Willard InterContinental Washington
What We Love
- High tea and live harp performances daily at the ornate Peacock Alley
- Room service is offered around the clock—order a croque monsieur at 3 am
- Location: The hotel has an unbeatable location near the White House
What To Know
- Although they’re not required, reservations are recommended for dinner at Occidental
- In-room WiFi varies from $10.95 to $20.95 per day depending on the speed
- Valet parking is $42 per day
- Pets are permitted in the rooms for $200 per stay
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Originally built in 1850, this historical hotel has been a host to nearly every U.S. President since Franklin Pierce. After a long restoration, the hotel reopened in 1986 and features 332 recently renovated rooms and individually designed presidential suites once visited by the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Charles Dickens, Buffalo Bill and P.T. Barnum. There’s a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment and a marble and slate-tiled Red Door Spa with signature treatments like a Milk & Honey Sugar Body Glow. Stand-outs at the French Café du Parc bistro include the seasonal Rouen duck breast with brandy gastrique, served at candlelit tables on the terrace. Locavores will love the roasted loin of lamb sourced from a farm in Virginia and served at the Occidental Grill & Seafood restaurant. And at the historic Round Robin Scotch Bar, you can sip on single malts in a button-back leather banquet just like literary luminaries Mark Twain and Walt Whitman once did.
In the Area
Dubbed the “Crown Jewel of Pennsylvania Avenue,” the Willard InterContinental sits just steps from some of the city’s biggest landmarks. You’ll need to plan up to six months in advance to score a chance to tour the White House. Can’t get in? Skip the crowds and take a nighttime bike tour of the monuments. Flex your plastic along the boutique-lined Embassy Row for vintage designer goods at Secondi and leather-bound titles at late-night café-cum-bookstore Kramerbooks & Afterwords. Stroll through Dupont Circle’s FreshFarm Market on Sundays for charcuterie, fresh-baked croissants and seasonal produce. Join the afterwork crowds slurping briny Virginia oysters and boozy punches at Hank’s Oyster Bar, or unwind along the U-Street Corridor at Belgian soul food restaurant and hip hop hang Marvin and at legendary rock venue Black Cat.
How to Get There
Attended the 2nd annual Rose' Romp with friends....well worth the $90 ticket! Music, wine, fabulous food....all at a fabulous location! Beautiful food setup, and you could sample appetizers, small plates, desserts...I'm looking forward to next year!
I have stayed at the Willard for over 20 years. My experience the last few years has not been great with run down rooms and maintenance. This time I got a renovated room that was close to previous standards. I hope this becomes everyone’s choice again!
My wife and I stayed here for a night for our wedding anniversary (and first night away as a couple since the birth of our now 18-month-old) and we are SO glad we decided to stay here! The welcome was warm and the lobby is beautiful (note if using the valet, use the main, Pennsylvania Ave entrance)! The suite was well maintained, well furnished, and the layout was well thought out.
You also can’t beat the location—you’re right by the National Theater; you’ve got easy access to the Kennedy Center, the National Mall, and Chinatown (Verizon Center). There are tons of restaurants and places to go nearby.
All around—a wonderful place to stay!
I never know what to expect when I book a hotel. I am often disappointed in some way. This was not the case at the Willard. It stands out from a world of other hotels that use “Average” as their standard. The Willard is far ahead of the others.
My husband and I came here this weekend for a staycation (we live in dc the area). The room we stayed in was large and totally unexpected. I liked that the room had a doorbell. I thought that was a nice touch. The nespresso machine was convenient to have in the room and enabled me to have tea and coffee whenever I pleased. There’s plenty of restaurants nearby and the hotel is close to all the attractions. Café du Parc had good breakfast. The only thing we didn’t like was the high price of valet parking.