The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., is one of America’s premier museums. Its wide-ranging collection includes: Girl with the Red Hat, by Johannes Vermeer; Improvisation 31 (Sea Battle), by Wassily Kandinsky, and Ginevra de’ Benci, the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in America. I’ve visited many times — with new friends during college orientation, slipping away from conferences with colleagues, when I needed inspiration for my job across Constitution Avenue as a speechwriter to the Secretary of Labor.
The NGA is located at the northeastern end of the National Mall, near the U.S. Capitol building. There is a range of hotels within walking distance:
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This luxury hotel took over the Old Post Office Pavilion building that once housed the Trump International Hotel. It boasts spacious rooms, excellent service, and a spectacular lobby bar displaying an enviable collection of crystal decanters. The Waldorf is a five- to ten-minute walk to the National Gallery of Art; it is also within a mile of ten open Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. The closest Metro station is Federal Triangle on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines.
This upscale hotel features spacious rooms and several restaurants. The Grand Hyatt is a 10- to 15-minute walk to the NGA; it is also a short walk from several Smithsonian museums. The closest Metro stop is Metro Center on the Red, Blue, Orange, and Silver lines.
This historic hotel occupies a 19th-century building that once housed the General Post Office. It features high ceilings, grand hallways, and a stunning lobby with complementary coffee in the morning and wine in the evening. It is a five- to ten-minute walk to the NGA. It’s also catty-cornered from the Capital One Arena. The closest Metro stop is Gallery Place.
This pet-friendly midscale hotel has two restaurants, a spacious lobby, and a roof-top pool and bar. It is a five- to ten-minute walk to the NGA. The closest Metro station is L’Enfant Plaza on the Yellow, Blue, Orange, Silver, and Green lines.
This extended-stay hotel offers spacious rooms with full kitchens, a comfortable lobby with a gas fireplace, and complementary breakfast buffet daily and social receptions three nights a week. It is a 10- to 15-minute walk to the National Gallery of Art. The closest Metro station is Federal Center on the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines.
For two decades, I worked at political jobs. Then my parents got sick, and I went home to help care for them, and they died, fourteen weeks apart, in their late 60s. And I decided that life is too dear, and too uncertain, to fritter away in political offices. I fought back the sorrow with travel, and started this blog. I believe that passions are more fun when you share them with others, and my hope is to share my passions for travel and culture with you. Welcome! Read more …