This hotel made my visit to DC perfect.
The hotel is situated within reasonable walking distance to The White House, the Washington Monument, The Mall, The White House Visitors Centre and many other attractions situated in this area.
We stayed in DC for the Fourth of July celebrations for 4 nights. The receptionist was extremely welcoming and informative - he gave us a map and highlighted all the best things to see and do around the city, including events that were happening on the Fourth in and around the hotel.
We upgraded on arrival and were given a room overlooking 14th Street NW. The room was huge - both beds were massive and extremely soft and comfortable. There was a sitting area with armchairs and desks, and the room was very airy and light - thanks to the massive windows. The bathroom was also large, with a bath/shower, bidet and vanity area. Both the sleeping area and bathroom was extremely clean and well furnished. There were tea and coffee making facilities and in-room mini-fridge.
We ate each morning in the breakfast restaurant - Cafe Du Park. You were seated to a table and helped yourself to the buffet food on offer. The food was absolutely delicious and the staff were pleasant and helpful. There is also a cafe downstairs from the restaurant where anyone can come in and order treats such as muffins, cookies and other pastry delights alongside tea and coffee. We also used the outdoor restaurant - Occidental Grill and Seafood - which served delicious food.
The hotel itself is absolutely beautiful - I cannot find the words to describe it. Each morning, huge bouquets of fresh flowers in vases are centered in the lobby which are lovely to look at. The lobby has many alcoves and places to sit in the cool comfort out of the blistering summer sun. There is an expensive gift shop located on Peacock Alley - again, a luxurious and absolutely stunning walk way within the hotel, lined with Palms and ornamental furniture and sitting areas. At the end of Peacock Alley there an interesting, albeit small, museum, showing the history of the hotel and those who visited it.
We used the Red Door Spa - the staff were again exceptional and we had a pleasant treatment.
From the outside, the hotel is spectacularly beautiful. The doormen are very helpful and cabs are lined up just opposite to be called to the front door.
Because of where the hotel is situated, the area is very quiet at night time with very few other restaurants in the immediate vicinity. If you wish to go shopping nearby, you must walk several blocks in all directions to find the nearest TJ Maxx, coffee shops, H&M and other such shops. There is a Hard Rock Cafe several blocks away along with an Elephant and Castle. There is a White House souvenir shop on the nearest block corner, and a CVS Pharmacy nearby.
This hotel was an absolute fairytale - its decor, location and staff made my stay perfect.
- 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:
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