The Best Hotels With a Balcony in Washington DC

Step out onto your balcony each morning at Fairmont Washington DC
Step out onto your balcony each morning at Fairmont Washington DC | Courtesy of Fairmont Washington DC / Expedia
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Book a room with a balcony in Washington DC to gaze over the capital of the United States and an icon of world democracy from the comfort of your private abode.

You’ve seen it on rolling news channels, in your morning paper and on the big screen, now take in Washington DC from your very own private hotel balcony. The selection of rooms with a view in the US capital is spectacular, offering you the chance to gaze over the White House, Washington Memorial or Potomac River with your morning cup of joe.

1. The Hay-Adams

Independent Hotel, Luxury

The Hay-Adams room with floral decor, chandelier and sofa
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Luxuriate in the quintessential DC experience at this elegant family-owned hotel. It has many claims to fame, including acting as home to the Obama family prior to their White House entry and appearing in political TV shows such as House of Cards and Homeland. Book the White House View suite for views over the presidential HQ, or opt for a room overlooking St John’s Episcopal Church or Lafayette Square.

2. Omni Shoreham Hotel


Omni Shoreham Hotel room with large windows and pattern carpets with desk
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Choose large-scale residential luxury away from the main city hub with at stay at the Omni. It has played host to lauded guests including The Beatles, after whom a suite is named. Traditional in style, it provides options: four places to eat, a veranda, perfectly manicured grounds, spa, fitness center and pool. A selection of suites come with a balcony, but for the ultimate luxury book a Presidential Suite, which also comes with a library room, kitchen and bar.

3. The Watergate Hotel

Independent Hotel, Luxury

Living room at The Watergate Hotel with colourful velvet sofas and rugs with windows all around
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The name may be inextricably linked to political skullduggery, but the Watergate is honest luxury at its purest. The 336 guest rooms and suites are dressed in a respectful gray and white, softened with wood furniture – ask for one of the rooms with a balcony overlooking the Potomac River. The Kingbird restaurant serves cuisine from the Mediterranean with a French Riviera twist, while post-day drinks are best enjoyed on either the terrace bar (panoramas over the river and Washington Monument included) or in the Next Whisky Bar, where a wall has been created using 2,500 gently illuminated whisky bottles.

4. Fairmont Washington

Luxury, Chain Hotel

Fairmont Washington DC lobby with seating beneath unique design feature of floating shapes
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Renowned for attentive service and welcoming hospitality, this grand hotel is another with extensive facilities. It’s ideal for families: kids will love the swimming pool, parents the holiday specials, and pets the chef-made doggy treats. The gym has free classes as standard, while Juniper restaurant serves New American fare. It’s found in the West End, on the periphery of Georgetown. Book a deluxe room for a petite balcony overlooking the courtyard.

5. The Melrose

Independent Hotel, Luxury

Lounge at The Melrose with fireplace, vintage-style sofas and pattern floor
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The Melrose is firmly placed on the Georgetown culinary map, thanks to in-house destination restaurant Jardenea, which is known for farm-to-fork dining. The 240 rooms and suites have Serta pillow-top beds, large flatscreens, down comforters, coffee makers, and bathrooms with black granite counters. The Presidential Suite has, not so much a balcony, but a grand outside terrace with space for up to 20.

6. The Dupont Circle Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

The Dupont Circle Hotel room with animal pattern floor, headboard and chaise longue
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Named after its locale, this preppy DC hotel was put up in 1947 but had a complete renovation in 2019. It’s set across nine floors, with a hearty selection of rooms and suites, the latter of which can come with balconies or terraces. Fireplaces, marble bathrooms and a grand exterior fountain provide vintage gravitas. Evenings are a fashionable affair thanks to the hotel’s mid-century cocktail bar and its farm-to-table restaurant that draws on Mediterranean and North African flavors.

7. Morrison-Clark Historic Inn

Bed and Breakfast, Hotel

Morrison-Clark Historic Inn room with pattern carpet, chandelier and flatscreen
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A contemporary boutique hotel established in a Victorian property on the National Register of Historic Places, the Morrison-Clark has a landscaped courtyard for al fresco dining, a free overnight shoe-shine service, Frette linens and complimentary copies of The Washington Post. Antiques, neoclassical accents, crystal chandeliers and Italian Carrera marble fireplaces reflect the character of the mansion house. A selection of the Victorian Rooms come with balconies; make sure to specify upon booking.

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