We spent three nights at the Willard in March. It was long, hard decision to determine where to stay. Prices are steep in DC and despite timing our visit towards the end of the week, it was still expensive to stay close to the tourist sites.
As Ambassador members, we took advantage of a free night coupon to help defer the costs of the trip. With that said, the Intercontinental was a fabulous hotel to stay at!
We arrived on a Thursday afternoon and were given room 504. The room looked out onto Pennsylvania Avenue, but due to the low floor, provided a limited view. The room was bright, but not very spacious -- although it was wonderfully quiet. The next day I asked for a room with a different layout and hopefully a higher floor. We were accommodated and moved to room 1101 later in the afternoon.
This second room also had a partial view of Pennsylvania Avenue and the White House. It was a corner room with two windows making it brighter and with a slightly better layout than the first room.
It is understood that the beds are superbly comfortable, the linens are first rate, the amenities are fabulous and the furnishings are high quality. This second room had slightly more noise from the halls and surrounding rooms, but minimal when compared to many other hotels.
This is an old hotel. The rooms are not large, the elevators are slow, and room configurations are inconsistent. However, the staff are fabulous, the bathrooms, although small, are wonderfully appointed with large, thirsty towels, greate bath products and good use of space.
It was privilege to stay at this hotel. I would love to be able to stay here again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Willard Intercontinental Washington Hotel Washington Dc
- Intercontinental Washington Dc
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