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Travel blogger Alicia Tenise reviews Hotel Hive in Washington D.C.

Hotel Hive King Size Room
Foggy Bottom Hotel Washington D.C.

Hotel Hive Bar

&pizza at Hotel Hive

&pizza Patio at Hotel Hive
&pizza Washington D.C.

Cosabella Bella Printed Short Sleeve Shorty Pajama Set

Hotel Hive Rooftop Bar

Kate Spade Geo Border Pleated Dress

Pajamas: ℅ Cosabella | Dress: Kate Spade (Rent ot Buy)

Even though I moved away from D.C. back in May, my family still lives in the area, and I’m still getting invited to a ton of blog events that I just can’t seem to pass up. I’m fully aware that 25% of my audience is still based in D.C. as well, so D.C. coverage will *always* be in demand!

Since I’m only a 2 hour train ride away from D.C., I anticipate myself visiting pretty frequently — it’s just too easy for me to get to the city via Amtrak or Megabus! Even though I could crash with friends, I prefer to book a hotel whenever I go back to D.C. so that I can go in and out as I please. I typically book a ton of appointments whenever I visit!

I toured Hotel Hive a few weeks before I moved, and I knew that’s exactly where I wanted to stay when I visited a few weeks ago. Hotel Hive is a microhotel, so the room is the perfect size for what you need. I know I typically don’t spend a ton of time in my hotel room whenever I travel to cities like NYC and DC, so the smaller size worked perfectly for me! 

Hotel Hive also has my *favorite* D.C.-based pizza joint at the bottom of the building: &pizza. If you haven’t been, it’s almost like a Chipotle-type concept, but for ‘za: you can pick out every ingredient of your pizza, including the dough, cheese, sauce and toppings, and they make it right in front of you. I’m pretty thankful that Philly has an &pizza as well since it’s seriously one of my favorite restaurants of all time!

This super chic hotel also has a stunning rooftop bar that both guests and locals frequent! I highly recommend heading up to their rooftop on a summer nights and grabbing some of their frosé (aka frozen rosé) — it’s my go-to drink of the summer!

Hotel Hive: I miss you. Thank you for letting me crash for a night and jump on your amazingly comfortable beds!

Photos by Tom McGovern

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  1. Kay R. wrote:

    This place look fantastic! Love it!

    Posted 7.5.17 Reply
  2. Erica wrote:

    I so miss living on the east coast where you get get almost anywhere via Amtrack. I booked an Amtrack trip shortly after moving to California and was shocked that my trip involved 3 buses and only 1 short stint on the train. And the bus driver skipped my stop and dropped me off in the middle of nowhere. No more Amtrack for me until I go back east.

    Anyway, Hotel Hive looks amazing. I just love how clean and fresh everything looks.

    Posted 7.5.17 Reply
  3. Mary Gui wrote:

    this is such an adorable hotel!

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  4. This hotel sounds and looks perfect, and your photos are too cute!

    Posted 7.5.17 Reply
  5. Looks like a great hotel! We’re hoping to plan another DC trip soon so will have to keep this in mind!

    Posted 7.5.17 Reply
  6. Leah Hall wrote:

    What a cool place to stay! I love all the brick and public spaces, too cool!

    Posted 7.5.17 Reply
  7. autum wrote:

    I’ve never been to D.C. Before def on my places to travel list!

    Posted 7.5.17 Reply
  8. Dia wrote:

    First love that dress! Second this place looks so trendy and cool. I haven’t had a hotel in like a year. I’ll need to plan one soon.

    Posted 7.5.17 Reply
  9. That hotel looks so, so pretty! I love the brick walls! I also love the fact that there’s a pizza place close by! Customizable pizzas? YES!

    Posted 7.6.17 Reply
  10. Faith wrote:

    Great pictures. Captures the hotel perfectly!

    Posted 7.6.17 Reply
  11. Azanique wrote:

    I love this pretty hotel! I’ll be in DC next weekend & need to check this out!

    Posted 7.6.17 Reply
  12. Aitza B wrote:

    This looks like such an awesome place to stay. I’m loving the rise of microhotels that offer a homey and intimate feel.

    Aitza B |

    Posted 7.6.17 Reply
  13. Cassie Liz wrote:

    This hotel look so awesome and a lovely place to stay! Next time I’m in DC I’m going to check it out!

    Posted 7.7.17 Reply
  14. Lindsay wrote:

    Looks like such a lovely hotel!! I love the exposed brick and the arty Warhol décor additions. I will keep Hotel Hive in mind for our next trip to D.C., which could be pretty soon actually! xx, Lindsay

    Posted 7.8.17 Reply