For over 150 years, The Willard InterContinental Washington has been one of DC’s most prominent and important places to eat, drink and stay. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue just blocks from the White House, the Willard is listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, and is one of Washington’s premier hotel properties.
The Willard is both historical and, it would seem, inspirational. While residing at the hotel, Martin Luther King finished his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. Mark Twain wrote two books while staying at the Willard in the early 20th century. It has seen some of the world’s most important politicians pass through its doors — in fact, the story goes that the term “lobbying” was born in the foyer of the Willard by none other than Ulysses S. Grant.
This is to say nothing of the Willard’s second-to-none on-site amenities. The Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa is one of the city’s most indulgent places to unwind and be pampered. Just off the lobby, the Round Robin & Scotch Bar has been a hot spot for city’s VIPs since the mid-19th century.
The Willard is incredibly well preserved throughout the elegant rooms, stately dining rooms, and intimate food and drink areas. On the exterior, the Beaux-Arts styling is immediately eye-catching; inside, pristine marble, grand chandeliers and period furniture transports guests back in time.