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Arlington is not only close to Washington, D.C. it also boasts the best views of D.C. around. From elevated viewing decks and high-tech universities to towering event venues and landmark hotels, Arlington is chock-full of stunning venues with jaw-dropping views.
On the 29th and 30th floors of the tallest building in Arlington, Convene features unique views of the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia skylines from its floor-to-ceiling windows. The design-forward space was purpose-built to host meetings and events and offers state-of-the-art technology, meeting kits in each room, and collaborative features like whiteboards. Combine these amenities with chef-driven menus, Convene is suitable for everything from town halls and training to board meetings and networking receptions. Convene offers all-inclusive day meeting packages including high-speed Wi-Fi and gourmet catering, as well as creature comforts like soundproof calling booths and wellness rooms that attendees will love.
UVA Darden Sands Family Grounds offers two floors of state-of-the-art meeting space in a chic environment. This new campus and meeting venue has panoramic views of Washington, D.C., and versatile space for networking, receptions, educational, and other special events for up to 250 guests. The cutting-edge meeting facility also provides a professional learning environment with built-in presentation equipment and classroom setups, as well as breakout spaces throughout to facilitate collaboration. UVA Darden offers a la carte events as well as the Day Meeting Package, which includes furnished meeting space, continuous refreshment breaks with unlimited beverages and snacks, chef-created seasonal lunches, presentation equipment, high-speed Wi-Fi, and a dedicated conference manager.
Bring your attendees close to nature at the Columbia Island Marina, an indoor-outdoor venue for meals and social events. Managed by the National Park Service, the marina is located along the Potomac River in the beautiful Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove just north of Reagan National Airport. With views of the Pentagon, D.C., and the river, the marina can accommodate 50 outside and 25 inside and offers a variety of onsite catering options.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Washington DC - Crystal City also affords a great vantage point of DC. This hotel has over 7,200 total square feet of meeting and function space in its Windows Over Washington Collection with unique scenes of the area. The hotel is also home to the region’s only revolving restaurant, the Skydome, with wonderful panoramas of D.C. and the region, plus group dining options.
The Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel is located in Arlington’s Columbia Pike neighborhood and has 405 guest rooms, 11 suites, six meeting rooms, and 20,599 sq. ft. of total meeting space on 16 floors. Guests can see Arlington National Cemetery, the Air Force Memorial, the National Mall, and other key sites from the hotel’s Stars Ballroom and select guest rooms.
Named “the Best View in Washington” by many news outlets, Top of the Town affords unobstructed vistas of the monuments and the Potomac River from its perch in the Rosslyn neighborhood. The event site features 12-foot-high windows and an outdoor terrace. A popular wedding venue, Top of the Town is regularly rented for company retreats, luncheons, holiday parties, awards dinners, presentations, meetings, and team building events for up to 180. Onsite amenities include a marble foyer and hallway, a dedicated express elevator from the ground level to the penthouse, a professional sound system, tables and chairs, magnificent chandeliers, built-in window seating, and onsite parking.
Author: Talia Salem