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
- 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
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.
- 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
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