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Fodor's Expert Review The Hay-Adams

800 16th St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20006, USA, Washington, DC 20006, United States See on Map Fodor's Choice

This romantic, Italian Renaissance grande-dame on Lafayette Square, often rated as one of the world’s finest hotels, has welcomed presidents and other distinguished guests since 1928 (Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, and Sinclair Lewis among them). Though it looks and feels like a private historic home, the Hay-Adams is thoroughly modern, including Bose Soundlink Bluetooth systems and digitally-controlled heating and air-conditioning in all guest rooms. Some rooms have balconies overlooking the White House.

room

The neutral-colored rooms feel elegant and calming, with bright, multicolored Etro fabrics, colonial decorations, molded ceilings, toile fabrics, and fireplaces. The beds, with goose down duvets and pillows and Italian bed linens, define the epitome of comfort. The nightly turndown service with a fresh bottle of water is a nice touch.

Request a room with a view of the White House.

bathroom

Gleaming marble bathrooms pamper with exclusive Asprey toiletries. The gleaming brass hardware and plush towels add elegance.

lobby

Rich wood paneling and marble floors with period décor give a sense of grandeur. Special touches include fresh-cut flowers and complimentary hot chocolate and cider served every winter afternoon.

The hotel hosted a prestigious salon in the late 19th century, and the tradition continues with its esteemed author series.

gym

The fitness center has the basics: treadmill, elliptical, recumbent bike, plus weights.

YOU SHOULD KNOW For fitness buffs, the gym is small.

dining

The Lafayette Room, noted for its impeccable service and White House views, is especially popular among the power elite; the menu features upscale contemporary American cuisine.

drinking

Off the Record in the basement is a classic DC bar, filled with the post-work crowd (some whose faces you may recognize from the news).

LOCATION

Getting Around

The Hay-Adams is located across the street from Lafayette Park and the White House, with DC's major monuments and museums within walking distance. Your best bet for public transportation is the Metro, with the McPherson Square metro station just two blocks away.

Restaurants

Joe’s Seafood Prime Steak and Stone Crab (4-minute walk) features a menu of steaks, seafood, and the legendary dishes of Joe’s Stone Crab, a Miami-based restaurant founded a century ago. Bombay Club (3-minute walk) is home to sophisticated Indian cuisine in an old-world setting, complete with live piano.

Bars

Le Bar (3-minute walk) is where masterful mixologists create innovative cocktails for DC’s power elite. Old Ebbitt Grill (7-minute walk) is a DC tradition since 1856, full of historic charm; Teddy Roosevelt allegedly bagged some of the animal heads over the Main Bar.

WHY WE LIKE IT

The Hay-Adams remains a timeless destination, full of history and opulence and gracious hospitality, yet completely modern. It’s regal enough for political bigwigs, but exceedingly down-to-earth and friendly for families and visitors passing through town. The White House views are hands-down the best views of any Washington hotel.

QUICK FACTS

Historical, Pet Friendly, Service, Views
124 rooms, 21 suites
Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar Yes
Room Service Yes
$$$$
Gym
Complimentary
Valet Parking
Yes

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 202-638–6600;800-424–5054

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