Tips from 35,000 Feet: Where We love to be in Washington DC

By: Katie Manning

January 11, 2013

We always get especially excited when touching down in Washington DC – the beating heart of politics in the United States. When it comes to hotels in the city we’re spoilt for choice but one of our favourites is W Washington DC. It’s achingly chic and we just love the stark modern décor and stylish clientele. We always try and book a room on the corner of 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue for the best views – and if we’re unsuccessful we just take a trip up to W’s rooftop lounge, P.O.V.  Open all year round, it has the most stunning views of the White House and the Washington Monument.

W Hotel | Washington DC
W Hotel © W Washington DC

For a truly spectacular dining experience we always have a meal at Adour in the luxurious St. Regis Hotel, just a few blocks north of the White House. There we are treated to the culinary stylings of Alain Ducasse and his famed mantra of “60% ingredients and 40% technique”. Needless to say the food is wonderful, the service is impeccable and we often spy a political celeb or two whilst pretending to study the floor-to-ceiling wine vaults”¦


Adour | Washington DC
Ardour, Washington DC © Adour

Though a tour of the city’s many monuments is impressive by day, we highly recommend a tour by night. The Monuments by Moonlight Night Tour will take you to such historical markers as the FDR Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Veteran’s memorial and the Iwo Jima Memorial, amongst others. To see these monuments backlit in front of the city skyline is pretty striking and the tour (which includes some great historical anecdotes and presidential titbits) really is one of our most memorable experiences in D.C.

Night Tour Jefferson | Washington DC
Thomas Jefferson Memorial © Destination DC

Nightlife in Washington is a serious business and in our opinion there’s no better place to join the off-duty politicos and on-duty partygoers than the Jack Rose Dining Saloon. The whiskey-lovers amongst us are in heaven with over 1400 bottles of scotch, bourbon and spirits lining the walls of the three-part bar and we quite happily spend hours marvelling at the bartenders as they climb tall rolling library ladders to grab the requested drink of choice. When we find ourselves in want of some fresh air there’s no need to leave – we just head up to the more casual rooftop bar (which has lower prices to match). The perfect way to end (or begin) a day in D.C.

Jack Rose Dining Saloon | Washington DC
Jack Rose Dining Saloon © Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Where are your favourite haunts in Washington? Ever spotted a celeb politician there?


Katie Manning

Katie is an author for the Virgin Atlantic blog. Despite her urban London residency, Katie can often be found exploring far-flung corners of the globe in search of exciting new experiences and stories. A self-confessed night-owl, she makes it her mission to search out the best cocktail bars and live music venues on each and every expedition. Follow Katie @kt_saramanning

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