A beautiful hotel is one thing. A beautiful hotel with a breathtaking view—now that’s a gem. While the District is rife with impressive monuments and landmarks, only a few top accommodations sit on the real estate that can deliver jaw-dropping views. Here are a few area hotels with some of the best sights that the city and surrounding areas have to offer.

Mandarin Oriental
1330 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20024

(202) 554-8588
www.mandarinoriental.com

Few hotels in the District offer the views possessed by Mandarin Oriental. The hotel’s 347 rooms and 53 suites provide unique city and waterfront views of the Tidal Basin, Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument. When you’re not gazing out at the nearby landmarks, you can enjoy this luxurious hotel’s blend of Oriental and traditional American style and design, as well as its numerous amenities, which include a 10,500 square-foot spa equipped with a sauna, steam room, a relaxation area, and beauty suites. There’s also a lifestyle club and private lounge, fitness center, and even a 50-foot indoor swimming pool. Once you arrive, you won’t want to leave.

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, MD 20745
(301) 965-4000
www.marriott.com

This jewel perched along the Potomac boasts a 19-story glass atrium that provides spectacular views overlooking the fourth-largest river on the Atlantic Coast. Not only are the views of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center grand, but so is its sheer size. The hotel boasts a whopping 2,000 rooms and more than 100 suites. Its perfect situation along the Potomac gives guests the opportunity to enjoy a number of fun activities like canoeing, kayaking and pedal-boating. Visitors can also experience area attractions like the large-scale observation wheel, known as The Capital Wheel, as well as The Carousel—a 36-foot Americana-themed carousel ride. There’s lots to see and do at this ideal location with ideal views.

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The Ritz-Carlton DC
1150 22nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 835-0500
www.ritzcarlton.com

Known to be one of the very highest standards of hotel luxury, The Ritz Carlton serves up gorgeous views of D.C.’s West End—an upscale neighborhood in the Northwest quadrant of the District. The Ritz also provides views to its beautiful courtyard in which guests can luxuriate. Such enticing scenes are sure to lure you outside to explore surrounding Dupont Circle and its vibrant nightlife. A walk through charming Georgetown and the West End can result in a relaxing day of high-end shopping, sophisticated bistros, shops, and art galleries, or an enthralling night at the Kennedy Center. And, of course, all of the city’s other major landmarks are within your reach.

W Hotel
515 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 661-2400
www.wwashingtondc.com

This sophisticated hotel boasts breathtaking rooms and rooftop views of some of D.C.’s major landmarks. Situated next to the White House, the W has a rooftop terrace bar and lounge, known as POV, which gives you an unbelievably close-up view of the home of the First Family in all of its stately splendor. The hotel also offers great views of the National Monument. Described as “Italian Renaissance meets modern cool,” this posh accommodation gives you grandeur in every way, whether walking through its dramatic lobby, gazing out at majestic views from your room’s windows, or experiencing its fantastic service.

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Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

(410) 547-1200
www.marriott.com

Gaze out over Baltimore’s picturesque Inner Harbor from the comfort of your room at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. This elegant accommodation’s waterfront views allow you to enjoy the glistening harbor by day, and its sparkling beauty by night. Situated in downtown Baltimore, the Renaissance puts great shopping and dining right within your reach. You can also visit the city’s historic landmarks, or spend an afternoon at the harbor watching boats and other vessels traverse its depths.

Kevin Don Porter is the author of OVER THE EDGE and MISSING—two mysteries available on Amazon.com. Visit his website at www.kevindonporter.com..