Capitol Skyline Hotel
Occupying a 1960's-era building by the designer of Miami's Fountainbleu Hotel, this boutique hotel combines a retro-curvy exterior with updated common areas: Frank Gehry and Philippe Starck were among the designers contributing to the lobby's modern style, with brightly colored furniture, damask wall accents, and a crystal chandelier. Coveted for its location, the Capitol Skyline is five blocks from Capitol Hill between the city's SE and SW districts. All 203 rooms blend updated amenities with throwback Colonial furnishings, including original reproductions of presidential portraits in each room. The hotel also offers extensive meeting space, chef Randal Smith's Lapidus Restaurant, and a large pool with a lounge.