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 It's a "must stay at" hotel

Jul 10, 2020 OilManMike Wellington, Florida

It's proximity is 2nd to none. And the staff are wonderful. If you need something to purchase, there are shops nearby. If you want high-end dining or a great casual atmosphere, you have great restaurants nearby. How can you go wrong?
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Unforgettable

Jul 7, 2020 ChiefOso33

Excellent Staff!! Location, facility, amenities are all great, but the staff is TOP NOTCH!! They made the experience feel as if we were the most important guests in the hotel, and the room 'Jenny Lind Suites was jaw dropping. A priceless view of the Washington Monument and Capital Building from different parts of the suite. The domed sleeping… Read more
Excellent Staff!! Location, facility, amenities are all great, but the staff is TOP NOTCH!! They made the experience feel as if we were the most important guests in the hotel, and the room 'Jenny Lind Suites was jaw dropping. A priceless view of the Washington Monument and Capital Building from different parts of the suite. The domed sleeping area and canopy bed were so romantic. Don't second guess. BOOK NOW! Worth the price. We only were able to stay for one night because of the cost, but it was worth every penny. Best 4th of July ever!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great experience in spite of obstacles

Jul 6, 2020 596granta

We stayed at the Willard 4th of July weekend. DC is in limited reopening due to Covid impacts. We were disappointed to not be able to try the RoundRobin bar, but completely understandable due to circumstances. All of staff were very polite and attentive. Would certainly stay there again.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Will(ard) stay again!!!

Jul 3, 2020 Sagiventurer

The best description that comes to mind is "the crown jewel of DC". I was honored to stay at such a regal hotel with such historical significance. The service and location set the standard for all hotels in city. When guests walk out the front door, the nation's home and most famous address in the U.S, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is a couple of… Read more
The best description that comes to mind is "the crown jewel of DC". I was honored to stay at such a regal hotel with such historical significance. The service and location set the standard for all hotels in city. When guests walk out the front door, the nation's home and most famous address in the U.S, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, is a couple of blocks to the right. A few blocks north and you are at the newest member of the Smithsonian family, the National African American Museum of History and Culture. The neighborhood the hotel is located in is surrounded by quaint restaurants. I was so excited about my visit to the African American museum but only had a ticket for 1 day and was advised 2 days is needed to fully enjoy the experience. When I asked the concierge for directions, the gentleman asked if I had a ticket. I explained that I had 1 day but was unsuccessful in getting 2 during my short stay. He kindly opened his desk drawer to reveal another ticket for the next day. Apparently the museum gives the hotel a limited amount of tickets daily. Talk about customer satisfaction!!! If I had such luck getting White House tour tickets......Oh yes! The service is just as impressive as the fine furnishings, high art filled lobby ceiling (the lobby Dr. Martin Luther King penned his "I Have a Dream" speech before the March on Washington), and the beautiful exterior architecture. The daily complimentary Washington Post in the lobby was a nice touch as well. I was proud as a peacock to stay at the Willard Intercontinental. Like the ladies who pranced and strutted like peacocks down the hotel's Peacock Alley (and yes, I did the royal peacock royal strut like the ladies before me). I will return to the Willard for my next visit to Washington, DC. Are there any other hotels in DC? Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing anniversary weekend

Jul 2, 2020 susanaalb1711

I surprised my wife with a stay at the Willard for our first wedding anniversary. We were greeted by Vanessa Perez who was just amazing to us. I had told them that it was our anniversary and they promised to make it extra special, and they did! Not only is the hotel gorgeous, regal and full of history, but once there we went into our suite and we… Read more
I surprised my wife with a stay at the Willard for our first wedding anniversary. We were greeted by Vanessa Perez who was just amazing to us. I had told them that it was our anniversary and they promised to make it extra special, and they did! Not only is the hotel gorgeous, regal and full of history, but once there we went into our suite and we had a special treat waiting for us. Rose petals all over the living room coffee table, champagne bottle in an ice bucket and macaroons special made by the hotel's Chef that reminded me of the ones from Ladurée in Paris. The room was gorgeous with a view to the Washington Monument. Did I say room? It was more like an apartment - two bathrooms, bedroom and living room. Rose petals on the bed and tub. I couldn't have imagined a better anniversary celebration than the one at the Willard. They made sure we stayed safe and left us individually packed face mask and gloves. We had brunch at the Café du Parc which is always delicious. I can honestly say that staying at the Willard truly exceeded our expectations. They made sure that our weekend was extra special, especially during the pandemic and for that we will be forever grateful. Read less