923 16th and K streets, N.W.,
(202) 638-2626, stregis.com
Cost: $295-$805 weekends, $375-$625 weekdays.
Drive time: Two-and-a-half hours
The scoop: Since 1926, the St. Regis has been a magnet for royalty, prime ministers and presidents. A preservation and transformation of the 175 rooms and suites pairs original Palladian windows and Italian Renaissance Louis XVI chandeliers with custom-designed furnishings and modern amenities.
Amenities: Valet service, 24-hour room service, LCD TVs, Bose iPod sound docks, wireless high-speed Internet. Signature St. Regis butlers offer bespoke assistance.
Don’t miss: The White House and the Corcoran Gallery, just a few blocks away; lunch or dinner at the St. Regis’ new in-house restaurant, Adour, the latest French-American venture from acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse.