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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 #12 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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Yorktown, VA
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Extremely nice hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

We chose the Willard for a special occasion. Everything in the hotel is first class. The staff is attentive and prompt. The building is beautiful and in top condition. We could not ask for more and while the is not inexpensive, it's worth the price

Stayed December 2012
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

The staff were very friendly & nothing was too much trouble. The room was large & nice but the view was of the opposite building. This hotel is very formal & the bar very expensive. So if your looking for a relaxed atmosphere this might not be the place for you. The hotel oozes with history & the Peacock Alley was very pretty, especially with the Christmas decorations. Also, Wifi is $11.00 a day. This was irritating given the price of the room. Even Motel 6 offers free wifi!! Overall it was a glamourous hotel, fab location but too formal for us. Mind you, Washington itself is a very serious city. Sounds obvious given America is run from here but having arrived after visiting southern cities like Nashville, Memphis & New Orleans the contrast was stark.

  • Stayed December 2012
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Ocean View
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

This year our children came to our house after Christmas so we made a series of short trips to interesting places before the Holiday. Our final trip was to DC, starting the 23rd through the 25th. The nations capital is a great place during the holiday season with beautiful decorations and special events everywhere. One of our activities was the National Symphony playing the Messiah at the Kennedy Center. We found a great package at the Willard which included early check-in, late check-out, room upgrade, breakfast, and a $100 food credit. In addition, I ask for and received free WiFi. All these goodies made the Willard a big value from a cost standpoint and the hotel more than lived up to its formidable reputation. Only two blocks from the White House the location can't be beat. We received a double upgrade to a beautifully decorated Willard Room which was huge with a king bed encased in high quality bedding, flat screen TV, sitting area with couch and relaxing chair, separate office area, and bath with separate shower and tub. If the small office was converted into a kitchen I could easily live there. As expected the drinks/snack bar was overpriced; bring your own booze and snacks if you want to save big. Service was exceptional, especially the front desk and bell staff, they were knowledgeable and always pleasant. The breakfast buffet was a little smaller than some others but the quality was excellent. They would fix eggs any way you wanted but an omelet was five bucks additional. We used our food credit for dinner at the Cafe du Parc restaurant which was very good; high quality, local ingredients with attentive but not overbearing service. I had a filet which was perfectly cooked. The ambiance was not much but the food made up for it. The entrance and lobby was beautifully decorated for the holidays with a huge tree and numerous poinsettias. On Christmas morning Santa was on hand accompanied by a strings group playing Christmas carols, a very nice touch. All in all a perfect place to spend a few days during the holiday season.

Room Tip: Our room was on the 6th floor, a higher room might cut down on street noise.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

It is difficult overstate the quality of InterContinental hotels. In London and Washington they are fantastic. However, the history and location of the Willard makes it especially nice. We did a "Christmas walk-through" a couple of years ago and promised ourselves a special treat in the future. Our stay was just that, special. The room, 739, was spacious and comfortable. There was no view to speak of, but we did not stay for the view. The valet service is professional and supportive, entering the hotel over the Christmas holidays you are greeted by a magnificently decorated tree surrounded by gift boxes, and the desk service is quick and efficient.

On the side of slight disappointments, the Round Robin bar is too small and crowded and while we did not mind the cost for an additional persons staying with us, my step-son, the hotel should have included additional bath supplies and an extra cup in addition to the very nice roll-in bed. Considering our delight with the hotel experience that is a tiny bump in the visit.

The room, hotel, decorations, location and staff support made it a delightful and memorable stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Beautiful hotel located in a perfect area for walking downtown DC. Steps from the Smithsonian. The staff is some of the friendliest I have experienced. Rooms were big and beautiful. We stayed during the holiday season and the decorations were spectacular. Staff was professional and helpful. Rooms were very clean and concierge was great. Very historic hotel was classic DC and would highly recommend staying here.

Room Tip: The adjoining restaurant is quite good with amazing mussels.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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The Villages, Florida
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190 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

We picked this hotel after much review on trip advisor and other sites. Our White House Tour was the first one of the day and we wanted to be close by so we had no worries about making our designated timeframe. You cannot go wrong by choosing this hotel. It is close to everything you need and is right next door to the White House. If you are looking for a very clean, comfortable and centrally located place to stay this is an excellent choice. This was our first site seeing trip to D.C. So it was important to us to do it right the first time. Yes, it is a little pricy but the true measure for us was would we return and did we feel that this was a good value overall. Yes to both. The room was nice and clean and everyone was very accommodating. A safe bet for those first time visitors.

Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

My husband and I were in DC for a few days for the National Treelighting Ceremony and wanted to stay near the White House and Presidental Park. What a perfect location this was. We also got a great rate for a delux king room. Because the rate was so good I was exepcting the room to be fairly ordinary but we found ourselves in a large comfortable room, with a beautiful view, king bed, seating area with couch, two chairs, coffee table and side tables, a granite counter top and cabinets, equipped with coffee maker, cups, glasses, water and mini-fridge. There was also a nice desk set up with a charging panel for Iphones and Ipads. There was a charge for internet but it was reasonable and could be purchased in hourly, daily or multi day packages. The bathroom was not particularly large but it was modern and had a very nice shower. We only ate at the hotel one day for breakfast because there are so many other restaurants and cafes nearby. There was a room just off the lobby(might be called the hotel museum) with lots of old pictures that I would recommend checking out if you're interested in history.
The hotel itself is quite old and proud of its history, displaying pictures of many former presidents and politically important people. The lobby always seems to be bustling with people. We were there in early December and the hotel was decorated for Christmas, with garland and trees and even official White House ornaments. There were at least two or three Choirs on the lobby everyday singing carols and entertaining guests.
Not only was the hotel lovely but the service was exceptional from the doorman to the front desk to the maid service......polite, friendly and accomodating.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: 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:
#3 Spa Hotel in Washington DC
#7 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#8 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#8 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#9 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#22 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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