Best hotels in DC, Maryland and Virginia

The Jefferson, which ranked as the third best hotel nationwide, is less than a block away from the White House. (Courtesy U.S. News)

The Jefferson, ranked in the top 20 nationwide, is less than a mile away from the White House. (Courtesy The Jefferson)

Some rooms have a view of the Washington Monument. (Courtesy The Jefferson)

A skylight and gates decorate the interior of the Jefferson Hotel in Northwest D.C. The Jefferson ranked No. 3 hotel nationwide. (Courtesy U.S. News)
A skylight and gates decorate the interior of the Jefferson Hotel in Northwest D.C. (Courtesy The Jefferson)

the Jefferson's decor is described as traditional. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The Jefferson’s decor is described as traditional. (Courtesy The Jefferson)

The boutique hotel has 99 rooms. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The boutique hotel has 99 rooms. (Courtesy The Jefferson)

The Hay-Adams in Northwest D.C. ranked No. 7 of best hotels in the U.S. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The Hay-Adams in Northwest D.C. is ranked as the second-best hotel in D.C. (Courtesy Hay-Adams)

The Hay-Adams is located on the edge of Lafayette Square. (Courtesy Hay-Adams)

Some rooms in the Hay-Adams provide views of the White House. (Courtesy U.S. News)
Some rooms in the Hay-Adams provide views of the White House. (Courtesy Hay-Adams)

The hotel is steeped in history and described as a must-see for history buffs. It was ranked in the top 10 nationwide in 2017. (Courtesy Hay-Adams)

The hotel's dining room, named The Lafayette, won high praise from its guests. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The hotel’s dining room, named The Lafayette, won high praise from its guests. (Courtesy Hay-Adams)

Located a few hours south of D.C., the Primland in southern Virginia was ranked as the 10th best hotel nationwide. (Courtesy Primland)
Located a few hours south of the D.C. area, the Primland in southern Virginia was ranked as the best hotel in Virginia. (Courtesy Primland)

Guests can choose rooms, suites, treehouses or cottages on the hotel’s 12,000 acres near the Blue Ridge Mountains. (Courtesy Primland)

The Inn at Little Washington was ranked second best hotel in Virginia. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The Inn at Little Washington in Virginia was also ranked highly. (Courtesy The Inn at Little Washington)

The Inn at Little Washington was awarded five stars in a 2017 Forbes travel guide. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The Inn at Little Washington was awarded five stars in a 2017 Forbes travel guide. (Courtesy The Inn at Little Washington)

The hotel is located in Washington, Virginia. (Courtesy The Inn at Little Washington)

The Inn at Little Washington has a Michelin-starred restaurant. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The Inn at Little Washington has a Michelin-starred restaurant. (Courtesy The Inn at Little Washington)

U.S. News recommended the Inn at Little Washington for couples in 2017 because of its romantic ambiance. (Courtesy U.S. News)
U.S. News recommended The Inn at Little Washington for couples in 2017 because of its romantic ambiance. (Courtesy The Inn at Little Washington)

The Inn at Willow Grove also ranked second-best in Virginia. (Courtesy The Inn at Willow Grove)
The Inn at Willow Grove in Virginia was ranked highly. (Courtesy The Inn at Willow Grove)

It was originally built in 1778. (Courtesy The Inn at Willow Grove)
It was originally built in 1778. (Courtesy The Inn at Willow Grove)

The Inn at Willow Grove is located in Orange, Virginia, just a little under two hours from D.C. (Courtesy The Inn at Willow Grove)
The Inn at Willow Grove is located in Orange, Virginia, just a little under two hours from D.C. (Courtesy The Inn at Willow Grove)

The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond was the No. 2 hotel in Maryland. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond was the No. 2 hotel in Maryland. (Courtesy The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond)

The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond is located in St. Michaels, Maryland. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond is located in St. Michaels, Maryland. (Courtesy The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond)

The hotel is in a manor house and Maryland's oldest holly tree is on the grounds, U.S. News reported in 2017. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The hotel is in a manor house and Maryland’s oldest holly tree is on the grounds, U.S. News reported in 2017. (Courtesy The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond)

The Sagamore Pendry Baltimore ranked No. 3 among Maryland hotels. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The Sagamore Pendry Baltimore ranked No. 3 among Maryland hotels. (Courtesy Sagamore Pendry Baltimore)

The Sagamore Pendry Baltimore ranked as the third best hotel in Maryland. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The Sagamore Pendry Baltimore opened its doors in March 2017. (Courtesy Sagamore Pendry Baltimore)

The waterfront hotel has an infinity pool. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The waterfront hotel has an infinity pool. (Courtesy Sagamore Pendry Baltimore)

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The Jefferson, which ranked as the third best hotel nationwide, is less than a block away from the White House. (Courtesy U.S. News)
A skylight and gates decorate the interior of the Jefferson Hotel in Northwest D.C. The Jefferson ranked No. 3 hotel nationwide. (Courtesy U.S. News)
the Jefferson's decor is described as traditional. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The boutique hotel has 99 rooms. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The Hay-Adams in Northwest D.C. ranked No. 7 of best hotels in the U.S. (Courtesy U.S. News)
Some rooms in the Hay-Adams provide views of the White House. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The hotel's dining room, named The Lafayette, won high praise from its guests. (Courtesy U.S. News)
Located a few hours south of D.C., the Primland in southern Virginia was ranked as the 10th best hotel nationwide. (Courtesy Primland)
The Inn at Little Washington was ranked second best hotel in Virginia. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The Inn at Little Washington was awarded five stars in a 2017 Forbes travel guide. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The Inn at Little Washington has a Michelin-starred restaurant. (Courtesy U.S. News)
U.S. News recommended the Inn at Little Washington for couples in 2017 because of its romantic ambiance. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The Inn at Willow Grove also ranked second-best in Virginia. (Courtesy The Inn at Willow Grove)
It was originally built in 1778. (Courtesy The Inn at Willow Grove)
The Inn at Willow Grove is located in Orange, Virginia, just a little under two hours from D.C. (Courtesy The Inn at Willow Grove)
The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond was the No. 2 hotel in Maryland. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond is located in St. Michaels, Maryland. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The hotel is in a manor house and Maryland's oldest holly tree is on the grounds, U.S. News reported in 2017. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The Sagamore Pendry Baltimore ranked No. 3 among Maryland hotels. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The Sagamore Pendry Baltimore ranked as the third best hotel in Maryland. (Courtesy U.S. News)
The waterfront hotel has an infinity pool. (Courtesy U.S. News)

WASHINGTON — U.S. News & World Report has released their 2018 rankings of the best hotels around the country and in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Only one hotel in D.C. ranked in the top 20 nationally, but one Baltimore hotel and several in Virginia, outside the immediate D.C.-area, received gold badges.

The Jefferson in D.C., located less than a mile from the White House, was the most highly rated hotel in D.C., though it fell from the its spot in the top five nationwide in 2017.

This five-star hotel has been hosting visitors since 1923, U.S. News reported in 2017. Early 20th-century paintings and sculptures line checkered floors, and rooms are outfitted with Bose sound systems, walk-in showers and flat-screen TVs. Some rooms provide a view of the Washington Monument.

The Hay-Adams, also in Northwest D.C., ranked as the second-best hotel in D.C. and also received a gold badge. It also fell from the top 10 nationwide since 2017.

This historic hotel is just across the street from the White House, on the edge of Lafayette Square. Wood paneling, marble floors and period decor make this hotel a must-see for history buffs, according to U.S. News.

Farther south of the D.C.-area, Primland, a hotel in southern Virginia, ranked as the best hotel in Virginia for the second year in a row and earned a gold badge.

Guests are able to choose their accommodations from rooms, suites, cottages or houses spread out over Primland’s 12,000 acres. Activities include biking, hunting, horseback riding and golf. This hotel offers unique amenities such as a private movie theater, an observatory dome, a library and a game room.

The Primland was followed in Virginia by The Inn at Willow Grove and The Inn at Little Washington, both southwest of D.C.

The Inn at Little Washington is popular with locals because of its Michelin-starred restaurant and romantic ambiance. It is located in Washington, Virginia, about an hour and a half from Northwest D.C.

The Ritz-Carlton at Pentagon City is the highest rated Virginia hotel in the D.C.-area, located in Arlington. This hotel is close to the Pentagon and has indoor access to Metro. U.S. News reported in 2017 that guests enjoyed the hotel’s family-friendly amenities and its proximity to sight-seeing destinations in D.C.

In Maryland, the only hotel that received a gold badge from U.S. News was the Four Seasons Hotel in Baltimore. It was followed by The Inn at Perry Cabin by Belmond in Talbot County and the Sagamore Pendry in Baltimore.

The U.S. News rankings, published Feb. 6, lists hotels based on travel expert opinions and reviews from guests. The report acknowledges that travel is a personal experience. Hotels ranked at No. 1 or No. 2 may still not be the best option for some people — each hotel depends on the trip and the travelers.

U.S. News also looked at hotels in Canada, Mexico and Europe, and plans to rate more geographic locations in the future. Find more of their hotel rankings here.


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