Where to Stay
If you're with your...Family
Keep the kids smiling at the whimsical Hotel Helix, where you can lounge in a colorful room with a king platform bed for you and a bunk with two twin beds for them. You'll even find kid-size bathrobes and a mini bar with Pez dispensers.
If you're a...Couple
There's nothing like a 19th-century mansion to inspire a little romance. Make your way to the charming Swann House B&B to find all the makings of a memorable escape: claw-foot tubs, fireplaces and private outdoor decks.
If you're with your...Girlfriends
Feel glam with your buds downtown at Donovan House. After a day of play, slip on some cute heels and head up for cocktails at the rooftop pool and bar. Hungry? You can order dishes from Zentan, the hotel's fusion restaurant from Top Chef Masters finalist Susur Lee.
If you're an...Architecture Buff
The marble four- level Hotel Monaco Washington, D.C., building has housed the General Post Office, the International Trade Commission and even Congress back in 1814. Add in the fact that it was designed by the architects of the Washington Monument and the Capitol dome, and you've got the design fiend's sweet dream -- just look at the high vaulted ceilings and long windows!
If you're a...Pet Lover
Is your pup in tow? Book it to Hotel Palomar, where they'll welcome your four-legged friend with open arms (and maybe even a tasty treat). Look for the Bark Bar water station inside the front door, and ask about the Dish pet lounge.
Prices and other details were accurate when published in July 2012.