Having stayed at various venues in Washington over the past few years, the Willard is in a class of its own.
It has all the elegance of an old style (but refurbished) classic hotel with all the efficiency and comfort of a top of the line brand new property. I was particularly impressed that although the check in desk retained all the old key box pigeon holes behind the counter, the air handling system was one of the quietest and most efficient I have encountered recently.
Although we had a spectacular conference rate I noticed that their online rate for the weekend we checked out was particularly competitive and attractive. Would I pay the rack rate of $400 to $500 per room per night? Probably not. Will I check for last minute online deals the next time I am Washington? You bet.
This is one of the few hotels I've stayed in recently that was, in itself a tourist attraction. You do have to put up with folks wandering through the lobby and common areas taking pictures. But there are amazing real bouquets in the lobby that are worth your time to admire and a splendid harp-accompanied high tea each afternoon.
Glad we were there and will look for an opportunity to return.
- 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