We decided to visit Washington D.C. for Spring Break and wanted to spend a few days near the center of town. Choosing the Hay Adams was a smart decision as it is immediately across from the White House and adjacent to Lafayette Park.
I do not believe that we have ever stayed at another hotel that put forth so much effort to make sure we would have a wonderful visit. A few weeks before our arrival, I was contacted by the Hay Adams to clarify if our infant was a boy or a girl (they wanted to make sure they used appropriate bedding for the crib!). They also contacted me beforehand to check about our estimated arrival time to make sure the room would be ready (they offered to have the room ready by noon when I mentioned I was not sure). In addition, the reservation process was smooth and efficient with no problems whatsoever. Any and all questions I had about our stay were quickly answered via phone or email.
Upon arriving in DC, we had to bring the car into the central area (not my favorite idea of fun). However, we quickly arrived at the Hay Adams and handed over the keys to the car knowing we would not see it again until we departed. Valet parking is really your only option and costs $35 a day. Not needing a car in DC is well worth the valet charge! The lobby is quite refined with elegant touches. Check-in was smooth, and we were taken up to our “Executive Studio” room which was everything we had hoped. It is one of the better sized rooms at the Hay Adams and includes a sofa bed as well as ample space for a crib. The entire room was classically decorated and nice touches throughout. There is a minibar linked to pressure sensors. So, we could not really use it to put our own items in it. The armoire also included a nice television and multiple drawers as well as a safe. The view from the room was an inner courtyard which made for very quiet nights. The bathroom was similarly well-appointed and included Etro toiletries from Italy. Not sure why, but upon noticing the Etro toiletries on their website before arrival, I did bring a few of their clothing items that I own to wear on the trip!
The front staff members including the concierge were absolutely wonderful. Their younger concierge, I believe his name is Mark Dubois, was the best concierge we have ever had anywhere. He was so helpful with restaurant suggestions, opening/closing times of the sites, ways to procure tickets to difficult attractions, point-to-point directions, as well as making our two children feel so welcome. Everyday, our daughter would strike up a conversation with him and feel so excited about what the day would have. Even the housekeeping staff members were outstanding. When we called down for assistance in preparing the sofa bed for our daughter, they came upstairs with a stuffed monkey for her to keep as a remembrance of the Hay Adams.
Obviously, the Hay Adams is well situated in DC. We basically walked to everything. Also, having the ability to slip out at night gave me the chance to show my daughter some of the sites of DC at night which is a great experience. I cannot think of even one thing I would change about our visit. From the Leonides chocolates in the evening turndown service to the ice cold fruit drink in the lobby awaiting our return every afternoon, our stay at the Hay Adams was simply flawless.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Hay-Adams Hotel Washington Dc
- Hay Adams Washington Dc