The location by the White House is the Hay-Adams' calling card, and the service during our one-night stay was impeccable. It is definitely "old style" with a modestly-sized and slightly stuffy lobby (The plethora of greeters crowded into the lobby area somehow add to the formal feeling of the place). The front desk is small and seemed low-tech by today's standards, but was surprisingly efficient in checking us in and out.
Our room was beautifully decorated and spotless, though the bathroom was on the small side. One thing that was a little surprising with what I assume are thick walls was that I could hear the floors creaking from people moving around upstairs. Careful with the minibar as it's one of those "automatic charge" setups, which shame on me I didn't notice until well after checkout.
Overall, the hotel has a beautiful "old and formal" feel, but doesn't exhibit the wear that some old luxury hotels do. The service and staff was uniformly very friendly and helpful. I would only stay here again if I felt an absolute need to be near the National Mall, but if that is a criterion I would highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Washington's landmark residence of choice for visitors to our nation's capital. The Hay-Adams, a luxury boutique hotel, is as close as you can get to staying at the White House without a personal invitation from the President. Originally designed in the 1920s as a residential hotel, The Hay-Adams carefully emulates the ambiance of a distinguished private mansion on Lafayette Square. The 145-room boutique hotel in Washington, DC features 21 luxury suites with stunning views of Lafayette Park and the White House. All of our guest rooms exhibit the perfect combination of heritage, luxury, contemporary comfort and technology. Ideally situated in Lafayette Square and steps away from many of Washington D.C.'s famous attractions, The Hay-Adams is the premier destination for leisure and business travelers alike. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Hay-Adams Hotel Washington Dc
- Hay Adams Washington Dc