United States Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Events Getaways All Washington, D.C. Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. Written by Rachel Cooper Facebook Twitter Linkedin Rachel Cooper is a travel writer who has lived in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 25 years. She is also the author of several books covering the capital and mid-Atlantic regions. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Rachel Cooper Updated 06/26/19 Share Pin Email © Willard InterContinental Washington The Willard Hotel—officially named Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C.—has been a central gathering place for elegant dinners, meetings, and gala social events for more than 200 years. This historic luxury hotel is a Washington institution that has hosted almost every U.S. president since Franklin Pierce in 1853, and politicians, heads of state, celebrities and other famous guests have also frequented the hotel throughout its history. It 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, D.C. 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 325 square-foot Deluxe Room to a 2,300 square-foot Thomas Jefferson Suite, and room rates range from $299 to $4,100 per night plus a steep hotel tax. Willard Hotel Features 335 rooms 41 suites two restaurants, a cafe, and a bar 24-hour concierge 22,000 square feet of conference and banquet facilities gift shop business center full spa and fitness facility valet parking history gallery Restaurants Café du Parc: An informal French bistro that offers afternoon tea daily Round Robin Bar: A classic bar in an elegant setting Le Bar: A cafe serving light breakfast and brunch snacks as well as fresh cocktails Conference and Banquet Facilities Pre-function area: 2,176 square feet Ballroom: 4,736 square feet Pierce Room: 1,984 square feet Crystal Room: 2,604 square feet Nest Lounge: 900 square feet 13 conference facilities: for up to 250 people Classroom style and banquet facilities: for up to 450 people History Gallery 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. Awards The 10 Best Hotels in Washington, D.C. by Condé Nast Traveler (2017 and 2018) TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellent (2017 and 2018) One of CNN's "9 Hotels that Go All-Out for Christmas" One of Five Star Alliance's "The Best Business Hotels in Washington, D.C." One of Travel + Leisure's "500 World’s Best Hotels" (2015) International Luxury Hotel Association' s North American Guest Experience Aware for Best Lobby (2015) U.S. News & World Report's Gold Badge Winner (2018 and 2019) LUX Hotel and Spa Award (2016) Booking.Com's Guest Review Award (2018) Address, Phone Number, and Website Address: 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004 (See a map) Phone Number: (800) 424-6835 Website: washington.intercontinental.com Compare Prices with All Washington DC Hotels Read More About Historic Hotels in Washington DC Read Traveler Reviews and Check Rates on TripAdvisor Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit The 7 Best Washington, D.C., Hotels of 2021 The Best Old Montreal Hotels of 2021 The 7 Best Luxury Montreal Hotels of 2021 The 8 Best Maryland Spa Hotels of 2021 The Best New York City Hotels The 6 Best Las Vegas Hotels for Couples in 2021 10 Must See Presidential Suites in Washington DC The Best Budget Hotels in San Francisco in 2021 The 8 Best Miami Beachfront Hotels of 2021 The Watergate Hotel in Washington DC These Are the 14 Most Luxurious Hotels in Abu Dhabi The 9 Best Washington, D.C. Hotels with Outdoor Pools in 2021 5 Best Washington, D.C. Hotels for the Holidays The 9 Best Boutique Hotels in Washington, D.C. in 2021 All History Buffs Should Visit These 25 DC Buildings 5 Romantic Ways to Celebrate Your Anniversary in Washington, D.C.