Travel and Dish

Best Hotel Swimming Pools in the Washington DC Area

When you’re traveling in the summer to a hot place like Washington DC, it’s nice to have a cool pool to relax in after a day of touring. Here’s my list of some of the Best DC hotel Swimming Pools (Indoor and/or Outdoor)—many are on the rooftop with gorgeous views of the city, including our newest DC rooftop pool at The Wharf!

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Set at the heart of D.C.’s Wharf neighborhood, the InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf is located right on the Potomac River and offers sweeping views of the river from its restaurant, guest rooms and of course, its rooftop pool and bar. The rooftop is brand new for this summer and in honor of its first season, access is limited to hotel guests only, so it will never feel too crowded.
Wave, the rooftop’s full-service bar & restaurant, offers scenic snacks with seasonal cocktails including margaritas, mojitos and mules. The rooftop space is the place for entertaining views of The Wharf, which has a mile of upscale restaurants, unique entertainment, and interactive public parks. The InterContinental Washington D.C.  at The Wharf is an ideal destination from which to explore the Nation’s Capital.
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Mason & Rook Hotel by Kimpton Rooftop Pool

Others that I love:

Mason & Rook — Rooftop Pool (Dupont Circle/P Street)

Cambria Suites-Convention Center — Indoor Pool (Penn Quarter)

Capitol Skyline –Outdoor Pool (Capitol Hill)

Courtyard by Marriott– Outdoor Pool (Dupont Circle)

Courtyard by Marriott-Convention Center — Indoor Pool (Penn Quarter)

Embassy Row Hotel's rooftop pool, photo by bad wolfdc.com
Embassy Row Hotel’s rooftop pool, photo by badwolfdc.com

Embassy Suites Washington Convention Center — Indoor Pool (Penn Quarter)

Courtyard by Marriott-Washington D.C.– Indoor Pool (Capitol Hill)

Kimpton Donovan House — Rooftop Pool (Dupont Circle)

Embassy Row Hotel — Rooftop Pool (Dupont Circle)

Fairmont Washington DC –Indoor Pool (West End)

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Courtyard Marriott Dupont Circle Hotel Pool courtesy of Marriott

Four Seasons Washington DC –Indoor Pool (Georgetown)

Grand Hyatt Washington — Indoor Pool (Metro Center)

Hampton Inn Washington DC– Indoor Pool (White House)

Hilton Garden Inn– Indoor Pool (Bethesda)

Hilton Garden Inn Georgetown– Outdoor Pool (Georgetown)

Hilton Garden Inn Georgetown Photo by Hilton
Hilton Garden Inn Georgetown Photo by Hilton

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/US Capitol–Indoor Pool (Capitol Hill)

Hotel Palomar in the Courtyard– Outdoor Pool (Dupont Circle)

Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House — Outdoor Pool (downtown)

Holiday Inn Washington Georgetown –Outdoor Pool

Mandarin Oriental Hotel — Indoor Pool (SW Washington DC)

Omni Shoreham Hotel –outdoor hotel in Woodley Park

The Liaison Hotel — Rooftop Pool (Capitol Hill)

Washington Plaza Hotel — Outdoor Pool (Thomas Circle)

Hotel Palomar Pool courtesy of Trip Advisor
Hotel Palomar Pool courtesy of Trip Advisor

For more information about hotels in Washington DC, check out my book The Unofficial Guide to Washington DC 

and read my recent summer story: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 2018: An Enduring Summer TraditionUG-WashDC-13ed

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