Historic elegance on D.C.'s famed street

335 Rooms / 41 Suites

Ideally positioned just blocks from the White House, the iconic Willard InterContinental hotel has been a center of the Washington, D.C., social and political scene since it opened in 1818. The Willard is as known for its historic moments — it’s the hotel where Martin Luther King Jr. famously finished his “I Have a Dream” speech — as it is for its well-loved Round Robin bar or lavish Peacock Alley, where high tea is served daily.

Visit for the unique blend of location, historic charm and high-touch service, as well as the glamorous spaces that take you back to the gilded age of travel. 

The Rooms

The 335 rooms at Willard InterContinental are decorated in grand yet traditional style. Oversized by D.C. hotel standards, rooms start at a spacious 425 square feet, and most offer prime views, either of Pennsylvania Avenue, the White House, or downtown Washington, D.C.

Feel like a VIP in one of seven named suites, where you’ll find spacious separate dining areas, offices and lavish living rooms made for entertaining or hosting business meetings. Our favorite? The Jenny Lind Suite, a popular space with brides. This bilevel suite boasts a massive four-poster bed and a deep soaking tub overlooking the Washington Monument.

The History

Since its opening, the property has been a popular choice for politicians and celebrities alike, hosting almost every president since Franklin Pierce (in 1853), along with notables like Charles Dickens, Buffalo Bill, Martin Luther King Jr. and more. Don’t miss a stop by the history gallery, located just off the lobby. Inside, you’ll find photos, newspaper clippings and artifacts from the nearly 200 years the luxury hotel has been in business.

The Spa

The hotel’s outpost of Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa is one of the best in the city. An intimate haven boasting just four treatment rooms, you can indulge in pampering signature Red Door treatments (we love the Signature Stress Melter Ritual, which combines a body wrap with a pampering massage) and then relax in the sauna and steam rooms or on the hotel’s roomy outdoor terrace.

Want to get in a little fitness? The hotel also offers a newly renovated fitness center stocked with the latest TechnoGym equipment.

The Food and Drink

A meal at the Willard should always begin with drinks in Round Robin. Order a scotch or classic cocktail and cozy up to the dark wood paneled bar, where you can peer into the grand lobby and watch guests conduct important D.C. business — it’s long been rumored that the term (or at least the concept) of “lobbying” was coined at the hotel, thanks to Ulysses S. Grant, who often held his meetings at the property.

Another favorite spot is Peacock Alley, the grand, gilded central hall of the hotel, where you can perch on cozy velvet settees and indulge in traditional high tea. This is particularly popular during spring cherry blossom season, when the hotel offers a special, Japanese-influenced service.

For full dining, Café du Parc, with its classic bistro-inspired fare, is a popular destination, particularly in the warmer months when you can sit outside on the patio.

The Location

Positioned at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, the Willard remains a popular choice for business and leisure travelers due to its ideal location, just blocks from the White House, the National Mall, multiple Metro stations and more. Located in the downtown core, the hotel offers a taste of quintessential Washington no matter the occasion of a visit.

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