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5 Romantic Getaways for Couples in and around Washington DC

by Bridgette Redman  |  Published April 4, 2024

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and indulge in a romantic getaway near DC at these five enchanting hotels, offering the perfect blend of luxury and intimacy.

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Embark on a romantic journey in and about Washington DC and discover a collection of idyllic retreats designed to ignite passion and create unforgettable memories. These five handpicked hotels epitomize romance, offering luxurious amenities, intimate settings and picturesque surroundings that set the stage for an enchanting getaway. Whether you seek a cozy escape in a boutique property or a sophisticated urban oasis, each of these hotels promises a romantic experience, perfect for couples looking to celebrate love, rekindle the flame or simply indulge in a dreamy escape from everyday life. If you’re planning a romantic getaway near DC, read on for our hand-picked choices.

Omni Shoreham Hotel

Perhaps you’d like to spend your romantic getaway in a historic hotel–the same hotel where President Truman held a regular poker game and President Kennedy and his wife would sip cocktails in the Blue Room. First opening in 1930, the hotel has hosted a dozen presidential balls from FDR to Barack Obama. Their 834 luxurious guestrooms and suites offer views of the city with windows that actually open. They promise that you don’t have to be a famous VIP to be treated like one. Each room comes with plush robes, extra pillows, marble bathrooms and coffeemakers with upscale coffee and tea. Enhance the romance with an elegant dinner-for-two at Robert’s Restaurant, where they procure local ingredients from regional farms to create culinary masterpieces. Retreat after your meal to their terrace for a glass of wine while taking in the view of Rock Creek National Park. During the day, the two of you can wander through their 11 acres of gardens and landscaping or take a dip in the outdoor heated pool. You might even find some of the firepits or outdoor hammocks for your special moments. The Shoreham Spa offers a selection of massages and facials. Let the staff know you are arriving for a romantic getaway and you might be able to arrange for champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries in your room. If you decide to leave the property, they rent bikes and the metro station is nearby. The National Zoo is within walking distance. From $209  a night.

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Pendry Washington DC — The Wharf

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Perhaps your idea of a romantic weekend is to stay in a new hotel in one of DC’s trendiest neighborhoods. If so, you may hear Pendry Washington DC–The Wharf calling your name. Opened on the Wharf in 2022, this luxury, urban hotel boasts 131 rooms (including 38 suites), three restaurants, a rooftop bar and lounge, a spa and a pool deck. A boutique hotel with European-inspired design, it looks out over the bay and puts you among all the activity on the Wharf. If you’re there on a Saturday, you can enjoy their “boozy afternoon tea.” Or on any day of the week you can dine in one of their stylish settings, from their intimate lobby bar to the rooftop Japanese-influenced Moonraker. Spa Pendry rolls out the red carpets for couples with their dedicated couples suite and their “Shared Moment in Time” treatment that features a therapist guiding the two of you through sensory experiences including a welcoming foot ritual, massage, and specially crafted spa refreshments. You can spend the afternoon sunbathing and swimming on their pool terrace or head out and catch a water taxi to take in the sites of DC. From $437 a night.

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The Lorien Hotel & Spa

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Escape the bustle of politics and downtown traffic in the charming and historic Old Town neighborhood of Alexandria, just south of the capital. You’ll find romance aplenty at The Lorien Hotel & Spa. The only full-service spa hotel in the city, they invite their guests to experience a place of bliss, to slow down and enter their sanctuary of quiet and comfort. If you’re seeking privacy on your romantic getaway, you’ll be happy to hear that the Lorien promises that “‘do not disturb’ is a lifestyle.” With decor promoting serenity and sophistication, the rooms are filled with contemporary artwork, plush Frette linens and blackout drapes. Each room has its own amenities from clawfoot tubs to rain showers to outdoor terraces. Experience intimate dining at one of their two dining outlets. The Brabo Brasserie unites contemporary American cuisine with refined European techniques and local ingredients. The Tasting Room offers seasonal menus that serve up European cuisine with an American twist paired with innovative cocktails. The spa will put the crowning touch on your romantic getaway as you choose from massages, facials and body treatments. From $249 a night.

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Royal Sonesta Washington DC

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There are those who claim that the Royal Sonesta is one of the most romantic boutique inns in the DC area, especially if you check into one of their spa suites (they have several options) with an in-room hot tub. Found on the streets of the cosmopolitan Dupont Circle neighborhood, the Royal Sonesta offers several room types ranging from the intimate 520-square feet guestroom to the 2,600-square-foot suite. Accents of orange and blue bring a contemporary, home-like feel to each room. While you can order room service–and there is plenty of space in the room to eat–the two of you can also indulge in the property’s restaurant. Located on the main level, Certo! has a menu featuring Italian coastal cuisine, filled with handcrafted pasta and craft cocktails.  There is a daily morning breakfast and an evening wine reception. You’ll be staying in a hotel with a rich history–one that opened as The Georgetown Hotel in 1967 and proceeded to change hands several times before joining the Sonesta family under its current name in 2020. From $206 a night.

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Morrison House Old Town Alexandria, Autograph Collection

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Walk the cobblestone streets of King Street, Alexandria to check into this charming, historic getaway. The Morrison House in Old Town offers stylish, spacious guestrooms accented with plush bedding and connected to an Italian marble bathroom. It’s a cross between a bed and breakfast and a boutique hotel. For those with a literary flair, they’ll appreciate that room types are organized by “author,” “Illustrator,” “publisher” and “editor.” The two of you can lounge in the room wearing the plush bathrobes they provide. The hotel has 45 guestrooms, designed with a nod to the Federalist history rich in the area. Their restaurant, The Study, features Mesoamerican cuisine with food and curated cocktails inspired by Central and North America. Their cocktails are made with local herbs and fresh juices. If you’re there on the right night, the two of you can sit back and enjoy live entertainment from local musicians. You’ll also have access to the hotel’s parlor and library. It’s a place other couples before you rave about–giving it a rating of 9.8 out of 10 for a couples destination. From $287 a night.

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