InterContinental The Willard Washington D.C.

Washington DC, USA

The hotel

Nicknamed ‘The Residence of Presidents’, the name-dropping guestbook at this historic hotel backs-up its status as a DC ‘des res’. Some of that kudos is down to its address – on Pennsylvania Avenue, this district’s other notable residences include The White House, just one block away. Inside, The Willard InterContinental spills secrets of its 200 year history in its high-drama décor, from the uber-grand lobby to the regal ‘Peacock Alley’ (the ideal spot for afternoon tea). It may be perfectly positioned for sightseeing and restaurant-hopping, but they’ve also added time-wasting treats like a sumptuous spa and tempting dining and drinking spaces like their French-inspired brasserie, Café du Parc.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Families
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Close to City Centre
  • Restaurant

Where is it

In downtown Washington D.C, a short walk from The White House and other iconic monuments, memorials and museums on the National Mall. Transfer time from Washington International Airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

All rooms have air-conditioning, safe, bathrobes, complimentary newspaper, Illy coffee/tea maker, mini-bar*, TV, iHome radio, iron and board and hairdryer. Standard Rooms have 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Deluxe Rooms have views of the city or courtyard, and 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Superior King Rooms have 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Executive Suites are larger suites with spacious bedroom, separate living area and dining table for up to 4 people. The master bedroom has 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Cafe du Parc (French brasserie, open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner). Round Robin Bar. Peacock Alley (serving afternoon tea). Le Bar (pastries and hot beverages). Room service*. Fitness centre. Spa*. Kids' concierge programme including in-room amenities, in-room dessert amenity, library offering a book to borrow for duration of stay, board games and toys to borrow, and family-friendly history tours of The Willard on Saturdays (subject to availability. Complimentary car service within a 3-mile radius. Valet-parking CA$55 plus tax, per day (payable locally, subject to change). Complimentary WiFi.

*Denotes local charge.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Anniversary Celebration

Mar 28, 2020 Odyssey745192

Once again, we checked into the Willard in DC to celebrate our anniversary (29th this year) Unfortunately, as we arrived, we found out that the Kennedy Center and other theater performances for which we had tickets were canceled due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Also, the Smithsonian closed all their museums so that put the kibosh on most of our… Read more
Once again, we checked into the Willard in DC to celebrate our anniversary (29th this year) Unfortunately, as we arrived, we found out that the Kennedy Center and other theater performances for which we had tickets were canceled due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Also, the Smithsonian closed all their museums so that put the kibosh on most of our plans. Still the weather was pretty good and we did have dinner reservations at 4 restaurants, which we had confirmed so we decided to go ahead with our trip. We took a couple of walks to the National Mall and twice around the White House and got to admire the cherry blossoms, not quite at their peak but still lovely. We had two great dinners one at Old Ebbits Grill and the other at Del Mar but then the others were canceled. We had a pretty nice room service dinner for our anniversary and then decided to cut our visit short and go self-quarantine at home. The staff at the Willard was as charming and attentive as ever but the hotel was pretty deserted. We hope for a better outcome for next year and our 30th anniversary. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Perfect place to explore D.C. from!

Mar 23, 2020 lbthib0d League City, Texas

The Willard is the perfect place to establish a home base to explore Washington D.C. Beautiful hotel both inside and out. Staff was extremely attentive and courteous. We would highly recommend this hotel to anyone visiting D.C.!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Lovely Grand Hotel. Excellent Choice in Downtown DC

Mar 22, 2020 travelwiththebest Atlanta, Georgia

Family trip to DC to see a show at the Warner Theatre. The Willard is a classic, stately, iconic gem in the middle of Downtown. Block or two from the White House, easy walk to the Smithsonian Museums, and surrounded by food options to please everyone. Hotel Lobby is great for photos, always bustling with guests, tourists, and locals. Staff is… Read more
Family trip to DC to see a show at the Warner Theatre. The Willard is a classic, stately, iconic gem in the middle of Downtown. Block or two from the White House, easy walk to the Smithsonian Museums, and surrounded by food options to please everyone. Hotel Lobby is great for photos, always bustling with guests, tourists, and locals. Staff is first-class. Rooms are current. They've been updated within recent years. Tasteful, large rooms, with exceptionally well done bathrooms. Our room on the 8th floor was large, with an entry hallway, wet bar, fridge, separate couch seating area, and two double beds. Seemed like a mini suite. The Round Robin bar is cool to visit in the Lobby. The Occidental Restaurant is adjacent and is a nice place for a formal dinner, as is Old Ebbitt Grill, a block over. The Willard's main restaurant, Cafe Du Parc, was underwhelming. It was OK, but not up to par with the rest of the hotel. If traveling from April - October, I think the outdoor patio at Cafe Du Parc would completely change the view of the restaurant. Huge patio, looks great in pictures, and I'm sure it improves the ambiance. For our visit in January, I think there were other restaurants we enjoyed more than Cafe Du Parc. Also, years ago, The Willard Room was the hotel's main fine-dining restaurant. It was exceptional for special occasions. The room has been re-purposed, it's now a banquet room. DC obviously has many lodging choices. If the Willard is on your radar, I can't think of many other options that would provide the same iconic experience. Rooms are nice at the St. Regis, Sofitel, Trump, etc., but in terms of staying at the Grand Dame of DC in the middle of everything, I think the Willard is the top choice. Another item worth mentioning if traveling with families...there are hundreds of Food Delivery options within blocks of the hotel that will deliver food to the hotel quickly. For us, it was much easier to order quick food and have it delivered to keep us on schedule during the trip. Before the prevalence of all the delivery apps, I suppose you could walk to a neighborhood deli for a quick snack in between meals. Now days it's super easy and restaurant selections who delivered was overwhelmingly great. Read less
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Mar 21, 2020 susannafaruque

I was here on a business trip. From the moment I stepped out of my Uber I was immediately greeted with the hotel staff. I stood under the heated awning while the staff quickly took my luggage and brought it in to the lobby. If you want classic DC you want to stay here. They have the 2nd oldest bar in DC and the best tea service. I loved my stay… Read more
I was here on a business trip. From the moment I stepped out of my Uber I was immediately greeted with the hotel staff. I stood under the heated awning while the staff quickly took my luggage and brought it in to the lobby. If you want classic DC you want to stay here. They have the 2nd oldest bar in DC and the best tea service. I loved my stay here. Every morning as I stepped out I saw the view of the capital. Not to mention I am walking distance to all the sites including walking to the African American museum. Because I was there for work I needed to up early and really depended on my expresso. My room had a professional expresso machine that WORKED! I had previously stayed at 1 hotel and the nepresso machine did not work! They have complimentary water and cleaned up my room along with my things every night. They even left a chocolate on my pillow. Not too many hotels offer this service anymore so I was happy to still see it. Lastly they offer a house car in the morning. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful place!

Mar 16, 2020 carrie699

Even during the Corona Virus outbreak, our family pushed onward to DC the eve of the meltdown Friday the 13th 2020. . The Willard took on the challenge and had Purel Hand Sanitizers installed at all points. They reduced staff accordingly, but continued to provide us excellent service & meals in a low stress environment. I would stay there… Read more
Even during the Corona Virus outbreak, our family pushed onward to DC the eve of the meltdown Friday the 13th 2020. . The Willard took on the challenge and had Purel Hand Sanitizers installed at all points. They reduced staff accordingly, but continued to provide us excellent service & meals in a low stress environment. I would stay there again in a minute. Read less