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“THE ONLY PLACE IN D.C. TO HAVE A WEDDING!” 5 of 5 stars
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The Hay-Adams
Ranked #3 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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Chicago, IL
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24 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“THE ONLY PLACE IN D.C. TO HAVE A WEDDING!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

If you want a superb venue for a wedding, this is the place. Views of White House, outstanding food, specatacular service and location. Location, location, location! The room off the lobby is the best for cocktails and appetizers. The Top of the Hay is charming!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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2 Thank skiaspensnowmass
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Istanbul, Turkey
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34 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

The hotel has an unbeatable location just steps behind the White House. Very well decorated classic hotel where you feel to have your tuxedo even at breakfast. Likes: a) very efficient and quick check-in, b) extremely attentive concierge that took care of every needs including last minute reservations, c) very good staff at the restaurant, d) breakfast, e) classic and cozy atmosphere of the lobby particularly when there is an event at the hotel, f) bose ipod dock in the room. Dislikes: a) some parts of the room were in need of renovation, b) rooms in need of serious soundproofing as you may everything from neighbor rooms including the one in your upper floor, c) front desk informed in the morning at 6.00 am that there was no one to pick up the luggage from the room, however this was later solved and somebody was found to pick up the luggage. In room dining experience is important criteria for me while reviewing a hotel and I can easily give 5-stars to the room service. Room service was very attentive and accurate and accurate while getting the complicated orders for the children and quality of the food was quite good. Rooms might be a bit updated with larger bathrooms with their current prices. Nevertheless, I would highly recommend this hotel as a landmark accommodation in Washington DC.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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HansBrulandHA, General Manager at The Hay-Adams, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Dear ErolB13,

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about your stay! Feedback from our guests is an essential part of our continual aim to make improvements so that we may deliver the very best service to you. I will be taking your comments about soundproofing, bathroom size and luggage service into account in acting to make both long and short-term improvements. Our team will be very encouraged by your remarks. We hope we can welcome you back soon!

Warm regards,

Hans Bruland
VP / General Manager
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Laguna Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

This is a reputable old hotel with pedigreed history. It's small and has a boutique feel. What they can't make up for in size they make up in service. The decor Is understated opulence. It's more like staying at a well to do relatives with a full compliment of staff. The door men open the door and you walk into a small lobby with a huge gorgeous flower arrangement, They have a cookie jar full of oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies at the reception counter ( the oatmeal ones are better,as the chocolate chips in the cookies are too small) try and get a Jr. suite- the regular rooms are quite small although they have every amenity - I love the heating lamps in the bathrooms! If views are important to you- you had better ask! Although they have rooms with spectacular views, many don't. The restaurant is very good and the wait staff lovely but service is slow at least for breakfast. They don't have a buffet option. I don't think it is a place for boisterous children- they would really stand out in the serene and elegant atmosphere.

  • Stayed April 2013
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3 Thank tricia b
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

The Hay-Adams is a beautiful hotel that seems to have been recently renovated. A lot of attention is placed on details that are geared to please the guests. Every single one of the members of the staff that I encountered were extremely attentive and pleasant to deal with. My only minor complaint is that the walls between rooms áre a little thin and I could hear some of the conversations or the TV next door. That should not occur at this type of hotel, but is not any of the hotel staff's fault. The bathrooms are very nice and include all imaginable supplies. They seem to think of everything.
Do not miss the view from the roof terrace. it overlooks Lafayette Park, the White House, and further on to the Washington Monument. It is particularly beautiful at sundown.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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New Jersey
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388 reviews
173 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Had a lovely weekend stay in April 2013. What a wonderful hotel. As others have said, the location is perfect. You're across the street from the White House, a short walk from the mall, and just a few blocks from two metro stops. Perfect for sightseeing and business.
The room was very comfortable and the staff helped us get a quiet one. Housekeeping was spotless. The bed was relatively firm and comfortable with sumptuous linens. Great fluffy towels and an even better robe to relax in. Every single member of staff we interacted with was pleasant and smiley.
I would definitely stay here again!

Room Tip: You can pay extra for a view of the White House, but that means you're facing the road.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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2 Thank TravelCuties
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HansBrulandHA, General Manager at The Hay-Adams, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Dear TravelCuties,

I am so pleased you enjoyed our hotel and its unique location! We hope to see you again soon for a repeat visit.

Warm regards,

Hans Bruland
VP / General Manager
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

My friend and I stayed at the Hay Adams in April 6th-9th as we were visiting Washington to see the Cherry blossoms. This hotel is absolutely fabulous with attentive staff who could not do enough to assist you. The food was excellent, both in the restaurant and in the bar, superb cocktails as well! The room was lovely with two large comfortable beds and pillows. The location was absolutely perfect for visiting the White House and other attractions. Would recommend this hotel to anyone without a doubt. Just Wonderful. Hope we can go back sometime.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 Thank Susan r
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HansBrulandHA, General Manager at The Hay-Adams, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Dear Susan r,

I’m delighted we could host you on your trip to DC to see the magnificent cherry blossoms! Thank you for the wonderful compliments. I hope we can expect you back again soon!

Sincerely,

Hans Bruland
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Plano, Texas
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

Great location close to everything. It was a really nice view and walking distant from lafayette park and the white house. The room was beautiful and concierge services were great. Looking forward to return visit next year.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Property: The Hay-Adams
Address: 16th & H Sts. NW, One Lafayette Square, Washington DC, DC 20006
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > National Mall
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#3 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#3 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#12 Business Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Hay-Adams 5*
Number of rooms: 145
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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