cheerfulproximityWhile awaiting his inauguration, Barack Obama called this rarified Renaissance retreat home. Smart move: There’s no place closer to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. than the 145-room The Hay-Adams, whose slogan is, “Where nothing is overlooked but the White House.” Doubters need only venture to the hotel’s Rooftop Terrace, where proximity to the Executive Mansion requires guests to have Secret Service clearance.

800 16th St. NW