Where to Stay in DC
LOEWS L'ENFANT PLAZA HOTEL A rooftop pool (covered by a bubble in winter) tops the list of family-friendly features at this sleek hotel, just steps away from the Mall and major museums. Amenities include kids' menus and a kids' gift bag at check-in. Double rooms start at $140 a night on weekends. 480 L'Enfant Plaza, SW; 800-235-6397;www.loewshotels.com
DOUBLETREE GUEST SUITES This all-suite hotel has a rooftop pool (open in summer) and a convenient location near the Kennedy Center and Georgetown. Kids receive a free Carepak canvas backpack with an activity book, crayons, a Berenstain Bears book, and discount coupons. Rates start at $150. 801 New Hampshire Avenue, NW; 202-785-2000; www.doubletree.com
THE HAY-ADAMS Located across Lafayette Park from the White House, this elegantly restored hotel welcomes young guests with a history-based picture book, kids' room service menu, child-size robe, and rubber duck. The double room rate is $270 a night, but ask about family packages that cost much less. 16th and H Streets, NW; 800-424-5054; www.hayadams.com
Copyright © 2005. Reprinted with permission from the April 2004 issue of Child magazine.