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Check in to a D.C. hotel known for style—and a touch of scandal
Mayflower Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Written by  Kym Allison Backer

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From presidents to scandalous politicians (exhibit A: disgraced New York Governor Eliot Spitzer), the capital city’s “second-best address” has hosted the nation’s most powerful dealmakers and dealbreakers for more than seven decades. The elegant historic site, located near the White House, is as well known for its inaugural balls—first held in 1925—gilded halls and rich décor as it is for the name recognition factor of guests partaking in intricate afternoon teas. Through February, indulge in the Mayflower’s 85th anniversary package ($185 per night), which includes breakfast and a customized bottle of the hotel’s signature sparkling wine (1127 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.; 202-347-3000).

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