This hotel is all about location. Nice, historic hotel with elegant common areas but what makes it great is how close it is to everything. A few blocks away from the White House and the National Mall and within walking distance to a lot of great restaurants. The ambiance is really nice inside the hotel as well and the extra amenities in the room like cotton pads, q-tips, nail file and emery board were great. The room itself was a little dated but extremely spacious, which was surprising given some of the reviews we read, and had a big, flat panel TV. The king bed was huge and very soft and comfortable but too soft for my sleeping habit. Housekeeping did a great job of taking care of the room during our 4 night stay. The room was always clean by the time we got back to it in the late afternoon. The room attendant was also very appreciative of the tip we left for her every day and made a point to tell us one day in the hallway. We were surprised she even knew who we were since we only saw her in passing once before she thanked us. We made sure to avoid touching any of the stuff at the mini bar after reading the advice on this site. Although the front desk efficiently took care of some charges from a couple at the desk when we were standing there that had just moved a few items but did not consume them. So even if you do move items from the mini bar it did not seem to be an issue. The concierge service was also very nice to have and very helpful. They were able to suggest a couple of restaurants, help us get out to union station for a tour, and gave us some information on the metro. We had drinks and dessert out at the Café du Parc a few times but did not have a meal there. We were going to have brunch there on Sunday morning but it was $31 per person and that was more than we were willing to pay for brunch. The outdoor patio was great though since the weather was amazing. The only issue we had during our stay was when we went to check out of the hotel. When we checked in we were told it would be ok to pay in cash when we checked out but when we went up to settle our account they had already charged our credit card the day before we checked out. They claimed it was because we booked an “advanced purchase” through the Priority Club website but we had never had this issue before. We always pay in cash when we stay at a hotel upon checkout but this is the first time there was a problem with it. Strange especially since we had talked to the front desk about checking out with cash when we checked into the hotel and they said it wouldn’t be an issue. They were eventually able to credit our account back so we settle in cash. We would definitely stay again because the location of this hotel just can’t be beat.
- 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:
- Willard Intercontinental Washington Hotel Washington Dc
- Intercontinental Washington Dc
- Intercontinental Hotel Washington Dc