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Lobby and coffee bar area with pillows, wooden round tables, red leather chairs
Lobby seating area with wooden bench, coffee bar, check-in booth
Trendy Victrola Coffee bar
One king bed guestroom with white linens and blue pillow, desk with chair, TV, dresser
Two Queen beds guestroom with white sheets, blue pillows, and dark wood desk
Two Queen beds with white sheets and blue pillow, dark wood accents
1 Double bed guestroom with white sheets, blue pillow, mirror
Guest Bedroom
Two beds, Queen and Double
King Bed
1 Double bed guestroom with white sheets, blue pillow, couches, mirror
Black and white checkered tile with white sink guest bathroom
Conference room with meeting tables and chairs
Meeting and Conference board room
Hotel entrance and patio with Hotel RL by Red Lion sign
Street view of Hotel RL Washington DC with patio


With world-famous museums, iconic monuments and hidden gems around every corner, the Nation’s capital is an explorer’s dream. Immerse yourself in history, art, cuisine, music and discover the creative side of Washington D.C.

Situated near Dupont Circle in the heart of DC, our hotel is just a short walk from George Washington University, The National Mall, along with great dining and shopping. Designed for people who travel to expand their horizons, our hotel features The Living Stage—an intimate stage for thought-provoking events, ethically sourced Victrola Coffee at the Café, and bright, peaceful guestrooms. Our philanthropic initiative, Project Wake Up Call, helps end homelessness one new hotel opening at a time. Learn more about Project Wake Up Call and our Washington D.C. partner, Unity Health Care. Stay comfortable. Stay inspired. Stay Curious at Hotel RL.

Downtown Washington DC Hotel

Downtown Washington DC Hotel

Unique Features at Hotel RL

Hotel RL Washington DC is a gathering place for the District's most creative visitors and locals. The simple spaces at our Downtown Washington DC hotel provide organic comfort, and our rooms are designed to inspire. We're right in the heart of The Capital, just a few minutes walk from George Washington University and The National Mall, and our hotel near Dupont Circle grants you access to all the hidden gems in the city.

Use us as your home base when you explore. We've got your essentials: craft coffee by Victrola Coffee Roasters, free Wi-Fi, free passes to fitness centers, and meeting spaces. Our attentive staff is always around, ready to offer a lunch recommendation or an extra amenity.

Features at Our Boutique Hotel

  • Free Wi-Fi and wired Internet access
  • Artesian coffee by Victrola Coffee Roasters found in hotel lobby
  • The Living Stage
  • DirecTV in all guest rooms
  • Communal lobby space for work or lounging
  • Complimentary Bikes
  • Communal Game Table
  • Onsite Parking Garage ($45 per night fee)
  • Two meeting spaces, with 1,350 square feet of space for up to 50 attendees
  • Easy access to the DC Metro and Dupont Circle's vibrant dining, nightlife, and culture
  • Free passes to area fitness centers
Easy Access to Downtown Washington DC Gyms

Easy Access to Downtown Washington DC Gyms

Stay Active at Hotel RL

The District of Columbia is an easy place to stay active. After all, the DC metropolitan area was named America's healthiest by the American Fitness Index in 2015 for its runner- and cyclist-friendly infrastructure, walkable layout, and neighborhood farmers' markets. Hotel RL embraces and encourages well-being by providing each guest with passes to nearby gyms. Use complimentary fitness center passes to lift, run, or participate in group sessions. If you are looking for a way to explore Washington DC while getting in some exercise, consult our front desk staff--we can recommend some of the District's best running and walking routes. 

Enjoy Complimentary Passes at Downtown Washington DC Gyms    Gold's Gym 

1075 19th Street NW
1/2 block from the hotel

LA Fitness

1101 Connecticut Avenue NW
2 blocks from the hotel

Shining a Light on a Local Community Crisis

Shining a Light on a Local Community Crisis

The Road Home is a non-profit organization offering assistance to individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Washington DC. In addition to providing emergency shelter and case management, this private agency operates the largest shelter in the state with an ultimate aim of moving as many people as possible into permanent housing. Learn more here about how you can get involved with Hotel RL’s Project Wake Up Call and The Road Home’s mission to overcome homelessness in Washington DC and beyond.

It is estimated that on any given night in US, more than 600,000 people experience homelessness. As members of the lodging industry, we believe it is our duty to do something about this. Project Wake Up Call is the response.

Living Stage

Living Stage

At Hotel RL, we are devoted to spreading ideas and delivering inspiration to our guests and our community. In this spirit, we created The Living Stage where we showcase locals that have a passion for what they do.

From public speakers to musical performances to hands-on demonstrations, we invite an assortment of impassioned people to come and share a glimpse into their world. All of our hotel locations, from coast to coast, feature The Living Stage where guests and locals gather to enjoy themselves and be inspired.

See Full Calendar

Washington DC Dining Guide

Washington DC Dining Guide

On-Site Dining Options

Stop by the Victrola Coffee Bar for a free custom made espresso beverage. Available from 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM daily, the coffee bar also services easy grab and go breakfast items like pastries and oatmeal.

Our Washington DC Dining Guide -- Near Hotel RL Washington DC

Old and new and in between, Washington DC's best dining comes in many flavors, cuisines, and price points. Hotel RL is located in Downtown, one of the District's fastest-emerging neighborhoods. Downtown is surrounded by established dining hubs like Logan Square, Georgetown and Dupont Circle, providing easy access to world-class eats, from fine dining to food truck fare. As some of our favorites, we encourage you to try these offsite dining options.

Le Diplomate

A French café providing a comfortable place to gather with friends. A quick cab ride from Hotel RL Washington DC, it is a great location for an afternoon brunch, dinner, or stop for just a drink and dessert. Their extensive menu features a variety of classic favorites, including Onion Soup Gratinée, Steak Frites and Escargots as well as daily plates such as Bouillabaisse and Entrecôte de Boeuf.

1601 14th Street Northwest, Washington DC 20009

Boqueria - Dupont Circle

Offering a wide variety of "market fresh" specials in addition to our everyday menu of perennial favorites, Boqueria is a great place to enjoy a little Spanish flare. Try their "Datiles con Beicon" or "Patatas Bravas" as they are simply amazing.

1837 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036


This Dupont Circle classic is touted as America's first certified organic restaurant. Nora lives up to its billing by serving sustainably sourced and regionally farmed ingredients with a focus on keeping things local and seasonal.

2132 Florida Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008

Kramers Afterwords Cafe

Offering an American fare in an active setting, Kramers's Afterwords Café is the full dining experience located in Dupont Circle. Enjoy locally inspired ingredients and a vast beer and wine list, Afterwords Café an ideal place to eat, drink, and socialize.

1517 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036

Founding Farmers

Forgive the name -- this restaurant is one of Downtown DC's best. The fare runs the table from light sandwiches, soups and salads to hearty American signatures like chicken pot pie and yankee pot roast, along with a full list of items fresh from the sea.

1924 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20006

Teddy & The Bully Bar

Paying tribute to Theodore Roosevelt, the Teddy and the Bully Bar captures the characteristics of the 26th President. Remembered for his exuberant personality and range of interests as well as his "cowboy" persona this lounge showcases a distinctive menu showing his love for simple food, including steaks, fried chicken, and house-made cornbread. A local favorite you must try on your next DC journey.

1200 19th Street NW, Washington, DC

The Hotel RL Coffee Bar

The Hotel RL Coffee Bar

Featuring Victrola Coffee Roasters

A friendly community environment with great coffee, our DC hotel serves as a gathering place for people, experiences, ideas and stories. Guests of the hotel can stop by to enjoy a custom complimentary espresso beverage.

Built for modern coffee aficionados, Hotel RL has partnered with Seattle’s own Victrola Coffee Roasters to bring their celebrated brews to our properties. Victrola, acknowledged as one of the world’s best craft roasters, sources beans from farms in Uganda, Honduras, Indonesia, and under-the-radar locations like Yemen. Hotel RL will serve Victrola’s acclaimed single origin coffees and innovative blends in an environment meant to inspire, engage, and enrich life’s simple moments for guests and locals alike. 

Daily Hours

  • 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Downtown Washington DC Meeting Space

Downtown Washington DC Meeting Space

Find Inspiration in Simple Spaces

Host your next small meeting, productive brainstorm session, or client pitch at Hotel RL. We have designed our two meeting spaces to foster creativity and connection and our coffee is great. We have arranged everything you need for a successful meeting.

For Room Blocks Or Meeting Space Availability, please contact us at (202) 827-8225 or submit an online request for proposal.

Downtown Washington DC Meeting Space Features

  • Two event rooms near Dupont Circle (1,350 square feet of total space)
  • Experienced sales staff to ensure meeting success
  • Complimentary high-speed Internet and Wi-Fi connections
  • AV equipment
  • Easel and dry-erase board
  • Projector and screen available to rent
  • Parking adjacent to the hotel for meeting guests
  • Friendly onsite staff
  • Local catering available


Meetings & Event Info



DC Meetings in a Unique Space

DC Meetings in a Unique Space

DC Meetings Made Simple

A unique space for your next meeting. Hotel RL Washington DC offers a laid back atmosphere and perks for booking your upcoming DC Meetings with us. Allow us to make your event—from weekly meetings with coffee service to a social gathering—stress-free, creative, and organized.

Hotel RL Washington DC offers flexible spaces for meetings and other special events. 1,315 total square feet of meeting space available for up to 75 attendees. We can customize to any need. View information on our meeting space now.

To book or inquire about pricing, contact our Sales Department at (202) 827-8225.


Group Perks

Wedding Perks

Sports Team Certified to Win on the Road

At Hotel RL Washington DC, from tee-ball to the minor league, we go above & beyond to welcome sports teams of all ages and types. Our Washington DC area location, with tons of amenities, makes us a favorite among sport team group travel hotels in the DC area.

We are proud to uphold our Sports Certified status through Red Lion Hotels Corporation. Being certified means that our hotel has undergone industry specific training and has demonstrated the ability to successfully house sports groups and offer special amenities that focus on creating convenience and value for your team, so you can concentrate on the game.

  • Team parking options
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Special team welcome on arrival
  • Pre-keyed and pre-blocked rooms
  • Double rooms on property
  • Complimentary meeting space (if available onsite)
  • Customized Sports Group Resume prepared and shared with staff before your arrival to get to know your team before you arrive.
  • On-site Victrola Coffee Bar with custom made espresso beverages and grab and go breakfast items to satisfy the entire team.


Call one of Hotel RL Washington DC group travel planners at (202) 223-4320 or to request a group proposal for your sports team today.


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Let Us Plan Your Next Event or Book a Block of Rooms

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For room blocks or to plan an event please click here.

Washington, D.C. Travel Guide

Washington, D.C. Travel Guide

Distinctly D.C. Destinations

Washington, D.C. is more than the nation's capital. It is a historic, of-the-moment, and an ahead-of-trend city. From the regal architecture of Embassy Row to the fast-emerging nightlife and art scenes of the U Street corridor, to classic icons like the Washington Monument and White House, DC draws from a rich collection of cultures to provide a uniquely American experience.

Hotel RL is located in Downtown, a rapidly changing district at the heart of the District's transformation. As the neighborhood has added residential buildings and hotels, Downtown Washington DC has built a reputation as one of the city's up-and-coming areas. Adjacent to Downtown is Dupont Circle, home to DC's active LGBT community, some of its most beautiful streets of row houses, family-friendly activities, and a lively dining scene. The hotel is located two blocks from the Farragut North DC Metro stop, providing access to neighborhoods like NoMa and the heart of D.C.

Washington, D.C. Travel Guide -- Attractions Near Hotel RL

  • Dupont Circle - 0.4 mile
  • White House - 0.6 mile
  • George Washington University - 0.5 mile
  • Tidal Basin - 0.5 miles
  • The Phillips Collection - 0.7 mile
  • National Mall - 1.2 miles
  • Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - 1 mile
  • Lincoln Memorial - 1.3 miles
  • Ford's Theater - 1.3 miles
  • Georgetown - 1.3 miles
  • American History Museum - 1.4 miles
  • Newseum - 1.8 miles
  • Air and Space Museum - 2 miles
  • Hirshorn Museum - 2 miles
  • National Gallery of Art - 2 miles
  • National Zoo - 2 miles
  • U.S. Botanical Garden - 3 miles
  • Arlington National Cemetery - 2.8 miles
  • Dumbarton Oaks Park - 1.8 miles
  • U.S. Capitol Building - 3.4 miles
  • Eastern Market - 3.5 miles
  • CIA Headquarters - 7.7 miles
  • Mount Vernon - 20 miles
Washington DC LGBT Guide

Washington DC LGBT Guide

Celebrate the District's Diversity

Washington DC stands as a microcosm of America at large: diverse, colorful, and accepting. That open spirit shines through in the District's lively LGBT scene, centered on the Dupont Circle neighborhood.

Dupont Circle is more than gay-friendly, it's LGBT-forward. From the annual High-Heeled Drag Race to the bars and restaurants that line 17th Street, the heart of DC LGBT culture lives in Dupont Circle. Some of Washington DC's other LGBT highlights are within a few minutes of Hotel RL, including the legendary Sunday Drag Brunch at Perry's in Adams Morgan. 

Ask our friendly front desk staff for additional Washington DC LGBT guide recommendations. 

Discover Old Town Washington DC

Discover Old Town Washington DC

Visit Dupont Circle on Your Next Journey to DC

A historic district in Washington DC, Dupont Circle features many landmarks that are worth checking out on your next visit to DC. With the entire neighborhood built around a traffic circle, Dupont Circle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features many embassies, where historical leaders from our country resided. While you are there, make sure you visit Christian Heurich Mansion, also known as Brewmaster's Castle. With two floors still showcasing its original furnishings, you will get to explore true 1800s architecture. We also encourage you visit International Temple, Embassy Gulf Service Station, the Whittemore House, and the nation's first museum of modern art the Phillips Collection.

While visiting Dupont's Circle, stay blocks away at Hotel RL Washington DC. Only 0.4 miles away, we are a quick walk to the area's greatest features.

Family Activities in Washington DC

Family Activities in Washington DC

Learn, Discover and Explore the District

The District is full of all-ages attractions and activities. From the Smithsonian's collection of museums, many of which cater to kids with interactive exhibits, to the world-class exhibits in the National Zoo, families can find plenty to explore in the nation's capital. Unique seasonal attractions in Washington DC include the warm-weather Movies on the Potomac series and the ZooLights holiday season celebration. Most of these attractions are within walking distance of our hotel. Whenever you visit, you'll find many things to do in DC with kids.

Family Activities in Washington DC
  • National Air and Space Museum
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Zoo
  • Newseum
  • International Spy Museum
  • Movies on the Potomac at National Harbor
  • National Geographic Museum
  • Beauvoir Playground
  • DC Ducks Tour
  • The Kennedy Center

Stay with Hotel RL Washington DC for convenient family accommodations in DC. We'll be your home base as your family explores The Capital. 

Explore the National Arboretum

Explore the National Arboretum

An Outdoor Expedition in Northeast Washington

Located away from the major attractions of central DC, the United States National Arboretum is well worth the journey to the edge of Northeast Washington. This 446-acre arboretum serves as an agricultural research site, and it also features beautiful botanical gardens, making it a must-see for nature lovers.

Flowers and trees bloom all year on the grounds of the National Arboretum, and each visit presents an opportunity to view a new type of plant life. Major collections include a National Herb Garden, a Flowering Tree Collection, and the Classical Chinese Garden. Unique public artworks can also be spotted throughout the Arboretum. Special events and activities are hosted throughout the year, including the Annual Garden Fair and the Orchid Show. The perennially popular Full Moon Hike is hosted at the Arboretum each season—check the calendar of events for hike dates and details.

Access to the National Arboretum in Washington DC is free and it is open to the public every day except December 25th. Stop by the on-site gift shop to pick up a few horticultural keepsakes before you make your way make to Hotel RL.

United States National Arboretum

3501 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 245-2726

Downtown Washington DC Guide

Downtown Washington DC Guide

Discover the Charms of a Changing Neighborhood

Welcome to Downtown--the center of Washington DC and the point around which some of the District's most vibrant neighborhoods pivot. Downtown has become an increasingly important piece of the District's fabric as a wave of residential buildings and hotels have ushered in high-end dining and nightlife spots.

Downtown Washington DC Guide - What's Near Hotel RL

  • Founding Farmers
  • Boqueria
  • Shake Shack
  • Bub and Pop's
  • Kaz Sushi Bistro
  • Vidalia
  • St. Arnold's on Jefferson
  • District Taco
  • Duke's Grocery
  • Science Club
  • St. Arnold's on Jefferson
  • Bier Baron Tavern
  • The Gryphon
  • Off the Record
  • Bar Dupont
  • Quill
  • National Geographic Museum
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Renwick Gallery
  • Art Museum of the Americas
  • White House
  • Decatur House
  • National Mall
Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum

Smithsonian National Air And Space Museum

From The Earth To The Stars

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum is a must-see DC attraction. One of the best museums in the world, it showcases our journey from the Earth to the stars, from the Wright brothers to Neil Armstrong. The museum has the world's largest collection of aviation and space artifacts, making it the largest of the 19 museums that encompass the Smithsonian Institute.

The museum's latest exhibits include A New Moon Rises, which shows views from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, Cold War Aviation, Jet Aviation, and Moving Beyond Earth, which explores future possibilities in spaceflight. Famous artifacts include the Wright's 1903 Flyer, Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, the Apollo 11 Command Module, and even moon rocks. Whether you're a history buff or a futurist, the Air and Space Museum has an exhibit for you. If you're coming with kids, the museum's Family Days are great ways to teach kids about flight. Events include Mars Day!, Milestones in Aviation and Space, and Innovations in Flight. 

Explore this DC museum and more when you stay at our hotel near the Smithsonian. 

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Independence Ave at 6th Street, Southwest
Washington, DC 20560
Phone: (202) 633-2214

Hours & Admission
  • Regular hours: 10am – 5:30pm
  • Open every day except December 25.
  • Admission is free
Discover Unique Museums in Washington DC

Discover Unique Museums in Washington DC

Lesser-Known Public Institutions

Uncover the unexpected when you stay at Hotel RL. There are countless world-famous cultural collections throughout the city, but the following unique museums in Washington DC offer an in-depth look at some interesting niche topics.


You needn’t be a journalist to find interest in the exhibitions at Newseum. With foundations in free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment, this museum showcases powerful moments in the history of communications and hosts special events in its role as a national forum for free speech.

555 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.

Washington, DC 20001
(888) 639-7386

Heurich House Museum: The Brewmaster’s Castle

Beer aficionados will appreciate a glimpse into brewing history at the Heurich House Museum. This beer drinkers’ relic is located just steps from Hotel RL in Dupont Circle. Stop by for the monthly History & Hops series for tours, tastings, and talks about DC’s storied brewing history.

1307 New Hampshire Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 429-1894

International Spy Museum

The International Spy Museum has curated an unbelievable look into the history of espionage. The museum includes School for Spies, The Secret History of History, Spies Among Us, and other intriguing exhibitions. Interactive spy experiences are also offered by these experts in deception.

800 F St NW

Washington, DC 20004
(202) 393-7798

Washington DC Sports Teams

Washington DC Sports Teams

Catch a Game in the US Capital

Sports fans are in luck when they stay at Hotel RL. Washington DC sports teams boast thriving fan bases and state-of-the-art venues in and around the city. Take advantage of your time in the nation’s capital and see one of these major league teams in action.

Washington Wizards

See an NBA game at the nearby Verizon Center, ideally located less than 2 miles from Hotel RL. Known as the home of NBA’s Washington Wizards, this impressive arena also hosts the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, and the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas. If you aren’t in town during basketball season, you can also catch a concert—big name acts have included Paul McCartney, AC/DC, and Kanye West.

Verizon Center
601 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

Washington Redskins

During football season, you can score tickets to see the Washington Redskins play at FedEx Field in nearby Greater Landover, Maryland. This massive NFL stadium (formerly the largest in the league) is less than a mile walk from the Morgan Boulevard Station off the Blue or Silver Metro lines. The venue has a capacity of 82,000 and includes food vendors, an on-site Hall of Fame store, and a Club Level sports bar.

FedEx Field
1600 Fedex Way
Greater Landover, MD 20785

Washington Nationals

Head to Nationals Park and watch America’s favorite pastime. Home of the Washington Nationals baseball team, this beautiful park is located along the Anacostia River in southeast DC, within the up-and-coming Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Patrons can enjoy unconventional ballpark concessions, including crab cakes and babka ice cream sandwiches. The closest Metro stations are Navy Yard off the Green line or Capitol South off the Orange, Blue, and Silver lines.

Nationals Park
1500 S Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

Hotel Amenities

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Accessibility Features
Air Conditioning
Pet Friendly
Paid Parking
Fitness Center
Smoke Free
Flat Screen TV

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