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Willard InterContinental Washington
Ranked #15 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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9 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Gorgeous, beautifully old hotel is perfection!”
Reviewed 24 January 2009

My boyfriend surprised me with a trip to DC for Christmas and had booked us a room with a view in this wonderfully old, amazing hotel. We got there the day after Christmas, so the hotel lobby was still decorated and everything was just gorgeous. Our room, which was on the 7th floor, was comfortable, very clean, and had a great view of the Washington Monument and PA Avenue, with the National Mall, the White House, and the National Christmas Tree just steps away. There's a great little bar on site, but for even more of the DC "atmosphere" and some great dining as well, I recommend walking right around the block to Old Ebbit Grill on 15th Street, NW.

Expect to be treated well at this hotel, right down to coming back to your room to find the bed turned down, chocolates on the pillow, and the in-room Ipod player/Radio/Clock set to soft, romantic classical music.

Not recommended for families with "very active" children.

  • Liked — The locale
  • Disliked — You do have to pay for the hotel internet - so see if you can hook into the city wireless that's offered to the public free of charge!
  • Stayed December 2008, travelled on business
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Reviewed 1 January 2009

The Willard is centrally located in Washington, DC so that you can walk to almost everthing that you care to see while you visit our Nations Capital. The White House is a stone's throw away and all the Museum's and National Monuments are right outside your door. This is a hotel that has huge charm. I went to the bar and had a Mint Julip since this is the famous drink of the bar. Walk through the hotel lobby and be amazed of the decorations and the old world charm that this hotel has to offer.

  • Liked — Centrally Located
  • Stayed September 2008
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 December 2008

As a frequent visitor to DC with children, we chose to try the Willard when we wanted to get away and see grown up stuff like the art museums. What a wonderful old world hotel. I can't begin to say enough great stuff about the place. From the valet opening your door to front desk as check out - the staff was impeccable. The lobby was amazing and steeped in history. I loved the oak concierge desk, and marble floors. The Round Robin was a treat as well. The location was outstanding, only a few sighting of homeless in the park. It was a short walk to everything we wanted to do, and a few blocks to the mall. The rooms were well appointed with lots of luxury amenities, like bath robes, slippers and the nicer soaps and such. We had a king room facing the Marriott. The room was nice, the carpet should be replaced soon, as the dust marks around the wall were noticeable and gray, and the bathroom needed some touch up with the wall paper peeling and the tile grout was in need of a good scrubbing. Those are things I noticed, but I work in hospitality, so I look for it. Regardless, we really enjoyed our stay and look forward to going back the next time we get away to DC without children. I would recommend this hotel to anyone without a second thought.

  • Liked — The staff was impeccable
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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lb,il
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2008

Elegant, historic hotel conveniently located. Large well appointed rooms. Don't miss the Round Robin Bar. A good value for DC

  • Stayed August 2008, travelled with family
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Miami
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Reviewed 3 November 2008

Was looking for a nice hotel to get away for the weekend with the wife. Was able to get a great rate at the last moment and did not look back after that.

Staff was very nice throughout our stay. Great room service and very well price for the history, ambiance and location of the hotel.

Try the buffet breakfast at the Cafe Du Parc...great price for a good breakfast. Very good service. Next time we will try to their brunch on Sundays....(was not properly dressed for the ocations).

Overall, great stay, great location, and would come back anytime.

  • Liked — Location and elegant atmosphere
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank CheleMiami
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Austin, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2008

We stayed at the Willard for 7 nights. We were able to book 5 of the nights at a conference rate and one night at the weekend rate so only one night was a little painful on the wallet and that was a birthday so it wasn't so bad. We were in room 316 with a king bed. The room amenities were quite nice, we were off of 14th street and we did sometimes hear a little traffic noise, but never enough to bother us.. It still amazes me though that the high end hotels charge for internet access but the lower end ones offer it for free (we both had to work while there since we were there for a conference plus a few days for ourselves). This is the way it is though and we did know this ahead of time. The room was kept very clean, our only complaint would be that the wine glasses from the mini bar area were not replenished every day so we usually had to call and ask for more, they were always delivered quickly. We did not use the mini bar at all, we rarely do, the prices seemed to be about the same as other mini bars, hubby thought that might be why they didn't replace the wine glasses every day automatically. The TV had a wide range of channels and quite a few international channels as well, nice LG flat panel. Cafe du Parc was reasonably priced for take out for pastries and coffee, we did not eat any other meals there. The Willard restaurant was closed for August so we did not get to try that. The bar was very nice, we only had a drink there, no food, it did feel more formal in there. We were able to walk/metro everywhere we wanted to go and we had a good time seeing the sites in DC. The staff were all very attentive and responsive to requests. We felt were treated well by all of them, even when we were dressed in shorts and t-shirts for running around and doing touristy things in the August heat. We did not have time to try the spa so we don't know how it compares with others.

  • Liked — Excellent hotel, good service and nice rooms.
  • Disliked — Pricey, glad we were able to get conference rates so we could stay there.
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled on business
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3 Thank nparmelee
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2008

We stayed at the Willard for 2 nights for our anniversary. This was our first time at the hotel, but we would definitely stay here again. We used the valet parking service and they quickly had our car ready at checkout.
Because we are members of this hotel's loyalty program, we received an upgrade to a larger room with a sitting area. They also provided a bottle of champagne and chocolates for our anniversary.
The room was large but no view. The bed was very comfortable and the flat screen TV was easily viewed from the bed or couch.
The bath was huge with a separate tub and shower. There were two closets, safe, robes and slippers. Intercontinental hotels always provide high quality toiletries, and lots of little items like Q-tips, etc.
The concierge was VERY helpful. I had made reservations in advance at two trendy places but was only able to get late evening time slots. He managed to move one earlier, which was greatly appreciated. He also made some helpful suggestions for lunches.
The lobby of this hotel is beautiful and the attached restaurant, Cafe du Parc, was a convenient place for a quick breakfast.
The location is excellent as it is near the monuments and a number of fantastic restaurants. We walked everywhere from the here.

  • Liked — Beautiful hotel, convenient location, excellent service...
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Willard InterContinental Washington
Address: 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20004-1047
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Region: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Washington DC
#8 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#8 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#8 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#9 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#26 Green Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Willard InterContinental Washington 4.5*
Number of rooms: 335
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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