Words by Carlie Tucker
It may be small but DC is a hub of world power that calls to business travellers and dignitaries from around the globe. As such, the city plays home to scores of business hotels. While the sheer variety comes in handy when it comes time to book a stay to suit your budget, it can make it difficult to narrow things down. Whether you're looking for a something close to Capitol Hill, the Downtown district or somewhere in between, these four hotels definitely meet the brief when it comes to comfy quarters for business stays.
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Beacon Hotel & Corporate Quarters
Situated within minutes of many of Washington's most popular sightseeing locations, this hotel is all about providing both leisure and business travellers with convenience. Think boutique style with all the services of a larger chain. Plus, when you book through your FCBT Travel Manager, you can take full advantage of our exclusive SmartSTAY value adds. This includes complimentary WiFi, late checkout to 2pm and a room upgrade on check-in (if available).
Speaking of the rooms, there are 199, which includes 60 corporate New York-inspired studio suites and eight deluxe turret suites with panoramic views. Each room features a quality bed, private ensuite and dedicated workspace. The corporate studios also come complete with a fully equipped pantry, kitchen and dining island. WiFi is available as is a data port and dual line telephone. A complimentary daily newspaper is available in the lobby along with a 24-hour business centre, fitness centre and on-site dining options.
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JW Marriott Washington DC
Downtown DC plays home to many of the city's key sightseeing and business districts, and this hotel is conveniently positioned right in the heart of it all. Just steps from the White House and National Museum of African American History, it presents exceptional value for those seeking convenience and quality without a steep price tag. It has been recently renovated to offer guests modern style and comfort from the lobby all the way through the rooms.
There are seven configurations to choose from, ranging from standard guest rooms to Junior Suites. Regardless of which you choose, you're assured a spacious layout that features a comfortable bed and dedicated workspace with USB ports and power outlets. Complimentary newspaper delivery is available on request. Guests are also invited to use the on-site fitness centre and indoor swimming pool.
Fairmont Washington DC
For corporate travellers with a bigger budget, you can't beat the Fairmont Washington DC. This historic hotel holds up a top spot in the popular Georgetown area, providing easy access to many of the city's top business and leisure spots. As of June 2016, the hotel has also completed new renovations, offering even more style and comfort throughout the guestrooms and suites. Along with modern style and quality finishes, guests are treated to king- or queen-sized beds, three telephones, a private ensuite , computer data port, Internet access and a spacious, well-lit desk.
Beyond the rooms, the major facilities (on-site dining, a fitness centre and Business Centre) are certainly accounted for. Though, in true Fairmont style, the sheer number of impressive extras make all the difference. This includes a car service, Reebok workout gear and personal training. Plus, this SmartSTAY hotel comes with complimentary WiFi, a fruit and water welcome amenity and a room upgrade upon check-in (if available) when you book through FCBT.
Hyatt Regency Dulles
If your time in DC is limited, you may want to consider staying options closer to the airport. This Hyatt hotel is just over three kilometres from the international terminal, with complimentary shuttle services available. Like many others on this list, it has also seen a recent rejuvenation throughout the hotel and 316 rooms, providing the modern comfort required for busy travellers.
There are seven room layouts available, allowing a stay to suit all budgets. This includes a Business Plan Room specifically designed for corporate travellers. It comes complete with a plush Hyatt Grand bed, large work desk and ergonomic chair as well as a free breakfast and city views. In terms of on-site amenities, there is no sacrifice here. There is a restaurant on-site with private dining available along with a cafe and Lobby Bar. There is also a 15-metre pool and StayFit Gym for those that prefer to unwind with a workout. If your schedule allows for some time to see the sights, there is a nearby Metro stop offering easy access to the city's many historical landmarks and monuments.