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Willard InterContinental Washington
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20004 (Downtown / Chinatown)   |  
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Ranked #10 of 133 Hotels in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Gold Coast, Australia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 hotel reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Beautiful Historic Hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

The Willard is one of my new favorite hotels. The rooms are clean, quiet, luxurious, beautifully appointed and incredibly spacious - what's not to love! The lobby is small but lovely and the staff efficient and friendly. The concierge who recommended restaurants and made reservations for us was particularly pleasant and obliging and his recommendations were always good. The location is unbeatable - close to the White House and within walking distance of the National Mall and lots of great restaurants. Overall, a grand, old and immaculately maintained hotel that I would have no hesitation in recommending.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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New York City, New York
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

Beautiful hotel near the White House with historical significance that both my 8 and 6 year old could appreciate. Staff were attentive, professional and friendly. The hotel room was spacious and clean. One minor warning - skip the morning breakfast at the hotel - a petite French buffet that came with a grande check. The food was good, however this was hands-down the most expensive breakfast my family has ever eaten! And, we didn't have cocktails just two hot chocolates, tea and coffee.

Room Tip: Choose an upper floor to avoid city noises. Ask for a room facing the national mall.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles, California, USA
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140 reviews 140 reviews
27 hotel reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

I had a great time at the Willard! It's a well located, beautifully decorated historic hotel with friendly staff and comfortable rooms. It's walking distance from the White House, US Capitol, various Memorials and wonderful museums! It's also walking distance from various shopping stores. Cafe Du Park is great! Their breakfast buffet is fabulous and so is their dinner menu. The Occidental Grill & Seafood Restaurant next door also offers a wonderful dinner option. The Round Robin & Scotch Bar is a great place to relax and savor your favorite drink. The room was clean, modern, and the bed was comfortable. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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60 reviews 60 reviews
51 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Stayed at Xmas for 5 days at it was magical. The xmas brunch was spectacular, the lobby so beautiful. Service at front desk was excellent. Location was also amazing. Housekeeping and room service not very fast but OK. Overall, however, an outstanding and memorable stay. Would highly recommend if you can afford it.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hillsboro, Oregon
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76 reviews 76 reviews
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

I've tried to get a reasonably priced room at the Willard for many years because of its historic relevance. I finally got one that fit within my travel allotment (~$200) and now, it will be difficult to go back to anything less. The location can't be beat if you want to see any of the museums or monuments. There are many great restaurants within walking distance. The staff was very friendly, helpful and more than willing to share historic information about the property. My room was quiet, roomy and the bed very comfortable. I hope I can afford to return. Keep a look out for specials and don't be afraid to call to see if you can get a better rate than is listed on their web site.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

What a great hotel. Super location, incredible staff, great spa. If you want a two-day "get away" without getting too far away, it's the best place you can go. Comfortable bed, super clean rooms, modern amenities, and a great overall experience. And not overpriced like a couple of other hotels I could mention. Tremendous experience.

Room Tip: Go for the suite upgrade--well worth it.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Juneau, Alaska, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

I was in D.C. for business and needed something centrally located. The Willard had the best prices, especially given the location. Turns out it is very upscale, classy, beautiful, and historic. The staff was excellent! The concierge was friendly and helpful, as were the bell hops and valet. This will be my number one pick for trips into the city because the location was amazing - only two blocks from The White House!
The only issue is transportation to and from airports. If you are flying in and out of Reagan or maybe Dulles then the taxi fare probably is okay, and worth it. The Metro would work if you don't mind dragging your luggage to the Metro stop - but that can be a big hassle sometimes. Taxi to BWI is like $70, so beware.

Room Tip: the higher the better - further away from street noise and offer better views.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Willard InterContinental Washington

Address: 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Downtown / Chinatown , Penn Quarter
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Spa Hotel in Washington DC
#6 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#8 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#9 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#11 Business Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Willard InterContinental Washington 4.5*
Number of rooms: 335
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since 1850, the name Willard has epitomised the grand hotel concept in the nation s capital. Today, Willard InterContinental Washington continues the tradition in landmark style. Located just two blocks from the White House and the National Mall, the hotel is convenient to government and business offices, shopping and many must-see sights. ... more   less 
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