I arrived driving in and the bellman greeted me promptly. The valet had to be convinced to take my car, however. He seemed very focused on one car and a time and unable to multi-task.
A seamless and prompt check-in, where I did inquire about the direction the room faced, I was assured it would be to my liking, but it was not. I called to change rooms and the bellman was able to take me to a room, not north facing, but west facing, which was much brighter and a better layout than the first room. I don't know why hotels pick certain rooms to put you in, but I know that when I inquire about sun direction on check-in, most often the staff has no idea what direction the rooms face, or that it matters at all.
The room I was given ultimately overlooked the courtyard and was much brighter. I had a most amazing conversation with the bellman who brought me to my room. A great departure from the mostly polite and brief conversations. It was very refreshing to have this dialog.
The day being beautiful and long, still, I went to eat at Cafe du Parc, downstairs at the hotel and it was absolutely spectacular. The setting: the Air Force jazz band playing across the street, just enough of a chill in the air to make it comfortable to sit in the sun and not sweat at all. Just the most spectacular setting. Of course, you are on a busy road where cars, busses and cabs are alternatively buzzing by and stopping, but it absolutely felt like a Parisian cafe for those very reasons. I would have liked to dine at the Occidental, but my plans took me elsewhere offsite for the evening out.
My two requested newspapers were on the door the next morning and I happily made my way to the breakfast buffet after in room coffee that was easy and pleasant enough. The buffet isn't anything to write home about, but the atmosphere was comfortable and accommodating. I stolled over the the White House which is within a half block of the property. The morning was beautiful and it was On check out, everyone treated me quite well.
The lobby is lush and stunning, though smaller than the photos make it look. I would come back, but with parking, breakfast, light lunch and room the price was $700 for one night. The weekend rates I see advertised at $225 vs $519 would make this place a great value. As it stands, it is a night in paradise. Worth it if feeling indulgent.
Nonetheless, I would come back to this hotel. I did love the location. Convenient to most of what the place has to offer. I did not use the Metro because I had my car and was able to walk where ever I wanted to go.
One thing to note: Security. When I came back from breakfast, the maid was in my room and I told her I'd be checking out shortly and I pushed her out as I wanted the time before my meeting to pull things together. She made certain that my room key worked in the door before she would relinquish the room. I thought this was clever. Also, I went to get my car on my own, and there too, a security measure was used to insure that it was my car. I thought this odd, but reassuring in many ways, too. That is a trained staff. And, yes, in my head, I wondered if I looked too unlike the normal hotel user and was being targeted. But, no, I looked like everyone there and this was just a very alert staff. Good training!
- 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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