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Washington DC’s Renaissance: Just Check Out the View from the Cool W Hotel

May 7, 2010 By:Mary Winston Nicklin

W Hotel Washington DCWashington DC is cool again. This month's cover story in National Geographic Traveler shines the spotlight on the nation's capital which "has been shedding its reputation as a dozing, one-dimensional city of policy wonks and lawyers with the advent of a new generation of artists, tech barons, and a younger set that hungers for edgier fare than a stroll on the Mall." The transformation is visible everywhere; Washington DC has morphed into a "top-tier dining town" with cool museums and hotel options galore.

Maybe it's the shift of power from Manhattan, maybe it's a new optimism, but the city inside the Beltway has jettisoned its staid image for a wholesale revival of wide swaths of the cityscape. Washington today is Rome at year zero: the most important place on Earth," says David Von Drehle, who spent many years as a reporter and editor for the Washington Post. "We're talking money and power. As always, this combination attracts the brainy, the bold, the conniving, and the glamorous."

W Washington DCCenter stage in the article? One of our fave hotels. National Geographic Traveler highlights the happening rooftop bar at the W: "Another expansive vista of the city is found at the new W Hotel—minted from the capital's venerable Washington Hotel—which features a rooftop bar that enables you to watch the President's helicopter land on the south lawn of the White House."

Hot Deals: Until June 15, 2010, you can get 50% off your second night and a packet of seeds to start your own spring garden with the "Better Tomorrows" package at the W.


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