PHOTO: The Graham Georgetown

The Best Hotel Rooftop Bars in Washington D.C.

Barbara Noe Kennedy | January 09, 2018

Get a different perspective on the nation’s capital from these swish Washington D.C. hotel rooftop bars. The views alone are worth the price of your drink.


Rosewood Washington DC

Why it made the list

The seasonal rooftop lounge has plenty of seating to relax, sip artisan cocktails, and take in the dramatic city views. The indoor-outdoor infinite pool here (for guests only) feels utterly indulgent; it’s more for cooling off and getting refreshed than swimming, and we’re perfectly fine with that.

A relatively new property (it formerly was the Capella), thi Read More


W Washington, D.C

Why it made the list

This fashion-conscious POV Rooftop Lounge and Terrace takes in A-list views of the National Mall and White House (if you look closely, you can see the sharpshooters on the roof). The sights are especially spectacular in the evening, when the monuments glow with ethereal white light.

Beaux-arts grandeur meets pop-art chic at the former Hotel W Read More


The Graham Georgetown

Why it made the list

The enormous, seasonal, Georgetown-chic Observatory has overstuffed sofas and chairs, handcrafted cocktails, and astounding views over historic rooftops. Watch for special events, including a winter wonderland, whiskey-and-cigar gatherings, and specialty themed daytime parties.

A chic, modern, newly renovated boutique hotel in historic G Read More


Embassy Suites Washington, D.C

Why it made the list

The seasonal Rooftop bar and heated saltwater pool is an adult playground unto itself, with a grill, colorful daybeds and couches (available for rent), and cabanas. Oh, and in summer there’s spin classes in the pool, sunrise yoga, silent disco, and a liquid Sunday brunch.

This reliable go-to chain hotel, with its fabulous complimen Read More


The Kimpton Donovan

Why it made the list

Hotel Donovan’s DNV Rooftop Lounge serves up Japanese street food and Asian-inspired cocktails with its breathtaking views over Thomas Circle in the heart of DC. A seasonal pool is open in warmer months.

Another hip Kimpton establishment, Donovan House resides in Read More

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