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These words describe the style of the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Willard InterContinental in Washington, D.C.:
1. Historic. The Willard has been dubbed the “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. Historic detail dots the design throughout the hotel, from Lincoln and Coolidge artifacts in its onsite museum to photos of patrons including Walt Whitman and Buffalo Bill Cody in the Round Robin & Scotch Bar, which sits on the same location as the original Willard bar, where Thomas Jefferson once sipped a drink.
2. French. The D.C. hotel’s Second French Empire Beaux-Arts style features ornate sculptural decorations, arches and a raised first story, like the expansive, cavernous lobby at the Willard. The high, gilded ceiling is impressive, dotted with the seals of the lower 48 states of the union (Alaska and Hawaii, which became states after this space was created, can be seen in the nearby Peacock Alley hallway). Ask the concierge for a map of the seals to find your home state.
3. Spacious. Spaciousness extends to the bedrooms at the Willard, where you’ll have plenty of room to stretch out or work.
4. Traditional. The furnishings in the luxury hotel’s guest rooms are traditional in design. In fact, if you were going to shoot a movie scene set in a Washington hotel room, you’d probably choose the Willard. Chairs and beds are traditionally styled with striped wallpaper, luxe draperies and gilded accents.
5. Grand. The rest of the D.C. hotel features ornate details and materials. Peacock Alley, the long hallway just off the lobby, is outfitted in rich burgundy carpet, marble tables and yellow gold fixtures. These glinting details are also on display in the 3,120-square-foot Willard Room, a banquet space decked out in dark wood and splayed with marble columns, golden chandeliers and soft lighting.
Willard InterContinental is French Beaux-Arts with luxurious, traditional décor boasting the most modern amenities but with a historic twist.