The Best Hotels with a Pool in Washington DC

A pool is exactly what you will need after a long day hitting the streets – and shops – of Washington DC
A pool is exactly what you will need after a long day hitting the streets – and shops – of Washington DC | © Alexey Topolyanskiy / Unsplash
Elizabeth Rose

After tramping the tourist trail to The White House, Capitol building and Lincoln Memorial, you’ve earned the right to chill. Our selection of the best hotels with a pool in Washington DC will meet your needs, with rooftop waters for the summer and indoor spa pools open year-round.

1. Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

Luxury, Chain Hotel

Casual double bedroom at Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill
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Located on Capitol Hill just a 10-minute walk from the Capitol building, the Hyatt Regency offers a beautiful atrium pool and fitness center where you can get away from the bustle of the city. The hotel also has the largest ballroom in DC and offers 838 rooms, including 31 suites, as well as amenities such as a business center and restaurants. Regency Club members have access to a spacious private lounge.

2. Yotel Washington DC

Chain Hotel

Double bed that can be turned into a sofa with a TV at Yotel Washington DC
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This Yotel outpost has a rooftop pool surrounded by day beds, where you’ll also find a bar and lounge, and deck to practice yoga. The rooms, called cabins, are Euro-sleek and maximize the use of space yet have amenities such as signature beds, a refreshing rain shower and smart TV. The decor, focusing on modern simplicity and pops of color, continues throughout the lobby, while the Art and Soul Restaurant serves traditional Southern cuisine both indoors and on the patio. You can easily walk to a metro stop as well as the Capitol buildings.

3. The Watergate Hotel

Independent Hotel, Luxury

Modern indoor swimming pool at The Watergate Hotel
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Located within a resort complex right in the city, the Watergate Hotel offers luxury service and spectacular rooms and suites. Luxuriate at the indoor spa, which features a 50ft (15m) heated lap pool, plus a sauna and steam room. After, the Next Whisky Bar is the place to unwind with tapas – try the Spanish octopus and Siberian caviar – and a whisky flight, while admiring the design which includes 2,500 illuminated whisky bottles. And, yes, if the hotel name rings a bell, you’re right. The Watergate was the setting for one of the biggest political scandals in American history.

4. Park Hyatt Washington DC

Chain Hotel, Luxury

Sleek double bedroom featuring big French windows and a chaise longue at Park Hyatt Washington DC
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Located in the West End bordering Georgetown, Pennsylvania Avenue and the White House, the Park Hyatt offers luxury rooms as well as residential suites featuring rain showers and spa tubs. Relax in the indoor saltwater pool and book a treatment at the adjoining spa. This boutique hotel is known for the award-winning cuisine and fine wine of the Blue Duck Tavern where you can watch chefs at work in the exhibition kitchen.

5. Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC

Chain Hotel, Luxury

Indoor swimming pool with sofa sun loungers at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC
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Located in a quiet area on the southwest waterfront overlooking the Tidal Basin, the Mandarin Oriental is close to key DC sights. The hotel has a refreshing 50ft indoor lap pool surrounded by cocoon-style loungers in a state-of-the-art fitness center, which also has TechnoGym equipment, cardio machines, and yoga and meditation classes. Enjoy selections from the sushi bar or revel in the cool Wharf District which surrounds the hotel.

6. The Embassy Row Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel

Sleek boutique double bedroom with desk and city view at The Embassy Row Hotel
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Located in DuPont Circle, the Embassy Row is a boutique hotel with easy access to the embassies as well as the Red Line Metro. The relaxed hotel has a ninth-floor rooftop pool and bar with a fantastic view of the unique Row architecture. Dining emphasizes a casual, friendly atmosphere and will be conducive to meeting others during your DC stay.

7. Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC

Luxury, Chain Hotel

Modern indoor swimming pool with artwork of the city on the walls at Four Seasons Hotel Washington DC
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Located in Georgetown, The Four Seasons is the only five-star, five-diamond luxury hotel in DC. Start your day by swimming a few laps in the glamorous two-lane indoor pool surrounded by black-and-white murals of Washington DC landmarks. Complete your workout in the fitness center, before resting those achy muscles in a sauna or steam room. All that exercise means you’ve earned a treat, and in the Four Seasons that means dining at Bourbon Steak, considered one of the finest steakhouses in Washington.

8. The Royal Sonesta

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel, Luxury

Double bedroom with funky design and a desk at The Royal Sonesta
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The Royal Sonesta (formerly the Kimpton Hotel Palomar) sits in the hip, historic Dupont Circle neighborhood with easy access to famous landmarks, museums, shops, restaurants and a local farmer’s market. Once you’re done exploring, return to the second-floor, 40ft (12m) hotel pool, which is surrounded by cabanas, sink-in-to-me loungers, and tables on which to rest your poolside drinks. Here on business? Work is made easy thanks to large quartz desks and ergonomic desk chairs in your room.

9. Hotel Zena

Hotel, Apartment

Basic double bedroom with chest of drawers and TV at Hotel Zena
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Located on the cool 14th Street, Hotel Zena is all about inclusivity. Throughout the hotel is an art collection titled Her, which pushes women to the fore through original pieces by local and international artists. Conversation-provoking indeed; hold your discussions at the stylish rooftop pool area, which features pouffe seating around a fire pit and skyline views. Once the sun sets, continue the discussions in the design-led Figleaf Bar & Lounge, which also has a terrace and pool tables.

10. Omni Shoreham Hotel

Hotel

Double bedroom with TV and city view at Omni Shoreham Hotel
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The Omni Shoreham is known for luxurious rooms with 11 acres (4.5ha) of lush grounds to explore. During your stay, take a dip in their curvy four-lobed pool before ordering a cocktail and snack from The Pool Bar. Around the outside of the waters you’ll discover rows of loungers plus soothing, landscaped gardens. After, head to Robert’s Restaurant for fine indoor-outdoor dining with a view of Rock Creek National Park.

11. Capitol Skyline

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel

Two double beds in one room with a desk at Capitol Skyline
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Flexing a beach-club cool vibe, the Capitol Skyline pool is where the party’s found in summer. Arrive early to grab one of the first-come-first-served cabanas, which provide shelter from the sun and a stylish backdrop to your social media post. When you’re not enjoying the pool scene – or house music’s not your thing – you may want to take in a baseball game at the nearby Nationals Park stadium. Whatever you decide, start your day with the American buffet breakfast, which includes scrambled eggs, breakfast meats, pastries and more.

12. Generator Washington DC

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

Modern double bedroom with vinyl player, books and TV at Generator Washington DC
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The hip, colorful Generator is known for a casual vibe as well as budget pricing. It toes the line somewhere between a hotel and hostel, with private rooms and dorms both available. There’s a cute pool with sun loungers around the outside, where towels are provided. The Generator is a great place to meet new people – cement your friendship by grabbing a bike and exploring the neighborhood, or sharing a drink in the casual bar or café.

For more options, discover our guide on the most family-friendly hotels in Washington DC and book now on Culture Trip.

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