Hay Adams Washington D C

Washington DC, DC and The South, United States of America

At a Glance

  • Located a stone’s throw from Lafayette Park, you can’t get much closer to the White House than this

  • Originally opened in the 1920’s, the Hay Adams oozes timeless elegance and traditional hospitality of a bygone era

  • Upgrade to the White House Junior Suite for unobstructed views of the White House and city beyond

  • Step down into the plush velvet seating in “off the Record”, known locally as the downtown bar to be seen and not heard

  • Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast feast at Lafayette Restaurant, a perfect place to set you up for a day of exploring the city

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The city's peak seasons generally coincide with two activities: the sessions of Congress and springtime- starting with the appearance of the cherry blossoms along the Potomac.

Specifically, from about the second week in September until Thanksgiving, and again from about mid-January to June (when Congress is "in"), hotels are full with guests whose business takes them to Capitol Hill or to conferences. And mid-March through June traditionally is the most frenzied season, when families and school groups descend upon the city to see the cherry blossoms and enjoy Washington's sensational spring. Hotel rooms are at a premium and airfares tend to be higher. This is also a popular season for protest marches.

If crowds are a turn off, consider visiting Washington at the end of August/early September, when Congress is still "out" and families return home to get their children back to school, or between Thanksgiving and mid-January, when Congress leaves again and many people are ensconced in their own vacation-at-home celebrations. Hotel rates are cheapest at this time, too, and many hotels offer attractive packages.

If you're thinking of visiting in July and August, be forewarned: The weather is very hot and humid. Despite the heat, Independence Day (July 4th) in the capital is a spectacular celebration. Summer is also the season for outdoor concerts, festivals, parades, and other events.

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Insider's View

Barack and Michelle Obama stayed here in the Presidential suite for ten days before they first moved into the White House!

You may see the President and family visiting St John's Church on a Sunday morning from your bedroom.

The White House View Junior Suite offers one if the best views in the house

Travel in Winter and the Lafayette Park View rooms may also give you glimpses of the White House as the trees are bare

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With a tagline that boasts that "nothing is overlooked except the White House", the Hay Adams certainly is proud of its service and its impressive address. With elegant rooms and suites, fine dining and impeccable service it is a beautiful hotel.

This luxurious hotel has one of the best addresses in Washington DC, overlooking the White House, Lafayette Square and just moments away from many of the city's national monuments and museums. Built in the 1920's, many of the original features have been retained including the grand lobby. The staff at the Hay Adams pride themselves on exceeding expectations, offering high levels of service, fine dining and a superb concierge service to help you make the most out of your time in the city.

There are 145 rooms and suites, some overlooking parkland, others overlooking national monuments, and rooms on the upper floor enjoy views of the White House itself. All of the rooms are stylishly appointed, with a mix of classic and modern furnishings. All have air conditioning, Bose sound systems, flat screen TV, complimentary WiFi and en-suite marble bathrooms. Some have balconies, fireplaces, or original moulded ceilings. The Obamas stayed in the Presidential suite here for ten days before they moved into the White House.

Dining is very much a highlight here, with a beautiful fine dining restaurant, The Lafayette serving contemporary American cuisine overlooking Lafayette Square. The hotel's bar, Off the Record, is a great place to relax and enjoy some cocktails and live music in the evenings, too and has been voted as one of the world's best hotel bars.

The main sights of the city are all easily accessed on foot from here, and there are bikes to borrow (along with helmets and locks) if you prefer to explore on two wheels. Children are well catered for here, with staff on hand to provide tips on family fun activities such as the Spy Museum and some rooms with sofa beds or interconnecting doors.

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The superior rooms are the entry level rooms, but are beautifully appointed. The executive studios are larger and have courtyard facing views, with a small sitting area. The St John's church view rooms overlook the namesake church which the President and family attend for a Sunday service. The Lafayette park view rooms are on the lower floors and enjoy leafy views through the park and have a king bed or two doubles. The White House view rooms are on the top floor and enjoy superb views over the city and monuments.

There are 21 suites, which fall into several categories. The Lafayete Park view junior suites enjoy lovely park views and wintertime White House views, and are really spacious, with a king bed and sitting area. The White House view junior suites are on the top floor and enjoy unobstructed year-round views of the presidential residence, with a king bed and sitting area. The St John's Church view suites have a master bedroom, oversize bathroom and separate living room. The Lafayette Park view suites have a master bedroom, separate living room with a large dining table and two bathrooms. The Presidential suite is in the penthouse and can be reserved with one or two bedrooms, and includes a separate living area with dining table and two bathrooms. The master bedroom overlooks the White House. Finally the Federal Suite has one or two bedrooms, a separate living room and two bathrooms, and French doors onto a balcony overlooking the White House.


There is a fitness center at the hotel open from 5am until 10pm daily with state of the art equipment and showers. There is also a 24 hour business center with computers, printer and fax machine. Valet parking is available at a daily rate. 24 hour room service is also available.


The superb concierge will help you arrange any activities in and around the city and make recommendations for your visit. There are complimentary adult's bikes to borrow to explore, running routes for keen joggers and a list of restaurant recommendations as long as your arm! For shopping, the new CityCenter at 10th and H Street has designer shops as well as cafes, and the Smithsonian museum is not to be missed, and is open year-round apart from Christmas Day and is free of charge. The concierge can also arrange day trips outside the city to vineyards such as Barboursville and Linden, or the beautiful partnership farm where much of the produce used in the Lafayette restaurant is sourced.



Anna Bleasdale (Staff)

If its a classic piece of Washington DC history just a stones through from the most famous house in the USA, you cant go far wrong with the Hay Adams. Built in 1920s opulence, it still manages to retain an intimate feel, probably due to the smaller and friendly lobby area with the breakfast room overlooking Lafayette Park just off to one side. Immediately its a little like coming home, an escape from the city, as you step inside. My main love of this hotel though is the rooms, or more importantly, the beds. Ive rarely slept in one so comfy or so deliciously inviting. The linens are wonderfully soft and the duvet is conducive to a wonderful nights sleep.  Views here are also key, mine was of St Johns Church but there are also options for Lafayette Park and, most importantly, a few of the higher floor rooms even have that all important White House view.  I glimpsed inside the White House View Junior Suite and it was amazing, I recommend anyone to book in here for an ultimate DC view experience! Its traditional and slightly old fashioned charms may not win over the lovers of contemporary style, however, for everyone else, the Hay Adams delivers in spades, you really do feel you are in the very heart of DC

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Washington DC, DC and The South, United States of America

Directly opposite the White House in Washington D C. An address doesn't get more central than this!

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