The Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, officially named The Willard Intercontinental Washington, has been a central gathering place for elegant dinners, meetings and gala social events for more than 150 years. The historic luxury hotel is a Washington institution that has hosted almost every U.S. president since Franklin Pierce in 1853. Politicians, heads of state, celebrities and other famous guests have frequented the hotel.
The Willard Hotel is located in the heart of downtown, one block from the White House and within walking distance of the Smithsonian Museums, the National Theater and other major Washington, DC attractions.
The Willard Hotel is impressive in style with a beautiful lobby featuring great columns, huge chandeliers, mosaic floors, elaborate carved ceilings, plush rugs and a spectacular staircase. Guest rooms range from a 425 sq. ft. Superior Room to a 2,300 sq. ft. Presidential Suite. Room rates range from $299 to $4,100.00 per night plus 14.5% hotel tax.
Willard Hotel Features
- 332 rooms
- 40 suites
- two restaurants and a bar
- 24- hour concierge
- 22,895 square feet of conference and banquet facilities
- gift shop
- business center
- full spa and fitness facility
- valet parking
- history gallery
Café du Parc – informal French bistro
Round Robin Bar
Conference and Banquet Facilities
- 2,176 Pre-function area
- 4,736 sq. ft. Ballroom
- 1,984 sq. ft. Pierce Room
- 2,604 sq. ft. Crystal Room
- 900 sq. ft. Nest Lounge
- 13 additional conference facilities for up to 250 people, classroom style and banquet facilities for up to 450 people.
The historic legacy of the Willard Hotel is illustrated in a comprehensive history gallery which includes a display of over 100 photos and historic anecdotes.
The gallery is comprised of five thematic panels, The Early Years, Political History, Presidential History, Cultural Events and Restoration, plus a timeline highlighting key events in the hotel’s and the nation’s history.
Interesting Historical Facts
At the Willard...
- Julia Ward Howe wrote The Battle Hymn of the Republic.
- Lincoln and his family lived at the Willard for a month before moving into the White House.
- President Ulysses S. Grant coined the term Lobbyist (Grant had a fondness for the Willard lobby and people would approach him there to discuss individual causes)
- Dr. Martin Luther King finished his renowned I Have A Dream speech.
1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004
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AAA 4 Diamond, Condé Nast Traveler 2006/7 Gold List, 2006 Travel + Leisure - World’s Best Award and 2006/7 Top 500 Hotels in the World, Institutional Investor. “Best Urban Hotel,” 2006 Executive Traveler. “Best Venue,” 2006 International Special Events Society, “Best Bathroom,” 2006 Executive Traveler, 2006 U.S Senate Productivity and Quality Award, 2007 ISES Award for “Best Cuisine”