An elegant walk through D.C.'s past

124 Rooms / 21 Suites

Once part of the White House grounds, Lafayette Square contains a number of important, historic buildings, including the White House, the Old Executive Office Building, and, of course, The Hay-Adams — named for John Milton Hay, Abraham Lincoln’s private assistant and secretary of state, and Henry Brooks Adams, author and descendent of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. This hotel has hosted a number of the nation’s presidents, along with many other important figures, such as Amelia Earhart and Sinclair Lewis. The guest rooms have a regal vibe with ornamental ceilings, fireplaces, European linens, marble bathrooms and some have balconies with views of the White House or Lafayette Square Park. One of the best spots in the hotel is the luxurious rooftop terrace. Its panoramic views of the city, monuments and Capitol make it an excellent choice for private parties and events.