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Originally opened in 1926 as the Carlton Hotel, The St. Regis Washington, D.C., located at 923 16th St., at K Street, just two blocks from the White House. The hotel opened as the St. Regis’ second property in 1999 and emerged from a 16-month and $18 million renovation in 2008. Today, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star D.C. hotel is one of the most popular in the area for U.S. and international business travelers. Even post-renovation, which primarily focused on the rooms (the hotel went from 192 to 182 rooms and doubled its suite count to 25), the hotel retains a clubby, Old World charm, with décor ranging from ornate chandeliers and heavy velvet furnishings in the lobby to private butler service for its suite-level guests. Guests come for the location and the history — President Calvin Coolidge cut the grand-opening ribbon, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor slept here, and Howard Hughes kept a permanent suite during World War II.