Top of the Town in Arlington is an elegant reception and conference facility featuring a dramatic and sweeping view across the Potomac River of Washington DC landmarks and monuments. The hilltop penthouse "room with a view" provides a panoramic view of the Nation's Capital, including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Capitol, the Jefferson Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, the Kennedy Center, National Airport... even as far away as the new Redskins Stadium. The views are breathtaking anytime, day or night.
Top of the Town is an ideal setting (up to 180 guests) for social events including wedding ceremonies & receptions, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, birthday parties, retirement parties, and corporate events including conferences and meetings.
Our staff will provide you with a list of approved professional caterers who will ensure impeccable service and exquisite menus. We can also assist you with photographers, florists, musicians, decorators and hotels.
For business functions, we offer a broad range of room configurations to create the proper atmosphere for productive meetings. In addition, the environment you desire can be complemented by audio-visual services, video or teleconferencing capabilities, and high speed Internet access.
All events include tables, chairs, dance floor, sound system, observation deck, coat check closet, parking lot, and Facility Manager(s).
Recommended by 92% of couples
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Andrew · event on: 11/17/2016
We had our 2-day corporate annual retreat at Top of the Town in November, 2016. As others have noted, Top of the Town has an AMAZING view of the city. The best I've ever seen, actually. You look right out over the Iwo Jima memorial and the Potomac and can see the whole mall (Lincoln, Washington, and Capitol) in one perfect line. On a clear day you can see as far as FedEx field. Pretty unbelievable. One wall is entirely windows, and there's a great patio you can walk out onto to see the view unobstructed.
The venue itself is simple, but versatile. There are two smaller sections that can be blocked off as separate rooms with movable walls (we used one for catering and the other for breakout groups). They've got awesome giant TVs you can use instead of bothering with a projector, a great sound system you can plug into, nice lighting (though we were there during the day, so I'm not entirely sure what it's like after dark), and a ton of other gear you'd normally have to rent separately (tables, linens, pads for chairs, projectors, easels, mics, podiums, uplighting, etc.). It was really nice not to have to deal with a rental company - the venue and caterer could take care of everything we needed.
But what really set the place apart for us was the staff. We had some very specific requests for layout, setup, and catering that were all accommodated amazingly well by Laura and her crew. I don't think there is anything we requested that they said no to. When you're setting up an event like this, having a friendly, accommodating staff is worth its weight in gold. It was a pleasure to work with them.
Afterward, everybody who attended commented on what an amazing venue it was. We're already talking about using Top of the Town again for our retreat next year, and maybe for some other events in between! I highly recommend this place to anybody looking to do a retreat or corporate event in the future.
Kris · Married on 06/15/2018
Great venue, great staff, great view. You cannot go wrong here. Your guests will love the view and patio for drinks on a summers night. Best choice for venue.!
Alana · Married on 05/18/2018
I absolutely loved having my wedding at Top of the Town! It rained on my wedding day but my guests still utilized the awesome outdoor terrace and nothing beats the panoramic view of Washington, D.C. I found that my wedding contacts at the venue were easy to get in touch with and very helpful when it came to planning my wedding. Not only that, but there are so many aspects of the venue that are beautiful starting with the scenic elevator ride up to the gorgeous hallways leading to the reception room. Although the venue does come with restrictions as far as vendors, I found that this actually helped with my wedding planning process as I had never planned a wedding or an event like this before so I came from zero experience. I found great vendors through their list as a result and ones I will recommend to my friends for future events. All in all, it was wonderful to have my wedding here! I highly recommend it!
Top of the Town Price Rates
Due to a cancellation, Saturday April 6, 2019 is NOW AVAILABLE. $6,700 + $1,000 refundable security deposit. Set your hours!
Standard contract allows for 8.5 hours - time allocated as follows -
2 (two) hours - vendor load-in/set-up
5 (five) hours - event
1.5 (one and one half) hours - vendor load-out/clean-up
We have been providing wedding cakes and desserts to special events at the Top of the Town for over a decade. The venue has a spectacular view and the staff are always accommodating to guests. We have personally attended two weddings here - wow, what a place!
Top of the Town is the most beautiful venue in and about the city of Washington, DC. It has - by far - the most wonderful view of the city. Newscasts and movies use this location as their premier spot for a backdrop. There is a great outdoor deck that is just the ultimate lure. I have seen every group of people drawn out there for the magnificent view. The windows, from inside, have the same view, but people just have to get outside - almost magnetically! It can be raining or a snowstorm, and they WILL go outside. On top of that, the service is great and the food is abundant and delicious. Top of the Town is a rare combination that works to make your wedding just right. You will love it!