Historic Hotels in Washington DC

Distinctive Landmark Properties in the Nation's Capital

Washington DC has several historic hotels that have distinct architectural features ranging from an 836-room art deco style property on 11 acres adjoining Rock Creek Park to a 54-room Victorian inn in the center of the city. These properties offer unique accommodations, restaurants and special event facilities that are popular among visitors and local residents. Following is a guide to Washington's most prominent historic hotels.
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    1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC (202) 628-9100. The Willard is a Washington institution that has hosted almost every U.S. president since Franklin Pierce in 1853. The historic hotel is located one block from the White House and within walking distance of the Smithsonian Museums, the National Theatre and other major attractions. The site on Pennsylvania Avenue was originally home to six rowhouses that served as a hotel and changed names and ownership several times during the early 1800s. The Willard Hotel was formally founded by Henry Willard in 1847, when he combined the buildings into a single structure. The original hotel was eventually demolished and the current building was opened in 1901. The hotel has 22,895 square feet of conference space and popular restaurants: Café du Parc, the Round Robin Bar and the Occidental Grill.

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    800 16th Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 638-6600. Located in Lafayette Square across from the White House, the Hay-Adams is one of Washington's most prestigious historic landmarks. The luxury hotel occupies the site that was originally the homes of John Hay (personal secretary to Abraham Lincoln) and Henry Adams (a descendant of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams). In 1927, the Italian Renaissance-style, 138-room hotel opened to cater to prominent guests including Amelia Earhart, Sinclair Lewis and Charles Lindbergh. The hotel had a $20 million renovation in 2002. The Lafayette Room is a power dining spot featuring contemporary American cuisine. Top of the Hay, a stunning roof terrace with panoramic views, was completed in 2011. Meeting space is available to meet a range of group sizes.

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    700 F Street NW Washington, DC (202) 628-7177. Located in the vibrant Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington DC, the 183-room boutique hotel is housed in what was the original General Post Office Building, designed by Robert Mills, the architect of the Washington Monument. Completed in 1842, the General Post Office was the first all-marble building in the city patterned after the first marble building in Rome – The Temple of Jupiter. From 1999 to 2002, the landmark building was rehabilitated into the Hotel Monaco, a modern hotel retaining the historic architectural grandeur of the building. Poste Moderne Brasserie is a popular restaurant onsite. More than 7,000 square feet of meeting space is available.

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    1015 L Street NW Washington, DC (202) 898-1200. This restored 19th-century Victorian mansion in the heart of Washington, DC dates back to 1864. The hotel has 54 guest rooms and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It retains an elegant charm with Italian marble fireplaces and period furnishings. The award winning Morrison-Clark Restaurant offers southern style cuisine in an elegant atmosphere.

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    515 15th Street, NW Washington DC (202) 661-2400. The Hotel Washington, until it closed in 2007 for its renovation, was the oldest continually operating hotel in Washington. It originally opened in 1888. Famous hotel guests included Marilyn Monroe and Elvis. Films including No Way Out and The Godfather, Part II, were both filmed there. The historic property was rebranded as the W Hotel in 2009 and currently features 317 stylishly designed guestrooms, the P.O.V. (Point Of View) Rooftop Bar and Terrace and 12,000 square feet of meeting space.

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    1914 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC (202) 797-2000. Originally designed as a luxury apartment building in 1906, the Churchill was converted to an upscale hotel in 1955. With its location on Embassy Row, guests have included diplomats, dignitaries, politicians, business travelers and prominent families. The hotel offers modern luxury combined with historic ambiance. There is an on-site restaurant and lounge, meeting and event facilities and a fitness center.

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    436 11th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 628-8140. The historic hotel opened in 1914 and is still owned and operated by members of the founding families. Located in the heart of Washington DC, the hotel is one of the most economical places to stay within an easy walk to the National Mall. There are 242 guest rooms, including 26 deluxe family rooms, a full service restaurant, a fast food restaurant, and a pub.

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    2660 Woodley Road NW, Washington DC. (202) 328-2000. The Wardman Park is the largest hotel in Washington DC with 1,175 guest rooms, 125 suites, and 195,000 square feet of event space. The property dates back to 1918 and has hosted a long list of U.S. Presidents, dignitaries and VIPs. Situated on 16 acres near the National Zoo, this hotel has extensive event space and an outdoor pool and sundeck.

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    926 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC (202) 638-5200. Constructed as the Tudor Hall Apartments in 1918, this historic address served as the home of notable Senators and Congressmen. In 1982, the property was converted into an upscale hotel and carefully restored to retain the original archways, stained-glass windows and 119 grinning gargoyles. Formal tea is served in the Wilkes Room each day. The hotel features 96 luxury guest rooms and suites, an award-winning restaurant and event space to accommodate 60 people.

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    1001 14th Street, NW Washington, DC (202) 682-0111. The historic 318-room hotel, built in 1921, is located one block from the McPherson Square Metro station, five blocks from the Washington Convention Center, five blocks from the White House and within walking distance to the National Mall. The Hamilton  features the 14K Restaurant, 7,000 square feet of meeting space, 24-hour valet parking and fitness center.

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    520 North Capitol Street NW Washington, DC (202) 638-6900. The Georgian Revival-style hotel, built in 1922, is the center of Irish hospitality in Washington and is popular with politicians, diplomats, business travelers and tourists. The guest rooms feature period decor and combine old world charm with modern amenities. The popular Dubliner Restaurant and Pub is a local institution. The hotel is located near the Capitol and Union Station. Meeting and special event space is available to accommodate up to 200.

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    1127 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, DC (202) 347-3000. The Mayflower Hotel opened in 1925 and has hosted every U.S. Presidential inaugural ball since Calvin Coolidge. FDR used the Mayflower as a retreat to work on his 1933 inaugural address, Harry Truman resided here for the first 90 days of his presidential term and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover ate lunch at the Mayflower nearly every day he was in town. The historic hotel has 583 rooms, 74 suites, 26 meeting rooms, 38,820 sq ft of total meeting space and two restaurants.

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    15 E St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (202) 347-4200. The eight-story structure, constructed in 1928 and formerly the Bellevue Hotel, reopened as the George in 1998 after a complete renovation that created a contemporary public space and 139 custom-designed guest rooms and suites. Located on Capitol Hill, the historic property is close to the U.S. Capitol, Senate and House office buildings, U.S. Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and Folger Shakespeare Library. It is a block from Union Station and a short stroll to The National Mall. The award-winning restaurant, Bistro Bis, offers a twist on modern French fare. The event space can accommodate small to medium sized groups.

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    2500 Calvert Street NW Washington, DC (202) 234-0700. The historic hotel sits on eleven acres adjoining Rock Creek Park and offers wonderful views of the park and the nearby National Cathedral. Since 1930, the hotel has hosted inaugural balls for every president from FDR to Bill Clinton. There are 836 guest rooms and suites, a resort-style pool and gardens, an elegant restaurant and four ballrooms.