The Hay-Adams

800 16th Street NW | Washington, DC 20006 [See Map]
#5 in Best Washington D.C. Hotels
Hotel Class 5.0-star Critic Rating Excellent Guest Rating
TripAdvior Traveler Rating

Based on 680 reviews

U.S. News Review

Named for the former tenants of the site — Secretary of State John Hay and journalist Henry Adams (who was also a member of the presidential Adams family) — The Hay-Adams is steeped in American history. Perched on the edge of Lafayette Square, The Hay-Adams boasts a spectacular vantage point of the White House and the National Mall. Here, guests are greeted by head-to-toe period decor; the lobby is decked out in rich wooden paneling and marble floors, while guest rooms feature neutral tones with elegant bedspreads. Long story short: If you're a history buff, The Hay-Adams is the place for you. That said, this property isn't completely stuck in the past. Accommodations also house lavish Asprey London bath products, 37-inch flat-screen TVs and Bose music systems. Meanwhile, The Lafayette — the hotel's elegant dining room — garners high praise from recent guests for its impeccable service, tasty culinary offerings, and impressive views of the White House.

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Awards Received

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2015
  • Concierge.com Editor's Pick
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2014
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2014
  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Lonely Planet Top Pick
  • Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels 2015

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 680 guests have reviewed the The Hay-Adams, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

TripAdvisor Traveler Rating: 4.5 (based on 680 reviews)

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The Hay-Adams

800 16th Street NW | Washington, DC 20006 [See Full Map]