4.5
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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

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Overview

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

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1580 Reviews
Hays Adams
David Y

Almost all Dc were sold out because of a super large conference.

People were super friendly, I didn’t look like the usual patron but they still treated me well. House keeping lady was very nice. Room was comfortable and clean

Charming, Warm, & Inviting Historic Property in the Heart of the District
RichL06

The Hay-Adams was a unique historic weekend family experience with warm and inviting family service from arrival to departure.

The Property:

Is a historic boutique hotel with older facilities. The guest rooms are well appointed, clean and fresh. The rooms are smaller but comfortable for 2-3 guests.

Service:

Personal and friendly. We were welcomed back everytime from our daily and evening adventures. The front desk and concierge ensures the kids got a treat or something special each time we passed through the lobby; or at least asked what they did or saw. Housekeeping and turndown service were exceptional. The one time we called for additional items they arrived in less than 10 minutes on a tray with a fresh bud in a bud base.

Overall:

Highly recommend this property at this price point. We have previously stayed at the Willard, Four Seasons, Rosewood, Mandarin Oriental, and Ritz-Carlton-- but the Hay-Adams is a special experience and a different level of personal service. If you are looking to compare guest rooms to the standard chain you are probably looking for a Hilton, Marriott, or Sheraton big box property not a boutique property.

The only downside is the Hay-Adams can be an event venue wedding with rooftop receptions. The noise in one of our 8th floor rooms was a bit much uptown 10 pm, but by 11 was over. Plan appropriatle in booking weekends and guestroom floor choices.

Thank you Hay-Adams for a great DC weekend. See you again soon!

Lovely, historic hotel
Sharon R

This was our first time staying here and it was a special occasion. The location of the hotel is excellent right in the heart of DC and across Lafayette Park from the White House. The service here is excellent - everyone is helpful and very friendly. There is valet parking at $50 a night. We selected an upgraded room that faces the park. The room itself was very spacious and lovely. Our one negative on this hotel was the bathroom, which is very tiny. This is an old hotel (1928) and bathrooms weren't all that big. It was just difficult to find space for makeup, etc. We had drinks in the bar in the basement which were very good and we had breakfast in the restaurant, which was also very nice. The old world ambiance here is very special - you just have to make some adjustments for it.