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Essentials for an Extended Stay in DC


December 29th, 2014

Essentials for an Extended Stay in DC



Extended stay travel -- whether for business, relocation or any other reason -- can be tough. You’re away from home, out of your element, and in need of essential services. The Capitol Hill Hotel makes every effort to make your extended stay in Washington DC as seamless as possible.

For those moments when you need to leave the comfort of our hotel, we’ve prepared an extended stay guide to Capitol Hill, featuring some of our favorite no-frills places to shop, dine, drink and live like a local.


Sushi Capitol

When it comes to sushi, D.C. is no Tokyo. But despite the District’s distinct lack of fresh fish hot spots, Sushi Capitol stands apart as a breath of fresh air. If you want to enjoy an upscale sushi dinner, the $50 omakase (chef’s choice) option is among the top bargains in the DC area. If you’re looking for a simple-yet-refined a la carte sushi option after a long day of meetings, Sushi Capitol is your best bet.

Sushi Capitol 325 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Washington, D.C. 20003

This DC-based salad creation company has expanded its reach to other corners of the country, but it’s still a Capitol Hill favorite. Sweetgreen takes a once-boring lunchtime staple and takes it a few steps beyond ordinary. Each ingredient is sourced locally or regionally, the menu is filled with custom options and seasonal specials, and the vegetables are truly some of the freshest in town.

Sweetgreen 221 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Washington, D.C. 20003
Cafe Recess

Stop by Cafe Recess in the middle of a busy day for one of the shop’s quick, easy and delicious sandwich options (try the Turkey Avocado for just $7.20), or stop by for dinner, when the small space transforms into one of the best Vietnamese restaurants in Capitol Hill. Comforting Pho soup, crisp and cool Vermicelli dishes, and piping hot clay pot creations comprise the menu at this Pennsylvania Avenue favorite.

Cafe Recess 209 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Washington, D.C. 20009
Pete’s Diner

The complimentary continental breakfast served daily at the Capitol Hill Hotel is always a solid option, but sometimes you just need a plate -- or two, or three -- of greasy spoon diner food to get the day started. Pete’s is a DC breakfast favorite, serving bitter black coffee, overflowing plates of eggs and bacon, and piled-high stacks of pancakes, all in a delightfully low-key atmosphere.

Pete’s Diner 212 Second Street SE Washington, D.C. 20003 Google+


Capitol Lounge

This Capitol Hill favorite enforces two house rules: no politics and no bad beer. A favorite of DC’s political staffers and other area office workers, the Capitol Lounge provides a place to relax, take a load off, and concern yourself with something other than polls, votes and executive orders. In addition to a full slate of pub fare and classic brunch dishes, the Capitol Lounge offers 11 beers on tap and an even more impressive selection by the bottle.

Capitol Lounge 229 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Washington, D.C. 20003
Firehook Bakery & Coffee House

Whether you’re looking for an early-a.m. pick-me-up or an afternoon snack and sip, Firehook is one of DC’s best coffee destinations. Despite the shop’s emphasis on artisan breads and fresh baked goods, Firehook serves a quality cup of joe, with all beans roasted in-house. If you have a few minutes to spare, lounge in Firehook’s placid backyard garden. It doesn’t get any more relaxing than this in Capitol Hill.

Firehook Bakery & Coffee House 215 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Washington, D.C. 20003
Port City Java

The Washington DC branch of this North Carolina coffee institution serves stiff espresso drinks and piping hot coffee. The shop’s “no Wi-Fi on the weekends” policy can make it a suboptimal after-hours work spot, but during the week, it’s a go-to destination for remote workers in need of a comfortable work space and a mental boost in the form of caffeine.

Port City Java 701 N Carolina Avenue SE Washington, D.C. 20003


Yes! Organic Market

This family-owned local mini-chain of grocery stores offers everything you need for a fulfilling and healthful extended stay in Washington DC. The Capitol Hill location, sitting just a few blocks from the Capitol Hill Hotel, offers freshly rolled sushi, generously sliced sandwiches, miscellaneous prepared food and an array of organic grocery items.

Yes! Organic Market 410 Eighth Street SE Washington, D.C. 20003
Harris Teeter

When you need to take your grocery shopping past specialties and organic items, Capitol Hill has several more standard grocery store options. Harris Teeter, located in a brand new building on the east edge of the neighborhood, is among the best places to find fresh produce, poultry, fish, and all the staple sundries you’d find at a suburban store.

Harris Teeter 1350 Potomac Avenue SE Washington, D.C. 20003
Lincoln Park

If you’ve already explored the National Mall and DC’s many tourist attractions, Lincoln Park is a stellar option for a lazy afternoon. This favorite of Capitol Hill locals is known as a great spot to see DC’s widest variety of cute dogs, and also as the home of a famous statue of its namesake, Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln Park E Capitol & 11th Streets Washington, D.C. 20003
Calomiris Fruits & Vegetables

This Eastern Market fixture has made fans across the District with its year-round selection of fresh fruits and vegetables and its delicious prepared food options. Calomiris is located in the North Hall at Eastern Market, operating for 62 years and running as the best Greek grocery store in Washington DC.

Calomiris Fruits & Vegetables 225 Seventh Street SE (at Eastern Market) Washington, D.C. 20003
  In addition to these local shops, standout restaurants and top-notch drinking destinations, you can enjoy an array of convenient amenities at the Capitol Hill Hotel, one of the best extended stay hotels in Washington, D.C. Learn more about our extended stay amenities and features.  

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