DMV: In Need of a Staycation?

Updated: Apr 28

Check out the Line Hotel in Adams Morgan.


I began major apartment renovations this week and a staycation solved several of my problems: 1) I didn’t have a particularly strong desire to sleep on a tarp; 2) I needed somewhere with reliable wifi for all my zoom calls during the workday; 3) A girl’s gotta eat, which is difficult when a tarp is taped to the ceiling and ground in front of your fridge, stove, and microwave.


The Line Hotel re-opened in early July and while I’ve loved this property since it opened (great bar, amazing dining experience at A Rake’s Progress, RIP, wonderful location in the heart of Adams Morgan), I had never stayed here before since I live nearby.


So let me tell you all about this and you can thank me later by inviting me to hang out on the roof deck when you do your own staycation.


First, staycation rates start at $99/night.


Second, roof deck! The Line has a spacious, incredible 360 views of DC roof deck that is only accessible to hotel guests. And right now there aren’t many of those so sometimes I was the only person up there. They have basic bar service, but no food. You can bring your own food from many of the nearby restaurants I will discuss shortly.

View from one side of the roof deck.

But, there’s more!


Pets stay free! Including cats! If you don’t have a pet of your own, you get to see other people’s cute pets. Pets are also allowed on the roof deck.


The rooms are spacious for DC, have very good wifi, and are super stylish. My zoom background has been lit since I checked in here.


Although a Rake’s Progress is a casualty of the pandemic, Spoken English offers a great selection for room service meals. The easiest meal I’ve had in quarantine was when I pressed the button on the phone to order and opened my door after they knocked. Room service was a favorite of mine in my old life as a frequent traveler; it was nice to have it back for a night.


Should you not want to do room service for every meal, there are a host of great dining options within walking distance from the hotel. If you still haven’t tried the Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich (what is wrong with you), there’s one nearby. That may or may not have been my first lunch on staycation. This person still exists somewhere inside...


If you’re looking for something more local, here are some recommendations:


Federalist Pig - great, cheap bbq. I recommend the sliced brisket and brussels sprouts. They’ve got a good selection of cheap beer by the can to-go as well. You can order on Toast Tab and set your desired pickup time.


Hilo Poke & Sushi - make your own poke bowl or choose from one of theirs (I liked the Hawaiian bowl).


Al Volo - one of my favorite Italian places in the city. Pick up some food to-go and take it to the roof deck!


Tryst - order on Toast Tab for quick pickup. Solid breakfast option.


If you don’t want to eat on the roof deck, AdMo has closed one lane of traffic on each side down 18th Street NW so a lot of the restaurants like Los Cuates, Mellow Mushroom, and others have outdoor patios that extend into the street. Great for social distancing!


The Line requires masks at all times, has hand sanitizer everywhere, and allows only one person/couple/family on the elevator at a time. You won’t get room service during a short stay either. The windows in my room were open when I arrived, allowing for extra air circulation.


All around 5 stars experience if you need a break from the Covid grind, whether you’ve got apartment reno or not.


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