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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
The hotel was beautiful and the staff was exceptional as well as kind, hard working and anticipated your every need! It was a fabulous place to stay for our wedding weekend! We had a small dinner party that was beyond amazing! It was so simple to plan with Kalynn as our assistant. All we had to do was show up and she made certain every last detail was in order. The food was phenomenal and the bar and dinner servers were well prepared and helpful in every way! This was certainly a weekend to remember!
My daughter and I just had the most amazing night stay at the Willard! I had wanted to surprise my daughter with a mother/daughter overnight experience in DC to celebrate her 28th birthday and a going away gift because she is about to move overseas for two years for work.
The fabulous Vanessa Perez arranged our room reservation and followed up with me via email to confirm our reservation. She made the booking process a breeze and could not have been nicer or more patient to answer all of my questions.
From the moment we walked through the front doors, we were treated like members of the Willard family. The smiles and friendly greetings were given by all members of the Willard team. We felt so welcome and important. We also noticed how gracious the front desk team was with other guests.
Brian, the concierge on duty, was magnificent and extremely knowledgable on the history of the hotel. We learned so many fun facts and he gave us tips on the best spots in the city.
The location of the hotel couldn't be better! We were able to visit the Clock Tower in the Old Post Office Building before it closed and that was a breathtaking experience. The views are spectacular!
We can't thank everyone at the Willard enough for their kindness and hospitality! We are so looking forward to another visit! If I could give it 10 stars, I would!!!
Beautiful Setting, Amazing Service, the Willard is a charming and sophisticated luxury hotel, situated just two blocks from the White House and National Mall. Easy walk to great restaurants, museums, and lazy walks.