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The W Hotel in the heart of America's federal capital adroitly bridges the gap between being a hip place to hang out and providing the upmarket extras that more mature travellers expect.

In America’s capital, access is everything. The closer you are to power, the better. Elvis Presley certainly thought so. In 1970 when he wanted President Nixon to get him a federal agent badge, Presley based his campaign from the Washington Hotel, housed in a stately Beaux Arts building a block from the White House.

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