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Aug 01 2015

The W Hotel Washington D.C.

Everyone who lives in Washington, D.C., has been to the P.O.V. lounge on the roof level of The W. The stunning view of the Washington Monument, the Mall and even the White House at certain angles, make this a spectacular place to see the District at night. The stylish bar hosts all kind of events from book signings to fashion shows and always draws a big crowd. While Eric and I lived in D.C. we attended a few of these events and brought our visiting friends for a drink on the bar’s balcony to soak up that iconic view. This was our first overnight stay at the W Washington D.C., however, and we were excited to see how the rest of the hotel looked.


The Grounds and Location


The lobby is striking; emblematic of that signature W style with clean white lines, ornate furniture and funky neon-lit chandeliers. A projector throws video of the rooms, bar and restaurant onto the white wall above patrons enjoying drinks or waiting for friends.

You really can’t get a much better location for a night in D.C., especially if you are looking to explore monuments and museums. Just a 10 minute walk from Smithsonian museums, the White House, the National Mall, City Center, The Verizon Center, and more, The W is an ideal location for tourists. The proximity to Metro Center make it easy to get anywhere else you’d want to go.

The Rooms


We stayed in a Fabulous Room with a view across 15th street of the Treasury Building. The room itself was small, but a built-in desk and closet kept it from feeling crowded. In keeping with the style of the lobby, the room was mostly white with sleek lines. A copy of Vogue waited for us on the bed, which was comfortable and inviting.


Overall, our room felt like it was designed specifically for a single business traveler, and perhaps it was. The sink and vanity were in the bedroom while the shower and toilet were separated from the rest of the space only by fogged glass and a sliding door. Certainly not the most privacy, but comfortable enough.

The Amenities


The W has a restaurant on the main level as well as the P.O.V. Lounge with an outdoor patio. We didn’t get a chance to try dinner there, but we would certainly love to go back! There is also a nice gym and a spa for those looking for some wellness options. If you’re not in Washington in the dead of summer, we suggest getting your workout on the Mall, however.


The W DC-21


We drove into the city, so we took advantage of the hotel’s valet. They seemed a bit disorganized and no one offered to help with our luggage, but we appreciated the service. The front desk staff was amicable and professional, making the process easy and quick. We had a pleasant experience at the W and were excited to check it off our D.C. bucket list! If you’re looking for a fun hotel in an ideal location, this is a top option for sure.

Quick Tips


  • Don’t confuse The W with The Willard which is next door. The Willard’s parking deck is not associated with the W. The only way to park at the W is through the valet.
  • Don’t miss the rooftop lounge, it’s one of the best views from a bar in the city
  • See if the W is holding any events during your stay; there might be something going on you’d like to attend
  • If it’s nice out skip the gym and get your exercise on the Mall! It’s only step away, after all.
  • To learn more and to make a reservation, visit The W online
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Evanne Allen

Evanne co-founded Poplar Travels after quitting her job in Washington, D.C. She got itchy feet at a young age and has never lost the urge to explore the planet. A previous museum employee, she is apt to drag travel partners into several cultural institutions anywhere she goes. She wishes she could speak every language and loves meeting new people.

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