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
Willard is a historic hotel centrally located with easy access to tourist attractions and business centers. Drawing on these pluses, the hotel is overpriced, room sizes small, limited views and average service. I would any day prefer a larger room with a better view
A+ Hotel. Great Location, service and feel to the hotel. The lobby brings that old world experience to the comfort and design of the hotel, not to mention the rich history. Looking forward to the tine that we can revisit the Willard. Well done!
The hotel is very close to the White House and to all points downtown including the Mall. The location of the hotel makes it easy to get to any location in the downtown area. The street it faces The rooms are well appointed as well as quiet. The Willard dates back to the early 1800 - and the current facade about 1900. When you pull up you know you are somewhere distinguished and unique.
The Willard is celebrating 200 years and it is a classic hotel in a very convenient location for touring the Capitol and major city landmarks. very comfortable rooms and hospitable staff. Breakfast catered well for European as well as American tastes.
The Willard is by far the best place my family has ever stayed. The staff is friendly, the facility is spectacular and the location is the BEST. The Hamilton is across the street, outstanding. The Corner Bakery, across the street another outstanding facility. Old Ebbitt Grill is half a block away and superb food. Location, location, location