One-Night Stay for Two at Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC

Upscale Hotel with Views of US Capitol Building

There’s a statue of a female figure on top of the US Capitol known as Statue of Freedom. It stands nearly 20 feet tall and weighs in at 15,000 pounds; the figure’s right hand rests upon a sheathed sword, and her left hand clasps a laurel wreath. She has struck this pose every day since 1863. You can see this statue from the Washington Court Hotel three blocks away—one of the only unobstructed views of the Capitol building in all of DC.

In fact, many of the hotel’s deluxe rooms have direct views of the Capitol. Other rooms at the hotel overlook the DC skyline, and some of them look inward to the hotel’s expansive atrium. Every room was remodeled in 2009 and, inspired by the sparkling white buildings that line the National Mall, each has a bathroom outfitted with italian marble.

At the onsite restaurant Bistro 525, you can dine on locally sourced New American entrees such as grilled maryland rack of lamb, applewood-smoked virginia pork chops, and house-smoked pennsylvania trout. The eatery is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Nearby, bartenders pour draft beers and glasses of wine each evening at the Federal City Bar, which has a waterfall and a billiards table.

Washington, DC: Monuments, Museums, and Dynamic Nightlife

First-time visitors to Washington, DC, will want to pay a visit to the National Mall, just a 10-minute walk from the hotel. The mall stretches up from the Capitol building, past the soaring Washington Monument, and east from the Lincoln Memorial. Another pillar of DC is the Smithsonian Institution, which has 19 museums. The Smithsonian’s best-known museums are located along the National Mall, including the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of Natural History.

When you’re done visiting the iconic monuments and government buildings, it’s worth it to pay a visit to the Dupont Circle neighborhood. It features some of the city’s best restaurants and clubs alongside foreign embassies housed in historical mansions. On the weekend, there’s a wild nightlife on Connecticut Avenue as crowds flood in and out of the many bars here, which range from Latin lounges to karaoke dives and high-end clubs.

What You Get

One-night stay for two in a deluxe room. Up to three kids 13 or younger stay free.

  • Option 1: $89, valid Thursday–Monday, 10/26/12–1/14/13 (a $199 average value)
  • Option 2: $89, valid Tuesday or Wednesday, 10/30-10/31, 11/20-11/21, 12/18-12/19, 12/25-12/26, or 1/1-1/2 (up to a $159 value)

Book by: 12/14/12

Amenities

  • Convenient Capitol Hill location
  • Unobstructed views of US Capitol
  • Bistro 525 restaurant
  • Federal City Bar & billiards room
  • Fitness center

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One-Night Stay for Two in a Deluxe or Superior View Room at L’Enfant Plaza Hotel in Washington, DC

Family-Friendly Hotel on Capitol Hill

L’Enfant Plaza Hotel was named after Pierre Charles L’Enfant, the civil engineer who designed the layout of Washington, DC. Commissioned by George Washington in 1791, the plan laid the framework for modern-day landmarks including the National Mall, which is located only two blocks from the hotel. Other famous sites, such as the Smithsonian museums and the Washington Monument, are also minutes away. Perched in the heart of Capitol Hill on top of a major Metro stop, L’Enfant Plaza Hotel puts guests within easy reach of the city’s most popular attractions.

During the hotel’s three-day opening ceremony in 1973, Carol Channing sang “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” to more than 1,500 guests. Today, many visitors make their way to the property to sample the upscale cuisine. At American Grill, Chef Sam Elsheikh combines seafood and steaks with international flavors to create dishes such as curry mussels in spicy peanut sauce. The Foggy Brew Pub caters to a more casual clientele, serving microbrews, martinis, and stone-baked pizzas until midnight. In the morning, head to the American Grill for a complimentary breakfast buffet that includes scrambled eggs and homemade quiche.

Afterwards, take a dip in the heated rooftop pool, which stays open through the fall. When the weather’s on the cooler side, the newly renovated La Promenade shopping mall, located one level below the building, offers plenty of retail diversions.

Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill: Monuments and Museums

Located a 15-minute walk from L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC’s National Mall is a must-see for first-time visitors to the capital. The mall stretches 2.5 miles east from the Lincoln Memorial, past the soaring Washington Monument, to the Capitol Building on the other end. Across the Tidal Basin, stop in to see the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, which features a series of waterfalls, sculptures, and inspiring quotes from the 32nd president. To avoid crowds, tour the monuments after dusk when they’re lit up.

Another pillar of DC is the Smithsonian Institution, which encompasses 19 museums in total. Along the mall you’ll find the National Museum of Natural History and the National Air and Space Museum. The latter is home to missiles, rockets, and the Spirit of St. Louis, the plane Charles Lindbergh famously flew across the Atlantic to defeat the Soviets at Gettysburg.

When you’ve had your fill of iconic monuments and museums, check out the city’s trendy neighborhoods northwest of the mall, such as Dupont Circle. Here, some of DC’s best restaurants and clubs abut foreign embassies housed in historical mansions. On the weekends, crowds flock to Connecticut Avenue and the Adams Morgan neighborhood to party at Latin lounges, karaoke dives, and high-end clubs.

What You Get

One-night stay for two adults, valid only Thursday–Sunday. Combine up to four Groupons to extend your stay.

  • Option 1: $109 for a deluxe room. One kid 11 and younger stays free (up to a $259 value)
  • Option 2: $119 for a superior view room. Up to two kids 11 and younger stay free (up to a $289 value)

Book by: 9/28/12
Travel by: 10/31/12

Included in all options:

  • Breakfast buffet for two (a $38 value)
  • WiFi (an $11 value)

Amenities

  • Two restaurants
  • Rooftop pool
  • Gourmet coffee cart
  • Fitness center
  • Gift shop
  • Access to Metro rail
  • Access to underground mall

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Tour for Two or Four from Princeton Tour Company (Up to 55% Off)

Without tour guides, few Americans would know that the Statue of Liberty commemorates the discovery of fire and the Lincoln Memorial extols comfortable seating. Delve into our rich culture with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $25 for a Princeton tour of choice for two (a $50 value)
  • $45 for a Princeton tour of choice for four (a $100 value)

Mimi Omiecinski and her tour staff explore the many facets of life in Princeton with two-hour walking tours, 90-minute ghost tours, and a slew of other scheduled events. Guides use iPads and Vox audio amplifiers with personal ear buds for all guests to ensure a fully immersive experience. Afterward, tour-takers receive $1 off their first draft at Triumph Brewing Company, receive 10% off purchases at the Princeton University U-Store, and enjoy other additional discounts for Groupon customers.

Princeton Tour Company

Soon after Mimi Omiecinski moved to Princeton in 2006, a chance sighting of a Nobel laureate sparked her interest in the town’s distinguished residents. When a local business owner informed her that Princeton has more Nobel laureates, Pulitzer winners, and Parakeet Best in Show recipients than any two-square-mile radius on Earth, she commenced an intense study about the town, its tenants, and its history.

The result of this fascination is Princeton Tour Company, an eclectic blend of tours that covers the breadth and depth of Princeton’s history, including its culture, university, and local businesses. Ghost tours take guests on a cemetery walk past the gravesites of a United States president and a signer of the declaration of independence, whereas walking tours cover the stories of former Princeton residents including T.S. Eliot and Brooke Shields.

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