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The Hay-Adams
Ranked #1 of 141 Hotels in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 12, 2010

We chose this hotel because of its amazing position. This was our first visit to Washington DC and we wanted to be close to the action. You won't be disappointed. The hotel is basically next door to the White House. We were so impressed. We were so close we needed security clearance from the White House before we could be escorted to the roof to take some tourist photos... how special is that!
The city was buzzing in preparation for the first state dinner to welcome the Indian PM.
Not only is this hotel in a great location, it oozes old fashion charm and service so missing in other hotels. Our room, overlooking St John's Church "Church of the Presidents", was large and very comfortable.
We were also lucky enough to spend our first ever Thanksgiving Dinner in the hotel. Fleur, the Maitre d, and the hotel staff, really looked after us.
As for the city itself, the history, monuments and museums were so impressive. When we come back we will certainly stay at The Hay-Adams again. If it's good enough for the US President it's good enough for us.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 4, 2010

elegant, quiet...great retreat from the dynamism of DC

Stayed: May 2007, traveled on business
Thank DianeA8
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Reviewed December 25, 2009

We stayed three nights in a queen room with our adult children in an adjoining queen room. We arrived early in the afternoon and were warmly welcomed and shown to our rooms even though it was two hours before the stated check-in time. The rooms were small but extremely comfortable and well appointed. The service (front desk, bellman, concierge, waiters) was friendly, attentive, and professional without being overdone, which was especially appreciated by my wife who stayed in the room one day when she wasn't feeling well. Housekeeping was flawless. The public areas are intimate and beautiful, and the location - across Lafayette Park from the White House - is unmatched. In short, we agree with the highly positive reviews of this distinctly non-chain hotel, and think it is just about perfect. We will plan to stay here again in preference to any of the six other hotels in Washington we've stayed at (including the Willard and the Sofitel) if we can get almost as good a rate as we did this time.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled with family
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2  Thank museumgoer
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Reviewed December 24, 2009

We booked a double/double room but they gave us a triple room for three of us.The twin and double beds are very small, at least smaller than the normal sizes. We hung our feet out of the beds.
No coffee maker etc.
Very very friendly and polite staff.
Very good location.
A litte bit expensive.
Just make sure you can get a bigger bed when you check in.

  • Stayed: December 2009, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank YHPeng
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Reviewed November 18, 2009

My partner and I stayed at the Hay Adams for a weekend visit to DC. It really is the perfect place to stay for a quick and fun visit to the capitol and its many attractions and pleasures.

The hotel is small, intimate and quite elegant. Very much like a small European luxury hotel. We splurged for a junior suite with White House view, and while expensive, it couldn't have been lovelier, with large sitting area, ornamental fieplace, beautiful details and a sumptuous canpoied bed. The famous view is, of course, sensational, morning new and night. It gives you such a sense of place.

Service is impeccable, breakfast in the Lafayette room is charming, the conceirge is unusally helpful and made several terriffic resturant recommendations and facilitated a last minute trip to Mt. Vernon efortlessly. Add to that a perfect location, and I can't think of any reason to stay anywhere else in D.C.

Stayed: November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 12, 2009

Terrific hotel. Great, fully equipped business center. The only downside is their very slow internet connection. If you will need to use the hotel to do online legal research or streaming, you will be frustrated. If you don't need a fast connection, the hotel is great.

  • Stayed: November 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 3, 2009

A beautiful hotel with old world elegance. This was one of the best hotels I've stayed in and cannot recommend it highly enough. We stayed in some nice hotels in New York on this trip but they were a bit too concerned with being 'cool' to make us feel special and welcome. The Hay Adams treated us like a luxury hotel should treat its guests.
The staff were excellent - friendly but very professional. Particularly impressed by the concierge who was extremely helpful and his recommendations for the private tour and the nice restaurant were faultless.
The location was superb, particularly if you want to feel part of the political landscape. Our room had a view of the White House which made my wife deleriously happy. The restaurant and bar were very appealing and the fact that our laundry arrived gift-wrapped showed how every little detail was handled with class.
While I don't consider it a cheap hotel, I've paid a lot more for far less impressive results. It's a special hotel and, in my opinion, worth the extra expense.
Thanks to them for the experience.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Thank Sime4
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Additional Information about 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 > Dupont Circle
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:
#1 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#2 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#2 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#12 Business Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range: $373 - $523 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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