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
This was the second time I stayed at the Willard. I plan on doing it yearly for my birthday as I love American History. I was a bit disappointed though as I booked months in advance and asked for a room on a high floor and they did not have one on check in. They also commented on it being my birthday the next day and they would be “sending something up”. Never received even a happy birthday note. It’s a beautiful place to stay, right in the middle of everything, so I will stay again. Just a bit disappointed in this years service.
Had a package delivered via FEDEX, but concierge and guest services took over two hours to be reached and to find. Everyone from check in to guest services said they would locate concierge to retrieve package. No one ever got back to me. I checked in and there was a wet wash cloth in my bathroom sitting on the sink. Water was pooled on the counter. Very strange.
My stay at the Willard was wonderful. I had always been jealous of business associates who got to stay there and finally my chance came to be a guest there. I was not disappointed! The appointments are lavish and location is ideal. Service is top notch.
Stay here. Beautiful, comfortable, elegant, classic, rich with history, superb service, antique-style furniture, high end marble tops, floors, and tiles, super-clean, perfectly located near the Mall, White House, Pennsylvania Avenue, the major monuments, and a 2-minute walk to Metro Center Metro station to get you anywhere you want to go. Just stay here.
Luxurious place to stay. It’s very outstanding customer service, beginning valet service to the waiters. Magnificent lobby, fresh flowers smell in the lobby, new newspapers, breakfast included, amazing experience. This was our third stay.