The Willard Hotel is not only a historic landmark that has played host to every U.S. President since Franklin Pierce, it is also a luxury hotel that sets in the heart of Penn Quarter. Nathanial Hawthorne rightly said that, "the Willard Hotel more justly could be called the center of Washington than either the Capitol or the White House or the State Department." And with all the galas, luncheons, and high profile people who have stayed under its roof, Hawthorne’s words continue to ring true.
Luxury Hotel Review
Located one block from the White House and within walking distance to the Smithsonian Museums, the National Theater, and many other sites of interest, the Willard is an ideal location for both the leisure and business traveler.
Recently renovated, the hotel’s interior is rich with wonderful mosaics, carved ceilings, marble columns, and crystal chandeliers. Its 332 guest rooms and 40 suites boast equally decadent decorum yet comfortable and modern appeal.
There are two restaurants in the hotel and cocktail aficionados will be intrigued when they learn that the first mint julep is rumored to have been mixed by none other then Henry Clay at the hotel’s Round Robin Bar.
This is a luxury hotel so rooms are expensive, but don’t be afraid to ask about off-season packages—you may get lucky.
- Address: 1402 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20004
- Phone: 800-827-1747, 202-628-9100
- Fax: 202-637-7326
- Metro: Metro Center
- Parking: $28 a day
- Website: www.washington.interconti.com
- Credit Cards: AE, DC, DISC, MC, V
- In-room Amenities: A/C, TV, 2-line phone w/dataport, minibar, hair dryer, iron, safe, robes, CD player, wireless Internet access for $9.95 per day
Business Facilities include:
- 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.
- Famous guests have included Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Julia Ward Howe, Martin Luther King Gloria Swanson and Mae West.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. finished writing his I have a Dream Speech at the Willard.
- Julia Ward Howe wrote her Battle Hymn of the Republic while staying at the hotel.