Beautiful Spaces: Where We Stayed in Washington, DC

by Gigi Griffis

Welcome back to Beautiful Spaces—a series of posts in which I talk about the places where I stay during my travels. It all started in 2013 when I realized that my contentment on the road is directly connected to how much I love where I’m living…and so made a commitment to find beautiful spaces to call home along the way. This hotel was kind enough to provide a discounted stay in exchange for this review, but, as always, opinions are my own.

Washington, DC.

Where we stopped for a couple whirlwind days of food tours, work, and first-time meet-ups with online friends.

We knocked things off our to-do lists, munched on chocolate-covered strawberries and the famous chili dogs of The Original Ben’s Chili Bowl, and stayed in the beautiful, artistic Topaz Hotel.

We’ve stayed at lots of interesting places along the way, but I think the Topaz is the most artistic so far, with its bright whites and golds and pops of blue and its interesting designs on every wall (including the inside of the elevator).

It was like staying in an art piece.










[Update: One annoyance that came out of all this was that when we left, we noticed a mini bar charge on the credit card. Only, we didn’t eat anything out of the mini bar…I contacted the hotel and they’ve told me multiple times that it’s fixed, but it hasn’t been fixed. And the latest annoyance? They told me they would take it off and instead charged me a second time for it. I’ve wasted a lot of time on this $10 and am not impressed by their efficiency in getting this taken care of.]

The Topaz’s rooms start at about $233 per night with current specials ($259 per night at normal rates). Wi-Fi is free if you join their rewards program (which is free to join) and there’s a wine happy hour included for every guest. The hotel is pet friendly and there are no pet restrictions (and, in fact, adorably, they left a special little package for Luna with a toy (pictured above) and some treats).

Looking for more places to stay? You can see all the beautiful spaces I’ve reviewed here.

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