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Photos: Secret Hotels of Washington, D.C.

Here is something Republicans and Democrats can agree on—five hotels that are both charming and affordable. Act quickly, and you could book one in time for the president's inaugural address on January, 21.

  1. The lobby at the Phoenix Park hotel, a charming property with Irish flair in Capitol Hill.

    (Courtesy Phoenix Park Hotel)
  2. The Phoenix Park's moniker honors the eponymous park in Dublin; toiletries are made by Galánta, a Celtic company; and the in-room Irish breakfast tea comes courtesy of Bewley's, the country's leading coffee and tea company.

    (Courtesy Phoenix Park Hotel)
  3. The 149 rooms at the Phoenix Park hotel are as jubilant as a cloudless day in County Clare, due in part to the color wheel of gold, burgundy, and green.

    (Courtesy Phoenix Park Hotel)
  4. Run by a husband-and-wife team, the name Akwaaba translates to "welcome" in a language spoken in Ghana, and so you are. Shown here, one of the eight unique bedrooms in the hotel.

    (Courtesy, Akwaaba D.C.)
  5. Each accommodation at Akwaaba centers on an author or genre, whose spirit and style subtly inform the design. Shown here is the Langston Hughes room, with its vintage suitcases, a framed print of Cuban cigars, and a balcony.

    (Courtesy, Akwaaba D.C.)
  6. Akwaaba's romance room, with its stash of love-themed literature, is the perfect setting for a bottle of champagne and a bowl of strawberries.

    (Courtesy, Akwaaba D.C.)
  7. A bathroom at the Akwaaba hotel.

    (Courtesy, Akwaaba D.C.)
  8. During the evening happy hour, sip and snack on Akwaaba-labeled red and white wines (the owners work with vineyards in Napa), cheese, nuts, and olives in the living room.

    (Courtesy, Akwaaba D.C.)
  9. Another living room at the Akwaaba hotel.

    (Courtesy, Akwaaba D.C.)
  10. A look at the Akwaaba hotel from the outside.

    (Courtesy, Akwaaba D.C.)
  11. At the Woodley Park Guest House, visitors will feel like they're staying at the home of a well-to-do local with impeccable taste for art and antiques.

    (Courtesy Woodley Park Guest House)
  12. A former boarding house, the Woodley Park Guest House has been tastefully upgraded with beautiful lighting, ceiling fans, central A/C, and granite countertops in bathrooms, yet retains its original appeal.

    (Courtesy Woodley Park Guest House)
  13. The Woodley Park Guest House feels very quiet and subdued—due, no doubt, to the absence of televisions and radios, and the fact that no children under 12 or pets are allowed.

    (Courtesy Woodley Park Guest House)
  14. The decor at Woodley Park takes advantage of original architectural details such as bay windows and dormers.

    (Courtesy Woodley Park Guest House)
  15. The dining room at the Woodley Park Guest House.

    (Courtesy Woodley Park Guest House)
  16. The front porch at the Woodley Park Guest House.

    (Courtesy Woodley Park Guest House)
  17. A cozy trio of early 20th-century houses comprises Adams Inn. Here, you'll find a communal vibe, a large garden, and a pet-friendly policy.

    (Courtesy Adam's Inn)
  18. A bedroom at Adam's Inn. More than half of the 26 rooms comes with private baths; the remainder must share a bathroom down the hall.

    (Courtesy Adam's Inn)
  19. One of several communal areas at the Adams Inn.

    (Courtesy Adam's Inn)
  20. A bedroom at the Hotel Helix—a Kimpton boutique hotel with surprisingly large rooms and a welcoming attitude to pets.

    (Courtesy Michael Mohr)
  21. An exterior view of the Hotel Helix. The property is popular with guests and locals alike, thanks to its fun drinks and, during happy hour, half-price burgers.

    (Courtesy Michael Mohr)

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