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* <sleep name="Hotel Lombardy" alt="" address="2019 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, 20006" directions="" phone="202-828-2600" email="" fax="" url="http://www.HotelLombardy.com/" checkin="" checkout="" price="Rooms from $129 a Night">Located on world-famous Pennsylvania Avenue, the Hotel Lombardy beckons travelers who possess discerning tastes - who appreciate the personalized attention and intimate ambiance of a truly unique boutique hotel in downtown Washington DC. Showcasing a classic 1920s décor and rich interior design, we've been designated as a Historic Hotel of America. Relax in one of our finely appointed guest rooms and suites  ... boasting vibrant furnishings and modern amenities, for the ideal balance of comfort and style. Enjoy convenient access to the White House, George Washington University, the World Bank and IMF, and countless downtown sights.</sleep>
  
 
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White House south facade

The West End is a downtown district of Washington, D.C., comprised of the Foggy Bottom and Downtown-K Street neighborhoods to the north of the National Mall, south of Dupont Circle, and west of Penn Quarter.

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Understand

The West End is the western section of downtown Washington, D.C., including the central business district, sometimes known as Golden Triangle or, simply, K Street, along with the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. The West End is bounded by Massachusetts Ave. or M Street to the north, Metro Center and the East End. To the north of the West End is Dupont Circle and Georgetown is to the west. The White House and its grounds (Lafayette Park and the Ellipse) function as a barrier between the East End and the West End, with the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue closed off to motorists. In the daytime, Lafayette Square and the one block of Pennsylvania Avenue that is closed to motorists in front of the White House are popular with crowds and street hockey enthusiasts.

Unlike other parts of downtown, the West End of Washington, D.C.'s central business district is a pretty homogeneous area of shops and office buildings, and fewer attractions. At night, much of the West End shuts down because it is primarily an office area for lawyers and lobbyists. This means there are a lot of nice hotels here and four-star restaurants, but few things to do at night. The western section of Foggy Bottom includes George Washington University, along with a number of large apartment buildings, notably the Watergate Apartments along the banks of the Potomac, and the Kennedy Center. Foggy Bottom is also home several organizations including the Pan American Health Organization, World Health Organization, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and the American Red Cross, as well as several embassies.

Get in

By metro

Map of the West End-Foggy Bottom area

Metro's blue and orange line have stops in the West End area, including Foggy Bottom and Farragut West. The Farragut West station is located at 17th and I St NW, a block north of Lafayette Park. The McPherson Square station, located at 15th and I St, is also near the White House. Though Metro Center, located in the East End, is closest to the White House Visitor's Center and also convenient for visiting the White House.

The Foggy Bottom station, also on the Blue and Orange line, is located at 23rd St., just south of Washington Circle, serving George Washington University. Georgetown is within walking distance (a 10-15 minute walk) from the Foggy Bottom station, as is the Lincoln Memorial and the west end of the National Mall.

The Red Line has a stop at Farragut North, though unfortunately the two stations on Farragut Square are not connected; one must transfer at Metro Center. The Red line connects Farragut North to Old Downtown (East End), Union Station, Upper Northwest D.C. (including the National Zoo), and on to Bethesda and Silver Spring, Maryland. The Orange and Blue Lines serve the Smithsonian museums and Northern Virginia.

On foot

Foggy Bottom (including the Metro station) is walking distance from Georgetown, accessible by walking along Pennsylvania Avenue and over Rock Creek. The section of Pennsylvania Avenue near Foggy Bottom Metro station is not as scenic as other parts, but is a well-traveled between Georgetown and Foggy Bottom. The western section of the National Mall is to the south of Foggy Bottom and the West End, across Constitution Avenue. The far west end of the Mall, including the Lincoln Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, can be reached by walking south on 23rd Street NW from the Foggy Bottom metro station. The National World War II Memorial and the Washington Monument are accessible if you go south on 17th Street from Farragut Square, past the White House and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Foggy Bottom and the West End are also within easy walking distance of Dupont Circle.

By car

There are no above-ground parking garages in downtown D.C., and basement level parking is expensive. In the West End and Foggy Bottom areas, street is very limited on weekdays, and it is metered with two hour parking limits. There also are numerous loading zones, bus bays, and taxi stands, further limiting the parking, and in areas around George Washington University, some streets have residential parking restrictions. If you do attempt to find metered parking, you may end up circling around for quite a while, amidst the many one-way streets, in search of a parking spot. Also, be aware of rush hour street parking restrictions, along with restrictions in areas directly around the White House.

In the evenings and on weekends, the parking situation is much different. The area just to the west of the White House and the Ellipse, and south of Pennsylvania Avenue, is mainly filled with office buildings. This area tends to empty out after workers go home. Parking meter restrictions usually expire at 6:30PM on weekdays and Saturdays, and there are no restrictions on Sundays. Areas north of Pennsylvania Avenue and K Street, are more parked up in the evenings and weekends, owing to the proximity to Dupont Circle.

Instead of driving into the city, you should consider taking Metro, which runs until 3 AM on weekend nights, or else hail a cab. If you do choose to drive, the best way to get into the West End from Virginia is to come in via I-66 (though there are rush hour HOV restrictions) or the Arlington Memorial Bridge—veer to the left when you come across the bridge, around the Lincoln Memorial and over to Constitution Avenue (towards the White House) or 23rd Street (towards George Washington University). From the north, Connecticut Avenue is the easiest way to get into the West End, while New York Avenue is a good option if coming from the east of the city.

By taxi

Taxis are plentiful, and operate on a metered system. It is possible to hail a taxi from the street at almost any hour of the day or night in downtown D.C. and Foggy Bottom. A cab is especially useful when coming from Georgetown, Union Station, or National Airport, and an option for getting to the Kennedy Center. As with other cities, the cost of a taxi ride goes up when there is heavy traffic, which often is the case during rush hour in the West End and Foggy Bottom area. To get from Union Station to Foggy Bottom, it would cost approximately $9 (+tip) under normal traffic conditions, whereas it costs approximately $13 when the traffic is heavy, and there may be an extra gas surcharge. To travel between Georgetown and Foggy Bottom, a taxi ride would cost $6-7. Though, M Street in Georgetown can get very jammed up during evening rush hour and other times when Georgetown is packed, so in that case, it may be best to either walk or catch a taxi to/from the east end of M Street in Georgetown. For estimated taxi fares from other places in D.C., the Washington Post offers a fare estimator [1] on its website.

By bus

The Metrobus [2] system is centered on downtown D.C., but is unfortunately very complex and locations of bus lines and routes are not advertised to anyone who is not a regular rider. There is no central terminal or bus mall, for instance. Most bus riders from outside of downtown D.C. are shunted onto the Metrorail system before reaching downtown. The Metro system is much more convenient. The main exception is the Pennsylvania Avenue bus line, which takes you to Georgetown and upper Wisconsin Avenue, two areas not easily accessible by Metro.

The D.C. Circulator [3], a new bus service, has a bus line that travels between Georgetown, via Pennsylvania Avenue and K Street, and east to Union Station. The fare for riding the Circulator is $1.

See

White House

Map of the White House grounds and vicinity
  • White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (North of the Washington Monument), +1 202 456-7041, [4]. The residence and office of the President of the United States. Tours are available only for groups of 10 or more and must be requested up to six months in advance through your member of Congress. Note that the standard tours focus on the social/residential part of the White House -- the East Wing. You don't get to see the working West Wing. The front door (the flat facade with the overhanging triangular pediment) can be viewed from Lafayette Square on the north side, and the back (the more distinctive curved facade) from the Ellipse on the south side. Political demonstrations typically take place at the front, though larger ones have been known to encircle the fence. Worth visiting even if you can only see the exterior, but you cannot drive any closer than two blocks away. Reservations must be made at least one month prior to the date you wish to visit. Free.
  • Ellipse, South side of the White House, between 15th and 17th St NW. The Ellipse is the open, green space situated between the White House and the Washington Monument grounds. The open space was specified in a 1851 landscape plan for the White House by Andrew Jackson Downing, but the plan was not realized until after the Civil War. During the Civil War, the space was used as a cattle and horse corral, which combined with the swampy land, made the White House a very unpleasant place, so much so that there was discussion of abandoning the White House and relocating—possibly to Meridian Hill, near Adams Morgan. President Ulysses Grant decided that the White House would not relocate. The southern grounds were improved in the 1870s, including a fountain that was installed in 1876, and two gatehouses designed by Charles Bulfinch were relocated from the Capitol grounds to the southwest and southeast corners of the Ellipse. A number of memorials are located on the Ellipse, including the Butt-Millet Fountain, added in 1913 in honor of Titanic victims Maj. Archibald Wallingham Butt and Francis Davis Millet, and the Zero Milestone marker was added in 1923. Larger memorials on the Ellipse include a memorial to 5,599 soldiers of the First Division of the American Expeditionary Force killed in World War I (designed by Cass Gilbert and sculpted by Daniel Chester French), and another memorial in honor of the Second Division in World War I was located on Constitution Avenue. The Ellipse has since provided the public with green space for activities such as playing frisbee.

Around Lafayette Park

  • Blair House, 1651 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (across from the White House), [5]. The Blair House was built in 1824 for Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Lowell, and sold in 1837 to real estate mogul, Francis Preston Blair and inherited by Montgomery Blair. The adjacent house was owned by the Robert E. Lee family. The U.S. government bought the Blair House in 1942, and has since used it as the official guest house for state visitors, at the insistence of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt who was tired of running into Winston Churchill and other visitors roaming around the White House in the middle of the night. Today, the Blair house not only consists of the original townhouse, but includes the Lee House and two other adjacent townhouses. The total space of 70,000 sq ft. exceeds that of the White House.
  • Decatur House, 748 Jackson Place, NW (across from Lafayette Park). Benjamin Henry Latrobe designed the Decatur House, completed in 1818, for naval hero Stephen Decatur and his wife. Its distinguished neo-classical architecture and prominent location across from the White House made Decatur House one of the capital's most desirable addresses and home of many of the nation's most prominent figures. Later residents included Henry Clay, Martin Van Buren, and Judah P. Benjamin. The Decatur House is now used as a museum, and is open to the public. Free.
Blair House, and the adjoining Lee House
  • Eisenhower Executive Office Building (Old Executive Office Building), 17th St and Pennsylvania Ave NW, +1 202 395-5895. Tours currently suspended. The Eisenhower Executive Office Building was designed by Alfred B. Mullett and built in 1871 to house the War and Navy Departments, replacing the obsolete War Office building on the same site. By World War II, the War and Navy Departments outgrew the building, and were spread out in numerous additional temporary structures on the National Mall. After the military relocated to the Pentagon in 1943, the building fell into disrepair and was regarded by President Harry Truman as "the greatest monstrosity in America". The Eisenhower Executive Office Building has since been used for Presidential executive offices. The first televised Presidential news conference took place in the Indian Treaty Room in 1955, and the building now houses the Vice President's office, along with the National Security Council and other executive offices.
  • Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, +1 202 633-1000, [6]. 10AM-5:30PM. The building that now houses the Renwick Gallery was originally the home of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. It was designed by James Renwick, Jr., and construction began before the Civil War. Near completion, it was used during the Civil War as a government warehouse, and construction was finally completed in 1874. By 1897, the Corcoran Gallery collection outgrew the space and relocated to a new building on 17th Street. The building was transfered in 1965 to the Smithsonian Institution for use as an art gallery. Free.
  • St. John's Church, 1525 H St NW (16th St and H St NW, across from Lafayette Park), +1 202 347-8766, [7]. Services held on weekdays at Noon; On Sundays, services held at 7:45AM, 9AM, 11AM, and Spanish-language services held at 1PM. Every President since James Madison has attended church services at St. John's Church, which is located across Lafayette Park from the White House. The church building was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe, and completed in June 1816. The church also occupies the adjacent Ashburton House, on H St NW, built for Lord Alexander Ashburton, the British minister to the U.S., and was used for a period of time as the British Embassy. Free.

Other sites

Octagon House, built in 1800 and owned by the American Institute of Architects
  • Corcoran Museum of Art, 500 17th St NW (across from the Ellipse), +1 202 639-1700, [8]. W, F-M 10AM-5PM, Th 10AM-9PM. The oldest art gallery in the American capital. Note: The Corcoran Gallery is scheduled to be closed on January 26, 2009 for roof restoration work. It is scheduled to reopen in March 2009. $6.75 individual admission, $4.75 seniors, $3 students with ID, $12 families with young children (donation on Monday and Thursday after 5PM.
  • Diplomatic Reception Rooms, [9]. The Department of State offers guided tours of its formal reception rooms, used for official meetings with foreign representatives. The rooms are a trove of antiques and gifts, old and new, given by foreign governments to the US. Tours only by appointment, must show valid ID to be admitted.
  • National Aquarium, 14th St and Constitution Avenue NW (Lower level of the Commerce Department building), +1 202 482-2825, [10]. 9AM-5PM; Daily animal feedings at 2PM. Located in the basement level of the Department of Commerce building, the National Aquarium is much smaller than the one in Baltimore. The aquarium was recently renovated, though with its smaller size, there are no dolphin shows, but offers the "America's Aquatic Treasures" exhibit which takes approximately 45 minutes to see. In addition to fish, there are sharks, eel, alligators, turtles, and other reptiles. $7 (adults); $3 (children).
  • National Geographic Museum and Explorers Hall, 17th and M St NW, +1 202 857-7588, [11]. M-Sa 9AM-5PM; Su 10AM-5PM. Photography and other exhibits on nature, history, and culture; Films, lectures, and concerts take place at the National Geographic Society's Grosvenor Auditorium. The gift shop has numerous books, DVDs, and other items. Good place to take kids. Free admission.
  • Octagon House, 1799 New York Avenue NW, +1 202 638-3221 (), [12]. M-F 8:30AM-5PM (Gallery); The Octagon House is temporarily closed for restoration work (Jan. 2009). Designed by William C. Thornton, and completed in 1800, the Octagon House was owned by Colonel John Tayloe, a Virginia plantation owner. After a few years, the Tayloes offered the house for use as the French Embassy, where the Treaty of Ghent was signed to end the War of 1812. The house was sold in 1855, and since used as a military hospital during the Civil War, as an apartment building, a girl's school, and has been owned by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 1902. The AIA still owns the house, though they are now located in a large office building adjacent to the Octagon House. The house is now used as a museum, and a gallery is located in the main AIA building. Free.
  • Ringgold-Carroll House (Dacor-Bacon House), 1801 F St NW. Not open to the public. The Ringgold-Carroll House was built in 1825 for Tench Ringgold, who was part of a three-member team in charge of restoring public buildings in the District of Columbia, following the War of 1812. From 1832-1833, Chief Justice John Marshall resided with Ringgold in the house. In 1835, the house was sold, and a number of prominent people have since lived in the house, including William Thomas Carroll, a clerk at the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Melville Fuller, Senator Joseph Medill McCormick, and Congressman Robert Low Bacon. The Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired (DACOR) now occupy the house, which is not open to the public except for special events.

Do

Kennedy Center

Kennedy Center

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is located along the Potomac River, adjacent to the Watergate Complex, in Foggy Bottom. It was built as a private-public partnership, in effort to create a National Cultural Center for the nation's capital. President Kennedy helped move the project forward, and when he was assassinated, the center was named after him as a living memorial. Architect Edward Durrell Stone designed the building, which opened in 1971.

There are three main theaters in the Kennedy Center: Concert Hall, Opera House, Eisenhower Theater. The National Symphony Orchestra performs at the Concert Hall, while the Opera House is home to the Washington National Opera and the annual Kennedy Center Honors. The Eisenhower Theater is a smaller venue that hosts theater, musicals, operas, ballet, and dance performances. The Kennedy Center has a number of smaller venues, with various events geared towards children and other audiences. The Millennium State, located at the end of the Grand Foyer, hosts daily, free performances.

  • Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, (The nearest Metro station is Foggy Bottom), +1 202 467-4600, [13]. 6:00PM, 365 days a year. There are free shows at the Millennium Stage, with typical fare includes concerts and dance. Arrive 30 minutes early to be assured a seat, standing room available. Free.

White House

The White House hosts a number of special annual events, including the popular White House Easter Egg Roll on the south lawn of the White House. The annual tradition was started in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes, who invited local children to the White House lawn for the event. The event includes various other activities for children, including face painting, music, magicians, egg coloring, and story telling, along with food. The event is open to children ages 7 or younger. Free tickets are distributed a few days before Easter, though people usually begin lining up many hours in advance, in the wee hours of the morning, to obtain tickets.

Each year in December, the White House Christmas tree is displayed on the Ellipse, along with a huge Menorah for Hanukkah. Tickets are required for the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, which features the President and/or First Lady lighting the tree. People line up to get free tickets for the event when they are handed out—usually a month in advance. Once the tree is lit, it is open to the public who can see it lit up each evening, along with smaller trees for each state.

Twice each year, tours take place of the Rose Garden and other gardens on the White House grounds. Over the years, the Presidents and First Ladies changed up the gardens to suit their tastes, including a colonial garden planted by Edith Roosevelt in 1902. President Woodrow Wilson's wife, Ellen, replaced the colonial garden with a Rose Garden, which has remained. The East Garden was redesigned by Jacqueline Kennedy, and Lady Bird Johnson created a Children's Garden at the White House. The White House holds the Fall Garden Tours in October, while the Spring Garden Tours are held in April. Tickets are distributed on the morning of the tour—on a first-come, first served basis.

Other venues

  • D.A.R. Constitution Hall, 1776 D St NW, +1 202 628-1776, [14]. M-F 9AM-4PM; Sa 9AM-5PM. D.A.R. Constitution Hall is a smaller venue for concerts and other events. It is also home to the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, which displays fine arts, ceramics, quilts, and other items, and period rooms. Special events held at Constitution Hall have included filming of the popular game shows, Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune. Architect John Russell Pope designed the building, which was completed in 1929, and is designated a National Historic Site. It was originally built to house the annual D.A.R. convention, and was home to the National Symphony Orchestra, prior to the opening of the Kennedy Center. Free.
  • GWU Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St NW, +1 202 994-6800, [15]. The Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University hosts various events including concerts, dance performances.

Buy

There are a few shops and restaurants located at 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue, near George Washington University, with original townhouse facades preserved on the exterior of the building.

  • American Institute of Architects Bookstore, 1735 New York Avenue NW, +1 202 626-7541 (). Good selection of books on architecture and history, along with some architectural photography books and other items.
  • Indian Craft Shop, 1849 C St NW (located inside the Department of Interior building; photo ID required for entry, visitor's entrance is on C St), +1 202 208-4056, [16]. M-F 8:30AM-4:30PM. In business since 1938, the Indian Craft Shop has numerous American Indian handcrafted items, including pottery and jewelry, as well as books.
  • Reiter's Scientific Books, 1990 K St., NW (Entrance on 20th St NW), +1 202 223-3327, [17]. M-Th 10AM-8PM; F 10AM-7PM; Sa 10AM-6PM; Su Noon-5PM. Offers an extensive selection of technical, scientific, and medical books, as well as economics and finance.
  • Washington Law Books, 1900 G St NW, +1 202 223-5543, [18]. M-F 9AM-7PM; Sa 10AM-5PM. Washington Law Books, affiliated with Reiters, has a selection of books geared towards law students and professionals, as well as books on international studies, political science, and economics.

Eat

Budget

  • The Burro, 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, +1 202 293-9449. M-F 11AM-8PM; Sa-Su 11AM-4PM. Popular with George Washington University students, The Burro serves quesadillas, burritos, tacos, and other tex-mex.
  • Java Green, 1020 19th St NW, +1 202 775-8899, [19]. M-Th 9AM-8:30PM; W-F 9AM-9PM; Sa 10AM-7PM; Closed Sundays. Vegetarian and vegan organic food, Korean style, but also popular among non-vegetarians. Also serves sandwiches, salads, coffee, and brunch is served on Saturdays.
  • Manouche's Hotdog Stand, (On 21st between H St and Pennsylvania Ave). Open until 2AM. If it's a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night between August and May you'll find Manouche's Hotdog Stand. Manouche has been serving late-night hotdogs to hungry George Washington University students and passers-by since 1986. His interesting anecdotes and personality alone make it worth the trip.
  • Nirvana, 1810 K St NW, +202 223-5043, [20]. M-F 11:30AM-3PM; Sa Noon-3PM (Lunch); Su-Th 5PM-9PM; F-Sa 5PM-10PM (Dinner). Serves a Indian cuisine (all vegetarian) as a lunch buffet, featuring different regions of India each day of the week. For dinner, a regular menu is offered.
  • Teaism, 800 Connecticut Avenue NW (Across from Lafayette Park), +1 202 835-2233, [21]. M-F 7:30AM-5:30PM. Serves Asian/Japanese dishes, such as bento boxes, along with many varieties of tea. Also a good option for breakfast.

Mid-range

  • Georgia Brown's, 950 15 St NW (between I and K St, near the McPherson Square Metro station), +1 202 393-4499, [22]. M-F 11:30AM-10PM; Sa 5PM-11PM; Su 10AM_2:30PM (brunch); 5:30-10PM (dinner);. Enjoy southern cuisine, such as fried catfish, shrimp and grits, or southern fried chicken, along with traditional southern side dishes. Also a good choice for brunch.
  • Kaz Sushi Bistro, 1915 I St NW, +1 202 530-5500, [23]. M-F 11:30AM-2PM; M-Sa 6PM-10PM. Sushi and other Japanese cuisine available
  • Luigi's Pizzeria Restaurant, 1132 19th St NW, +1 202 331-7574, [24]. M-Sa 11AM-Midnight; Su Noon-Midnight. Pizza served is among the best in Washington. Also numerous Italian appetizers, pasta, and sandwiches available.
  • Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th St NW (across from the Treasury Department, near the White House), +1 202-347-4800, [25]. M-F 7:30AM-1AM (M-F); Sa-Su 8:30AM -1AM. Established in 1856, the Old Ebbitt Grill is steeped in history. This is a good place for brunch, or you can try the oysters, seafood or other entrees.
  • Olives, 1600 K Street NW, +1 202 452-1866. Mediterranean / Italian style, steak and chop house featuring olive tapinades. Valet parking. Full bar. Noisy bistro-type atmosphere.

Splurge

  • Equinox, 818 Connecticut Avenue NW, +1 202 331-8118, [26]. M-F 11:30AM-2PM; 5:30PM-10PM; Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM; Su 5PM-9PM. Offers a tasting menu, with pasta, fish, and cheese courses. Vegetarian options also available.
  • Kinkead's, 2000 Pennsylvania Avenue NW+, +1 202 296-7700, [27]. M-F 11AM-2:30PM; 5:30PM-10PM; Sa-Su 5:30-10PM. Specializes in seafood cuisine, including crab, and lobster, and offers an oyster raw bar.
  • The Lafayette Room, 800 16th Street, NW, +1 202 638-2716, [28]. This restaurant overlooks Lafayette Square and The White House, and is a premier place for power dining. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch.
  • Marcel's, 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, +1 202 296-1166, [29]. Self described French cuisine with Flemish flair. Expensive. Quiet, elegant atmosphere.
  • The Oval Room, 800 Connecticut Avenue NW, +1 202 463-8700, [30]. M-F 11:30AM-3PM; M-Th 5:30PM-10:00PM; F-Sa 5:30-10:30PM. Chef Tony Conte prepares elegant meat, pasta, and seafood dishes, including lobster. Good selection of wine, and delicious desserts.
  • Taberna del Alabardero, 1776 I St NW, +1 202 429-2200, [31]. M-F 11:30AM-2:30PM; M-S 5:30PM-10:30PM. Spanish cuisine served a la carte, includes vegetarian selections.
  • Vidalia, 1990 M St NW, +1 202 659-1990, [32]. M-F 11:30AM - 2:30PM; M-Th 5:30PM-10PM; F-Sa 5:30PM-10:30PM; Su 5PM-9:30PM. American southern and soul cuisine served in an elegant setting, a la carte or in a tasting menu.

Drink

The "Foggy Bottom" area is almost entirely occupied by The George Washington University. Take a stroll through campus to get a feel for the local campus life. Like all colleges, a variety of college bars surround the area, notably the 'divey' feeling Froggy Bottom Pub and 51st State.

  • Froggy Bottom Pub, 2142 Pennsylvania Avenue NW (At the intersection of 22nd and Pennsylvania Ave), +1 202 338-3000, [33]. M-F 11AM-11PM; Sa Noon-11PM; (Sa - Winter: 4-11PM); Bar hours: M-F 7PM-2AM; Sa 5PM-2AM (Sa - Winter 7PM-2AM); Closed on Sundays. Serving the community and the University for several years, Froggy Bottom is a good place to hang out with friends and enjoy a beer, with the food and beer fairly inexpensive. There is patio seating when the weather is warm.
  • Lindy's The Red Lion, 2040 I St NW (At the intersection of 21st and I Street), +1 202 466-6000. M-Th 10:30AM-1:30AM; Fr-Sa 10:30AM-2:30AM. Provides some of the best burgers in the District, as well as a friendly bar atmosphere. Just watch out for the wrought iron steps.
  • Off The Record Bar, 800 16th Street, NW (Across from Lafayette Park), +1 202 638-6600, [34]. 11:30AM-11PM for hors d'oeuvres; cocktails until Midnight Su-Th; until 12:30AM Fr-Sa. Recognized by Forbes.com as one of the world’s best hotel bars, located in the Hay-Adams Hotel, Off the Record is known as Washington’s place to be seen and not heard.

Sleep

  • The Melrose Hotel, Washington, D.C., 2430 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, (202) 955-6400, [35]. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and historic Georgetown

Mid-range

  • Best Western Georgetown, 1121 New Hampshire Ave, NW, +1 202 457-0565, [36]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Not actually in Georgetown, Best Western is a reliable, if unexciting, mid-range chain hotel. From $169 per night.
  • Renaissance M Street Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Avenue NW (4 blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro station; 3 blocks from the Foggy Bottom station), +1 202 775-0800, [37]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Luxury hotel located just south of Dupont Circle Rooms from $189 per night.
  • The Quincy, 1823 L St NW, +1 202 223-4320, [38]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. A small luxury hotel located in the Farragut North area of downtown Washington D.C., offering a variety of extended stay suites, meeting rooms, and vacation packages for both leisure and business travelers. From $139 per night.
  • Hotel Lombardy, 2019 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, 20006, 202-828-2600, [39]. Located on world-famous Pennsylvania Avenue, the Hotel Lombardy beckons travelers who possess discerning tastes - who appreciate the personalized attention and intimate ambiance of a truly unique boutique hotel in downtown Washington DC. Showcasing a classic 1920s décor and rich interior design, we've been designated as a Historic Hotel of America. Relax in one of our finely appointed guest rooms and suites ... boasting vibrant furnishings and modern amenities, for the ideal balance of comfort and style. Enjoy convenient access to the White House, George Washington University, the World Bank and IMF, and countless downtown sights. Rooms from $129 a Night.

Splurge

  • 2424 PENN, 2424 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, +1 202 331-5000, [40]. 2424 Penn provides premier corporate furnished apartments for those traveling to the D.C. area. These Washington D.C. furnished apartments are ideal temporary homes for both short term and extended stays.
  • Hay-Adams Hotel, 800 16th St NW, +1 202 638-6600, [41]. A prominent historic hotels in Washington, D.C., this small luxury hotel has an ideal location right near the White House and offers luxury and corporate suite accommodation.
  • Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Avenue NW (between L and M St NW, near the Farragut North Metro station), +1 202 347-3000, [42]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Built in 1925, with extensive gold trim and elegance, the hotel is legendary for the many Presidents and famous politicians that have stayed there over the years. Rooms from $259 per night.
  • Ritz Carlton Washington, 1150 22nd St NW, +1 202 835-0500, [43]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Modern, extravagant hotel located near the Foggy Bottom Metro station, with the deluxe SportsClub/LA located in the hotel. From $339 per night.
  • Westin Grand, 2350 M St NW, +1 202 429-0100, [44]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: Noon. Located in Foggy Bottom, on the edge of Georgetown, and near the Foggy Bottom Metro station. From $199 per night.

Contact

  • Breadline, 1751 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, +1 202 822-8900 (fax: +1 202 822-1209), [45]. M-F 7:30AM-3:30PM. Provides free wi-fi access.
  • Cafe Phillips, 1401 H St NW, +1 202 408-4900. Sandwich place near McPherson Square that offers free wi-fi access.
  • Farragut Park, 17th St NW, between I and K St., +1 202 463-7062, [46]. The Golden Triangle BID provide free wi-fi coverage for Farragut Park.
  • Juice Zone, 1921 I St NW, +1 202 223-9663. M-Th 8AM-8PM; F 8AM-6PM; Sa 11AM-5PM. Smoothie and wrap place that offers free wi-fi.

Get out

  • Georgetown is a 10-15 minute walk from Foggy Bottom, via Pennsylvania Avenue. Or for $1, you can catch the Circulator bus (red and gray bus) over to Georgetown. The Circulator bus travels along Pennsylvania Avenue (between 21st and 29th St NW) and along K St (between 11th and 20th St NW).
  • National Mall - If you walk down 23rd Street from the Foggy Bottom metro station, you will reach the west end of the National Mall, by the Lincoln Memorial. If you go down 17th Street from the Farragut West or Farragut North metro stations and past the White House, you will get to the central part of the National Mall, by the National World War II Memorial and the Washington Monument.
  • Dupont Circle is to the north of the West End area, offering a wide choice of restaurants and shops. It is accessible if you proceed north on Connecticut Avenue, or up 19th Street or New Hampshire Avenue, with these streets all converging at Dupont Circle.
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