Live Like A Local
Live Like A Local
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Our staff knows just where to go!

Getting off the beaten path and discovering hidden gems is one of the wonders of travel. But how do you find those special places? Ask a local. Hotel Helix helps you make the most of your Washington, D.C. stay by sharing our staff's favorite picks and insider tips.

We asked our intrepid staff: If you had only two days in Washington, D.C., what would you do? Take a peek, have some fun and Live Like a Local.

Eat
Mark Hannigan

Mark Hannigan

Assistant Front Office Manager

  • Ben's Chili Bowl - Established in 1958, Ben’s became more famous when D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty took then President-Elect Barack Obama to eat as part of his welcome to the city.

  • Rappahannock Oyster Bar - Located in the lively Union Market, find the best locally harvested oysters in the area. 

Retail therapy
Modi Ahmed

Modi Ahmed

General Manager

  • Treasury - Lookin’ to get fresh and pop some tags? Check out Treasury located right off 14th and T St. Your perfect outfit awaits you!

     

  • Som Records - A small store with a collection of vinyl records ranging from 70’s disco classics to grooves from Brazil.

One of a kind
Keith Hoffman

Keith Hoffman

Lounge Manager

  • Mount Vernon - Explore the state of the art galleries and theaters, visit the 500-acre estate of George Washington and his family, tour the 14-room mansion that is beautifully restored.

  • Washington National Cathedral - Its English Gothic style of the late fourteenth century is beautiful and memorable.

Wellness
Erica Muyst

Erica Muyst

Sales and Service Manager

  • Capitol Bike Share - Live like a DC Local and tour the city on bike. Stop and go as you please, all while practicing wellness.  You can find the bike locations all around the city, including right next door!

  • Bikram Yoga - If you really want to burn some calories, stretch out your schedule and try Bikram Yoga in Dupont Circle.

     

Drink
Mike Robinson

Mike Robinson

Assistant General Manager

  • Got a hankering for some excellent mezcal and street style mexican tapas? Head over to El Chucho in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.

  • DC Brau Brewery - DC Brau offers free tours and tastings every Saturday from 12PM-4PM. Be sure to pick up your very own 64oz DC Brau growler filled with one of their exclusive beers.

Play
Cathleen Pereira

Cathleen Pereira

Guest Services Agent

  • Buffalo Billiards - An awesome spot located in Dupont Circle right up the street. Equipped with pool tables, ping pong, dart boards, shuffleboard… If you’re in the mood for fun, this is the place you want to go.

  • DC Improv Comedy Club In the mood for some hees and hahs? Take a stroll over to the local comedy club, the DC Improv.

 

 

For more information about any of these suggestions and additional favorites, contact Hotel Helix's concierge at (202) 462-9001.

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