The Willard Hotel has been a central gathering place for elegant dinners, meetings and gala social events for more than 150 years. The historic luxury hotel is a Washington institution that has hosted almost every U.S. president since Franklin Pierce in 1853. Politicians, heads of state, celebrities and other famous guests have frequented the hotel. The Willard Hotel is located in the heart of downtown, one block from the White House and within walking distance of the Smithsonian Museums, the National Theater and other major Washington attractions.

The Willard Hotel is impressive in style with a beautiful lobby featuring great columns, huge chandeliers, mosaic floors, elaborate carved ceilings, plush rugs and a spectacular staircase.

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Atishya Awasthi (7 months ago)
As one enters this famous hotel, the historic Beaux Arts architecture leaves one spellbound! The lobby is grand, but the rooms grander since the view on offer is simply stunning. The USP of the hotel is undoubtedly its location — the White House and The Mall are a stone’s throw away. Staff is amiable and room service is great. Will be back for more!
Gabriel Mellqvist (8 months ago)
Oh, I liked it! Usually this place is to pricey for me, but I found a good rate and went for it and liked it. Very classic, very classy. Big rooms with a superb bathroom. Friendly staff in reception, not cheap resto but good food. The round bar is superb and I hope it can reopen soon!
Jenifer John (8 months ago)
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Stephanie M (9 months ago)
The room was nice. I would recommend this for a short business trip.There were no bags in the trash which was a bit odd. The only in room amenities were a small bar fridge and a coffee machine so you couldn’t have anything stored in there for long as it wasn’t very cold and shallow, and you don’t have a microwave to heat things in. The room itself was clean and tidy but nothing special. It also seemed as though every guest was on the same floor, you could hear doors opening and closing all hours of the day.
Brett Bussart (10 months ago)
Gorgeous hotel. Lobby is beautifully decorated for Christmas. Attendants are helpful and attentive. Rooms are clean and large. Views are what you expect to see this close to the Mall. Cassandra at check in was great. She took an interest in why we were here. Made sure that all of our needs were met. She was warm, very classy, and professional. We are very happy with the service we have received so far.
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