Balcony view over Washington DC
Our nation’s capital is a bustling urban epicenter for dozens of industries, from hospitality and tourism to healthcare, higher education, technology, media and of course, the federal government. Drawing such a wide range of interests, Washington D.C.’s diverse culture makes it one of the most frequented and — dare we say it: Fun — destinations for a business trip. Yes, fun. Gone are the days of the turn and burn business meeting. Modern business travelers have realized that a patient mix of business and leisure is one of the most productive and enjoyable ways to embrace corporate travel, and once the nation opens up for travel again, D.C. is the ideal destination to do just that. 

So when the time comes, where is the best neighborhood to embrace the bleisure lifestyle? Located between the upmarket residential districts and central downtown, Dupont Circle marks the confluence of business and pleasure. From eclectic eateries to stately architecture, grand museums, thriving nightlife and trendy retail shops, the area is equal parts down-to-business and up-for-adventure. 

If you’re looking for accommodation that is both conveniently located and fashionably chic, we recommend the Dupont Circle Hotel, opposite the neighborhood’s landmark namesake. Boasting a multimillion-dollar transformation led by renowned architect Denis Looby and world-acclaimed designer Martin Brudnizki, the stylish hotel is also home to the area’s newest dining sensation, The Pembroke, described by Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema as “cut from a different cloth.” Foodies will also enjoy close proximity to three walkable Michelin-starred restaurants, including European fare at Plume, Mediterranean dishes at Komi and the tucked-away Japanese gem, Sushi Taro

An easy walk from the financial district and metro stations, Dupont Circle also provides abundant opportunities to enjoy D.C.’s plentiful history, art and architecture. Spend the afternoon exploring the National Geographic Museum, appreciating the impressionist and modern works within the Georgian Revival mansion at The Phillips Collection of Modern Art or simply taking a walking tour past the historic architecture of Massachusetts Avenue’s Embassy Row. Looking to spend some time outdoors? Treat your clients to a round of golf or tennis at Rock Creek Park, then browse the many upscale boutiques along Connecticut Avenue. 

After dark, Dupont Circle offers a nightlife scene for every style. The young and hip head to Right Proper Brewing Company for craft brews, an energetic nightlife crowd flocks to clubs such as the Eighteenth Street Lounge or Cafe Citron for cocktails and dancing, whereas well-dressed cosmopolitan types sip ice-cold martinis amidst mid-century glamour at Doyle bar. 

For more on the ‘business + leisure’ trend, check out Bleisure Travel: What is it and How Will it Impact Your Travelers (and Your Bottom Line?)

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