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The Best Hotels for Rooms With Stunning Views of Washington D.C.

Barbara Noe Kennedy | January 25, 2018

Washington D.C. is a city made for sight-seeing, but sometimes all you want to do is kick back and relax. So why not combine the two activities by choosing a hotel with fabulous sights that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your room? Here are some of the city’s most coveted rooms with a view.


Willard InterContinental

Why it made the list

The stateliness of Pennsylvania Avenue is on full view from the south-facing windows of this historic grande dame, with the Washington Monument rising beyond.

This grandiose, opulent Beaux-Arts hotel, the Crown Jewel on Read More


W Washington, D.C

Why it made the list

DC’s major landmarks can be admired from some rooms of this posh hotel near the White House, including the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and White House. If you look west and squint, you can also make out the eternal flame at Arlington National Cemetery.

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The St. Gregory Hotel

Why it made the list

The views from this West End hotel don’t take in the famous sights. Instead, many of the rooms look out on Northwest DC, an almost European scene with century-old row houses, pockets of trees, and the grandiose, Gothic-style National Cathedral rising beyond.

The St. Gregory, in D.C.'s West End, greets you with a sleek Read More


Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

Why it made the list

Guest rooms look out on historic Georgetown’s rooftops, some including the spires of Georgetown University, others with glimpses of the Potomac River beyond.

This cozy, intimate Ritz–Carlton incorporates a turn-o Read More


Mandarin Oriental

Why it made the list

Admire the Tidal Basin, Jefferson Memorial, and the Washington Monument from above—all billowy in pink and white with spring’s cherry blossoms.

A swanky, deluxe world near the Jefferson Memorial and South Read More


JW Marriott

Why it made the list

South-facing guests rooms at this downtown hotel, just one block from the White House, have large glass windows that offer up-and-down views of Pennsylvania Avenue and over to the Washington Monument and the National Mall.

Right in the midst of DC’s hustle and bustle, the rece Read More


The Hay-Adams

Why it made the list

You really can’t go wrong here. With its unbeatable perch right across from the White House, the Hay-Adams hands-down offers the city’s best views of the President’s House; some rooms even boast balconies for even better viewing. Other rooms look out on historic St. John’s Church (the church of presidents) and statue-dotted Lafayette Park.

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