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“Simply Elegant” 5 of 5 stars
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Willard InterContinental Washington
Ranked #15 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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Woodland, WA
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84 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Simply Elegant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012 via mobile

I only had one night here, and want to return. The room was beautiful and spacious. And what a magical Christmas atmosphere! There were carolers singing when I checked in. The towels were so plush. Our business dinner was in a beautiful room. The service was great and the staff were friendly and helpful.

Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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Charlotte, NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

We stayed here for 4 nights during the Christmas holidays. The wonderful tree in the main lobby along with several trees that line the main hallway were beautiful. Each night they had singing groups in the lobby doing holiday music. This was almost magical.

This hotel is very near The White House and within walking distance of all major attractions in DC. It is quite expensive, but well worth the price for a special occasion. Lovely rooms, good service, an in house Elizabeth Arden Spa. You feel very pampered staying here. Also near The Old Ebbitt Grill which is a historic place to eat with good food.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

I just want to forewarn you that the Willard is a very classy establishment, so be prepared. I was undressed and felt like a bum staying at the Willard. They treat you with the utmost respect and want to ensure your stay with them is superb. It is just more service than I am used to. Be accepting of being pampered. Very impressive.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Can't say enough about our wonderful experience at the Willard this past weekend. My husband and I decided on a weekend getaway to Washington DC and booked at the Willard based on a family member's recommendation.We were looking for something historic and traditional ("old-school" if you will...I don't really care for super modern/contemporary properties). The Willard fit the bill and more. From the gorgeous period decor, to the friendly and helpful staff, to our comfortable room and spacious bath, it was a perfect stay. The hotel was beautifully decorated for the holidays, which made it even more special.

We arrived Friday evening and chose to eat at the Cafe du Parc, a delicious French bistro attached to the hotel. Food and service were both terrific. Afterwards, we enjoyed drinks at the "Nest", one of the two hotel bars. My husband loved the selection of scotch, and enjoyed sampling different kinds during our stay.

Saturday was for sight-seeing, and The Willard is in a prime location for it, just two blocks from the White House and minutes from the attractions of the National Mall, the Smithsonium and Holocaust Museums, etc. There are quite a few restaurants and bars within easy walking or cab distance, and the Concierge is only too happy to make reservations for you depending on your tastes and mood.

While the Willard is definitely not cheap, we did enjoy the government rate (my husband is in the military); even so, paying "full price" would have been worth it just for the location alone. The fact that everything else about our stay was so wonderful made us feel like we'd really gotten a deal! We've both said we'll stay at the Willard again next time we're in DC.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

This was a more expensive hotel than we would normally stay in as a family, but having saved up, we decided to treat ourselves. It was worth every penny. Top marks for helpful staff, large room (though I suspect it was one of their smaller ones), friendly atmosphere, decor (though that word hardly captures the historical renovation) and simply the best location for exploring central Washington. We had a fantastic week in Washington and staying in this beautiful hotel was part of that experience.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

I stayed at The Willard with my family over Thanksgiving. The rooms were comfortable, and most of the staff was helpful and courteous. It would have been nice to have an empty refrigerator in the room instead of the full mini bar with the weighted system for charging items. We had reservations for the Thanksgiving brunch/dinner, which was lovely. They served champagne and mimosas to start, then we were free to enjoy whatever we wanted from the bountiful buffet tables set up in the hall. The only thing missing was pie. All in all, a nice vacation.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

I was here for a Wedding in Sept 2012.

Its an older classy hotel, and nicer than any of the other Intercontinental Hotels Ive been to. Most of the others seem to be 3-4 star hotels that are a bit worn. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of the Intercontinental/IHG Hotel chain (which includes Holiday Inn), but this is a very nice place. I usually prefer startwood hotels like the W next door, but the wedding party was staying here.

The rooms are quiet, clean, and comfortable. The service was attentive and very good overall. I didnt spend much time using the hotel facilities. If you are getting a good rate, this is a great place to stay, albeit it may be a bit expensive.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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Property: Willard InterContinental Washington
Address: 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1047
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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:
#3 Spa Hotel in Washington DC
#8 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#8 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#9 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#9 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#23 Green 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):
Located in the heart of the nation's capital, two blocks from the White House, The Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C. offers 335 spacious and elegantly appointed guest rooms, 41 of which are suites, that exude a unique blend of contemporary luxury and historic charm. Many of The Willard's guest rooms feature views of Pennsylvania Avenue and historic landmarks like the Washington Monument as well as downtown Washington, D.C. The Willard has been the site of many prestigious meetings, conferences and social events for nearly 200 years. With 19 meeting rooms and over 22,000 sq. ft. of event space, The Willard features unique and elegant function rooms including several ballrooms from which to choose. Discover a relaxing counterpoint to the busy pace of Washington, D.C. as you savor the fare at Cafe du Parc, featuring delicious French bistro cuisine and exquisite house-made patisseries. Reserve a table on one of Washington's most popular terraces' or dine inside in a modern, sleek Parisian-style setting. Join us for a drink in the historic Round Robin Bar. Located just off the lobby of The Willard, the Round Robin Bar has been a lively meeting place for Washington's political and social elite since the days of Abraham Lincoln. Long celebrated as one of the best in D.C., this legendary bar was known as the nexus of "Rum Row" and the "E street Corridor" -- plying its trade to luminaries such as Mark Twain and Walt Whitman. Today, this fashionable downtown spot draws a smart, stylish cross section of DC movers and shakers. The Round Robin Bar is open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. and Sundays 12:00 p.m. to midnight. ... more   less 
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