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Historical Traveler Reviews The Hay-Adams Washington DC
On recent visit to D.C. I stayed at the Willard and the Hay-Adams. Stay at the Willard. My room a the H-A cost $50 more per night than my room at the Willard and the H-A room was much smaller than the rack room I had at the Willard. The H-A room and closet were so small my bags had to remain in sight in my room. Not a problem, but not something I expect at the price the H-A charges. My room was on the north side of the hotel near the top of the hotel, but each morning I was awakened about 6 a.m. to the sound of garbage being collected (windows not soundproof?). I asked to be moved and was told that was not possible although there was a west facing room (away from the garbage bin) on my floor that was available. The banquet served by the H-A was unremarkable except the H-A kitchen ran short of entrees. Stay at the Willard, spend the money you save on good meals at Oceanaire (close to the Willard) and enjoy both without the frustration of the H-A.
Fantastic, Friendly Service, and Beautiful Rooms
We loved this hotel! We had a very inexpensive internet rate and yet were treated like royalty. It is a very romantic and beautiful hotel in a pretty good location. We could walk to the Mall or Georgetown ( about 15 minutes each), but beware that on weekends everything shuts down in that area, and that there are a lot of harmless homeless people walking around. We traveled with our two year old daughter who was warmly welcomed despite the fact that this is mainly a very grown-up hotel. The rooms and beds were both beautiful and cosy. The breakfasts were great, and our waiter Victor is greatly missed by our daughter - we all miss this hotel's loving care!!! My husband's only complaint was that they didn't have a gym.
What a fantastic hotel!
Just returned from a week's stay with my son. Was so delighted with everything in the hotel, especially our room. Most times the photos of rooms end up to be the very most expensive room in the hotel and your standard room looks nothing like it. This is the only hotel we have stayed in where the pictures on the web were exactly what the room looked like. The room, a standard, was incredibly beautiful! The hotel was like a small palace. What gracious service and surroundings! What a great location! Highly recommend this hotel.
We stayed here in March 2004 and absolutely loved it. Although we were in D.C. to visit all of the sites, it was difficult for us to leave our room. The staff were friendly and accessible. The room-service was excellent. And, although we didn't use it, the idea that 24-hour room service was available made us comfortable given that most of the downtown restaurant locations (excluding fine dining) closed at 6:00 p.m.
Fawning service soothes the soul
If you enjoy being greeted every time you get off the elevator, like having not one but two people on hand to open the front door as you leave or arrive, and expect not only a chocolate mint but the remote to be placed close to hand when you're ready for bed then you will feel right at home at the Hay-Adams. To maintain the sense that you are a pampered guest and not a walking expense account, avoid looking at the myriad notices in your room reminding you that if you take the robe, the umbrella, or the hangers they'll be charged to your room, that ice is available from room service at a price which does not include 10% DC sales tax and a mandatory 28% gratuity, that anything removed from the minibar will be deemed sold,etc. Just enjoy the tasteful luxury of your room and the fawning attention of the staff. You deserve it.
What a hotel! Luxury galore. This is one of those rare gems each city seems to have. The entrance reminds one of old Europe - elegent, clean and refined. This isn't one of your "vacation" hotspots - this is a hotel for the powerbrokers of the world. For a old fellow from the great state of Wisconsin, it sure felt good being treated like royalty.
The rooms are extraordinarly clean and the staff distinguished and thoughtful. The "Off the Record" Pub reminded me of my younger days in Paris. This is the first recommondation I've written in years - so you know I must have been impressed.
This hotel was so beautiful and the people were incredibly friendly.
The room was very comfortable and nicely decorated. I also liked the convenience of how close the monuments were. I would recommend this hotel to stay at for anyone I know. The Off The Record Bar at the hotel is a cozy place to get a drink or something to eat. There isn't enough good things I could think to say of the Hay Adams
From the moment we pulled into the Hay Adams, we were greeted with first-class service. The staff members were extremely polite and accomodating. Our room had a wonderful view of St. John's Church and was decorated exquisitely with light green French toile. The bedding was so luxurious that we felt like royalty. We also had cocktails and a late dessert in the Off the Record bar in the basement of the Hay Adams which we found to have a great drink selection and atmosphere. The Hay Adams may be a little pricey, but this luxurious experience was worth every cent.
What a great hotel. Ive been visiting Washing D.C. quite a bit over the past few years, and have stayed at almost a dozen different hotelsI have to say that the Hay Adams is my personal favorite.Excellent location, very attentive staff and great service. The Lafayette Room restaurant is excellent (didnt have a chance to try their downstairs lounge though), and their room and breakfast packages make life easy.Ive seen some reviews that complain about the views from some of the roomsbut what do you expect, its a hotel in a city full of other buildings, and all 4 sides cant face the White House. My room didnt have a view (unless you consider the office building next door a view), but who caresthe room was beautiful and the location cant be beat.Ive finally found my permanent hotel in Washington. I just cant recommend it highly enough.
Understated elegance/ great location
Such a lovely old hotel that has been refurbished in the ultimate good taste. The lobby is beautiful with richly detailed wood paneling with gilt bronze accents.
Desk staff suggested we upgrade for a better view-- of historic yellow church across street instead of blank wall.
For the $30 per night extra, you get to watch the well-established homeless group sleeping on the front steps of the church. Guiliani is definitely not running this city. But it didn't bother us, but would some.
This hotel is also on the corner across from Lafayette Park which is across from the back side of The White House. The concierge suggested we walk through the park, past the White HOuse, to our dinner reservation. This is definitely not something you would have done 20 years ago! Or maybe the unfortuntate happenings of 9/11 are to thank for the additional safety.
Our room was spacious and plush, decorated in a soft green and ivory toile. THe bathroom was small, but lovely and efficient. Like some of The Ritz Carlton older properties.
We had breakfast in the elegant and sunny dining room in the morning. Food and service were excellent. Pricey, as you might expect. But served on some of the loveliest china! If you have kids and want to save on breakfast, you can walk down the street to some other larger chain hotels.
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So, our journey begins! We drove down to DC and hit some traffic but still made good time. Thankfully we got to park at Dosha's and then head into the city. We got into the hotel and met some of the Nat Geo staff and got all settled in our room. We headed out to get lunch at Pret a Manger which was very yummy! Mom and I realized there was no time …
It takes a flow chart to explain how kids advance or are disqualified from the National Spelling Bee. We remember spelling bees as kids spelling until they misspell a word or drop from exhaustion. Remember when the other kid misspelled a word you considered easy, and all you had to do was to spell that word correctly, and then spell your own, unknown, word correctly to win? Those days are long gone at this level.
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We had dinner back at the house and chilled for the evening. We all eventually attacked the cupcakes, which were just as delicious as I hoped they'd be. I had a red velvet cupcake, my favorite. You gotta be south of the Mason-Dixon line to get a good red velvet cupcake. This one did not disappoint. We ended the night by watching the Last Man on Earth, and we will probably do some more "trip homework" for our California trip. Owen will be thrilled!
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It was crazy to arrive in New York (at midnight) and see snow on the ground. We certainly hadn't experienced cold till we arrived here! The next day we picked up our rental, dumped a suitcase each in storage and headed south. First stop Delaware, the land of no sales tax. Here we pimped our ride. Unsure how big a mattress we could buy, Alex bought some wool to take the dimensions, we then measured this, using a ...
... new at Dulles (Washington) Airport. Not like LAX, I was a little concerned about our kids sleeping on the floor!
For those of you wondering Aaron still has his rash! It seems to come and go but was pretty bad again tonight so I will have to keep an eye on him. The heat and humidity might not help his cause tomorrow although it is only 70 tomorrow so that's not hot (21 c).
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