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A big part of visiting the nation’s capital is marveling at its many gorgeous monuments and buildings that dot its landscape, not to mention the beauty of the Potomac River. Helping ease your stress of travel planning, we’ve done the leg work and narrowed down the top hotels in Washington, D.C where you don’t have to go far to see the sights. Kick back at one of these top hotels that allow you to take in the most beautiful views of the city all from the comfort of your own room.
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The Hay Adams, a historic five-star hotel in downtown Washington, got its name from being the former home to politician John Hay and historian Henry Adams. But today, it’s one of the most elite and luxurious hotels in the city, offering rooms with amazing views of the White House, as well as Lafayette Park and the historic St. John’s Church. In addition to incredible views, guest rooms at the Hay-Adams feature stately bedding and furniture, decorative molded ceilings, mini bars and in select rooms – ornamental fireplaces and private balconies with French doors.
The Willard Intercontinental Washington is located in downtown Washington, just minutes from the White House, and dates back more than 200 years to its opening in 1818. Every U.S. president since Franklin Pierce has stayed here, earning it its name of “the Residence of Presidents.” But, you don’t have to be a top-ranking government official to stay here. You can relax in luxury in one of their 335 guest rooms and suites that feature elegant furnishings, luxurious bed linens, mini bars, high-speed internet and spa-quality bath amenities. For the best view, make sure to reserve a Premier Room, which offers views of Pennsylvania Avenue and the Washington Monument.
Also located on Pennsylvania near the White House, is the JW Marriott Washington DC. Its convenient location puts you within walking distance to many of the city’s most popular attractions including the National Mall, the monuments, the Smithsonian museums and the International Spy Museum. Guest rooms are sleek and modern and feature separate seating areas, large windows, plush bathrobes and complimentary bottled water, among other amenities. While select rooms also offer views of the city and the Washington Monument.
The five-star Mandarin Oriental Washington DC offers some of the best views in the city, with rooms overlooking the National Mall, Washington Monument and Jefferson Memorial, as well as the Potomac River. It’s also located in the recently revitalized Southwest Waterfront area with many new restaurants and bars in the District Wharf neighborhood, so there’s plenty to do nearby. Plus, the guest rooms are both comfortable and luxurious, with elegant furnishings, large windows, spa-inspired bathrooms, separate sitting areas and amazing views.
The Potomac River serves as the flawless backdrop for the Watergate Hotel, a modernized and artistic establishment with interesting architecture. Rooms have lovely views, cushy beds, and sometimes kitchens suitable for just popping a bag of popcorn or heating up something for breakfast. But room service can come to the rescue if need be and would be perfect for enjoying beside a private fireplace. On the roof, you’ll find more spectacular views, or head down to the lobby to find the whisky bar.
The W Washington DC is a boutique hotel with a unique vibe and an ideal setting. From the moment you walk in, you’ll see bright colors and bold patterns mixed with elegant detail. Guest rooms are decorated in neutral tones with pops of bright color and feature unique features like lighted headboards, shag carpeting, iPod docking stations, cordless phones and even a snack box for when the munchies strike. Plus, the rooftop bar and restaurant offer amazing views of the city, the nearby monuments, the White House and the Washington Monument.
Of course, everyone associates the name Ritz Carlton with unmatched service and elegance. But, the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown also offers awesome views of the Potomac River and the quaint neighborhood of Georgetown. This family-friendly hotel also has a rather unique exterior since it’s housed in a historic industrial building that has been completely refurbished and remodeled. While the original brickwork and smokestack are still intact, the inside has now been transformed into a world of luxury with elegant guest rooms and suites that feature limestone and slate bathrooms and gorgeous views of the neighborhood. Special “wellness rooms” are also available that offer additional amenities like yoga mats, air purifiers, aromatherapy bath salts and sound machines. There’s also a full-service spa, a bistro restaurant, outdoor lounge and the Living Room, which is an indoor lounge with exposed brick walls, a fireplace and a unique treat for guests, including fireside s’mores that are served daily.
Also located in the charming neighborhood of Georgetown, the Rosewood Washington DC is a five-star property, as well as one of the most historic hotels in the city. In addition to views of the Washington Monument, Potomac River and the Kennedy Center, rooms at the Rosewood also feature large picture windows, soaking tubs, rainfall showers and separate sitting areas. Depending on how much space you need, you can also choose from a standard room or a suite with separate living and dining areas.