Washington: 5 Places to Stay

Willard InterContinental

  • Print
  • Email
  • Share
  • Single Page

This opened-in-1816 hotel remains steeped in Washington history, even though the rooms where Lincoln lived, Coolidge governed, and Martin Luther King Jr. wrote have long since been renovated away. Today's Willard, a bit like the political world it esteems, is grand in public, bland in private: its majestic lobby dazzles with soaring Corinthian columns and a marble mosaic floor, while the 332 guest rooms, while spacious and comfortable, are comparatively spare. Café du Parc sells enticing French pastries to go — a great breakfast and a surprisingly great deal.

Insider Tip: The Willard is admirably green: low-energy lightbulbs, lit by wind-generated power, are standard, and the hotel composts food waste.

Room to Book: Suite 1212 (the Jenny Lind Suite) is all romance, with a white-draped wrought-iron bed tucked into a roof turret, and a double Jacuzzi looking out a giant porthole at the Washington Monument.

Connect to this TIME Story

Interact with
this story

  • Facebook
  • Digg
  • Linkedin

From our
partners


Get the Latest News from Time.com
Sign up to get the latest news and headlines delivered straight to your inbox.