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DC Dining Tip: Where to Find Great Views of DC

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If you like great views while dining and enjoy a bit of kitsch, the Skydome Restaurant atop the Doubletree in Crystal City is definitely worth a stop. It not only offers amazing views of DC, Arlington Cemetery, and the Reagan National Airport runway, it also REVOLVES.

Skydome Lounge Doubletree DC airport view

Skydome Lounge Doubletree DC View

I think it might actually be the only revolving restaurant I’ve visited, but it doesn’t disappoint. In about 45 minutes you’ll have made a full circuit of the room and seen all the sites without leaving your seat. Just don’t look down for sustained periods of time or you’ll risk motion sickness.

I went once before years ago and the bar originally in the middle has been moved and replaced with a dance floor for Friday and Saturday nights.

Skydome Lounge Doubletree DC middle dining room

And also be aware that the views and the cheesiness are the main draw, so the food and drinks are overpriced accordingly. There is a minimal happy hour Monday-Thursday from 5-7PM — $4 beers, $7 house white, $8 house red.

Skydome Lounge Doubletree DC menu

And you can get their version of Red Lobster cheddar biscuits for $4.75.Skydome Lounge Doubletree DC cheddar biscuits

To get there, you’ll want the North Tower Elevator (farthest from check in and parking).

Skydome Lounge Doubletree DC Elevator Bay

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3 Comments

  1. colleen

    June 30, 2015 at 3:49 am

    Too funny. Least. Enthusiastic. Recommendation. Evah.

    Especially Red Lobster-like cheddar biscuits and farthest elevator.

    Oh, and minimal happy hour and motion sickness.

    Loved it!

    Looking forward to your root canal! 😉

  2. Keri Anderson

    June 30, 2015 at 3:51 am

    Ooops, looks like I went a little overboard on the caveats! I did actually enjoy my time, but unless you know exactly what you’re in for folks will probably be disappointed.

    Note: I was in no way compensated by the hotel or restaurant or anyone else for my review! 🙂

  3. Rachel

    July 1, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Have you checked out the Holiday Inn in Rosslyn? The interior decor is very dated, but they have fabulous views of Georgetown.

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