It's no secret that DC is not known for boutique hotels bursting with quirky character, so the Hotel Tabard Inn stands out as quite an exception. As one of the city's oldest and most eclectically-styled hotels, it's become a preferred landing spot for out-of-towners looking for a relaxing, unpretentious, and slightly eccentric stay in Washington. It's also famed for its to-die-for lazy Sunday brunch and Sunday evening jazz which attract a steady stream of local regulars. However, the unexpected interiors of three joined Victorian townhouses comprising the hotel are a treat in and of themselves...
The charm of the Tabard Inn lies in its historic nature and eclectic mix. Designer, Irene Mayer, ensured that no two rooms looked the same by pairing traditional antiques with bold color choices and flea market finds for a look that's both homey and slightly bizarre. It's a perfect place to glean style tips for how to incorporate old estate sale pieces into an upbeat, unfussy setting.
In keeping with the historic charm, there are no TVs in the rooms, no elevators, and many rooms have B&B style shared baths. However the relatively low prices ($113-193), excellent location (between Dupont Circle and Farragut North), and comfortable rooms make it an enduring DC favorite. It's the perfect place to cozy up with a novel.
Also of note is it's green roof, constructed in 2007, and used for growing most of the herbs seasoning the restaurant's daily dishes.
For reservations and more information about the Tabard Inn, visit their website.
(Images: The Tabard Inn, Southern Living)