The Most Romantic Hotels in Washington, D.C.

The nation’s capital isn’t all about politics. It’s also a cultural and artistic hub that makes for a great romantic getaway.

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When you host kings, queens, ambassadors, and other visiting dignitaries, you get pretty good at hospitality, and Washington, D.C., has long been a world leader in top-notch luxury accommodations. The city’s best hotels provide privacy, spacious suites, panoramic views of the city and Potomac River, and proximity to the capital’s most famous landmarks. From iconic properties that have hosted heads of state to new accommodations that reveal D.C.’s modern spirit, the eight venues on our list will let you spend quality time with your partner and explore the city's many sights.

Best Overall : Waldorf Astoria Washington DC


Waldorf Astoria Washington DC Bi Level Loft Bedroom

Waldorf Astoria Washington DC

Why We Chose It

The hotel's central location and exceptional services make it one of the city’s premier properties.

Notable Amenities

Spa with Couple’s Suite, Michelin-star sushi restaurant, 24-hour room service

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Prime location on Pennsylvania Avenue

  • Large rooms and suites with premium amenities

  • Excellent fine-dining options

Cons
  • No pool

  • Expensive

Hotel Overview

Located in one of Washington, D.C.'s most beautiful buildings, the Old Post Office, the Waldorf Astoria delivers exceptional service in the heart of the nation's capital. Its exclusive address on Pennsylvania Avenue, between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, is unmatched and puts you just steps from some of D.C.'s best museums. The stunning Romanesque Revival building is one of the tallest structures in the city, and the grand clock tower’s observation deck provides spectacular 360-degree views.

The hotel offers some of the most spacious accommodations in D.C. Rooms are clad in sophisticated cream and royal blue with pops of gold. Book the exclusive Waldorf Townhouse if you're seeking total privacy. Boasting 6,300 square feet, it’s the largest suite in the city and has a private entrance. Another highlight of the Waldorf Astoria is the spa, which offers body wraps, massages, facials, and more.

Best Luxury : Pendry Washington, D.C. – The Wharf


Images of the Pendry Hotel in Washington D.C.

Christian Horan Photography

Why We Chose It

Pendry Washington, D.C., is located in the district's trendiest neighborhood and offers stunning waterfront views.

Notable Amenities

Heated outdoor pool, spa with a spacious couple’s suite, 24-hour fitness center

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Many rooms have river views

  • Rooftop bar and restaurant

  • Close to the National Mall and the Tidal Basin

Cons
  • Expensive

Hotel Overview

D.C.'s newest luxury hotel boasts an unbeatable location and an array of fantastic amenities. Pendry Washington, D.C., towers over the Potomac River in The Wharf, a bustling waterfront district with a marina, top-notch dining, a concert venue, bars featuring live music, and excellent shopping.

What makes the hotel stand out is its modern decor, a rarity in a city defined by an affinity for classic design. The hotel offers everything couples might need for a romantic getaway, including comfortable rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, a beautiful sunlit spa with an elegant couple’s suite, and a terrace with a large heated pool that overlooks the river. But the Pendry’s crown jewel is its rooftop restaurant and bar, Moonraker. With both indoor and outdoor seating, it offers jaw-dropping city views, best enjoyed with a selection of sashimi and sake.

Best for Privacy : Rosewood Washington, D.C.


Rosewood Washington D.C. in the District of Columbia

Robert Reck / Rosewood Washington DC

Why We Chose It

The intimate hotel is located at the heart of D.C.'s most historic neighborhood and has six stand-alone townhouses available for booking.

Notable Amenities

Rooftop pool and gym, in-room spa services, Wolfgang Puck restaurant

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Centrally located in Georgetown

  • Townhouses available to book

  • Large suites

Cons
  • No on-site spa

  • Small gym

Hotel Overview

With a great view of the C&O Canal, Rosewood Washington, D.C., is a peaceful home base for couples looking to stay in the city’s beautiful Georgetown neighborhood. The hotel only has 55 accommodations, but the variety is impressive. Options range from standard rooms and apartment-style suites (including a 1,300-square-foot Presidential Suite with a dining room and office) to six townhouses with private entrances for residential-style living.

Enjoy the hotel's rooftop pool during the day or relax in your room with a couple’s massage (the hotel doesn’t have an on-site spa). Rosewood Washington, D.C., also has an excellent lineup of seasonal experiences that will help you make the most of your stay in the district, including bike tours to Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, and a rooftop barbecue on the Fourth of July.

Best Spa : The Watergate Hotel


Watergate Hotel

The Watergate Hotel

Why We Chose It

This iconic hotel feels like a tranquil resort thanks to its expansive spa and scenic river vistas.

Notable Amenities

Spa with indoor pool, rooftop bar, private igloos in winter, afternoon tea

Pros
  • River views

  • Proximity to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

  • Some rooms have private balconies

Cons
  • Last renovated in 2016

Hotel Overview

This legendary hotel on the banks of the Potomac is steeped in history and offers guests a sophisticated setting for their D.C. stay. Rooms and suites are impeccably decorated in mid-century style and complemented by queen- and king-size beds, La Bottega toiletries, marble bathrooms, balconies, and garden or river views.

After its last renovation, the hotel reopened its doors with the sprawling 12,500-square-foot Argentta Spa, which features an indoor saltwater pool, whirlpool bath, sauna/steam room, and gym. Couples wishing to make their stay even more relaxing should take advantage of the Argentta Spa Package, which includes a luxury room or suite, two 50-minute massages, and complimentary late checkout on Sunday. Whatever room you book, just make sure to head to Top of the Gate, the hotel's rooftop bar, at the end of the day for sunset views over the Potomac River.

Best Views : The Hay-Adams


Why We Chose It

This boutique hotel is located directly across from the White House, offering the city’s best views of America’s most famous home.

Notable Amenities

Private dining room, Etro toiletries, Tesla charging station

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Prime views of the White House

  • Custom Italian bed linens and towels

  • Complimentary daily newspaper

Cons
  • No pool or spa

  • Small gym

Hotel Overview

One of D.C.'s most-awarded hotels, The Hay-Adams lives up to the hype. Occupying a stunning Italian Renaissance-style building right across from the White House, it offers unmatched views of the nation's most famous address and Lafayette Square. With floral curtains, earthy colors, and bas-relief ceilings, each of the 145 rooms and suites is decorated with the elegance of a European mansion. Make sure to ask for a room with French doors, a private balcony, and White House views.

The Hay-Adams is also renowned for its sophisticated food and beverage offerings. Start your evening with drinks at Off the Record, the hotel's chic bar, a favorite of D.C.'s elite. The space is anchored by a cozy fireplace and furnished with discrete, deep red banquettes. The fine-dining restaurant, The Lafayette, serves modern American cuisine in an elegant setting.

Best for History : The Jefferson, Washington D.C.


The Jefferson, Washington D.C

The Jefferson, Washington D.C

Why We Chose It

This upscale downtown hotel is full of history, which is reflected in its unique amenities.

Notable Amenities

On-site historian, library, private dining spaces, in-mirror TVs in bathrooms

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Ideal downtown location

  • 24-hour in-room dining

  • Spa

Cons
  • No pool

  • Standard rooms are small

  • No coffee makers in standard rooms

Hotel Overview

One of Washington, D.C.'s most luxurious and renowned hotels is also a gem for history buffs. The Jefferson occupies a gorgeous 1923 Beaux Arts building downtown and features the elegant Book Room, where you’ll find a curated selection of leather-bound tomes to read by the fireplace. This is also where the hotel’s in-house historian presides for four hours each Saturday. 

Appropriately, the 99-room property features stunning decor and excellent dining options. (It's been the go-to spot of many First Ladies for work and private lunches.) Its most beautiful feature is an arched skylight that crowns the lobby's Greenhouse restaurant. When you need to unwind, settle into a cozy corner of Quill, the hotel's bar, for a craft cocktail, or reserve a private Cabinet Room, which comes with a TV, coffee table, and leather couch. If you can, book the First Lady Suite, a gorgeous top-floor space with city views and three Juliette balconies. Cuddle in front of the gas fireplace and order room service for a romantic night in.

Best Suite : The St. Regis Washington, D.C.


Why We Chose It

The hotel's presidential suite offers unparalleled amenities and access to the St. Regis' famed butler service.

Notable Amenities

Bicycle rental, valet parking, afternoon tea service, on-site bar and restaurant

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Two blocks from the White House

  • Beautifully decorated rooms and suites

  • 24-hour room service

Cons
  • No spa

  • Small gym

Hotel Overview

As one of D.C.'s finest addresses for almost a hundred years, The St. Regis has welcomed many presidents and dignitaries. Its Presidential Suite is in a league of its own when it comes to glamour, luxury, and privacy. The 2,510-square-foot space includes a plush king-size bed with Frette linens, a soaking bathtub, a walk-in closet, a dining room, a living room, and a library. Also nice: By booking a suite, you get access to the hotel's legendary butler service, which includes packing and unpacking services, in-room drink delivery, and garment pressing.

The St. Regis Bar is one of the district's most famous watering holes and offers an extensive list of wines and craft cocktails. (Order its signature Bloody Mary.) Want to try something unique? Join the 6 p.m. Champagne Sabering Ritual in the lobby, where a saber is used to open bottles of Champagne.

Best Budget : Motto by Hilton Washington, D.C., City Center


Motto by Hilton Washington, D.C., City Center

Motto by Hilton Washington, D.C., City Center

Why We Chose It

This boutique hotel in D.C.’s Penn Quarter has a beautiful rooftop bar with sweeping downtown views.

Notable Amenities

Fitness center, on-site restaurant, rooftop bar

Pros and Cons
Pros
  • Ideal downtown location

  • Great views from rooms

Cons
  • Small rooms

  • No in-room dining

Hotel Overview

On the border of D.C.'s Chinatown and Penn Quarter neighborhood, Motto by Hilton offers guests easy access to the city's most iconic landmarks, museums, and restaurants. While the rooms are on the small side, they have everything you need for a relaxing stay: comfortable queen-size beds, free Wi-Fi, 50-inch TVs, and smart room technology to adjust the lighting and room temperature. Another plus? Large windows provide beautiful downtown views.

The hotel also has a trio of impressive food and beverage spots. With live music and an exhaustive selection of bourbon and craft cocktails, Crimson Whiskey Bar is a great happy hour or pre-dinner option. When sunset arrives, head to Crimson View. With folding glass doors that transform this spacious lounge into an airy rooftop bar, it’s the perfect spot for a romantic date.

Final Verdict

Washington, D.C.'s vibrant dining scene, world-class museums, art galleries, performance venues, and monuments make it the perfect romantic getaway destination. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue, our top pick, the Waldorf Astoria, epitomizes the city's historic charm, has stunning views, and offers proximity to the city's most famous attractions. If you like your romance with a side of history, look into booking The Jefferson, while if you’re more interested in the district’s modern face, check in to Pendry Washington, D.C. – The Wharf. And if you’re a visiting head of state, have your secretary book The St. Regis’ Presidential Suite.

Methodology

We researched dozens of properties in Washington, D.C., to find those with the best amenities for couples. The hotels on our list are all centrally located, close to the city's major attractions, and feature beautiful interior design and excellent on-site dining. We toured many of the properties in person to ensure the quality of the services, in-room decor and amenities, and food and beverage options. We also took into consideration factors such as the hotels’ reputations, awards, on-site activities, and guest reviews.

Images of the Pendry Hotel in Washington D.C.

Christian Horan Photography