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 is in itself a worth-visiting, stunning, historic building. Our checkin was extremely pleasant, Ali was super helpful and offered us an upgrade for our anniversary. The room was sparkling clean and super comfortable. We had dinner at Cafe du Parc where Dara made us feel like royalty and nothing was too much trouble. As it was our anniversary, he offered us complimentary glasses of Prosecco. His menu recommendations were spot on and the dessert was decorated beautifully, which truly made our anniversary extra special. Checkout was smooth and hassle-free. I used my IHG points for the stay and the Willard was worth every single one. The staff members I mentioned are a true asset for the hotel and if ever back to Washington (we live in the UK), I’d love to go back at the Willard. Could not recommend it more.
This was an excellent experience. The staff, particularly the Concierge staff (Robert, Brian and Shoda - from Hungary, were totally attentive. It was a combined business and anniversary trip and the hotel was great in how we were received and treated
Excellent stay, historic building glamour, great location, walking distance to major monuments & museums, delicious food in Cafe du Parc, friendly helpful staff, opulent room. Valet parking convenient but pricey.