I stayed here a few years ago and found it nice but not wonderful. The public spaces were great but the rooms were rather tired. So I then tried a number of other hotels--Ritz Carlton, Mandarin, etc--but each had their issues. A few weeks ago, I tried the Hay-Adams again. It was terrific! The rooms we were in had clearly been renovated. The fabrics were all fresh, the bathrooms fixtures seemed new, the carpets had been replaced. I am not sure if all the rooms in this hotel have been renovated. If not, you should certainly request a renovated room. A couple of people have commented on their terrible window views. I think with this hotel you get either feast or famine with your views--and you do pay extra for the feast (GREAT views of the White House). I happen to think the good views are worth the extra money. However, we didn't think to request such a room during our recent stay and were stuck with a dreadful view right into the windows of an office building less than 30 feet away (it may have been as little as 10--it sure felt like it), so we kept the drapes closed the whole time. This actually worked fine. The room is designed so you can do this and it doesn't feel dark or claustrophobic. This is an old, historic hotel, so if you need clean modern lines, this place won't suit. If you like cornices and moldings and carved wood, however, you'll love this place. And the location is wonderful for visiting DC. You are walking distance from the White House, the Mall, the Smithsonians, and the National Gallery. The staff are very kind and accommodating. This is definitely my favorite DC place to stay at the moment.
- 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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