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The Hay-Adams

800 16th Street NW | Washington, DC 20006 [SHOW ON MAP]
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  • Reputation: EXCELLENT
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Awards Received:

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2014
  • Concierge.com Editors' Pick
  • Conde Nast Readers' Choice List 2013
  • Conde Nast Traveler Gold 2014
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Forbes Travel Guide Four Star Awards 2014
  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Travel + Leisure 500 World's Best Hotels


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How it Ranks: The Hay-Adams ranks #3 out of 357 Washington D.C. Hotels based on an evaluation of expert ratings and awards, as well as user reviews. The hotel scored high enough to make the exclusive U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in the USA.

Our Take: 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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Location & Top Nearby Hotels

Of 357 hotels in Washington D.C., 43 are ranked on the U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in Washington D.C.. The 10 closest to The Hay-Adams are shown on the map below. These include The St. Regis Washington, D.C. (<0.5 miles) and Hotel Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square (<0.5 miles).

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    Reputation: GOOD
    <0.5 miles away
  • Hotel Class:
    Reputation: GOOD
    <0.5 miles away
  • Hotel Class:
    Reputation: GOOD
    <0.5 miles away
  • Hotel Class:
    Reputation: GOOD
    <0.5 miles away

Nearby Things to Do

The Hay-Adams is 0.9 miles from the #1 ranked Washington D.C. attraction, Lincoln Memorial. Of the 14 top rated attractions, the five closest ones are listed below.

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The White House and the Washington Monument

The White House and the Washington Monument

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