The Willard InterContinental

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW | Washington, DC 20004-1047  [SEE MAP]Washington, DC  [SEE ADDRESS]
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The Willard InterContinental

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW | Washington, DC 20004-1047  [SEE MAP]Washington, DC  [SEE ADDRESS]
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Courtesy of The Willard InterContinental

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Overview

This hotel is located close to the White House and the National Mall
Parking is expensive here

The massive Willard sits at the heart of everything D.C.; the National Mall and all of the most recognizable monuments are within walking distance. And recent guests say The Willard InterContinental's inside is just as impressive as its surroundings, particularly the massive marble columns and intricate chandeliers in the lobby. Elegant decor extends to The Willard's accommodations, which feature eye-popping red accents, wood furnishings and luxurious amenities like flat-screen TVs, individual climate controls and fully stocked minibars. To ensure a restful night's sleep, request a room that looks west, facing the Washington Monument rather than 14th Street. And after a long day of sightseeing, you can relax at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa or grab a bite to eat at one of the on-site reastaurants. If you participate in InterContinental's Rewards Club, you can accrue or redeem free perks and discounts by choosing to stay here.

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Location
Washington, DC
Hotel Class
4.5-star
Property Type
Hotel, 376 rooms
Primary View
City center
Style
Traditional, Historic, Opulent
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Groups, Families

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  • 4.5Hotel Class
  • EXCELLENTCritic Rating
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Critic Reviews

Critic Reviews

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2018
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2017
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2017

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Two blocks from the White House and the National Mall, this historic hotel from 1818 has been expertly restored—in fact, it's just wrapped up an $18 million renovation. The rooms, common areas, lobby and Cafe du Parc all have new offerings (there's now a private dining room overlooking the lobby, like it did many years ago).

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The chandelier-hung hallways are still thick with lobbyists and corporate aristocrats buffing their loafers on the dense carpets. Upon entering the marble lobby, you’ll be forgiven for expecting Jay Gatsby to stumble down the stairs clutching a bourbon.

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The Round Robin Bar & Scotch Bar, which is a favorite haunt of many a politico, is adorned with photos of presidents and other luminaries who have tippled there —including Woodrow Wilson, Buffalo Bill Cody, Walt Whitman and Mark Twain.

Other Awards

  • AAA/CAA Four Diamond Awards 2018
  • Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2017
  • Fodor's Choice
  • Frommer's Exceptional
  • Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2017

Guest Reviews

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 3909 have reviewed the The Willard InterContinental, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3909 reviews 4.5 (based on 3909 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Guest Rooms

The Willard's spacious rooms were upgraded in 2012 as part of an extensive renovation. Though not as eye-popping as the grand Beaux Arts lobby, standard guest rooms feature traditional decor, including dark wood furniture, cream-colored chairs and red pillows. Upscale amenities include nightly turndown, twice daily housekeeping services, flat-screen TVs, individual climate controls and minibars.
  • Free Wi-Fi access for all guests
  • 24-hour laundry and valet services

Standard room size450 square feet

  • Internet (with fee)
  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Wireless Internet
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

Location & Parking

The historic Willard InterContinental is situated in a coveted location in the heart of the Penn Quarter, just one block east of the White House and within walking distance of Washington's famous monuments and the National Mall. The hotel has hosted numerous historic figures, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his famed "I Have a Dream" speech here and Abraham Lincoln lived at the hotel before his inauguration. The Willard’s legendary bar, a magnet for Washington power brokers, is credited as Grant's inspiration for coining the term "lobbyist." However, those looking to go out on the town will probably want to stay elsewhere as the area isn't known for its nightlife.
  • Multiple bus stops surround the hotel
  • Metro Center (Red, Blue, Orange and Silver lines) is nearest metro stop
  • Reagan National Airport about 5 miles south; Dulles Airport is 27 miles west
  • 24-hour valet parking ($55)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Grocery store
  • Movie theater
  • Theater
  • Shopping
  • Bus stop
  • Train station
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Restaurants
  • Beach

Dining

Dining

The Willard is home to three dining options that are part of the hotel's rich political history. Locals love the French bistro fare and casual atmosphere at Cafe du Parc. Guests searching for small plates and creative cocktails will want to head to the Round Robin Bar, and coffee-lovers will love the drinks and small bites offered at Le Bar.
  • Afternoon tea is served in Peacock Alley, and it is accompanied by live harp music
  • 24-hour room service

Number of restaurants3

Cuisine TypesAmerican, French

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • Free breakfast

Spa

Spa

Located on the second floor of The Willard, the open-daily outpost of The Red Door by Elizabeth Arden provides a wide range of treatments available in four different rooms. Guests should expect facials, massages, services for men and time-saving offerings like a 25-minute massage for busy business travelers.
  • Bridal services available

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna

Kids

Kids

The Willard InterContinental has a kids concierge with a selection of amenities geared towards children. These include a complimentary in-room dessert, a chidrens library, a treasure chest and a Saturday history tour of the hotel.
    • Kids club
    • Cribs
    • High chairs

    Fitness

    Fitness

    Located on the second floor in the spa complex, the fitness center at The Willard features multiple pieces of equipment, including an array of cardio and weight-training machines. Wall-mounted televisions let guests watch TV while working out.
    • Personal training available for an additional fee
    • 24-hour room key access
    • Complimentary water and towels
    • Weight equipment
    • Cardio equipment
    • Yoga mats
    • Free fitness classes
    • Premium fitness classes (with fee)
    • Bicycles
    • Tennis
    • Guided runs
    • Paddle boats
    • Motor boats

    Business

    Business

    The Willard InterContinental is one of Washington's premier business hotels, offering more than 22,000 square feet of meeting space, including an elegant ballroom and 18 other modern event spaces. The Grand Ballroom can accommodate up to 600 guests. The hotel's business center is located in the F Street lobby and features computers and fax services, as well as shipping, packaging, printing and equipment rentals.
    • IHG rewards and perks for meeting packages

    Number of meeting rooms19

    • Business center
    • Meeting rooms
    • Meeting and event planners available

    Pets

    Pets

    The Willard InterContinental welcomes pets for a nonrefundable fee of $200 per stay.
    • Pets must be approved by the hotel manager before a reservation is made
    • Pets allowed (with fee)
    • Dog walking
    • Pet-sitting

    Wedding

    Wedding

    The Willard InterContinental is known for its lavish wedding venues, from the ornate Grand Ballroom to the stunning Crystal Room with fluted pilasters, scagliola columns and opulent chandeliers and sconces. As such, the hotel is one of Washington’s most prominent venues for social events. The Willard Room also offers unique architectural details and can accommodate up to 220 banquet guests. For intimate events, The Nest, overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue, provides an elegant and private setting for rehearsal dinners or small receptions.
    • Bridal services on-site at the spa
    • A variety of wedding packages are available

    Maximum wedding guest capacity450

    • Hotel hosts weddings
    • Outdoor space for weddings
    • Wedding planners available

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