed wood beams for a more modern ambiance. The all-glass elevator features unique murals by local artists on each floor, so guests can marvel at diverse works of art as they ascend to their rooms. Hive Bar is an innovative event venue featuring local brews and the city’s favorite pizza. Meanwhile, Hive Rooftop offers expansive views of the culturally-vibrant Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Try the frozen rosé machine for a summer-perfect party cocktail. The cutting-edge design and menu of this stylish hotel makes it perfect for hip corporate events and milestone birthday celebrations.
Hive Bar Capacity: 30 (seated) – 50 (lounge-style limited seating)
Hive Rooftop Capacity: 200 (standing
The Hay-Adams is a historic Italian Renaissance-style masterpiece with impressive views of some of Washington, D.C.’s most iconic landmarks, including the White House. This epochal hotel has hosted such illustrious guests as Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh and Sinclair Lewis. The renowned Hay-Adams room features ornate wood paneling dating from the original 1884 Hay residence. Two working gas fireplaces, period ceiling details and candle-tiered chandeliers capture the lavishness of times past. The Concorde Room is perfect for more intimate gatherings and boasts Belle Époque styling and hand-painted wallpaper. It’s no wonder these notable rooms are situated in the heart of the city’s most historic neighborhood. We love the way this classic wedding made use of the city views for a daytime celebration.
The Concorde Room Capacity: Up to 60
Hay-Adams Room Capacity: Up to 175
With the best of Dupont Circle at your fingertips, Dupont Circle Hotel invites guests to explore one of Washington, D.C.’s most exciting neighborhoods. Guests will love the modern Glover Park room. Its frosted glass wall is a perfect backdrop for all those Instagram-worthy photos. Breakout spaces make the room ideal for branding opportunities or gift tables. The hotel’s Foxhall ballroom is both intimate and romantic with an operating fireplace lending ambiance. For lavish weddings and receptions, the Dupont Ballroom dazzles with mirrored walls and flush mount chandeliers. Known for its outstanding service, this boutique hotel is bound to impress, no matter the occasion.
Foxhall Capacity: 120 (theater)
Glover Park Capacity: 180 (theater)
Dupont Ballroom Capacity: 350 (theater)
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