Willard InterContinental Washington DC

Hotel in Washington DC

4 Star / 4 Diamond Hotel

This iconic luxury hotel first opened its doors in 1818 and has been the centre of social and political life ever since.

It has a strong Civil War history and every President has stayed here with the exception of the current one.  Martin Luther King finished his “I have a dream” speech whilst staying in this very hotel.

You can’t fail to be impressed when you first walk into the lobby with its tall ceiling, columns and marble surround.  The 335 guest rooms and 40 Suites have a classical and contemporary décor combined with all the latest technology.

The Standard guest rooms are a pretty spacious and have two colour themes: green and beige. I liked the entrance hallway with a large double closet and generous bathroom.  The carpets were replaced just this year (2011) and are bright with shades of green.  The Willard Room is larger and has a king bed and sofa.  I was impressed with the good sized work desk and proper desk chair that adjusts for height.  All rooms have an iPod docking station, Flat screen TV and Wi-Fi available.  There is plenty of closet and draw space so you can actually unpack your bags and the essentials are all there including a personal safe, iron and ironing board, decent hairdryer, bathrobe and slippers and full length mirror.  The bright bathrooms in the Willard Room are also spacious and have a separate walk in shower surrounded with mosaic tiles and separate bathtub.  There is plenty of counter space with shelving and draws underneath the white wooden vanity and Floris amenities.

Although there are a number of adjoining rooms a larger Suite may suit families starting at 1,350 sq ft for an Executive Suite with its two entrances as well as two full bathrooms and separate living room and dining table.  Other Suites include the Thomas Jefferson at 2,800 sq ft with its beautiful marble floored entrance hall and more formal residential ambience.  You can also add an adjoining room if you need more space.  The Oval Suites are based on the Oval Office and the Lincoln Suite has a blue theme and comes across as being very masculine. Again you can add an adjoining room.  The John Adams Suite at just under 2,000 sq ft has a gorgeous large bathroom and TV built into the mirror and marble floors throughout with a residential feel to the furniture and artwork.

Café du Parc has a large Terrace at the front of the hotel and offers a fabulous French influenced organic breakfast with French and Belgian Waffles to whet your appetite each morning.  Occidental Grill & Seafood is adjacent to the hotel and is a popular DC seafood restaurant.

The cosy and intimate Round Robin Bar is an interesting circular shape with wood panelling and dark décor and is a hub of social activity.  It also has a comprehensive Single Malt collection!

The Red Door Spa has a well-equipped gym with Life Fitness cardio equipment and 6 treatment rooms including one for couples.  I would just add that The Willard has an excellent Concierge Service and I found them to be most helpful and knowledgeable.

Reviewer's Rating
Ambience Plush, Elegant, Roomy, Romantic
Services Business Center, Fitness Center, Restaurant, Room Service
Cost Medium
Nightlife, Relaxation / Spa, Culture / Sightseeing, Shopping, Personal event (wedding, etc), Business meeting, Conference

Additional Ambience Information

Contemporary, traditionally furnished, chic and luxurious.

Last updated on 14-11-2011

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