My wife and I stayed here in August 2013 for four nights at the end of a road trip from Boston and the Hay Adams exceeded our admittedly high expectations in every way. It wasn’t the cheapest hotel in the city but it was worth every penny. Check in was a breeze and within five minutes of arriving we were in our room on the 5th floor.
As we requested, our room was on a quiet side of the hotel and although it was fairly small (we had only booked a standard room) it more than served our needs. The bed was very comfortable, the linens were luxurious and we had non-allergenic pillows delivered quickly on request. I liked the selection of CDs available for guests to try out on the digital radio. There was a safe, flat screen TV, mini bar, arm chairs and plenty of storage for a short / medium stay. The bathroom was spotlessly clean and had plenty of luxury towels and toiletries. The evening turn down service was a nice touch as always.
Breakfast really was superb and is served in the opulent but very comfortable dining room. We had booked a ‘Summer in the City’ package which gave us $70 per day credit between the two of us. Whilst this sounds like a lot it doesn’t go far and had we not had the inclusive package we would have eaten out in one of the nearby outlets. But thankfully that wasn’t the case! The menu was a la carte and there were plenty of freshly prepared cold and hot choices as well as juices, teas, coffee, fresh bread, etc. Bottled water was served on arrival and was complimentary but there was a charge for everything else. I particularly enjoyed the corned beef hash and my wife loved the poached eggs.
Off the Record, the dimly lit basement bar, was superb. We only visited once and sat at the bar chatting to fellow guests and locals. One drink turned into too many drinks and it was a real highlight of our stay! The server from Lithuania was chatty and friendly and made excellent recommendations. DE Brau and Delirium Tremens were on tap and there was a decent wine list. The bar snacks were also delicious, particularly the king prawns.
The staff were very polite and courteous throughout, particularly in the breakfast room, and although it’s probably not appropriate to single individuals out two staff members really shone during our stay. Franziska Boelke, the concierge, was extremely helpful, giving advice on things to do, sorting out our day trip by train to Baltimore and making last minute reservations for us in the Capital Grille and in the Founding Farmers, both of which were brilliant. Patrick, one of the Duty Managers, seems to have struck the perfect balance between professionalism and friendliness and is a credit to such a fine hotel.
The location was superb – right beside the White House. Honestly, it’s the best location in the whole city. From the front door of the hotel the White House is 1 minute on foot and the National Mall at the Washington Monument is 5 minutes. From there it’s a further 15 minutes leisurely stroll to the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial or US Capital Building. This means that during your stay you’ll get to see the memorials repeatedly at different times of day and night and we certainly left with a real feeling that we had ‘done’ Washington, DC. Georgetown was about a 30 minute walk. Union Station was 10 minutes in a taxi if you don’t get caught in traffic and Farragut North metro station is only 3 minutes on foot. It was here that we caught the train south the Alexandria, VA which is well worth a half day excursion.
There are also lots of restaurants nearby. We had classy steaks and wine in the Capital Grille and visited the brilliant Founding Farmers twice – once for drinks downstairs at the bar and once for a delicious meal on our last night in the city. Blackfinn Bar and Restaurant shares the same city block as the Hay Adams. Not too far away is Hard Rock Café, if that’s your thing, and the fun Capital Brewing Company.
In summary: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
- 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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