From Our Archive
This story was published before Summer 2021, when we launched our new digital experience.

Inside the Washington DC Hotel Suite Fit for a President

With 7,000 square feet of living space the Penthouse Suite at the Dupont Circle Hotel is unlike any other suite in the U.S.


San Diego’s Essential Surf-Inspired Dining


San Diego’s Essential Surf-Inspired Dining

Jennifer Latham, a beloved baker and cookbook author, shares her favorite stops...

On the Greek Island of Ios, Calilo Offers a Sweet, Surreal Dream


On the Greek Island of Ios, Calilo Offers a Sweet, Surreal Dream

This beachside island resort is equal parts elevated getaway and ambitious...

Be Serene Now With This Infrared Mat


Be Serene Now With This Infrared Mat

The Go Mat pairs electromagnetic fields and heat with healing crystals for at-home...

There's no shortage of impeccably designed and luxurious hotels in D.C., but one envy-inducing suite has the others beat by a landslide. The Dupont Circle Hotel's Penthouse Suite has the ideal combination of panache, high design, and impressive square footage that's everything a visiting dignitary or sitting president could ask for.

What exactly is it about this suite that makes it so unique? It isn't its location overlooking Dupont Circle or the skyline views, although those are impressive in their own right. It's the fact that all 13 suites on the ninth floor can be combined into one sprawling 7,000-square-foot penthouse—many of which have outdoor heated terraces. But if you don't need that much space, you can still rent out the suite in either a one- or two-bedroom configurations.

Related: How to Spend 24 Hours in Washington DC

The hotel underwent a top to bottom renovation in 2020, just as the pandemic started to take hold of the country and brought travel to a near-complete stop. This allowed the team to not only tackle the suites on the ninth floor and the lobby, but also the onsite bar and restaurant. Martin Brudnizki oversaw the reimagining of the Doyle Bar and the Pembroke and Irish designer Clodagh took on the suites, imbuing a minimalist aesthetic with natural elements that matches perfectly with the hotel's midcentury modern design. Throughout the hotel, guests can find works by Irish sculptor John Behan and actor-turned-photographer Dennis Hopper.

From the lobby to the redesigned Doyle Bar, the entire space is calming and luxurious. Brudnizki made good use of natural elements as well, blending leather, brass, and wood paneling making for a decidedly midcentury vibe. The hotel is also still operating Pembroke's outdoor terrace, allowing guests and visitors to enjoy dinner and drinks under heated lamps (all while social distancing).

Related: Top Cocktail Bars in Washington DC

The crown jewel of the transformation came with the overhaul of the Penthouse Suite, which is the largest of the suites on the ninth floor. It boasts two bedrooms and guests have their pick of outdoor spaces to lounge on, with unobstructed views of the city. Its elegant and sophisticated décor makes it feel modern but with a nod to nostalgia.

For $20,000 per night, guests can get the entire ninth floor all to themselves (and their 20 or so closest friends). For the smaller configurations, prices start at $1,500.


Let’s Keep in Touch

Subscribe to our newsletter

You’re no longer on our newsletter list, but you can resubscribe anytime.