11 Washington, D.C. Hotels with Amazing Rooftop Views

by Rachel Chang

11 Washington, D.C. Hotels with Amazing Rooftop Views

by Rachel Chang

After being closed for most of the decade, the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument reopens next month, unveiling views from the Capital’s highest structure. But you don’t have to go to such heights to gain perspective in D.C. Here are 11 hotels with stunning rooftop views both sides can agree on.

After being closed for most of the decade, the 555-foot-tall Washington Monument reopens next month, unveiling views from the Capital’s highest structure. But you don’t have to go to such heights to gain perspective in D.C. Here are 11 hotels with stunning rooftop views both sides can agree on.

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POV Rooftop at the W Washington DC / Photo courtesy of the property
Whisky Charlie at Canopy by Hilton DC The Wharf
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Canopy Washington DC The Wharf

When captains sailed into the Washington Channel, they used the call sign, “WC.” Those initials are what gave the nautically-themed rooftop lounge Whiskey Charlie its name. Located on the tenth floor of the Canopy Washington DC The Wharf, the waterfront views stretch from Nationals Park to the monuments. Rates from $175 per night. 

When captains sailed into the Washington Channel, they used the call sign, “WC.” Those initials are what gave the nautically-themed rooftop lounge Whiskey Charlie its name. Located on the tenth floor of the Canopy Washington DC The Wharf, the waterfront views stretch from Nationals Park to the monuments. Rates from $175 per night. 

POV Rooftop at W Washington D.C.
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W Washington D.C.

For more than a century, the most iconic viewpoint in D.C. has been from the W's rooftop restaurant and bar, POV, which gazes right into the White House’s yard. This summer, the mainstay revealed a $50 million makeover. For POV, this renovation included upgraded windows and Metro-inspired art piece above the bar, which serves playfully named drinks like Cold Brew Covfefe ($17). Rates from $240 per night. 

For more than a century, the most iconic viewpoint in D.C. has been from the W's rooftop restaurant and bar, POV, which gazes right into the White House’s yard. This summer, the mainstay revealed a $50 million makeover. For POV, this renovation included upgraded windows and Metro-inspired art piece above the bar, which serves playfully named drinks like Cold Brew Covfefe ($17). Rates from $240 per night. 

Top of the Gate rooftop at The Watergate Hotel
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The Watergate Hotel

This 336-room property isn’t afraid to lean into its infamy, and invites guests to “break in” to a 700-pound safe by cracking a code (winners score vintage whiskey). But, for true perspective, soak in the 360-degree view from the Top of the Gate with sights of Kennedy Center and Arlington Memorial Bridge. Rates from $319 per night. 

This 336-room property isn’t afraid to lean into its infamy, and invites guests to “break in” to a 700-pound safe by cracking a code (winners score vintage whiskey). But, for true perspective, soak in the 360-degree view from the Top of the Gate with sights of Kennedy Center and Arlington Memorial Bridge. Rates from $319 per night. 

Summit the Rooftop at The Conrad Washington D.C.
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Conrad Washington D.C.

Making its debut this summer, Summit the Rooftop sits on the 11th floor of the Conrad Washington D.C., which is located in the CityCenterDC development, where you'll find dozens of high-end boutiques and upscale shops. The view skirts the rooftops of Washington, D.C.’s center with the Capitol and monuments peeking out in the distance. Indulge in bites like avocado fries ($15) and Maryland crab mac and cheese ($16). Rates from $220 per night. 

Making its debut this summer, Summit the Rooftop sits on the 11th floor of the Conrad Washington D.C., which is located in the CityCenterDC development, where you'll find dozens of high-end boutiques and upscale shops. The view skirts the rooftops of Washington, D.C.’s center with the Capitol and monuments peeking out in the distance. Indulge in bites like avocado fries ($15) and Maryland crab mac and cheese ($16). Rates from $220 per night. 

Wild Days rooftop bar and music venue at Eaton D.C.
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Eaton D.C.

D.C.’s lobbyists have long converged on K Street — and now there’s a hotel meant to challenge all opinions. Eaton D.C. is more like a mission statement, inviting “purpose-driven” guests seeking “inspiration, innovation and impact.” The 209-room hotel delivers on that promise and is complete with a Wild Days music venue/rooftop bar, which looks down on the action below. Rates from $199 per night. 

D.C.’s lobbyists have long converged on K Street — and now there’s a hotel meant to challenge all opinions. Eaton D.C. is more like a mission statement, inviting “purpose-driven” guests seeking “inspiration, innovation and impact.” The 209-room hotel delivers on that promise and is complete with a Wild Days music venue/rooftop bar, which looks down on the action below. Rates from $199 per night. 

Rooftop at The Graham Washington D.C. Georgetown
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The Graham Georgetown

Located in Georgetown’s dining and shopping district, the rooftop bar at The Graham Georgetown hovers above the area’s bustling scene: a destination of its own that’s one part chic oasis and one part urban escape. Here, take in the scenery of the Kennedy Center, Washington Monument, and Arlington. Also, look out for the Rooftop Eats restaurant, which is opening soon. Rates from $222 per night. 

Located in Georgetown’s dining and shopping district, the rooftop bar at The Graham Georgetown hovers above the area’s bustling scene: a destination of its own that’s one part chic oasis and one part urban escape. Here, take in the scenery of the Kennedy Center, Washington Monument, and Arlington. Also, look out for the Rooftop Eats restaurant, which is opening soon. Rates from $222 per night. 

Rooftop at Mason & Rook
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Mason & Rook

Located on a tree-lined block near Logan Circle just off the 14th Street corridor, the 178-room Mason & Rook was acquired by Viceroy last month and will be rebranded as the Viceroy Washington D.C. as of next year. One thing that won’t change: the rooftop bar’s intimate views, currently adorned with patio lights, setting the mood to accompany drinks served from on-site restaurant, Radiator. Rates from $136 per night. 

Located on a tree-lined block near Logan Circle just off the 14th Street corridor, the 178-room Mason & Rook was acquired by Viceroy last month and will be rebranded as the Viceroy Washington D.C. as of next year. One thing that won’t change: the rooftop bar’s intimate views, currently adorned with patio lights, setting the mood to accompany drinks served from on-site restaurant, Radiator. Rates from $136 per night. 

Top of the Yard at Hampton Inn and Suites Washington DC -- Navy Yard
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Hampton Inn & Suites Washington DC — Navy Yard

Why head out to the ballgame when you can see it from the the rooftop at Hampton Inn & Suites Washington D.C. — Navy Yard’s, Top of the Yard? Peer straight into Nationals Park while enjoying ballpark favorites with a twist, like the All American Kobe Dog ($12) and Old Bay Wings ($12). Plus, catch 360-degree views of the Capitol Riverfront and downtown. Rooms from $115 per night.

Why head out to the ballgame when you can see it from the the rooftop at Hampton Inn & Suites Washington D.C. — Navy Yard’s, Top of the Yard? Peer straight into Nationals Park while enjoying ballpark favorites with a twist, like the All American Kobe Dog ($12) and Old Bay Wings ($12). Plus, catch 360-degree views of the Capitol Riverfront and downtown. Rooms from $115 per night.

DNV Rooftop at The Donovan
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The Donovan

The DNV rooftop pool lounge at The Donovan is a local favorite and sits just above Thomas Circle. Renovations on the 193-room hotel will start later this year, as it was recently acquired by Viceroy. For now, cool down with Booze in a Stick popsicles (choose from hibiscus Mai Tai or spicy piña colada) or opt for a brunch of apple fritters or compressed watermelon salad. Rates from $119 per night. 

The DNV rooftop pool lounge at The Donovan is a local favorite and sits just above Thomas Circle. Renovations on the 193-room hotel will start later this year, as it was recently acquired by Viceroy. For now, cool down with Booze in a Stick popsicles (choose from hibiscus Mai Tai or spicy piña colada) or opt for a brunch of apple fritters or compressed watermelon salad. Rates from $119 per night. 

Waves at InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf
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InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf

As the most luxurious option in the mile-long District Wharf, the 278-room InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf gleams from the Potomac’s Washington Channel. While the 3,500-square-foot 12 Stories bar, which opened in April, gets much of the attention, Waves, the pool bar, lets you make a splash and sip hibiscus mules ($15) or mango gin & tonics ($15). Rates from $350 per night. 

As the most luxurious option in the mile-long District Wharf, the 278-room InterContinental Washington D.C. - The Wharf gleams from the Potomac’s Washington Channel. While the 3,500-square-foot 12 Stories bar, which opened in April, gets much of the attention, Waves, the pool bar, lets you make a splash and sip hibiscus mules ($15) or mango gin & tonics ($15). Rates from $350 per night. 

Embassy Row Hotel
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The Embassy Row Hotel

With weekly pool parties and weekend morning yoga sessions, The Embassy Row Hotel’s rooftop pool and bar adds a dose of action to its ninth floor views of Dupont Circle with a glimpse of the Washington Monument in the background. The 231-room property reopened in 2014 after a renovation that included the 4,130-square-foot rooftop. Rates from $109 per night. 

With weekly pool parties and weekend morning yoga sessions, The Embassy Row Hotel’s rooftop pool and bar adds a dose of action to its ninth floor views of Dupont Circle with a glimpse of the Washington Monument in the background. The 231-room property reopened in 2014 after a renovation that included the 4,130-square-foot rooftop. Rates from $109 per night. 

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