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There are plenty of ways to keep kids busy (and happy) during a stay at Willard InterContinental. Here are the best:
1. Proximity to the National Mall. There are iconic monuments, museums and must-see locations around every corner in Washington, D.C. — and your kids are close to it all at the Willard. The Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel is conveniently located just one block from the White House and the National Mall, where you can visit the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and...
2. The Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian and many of its (free) museums are also located nearby.
3. The comfort food on the room service menu. Back in your room, kids will love the selections from the comfort food section of the room service menu (served from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. from the all-day dining category). You’ll find comfort choices including macaroni and cheese ($6), breaded chicken fingers and fries ($8), a grilled cheese sandwich and fries ($8) and spaghetti and meatballs with marinara sauce ($10). There are also pizzas and other pastas on this menu, as well as a dessert that the little ones will love: a trio of freshly baked cookies. There are plenty of options for kids at breakfast, too: stuffed buttermilk pancakes, Belgian waffles, French toast, fresh fruit, yogurt and oatmeal.
4. Meals at Café du Parc. Similar dishes are available at this French bistro. The restaurant’s children’s menu gives kids a taste of grown-up options instead of sticking them with chicken fingers. Breakfast includes options like banana pancakes and Belgian waffles, and lunch and dinner include small steaks, fish, roast chicken and buttered pasta entrées. There’s fun stuff, too: a grilled Gruyère sandwich and hand-cut fries with ice cream or chocolate mousse for dessert.
5. The onsite history museum. Visit here after dinner or after lunch to escape the summer sun. Located just off Peacock Alley, this space explains the history of the Willard, including its reputation as “Residence of Presidents,” a name that hearkens back to when presidents-elect used the location near the White House as a transitional residence in the weeks prior to their inauguration. There are also small exhibits displaying Abraham Lincoln’s Willard hotel bill, articles on historical events that occurred in the hotel, memorabilia and past menus.
The five best amenities for children at the Willard include the children’s menu offered in Café du Parc, private dining, the History Gallery, and the proximity to local monuments and nearby museums.