Very Good 1560 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Free in-room WiFi
  • You can unwind with locals at the clubby bar, Off the Record
  • Location: The hotel is right on Lafayette Square steps from the White House and the boutique-lined streets of Dupont Circle

What To Know

  • Some rooms and suites have decorative fireplaces and French doors leading to private balconies
  • Valet parking is available for $45 per day
  • Free downtown luxury sedan service is offered mornings and evenings on a first-come, first-serve basis


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Presidential favorite and White House neighbor with chandelier-lit interiors and a politico favorite bar

The Lowdown

A D.C. icon, this 1920s Italian Renaissance Revival building has hosted presidents, international heads of state and more than a little political intrigue. Ornate fireplaces, marble floors, cherry wainscoting and gold chandeliers usher you into the past in the grand lobby. Each of the 145 rooms and suites start at 345-square-feet and feel more like private residences, with stately decor, marble bathrooms and city or courtyard views. Award-winning chef Peter Schaffrath’s Lafayette Restaurant serves hearty American fare, from potato gnocchi with basil pesto and squash to locally sourced roast chicken with polenta, artisan greens, radish and lemon thyme jus. At the hotel’s tin-ceilinged bar, Off the Record, you can join the politicos and journalists trading secrets over stiff cocktails with wonky names like David’s Washingtonian (vodka, limencello, chambord, frothy sour blend).

In the Area

Deemed the “Church of the Presidents” for its prized location on Lafayette Square just across the White House. Flex your plastic along the boutique-lined Embassy Row for trendy vintage designer goods at Secondi and leather-bound titles at cafe/bookstore Kramerbooks & Afterwords. Looking to sample something local? Stroll through Dupont Circle’s FreshFarm Market on Sundays for charcuterie, fresh-baked croissants and seasonal produce. Don’t miss the Library of Congress, The National Mall and the world’s largest museum complex, the Smithsonian Institution. Join the after work crowd slurping briny Virginia oysters and throwing back boozy punches at Hank’s Oyster Bar, or unwind with the cool kids along the U-Street Corridor at hip-hop/soul food hangout Marvin and legendary music venue Black Cat.

How to Get There

The Hay-Adams
800 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006 United States


4.5 Very Good 1560 Reviews
Best Hotel with impeccable service

Shear perfection in every way. I recently stayed at this hotel and truly cannot say enough positive things about it. The location is ideal- intimate and upscale -directly across from the White House and across the street from a historic church which I enjoyed attending. Upon check in we were welcomed warmly by the valets and front desk staff - and our requested room was available- which was nice! From the valet and bell men to the front desk - to the lovely lady who provided our room turn down- each gracious and sincere in welcoming us. They had a birthday treat waiting for us in our room upon arrival- delightful! The first night we had a lovely dinner in the dining room and Clarence was a delight. The pianist was perfect and we celebrated my daughter’s 17th birthday again with another birthday dessert and wishes from the staff. The personal attention we received through our stay made us feel like family - rather than just a guest in a hotel. The concierge service was exceptional and Leire provided perfect suggestions - tours to take, places to visit, fun conversation, we became instant friends- so accommodating and charming. Each guest that came and went were treated warmly. I feel like we became part of the hotel family as they celebrated our trip highlights. The breakfast staff- especially Giovanni - was a joy to see each morning. From Complimentary Fuji water every time we walked in or out of the hotel - to a lovely spacious suite to luxury beds and linens - nothing was left out. Over my professional career I have stayed at other five star hotels around the world and have never experienced any finer attention than the exceptional service provided at The Hay-Adams. Nothing was ever a problem - each staff member was top notch- I truly cannot think of one thing I would change. Thank you for showering sincere warm hospitality on my daughter and I! We look forward to visiting again! Certainly a leading hotel of the world! Sincere thanks


It was a great to be there I love the place which makes me so happy to go there I love the place happy to visit there and I enjoyed alot there makes me so happy and makes me so happy great experience having me

Historic Hotel next to the White House

Beautifully appointed, historic hotel across the street from Lafayette Park & the White House. The rooms are large and extremely comfortable. The staff is friendly and attentive. Roof-top bar is an awesome place to finish up a long day of tours and walking.