I SPY CHANGE IN THE CAP­I­TAL

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - WHAT’S YOUR BUDGET WASHINGTON, D.C. -

Oh, say can you see … that we can’t get enough of the US? It’s Aussies’ No.1 long-haul in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tion, with a re­turn rate of 72 per cent. But if you haven’t vis­ited the na­tion’s cap­i­tal yet, now is the time to go.

Wash­ing­ton, D.C. is awash with change with $11.5 bil­lion in ma­jor open­ings and ren­o­va­tions un­der way, in­clud­ing 21 new ho­tels. Es­pi­onage is be­ing su­per-sized with the In­ter­na­tional Spy Mu­seum more than dou­bling in size, Kennedy Cen­ter will bump up its per­for­mance space, and the iconic Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment will re­open next year with a new vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ence and el­e­va­tor sys­tem.

Des­ti­na­tion DC CEO El­liott Fer­gu­son says trav­ellers may come for the mon­u­ments but are stay­ing for the mu­se­ums, night-life, the­atre, din­ing and out­door ac­tiv­i­ties. “Vis­i­tors are of­ten sur­prised at just how green and walk­a­ble the city is,” he says.

As for where to stay? “Stay­ing in Ge­orge­town or at The Wharf is closer to the wa­ter, down­town ho­tels are clos­est to the Na­tional Mall; or stay in other his­toric neigh­bour­hoods like Adams Mor­gan, Lo­gan Cir­cle and Dupont Cir­cle for a lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ence.” CE­LESTE MITCHELL

POD DC OVERNIGHT RATE FROM $US99 (ABOUT $139, QUEEN POD)

With so much to see and do in D.C., some­times it pays to keep it sim­ple when it comes to ac­com­mo­da­tion. Rooms at the light and bright Pod DC are com­pact and smartly de­signed. Es­chew­ing “ex­tras” like room ser­vice, a pool, and in-room cof­fee mak­ers means prices are kept lean but you’ll still ben­e­fit from free Wi-Fi, hairdry­ers, a safe, and a fit­ness cen­tre. Work to do? En­joy ac­cess to The Cove Workspace, just around the cor­ner. Join a free walk­ing tour or make like a lo­cal and ex­plore by mo­torised scooter. There’s a cafe, diner, and rooftop bar on-site, of­fer­ing views over the Wash­ing­ton Mon­u­ment, as well as a very cool sub­ter­ranean whiskey bar. Lo­cated in Penn Quar­ter, you’re only three blocks from the Wash­ing­ton Con­ven­tion Cen­ter and two stops on the Metro from Union Sta­tion.

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EA­TON DC OVERNIGHT RATE FROM $US219 (CABIN QUEEN)

Is it a ho­tel? An of­fice? A per­for­mance space? Or an artist res­i­dence? Well, it’s all th­ese things and it’s shak­ing up the D.C. ho­tel scene. Touted as the “anti-Trump ho­tel”, Ea­ton DC opened in Septem­ber with po­lit­i­cally charged de­sign el­e­ments and panel dis­cus­sions fea­tur­ing ac­tivists. But whether you swing left or right, there’s much to love about this new de­sign ho­tel brand. Rooms not only have Wi-Fi for stream­ing but also cu­rated records, “rad­i­cal and rare” books and “rig­or­ously sourced” sus­tain­able snacks. Mat­tresses are or­ganic, the skin­care is all nat­u­ral. In the lobby there’s a glass-walled ra­dio sta­tion, Amer­i­can Son restau­rant and Kintsugi cof­fee shop, a the­atre and cowork­ing space. As well as run-of-the-mill well­ness op­tions – yoga, mas­sage – you can book in for sound baths and shamanic jour­neys.

EATONWORKSHOP.COM/HO­TEL/DC

IN­TER­CON­TI­NEN­TAL WASH­ING­TON, D.C. – THE WHARF OVERNIGHT RATE FROM $US329 (KING DELUXE)

Park your­self on the wa­ter with a stay at the top ho­tel in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., ac­cord­ing to Read­ers’ Choice Awards 2018. Po­si­tioned in the re­vi­talised Wharf precinct, floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows beam light and views into the In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal’s spa­cious rooms. Hun­gry? Kith and Kin’s Afro-Caribbean cui­sine is the star of the din­ing op­tions while the aptly named Wa­ter­ing Hole is where to go for a leisurely G & T. The best views, how­ever, are at the rooftop pool and bar, WAVES. Ex­tras like the L’Oc­c­i­tane spa, 24-hour room ser­vice, fresh flow­ers, com­pli­men­tary news­pa­pers, overnight shoe shine and a shut­tle ser­vice bump up a stay here to lux­ury lev­els. A rosé bar called Slips & Sips opens next year, adding to the line-up in this up-and-com­ing district.

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