13 Washington, D.C. Hotels with Outdoor Swimming Pools

Great Spots to Stay and Cool Off in the Nation's Capital

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During the summer months, Washington, D.C. can get quite hot and humid. There are plenty of places to lounge poolside and cool off in a swimming pool. Some are frequented by locals who purchase an often-expensive day pass. Many have an adjacent bar or cocktail lounge and are known for a party atmosphere and some are more laid back and ideal for families. These hotels are known for their outdoor pool environments:

  • Capitol Skyline Hotel - 10 I St., SW. Washington, D.C. The hotel has a large swimming pool that is open daily throughout the summer months. Seasonal memberships are available for non-hotel guests. The hotel has established rules for pool use that are very similar to what any country club pool would impose which has reduced the party atmosphere on a day to day basis. Watch for special events. 
  • Courtyard by Marriott  - 1900 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, D.C. Located near historic Dupont Circle, the 147-room hotel has an outdoor pool with surrounding sun deck that is open seasonally. The hotel is also located near the National Zoo, Adams Morgan neighborhood, and The Phillips Collection museum.
  • Kimpton Donovan Hotel - 1155 14th Street, NW Washington, D.C. The luxury rooftop outdoor pool offers cozy cabanas and a fireside bar. The rooftop lounge is highly recommended by locals who frequent the bar for the cocktails and view. But during daytime hours, the hotel reserves the space, which includes the pool, exclusively for guests of the hotel.
  • Embassy Row Hotel - 2015 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. The hotel features an open-air roof terrace with a 450-square foot pool, outdoor lounge area, grill, bar and a submerged sundeck overlooking Dupont Circle.  The pool was named   "One of Best Rooftop Pools in America" by USA Today. Locals can purchase a day pass (days and times restricted.) The pool area is complimentary for hotel guests. Special events such as the hotel-guest-only Fourth of July fireworks display are worth watching for.
  • Holiday Inn Central - 1501 Rhode Island Avenue NW. Washington, D.C. The hotel has a central downtown location and a rooftop pool that offers a view of the surrounding Thomas Circle neighborhood. There are lifeguards for both the indoor and outdoor pools.
  • Holiday Inn Capitol - 550 C Street SW Washington, D.C. The hotel has a fitness center and a seasonal, rooftop pool that offers panoramic views of the city. Keep refreshed with beverages from the poolside bar. 
  • Hotel Palomar - 2121 P Street NW Washington, D.C. The heated outdoor pool is surrounded by a sundeck. An urban retreat, the pool offers daybeds and lounge chairs in a garden setting.  Food and beverage service is available during the summer months.
  • Liaison Capitol Hill - 415 New Jersey Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. A rooftop “green oasis” complete with a pool and cabanas. The hotel touts the only open-air rooftop bar on Capitol Hill. Day passes are available for locals and non-hotel guests. 
  • Marriott Wardman Park Hotel - 2660 Woodley Road NW Washington, D.C. The hotel has two heated outdoor pools and matching sundecks. Relax with a view of the trees and surrounding classic brick buildings.  
  • Kimpton Mason & Rook Hotel - 1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW Washington, D.C.  The Kimpton property is located in a prime location and features a stylish rooftop pool and lounge with a view of the D.C. skyline. 
  • Omni Shoreham Hotel - 2500 Calvert Street NW Washington, D.C. The large luxury hotel has a heated outdoor pool (with two spa tubs) and is situated amid the scenery of Rock Creek Park. Sit and relax by the pool as you enjoy traditional small plates and refreshing drinks from the adjacent bar. 
  • One Washington Circle Hotel - One Washington Circle NW Washington, D.C.  This luxury boutique hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with a cozy patio where you can enjoy a cocktail.
  • The Washington Plaza - 10 Thomas Circle, Washington, D.C. The outdoor pool is nestled in a lush, green setting, located along Massachusetts Avenue at Thomas Circle. It is considered one of the most attractive in Washington D.C.