Waterfront Hotels in Washington

by Meg Jernigan

Washington, DC’s waterfront stretches along the Potomac and Anacostia rivers and the Washington Channel. A combination of urban blight and large government buildings prevented hoteliers from building on the Anacostia. A few hotels on the Potomac River waterfront and the Channel offer upscale rooms and suites in Georgetown and near the monuments.

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Channel Inn Hotel

Rooms at the Channel Inn, in Southwest Washington have balconies with views of the Potomac River and East Potomac Park. Pier 7 restaurant, next door, is a local favorite serving fresh seafood and steaks. It’s a short stroll along the waterfront to the docks where a fortunate few Washingtonians live in houseboats. A little farther along fishermen sell their catch from their boats. A circulating bus stops in front of the hotel and serves the monuments and Metro stops.

Mandarin Oriental

A footbridge connects the luxury Mandarin Oriental with the path around the Tidal Basin, site of the Jefferson Memorial and the Cherry Blossom Festival. Guest rooms have views of the monuments or of the Tidal Basin and Potomac River. The spa’s signature Heat and Water Experience starts in a steam room and ends in an ice fountain. Chef Eric Ziebold, winner of the 2008 Best Chef Mid Atlantic James Beard Award, oversees City Zen, the hotel’s AAA Five-Diamond restaurant.

Ritz-Carlton Georgetown

The luxury Ritz-Carlton, created from the city’s old incinerator building, is located on the Georgetown waterfront. The designers maintained the building’s original 130-foot smokestack and other architectural details like brickwork and wood floors. A private dining room in the base of the smokestack serves up to 12 guests and the hotel’s main restaurant serves American regional cuisine. Views on the lower floors are obstructed by the Whitehurst Freeway. Signature treatments at the spa include blueberry detox facials and maternity massages.

Georgetown Suites

Georgetown Suites encompasses two hotels a half block from each other in lower Georgetown. One is on the Washington Harbour and the other is closer to the shops and dining of M Street. Rock Creek Park and the C&O Canal, both with walking and biking paths are a very short walk away. In addition to standard suites, the hotel has townhouse suites and penthouses overlooking the waterfront. Georgetown Suites provides discount tickets to the nearby Loews movie theater.

About the Author

Meg Jernigan has been writing for more than 30 years. She specializes in travel, cooking and interior decorating. Her offline credits include copy editing full-length books and creating marketing copy for nonprofit organizations. Jernigan attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.

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