Business Travel in Washington, D.C.

Traveling to the district on business? Lucky for you, D.C. is designed with the business traveler in mind--it is brimming with elegant and centrally located hotels, superb and convenient restaurants and plenty of bars to unwind with a cocktail. Check out our suggestions for where to stay, dine and drink during your business travel trip; you'll only need to focus on sealing that deal. (Photo by Flikr user cittavitta)

Updated: July 19, 2010

Business Hotels

Liaison Capitol Hill Washington Hotels

415 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001

Located about halfway between Union Station and the U.S. Capitol, Liasion Capitol Hill has more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space and a total of 343 luxury rooms. The hotel also boasts three executive boardrooms, each complete with LCD TVs, a kitchenette and a private powder room.

The Hay-Adams

800 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

The Hay-Adams Hotel is nestled in downtown D.C.'s Lafayette Square, directly across from the White House. Enjoy a 24-hour business center, wireless access, complimentary town car service and five sophisticated meeting venues.

Renaissance Mayflower Hotel

1127 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

Located in Dupont Circle, The Renaissance Mayflower offers 650 rooms and suites as well as 35,000 square feet of meeting space. Truman and FDR were frequent guests, as was FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, who is said to have lunched here every day for more than 20 years. Elegant and convenient, the hotel is accessible by three Metro lines

Doubletree Hotel Washington Dc

1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

The Doubletree Hotel is centrally located halfway between Logan Circle and Dupont Circle. Ten different event spaces offer capacities ranging from 10 to 200 attendees. Meeting services include in-house audio/visual services, first-class catering facilities and dedicated, experienced planning personnel.

Hilton Washington

1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009

The city's second largest hotel--with 1,201 guestrooms and 110,000 square feet of meeting space--the Hilton Washington stands just four blocks from Embassy Row. The hotel offers three options for on-site dining, as well as a friendly and knowledgeable concierge.

Hyatt Regency Washington Dc

400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

This Capitol Hill hotel offers 38,000 square feet of flexible function space, professional event planning services, on-site audio/visual experts and superior catering options. Book one of the ?Business Plan? rooms-- created for the business traveler--which feature complimentary continental breakfast, free local calls, an oversized work desk and cordless phone.

Where to Dine

15 Ria Restaurant

1515 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Located in the Doubletree Hotel, 15 Ria's intimate setting, quality cuisine, and classic contemporary cocktails make it a fine choice for convenient dining and drinks. The restaurant also offers a relaxing and pleasant outdoor seating section.

Old Ebbitt Grill

675 15TH St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Established in 1856, Old Ebbitt Grill has long satisfied the seafood and steak cravings of several of our nation's presidents. Private booths allow for deal-making, and an oyster bar brings together business-types at the end of a long day. Just want to get back to your hotel? Call ahead for takeout from Ebbitt Express, popular with downtown workers.


1225 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

This notorious ?power meal? spot attracts business types in power suits throughout the week. Dine here frequently and you'll join the ranks of hundreds of big-name patrons, depicted in hand-painted caricatures on the walls.

Iron Gate

1734 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

This hidden gem in Dupont Circle is a quaint and mysterious Mediterranean bistro carved out of a 100-year-old estate and stable, forming one of the most marvelous restaurant settings in the district. A grapevine-canopied outdoor courtyard makes lunching at the Iron Gate especially popular in the warmer months.

Thunder Grill

50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

Conveniently located in Union Station, Thunder Grill is a ?visual and culinary celebration of the American Southwest." Thunder Grill serves up fresh entrees and a variety of Southwest-themed salads and sandwiches, satisfying both train travelers and the nearby work crowd.

Mccormick & Schmick's Seafood Washington Dc (k Street)

1652 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Just two blocks from the White House, McCormick & Schmick's has distinguished itself as a popular after-work spot for political bigwigs and notable business-types. Chose from a fresh variety of specialty seafood, steaks and pastas, and pair your choice with a selection off the extensive but pricey wine list.

Where to Drink


1620 I St Nw, Washington, DC 20006

With nightly food and drink specials, BlackFinn is a suitable spot to unwind after work. Generously poured cocktails are served up by friendly and talkative bartenders, all part of the prototypical New York-style saloon experience.

Off The Record

800 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006

Old-school sophistication oozes from this classic hotel bar, located in the basement of the Hay-Adams. Off the Record features red walls adorned with political caricatures, stately wood and plaster molding, and dim, intimate nooks for quiet conversation.

Tabard Inn Restaurant

1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Businesspeople congregate near a crackling fireplace in the Tabard's lounge. The seating just outside the Tabard Inn Restaurant offers a quiet, plush space for meeting colleagues or relaxing solo with a drink.

The Reserve

1426 L St NW, Wsahington, DC 20005

This classy, candlelit restaurant and lounge is heavily focused on wine, though it boasts a full bar and a tapas-style food menu. Suits flock to The Reserve for its extended happy hour, which lasts from 4pm to 9pm Monday through Friday.