An elegant and historic fixture in Washington, the Willard Hotel has been hosting dignitaries and the rich and famous for more than 150 years. The hotel is centrally situated to the degree that it may seem as if it is a government building itself, two blocks east of the White House. Its luxury accommodations range from $299 to $2500 per night, and it includes several restaurants, as well as the famed Round Robin Bar.
The hotel was opened in 1847 by brothers Henry and Edwin Willard, and has moved and undergone major renovations over its long lifetime, including its most recent incarnation in 1904 when it was named Washington's first skyscraper.
Many presidents have stayed here, including Taylor, Fillmore, Pierce, Buchanan, Lincoln, Grant, Taft, Wilson, Coolidge, and Harding. Indeed, the hotel guest list reads like a Who's Who, and includes Charles Dickens, Buffalo Bill, P.T. Barnum, and Mark Twain wrote two books there in the early 1900s.
- Metro Stop:
- Blueline, Orangeline or Redline to the Metro Center Station
- Location: 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC
- Phone: 202-628-9100
- Website: www.washington.intercontinental.com