The Hay-Adams

Washington DC, United States

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    Admire the neighbour’s Rose Garden from your room

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    Admire the neighbour’s Rose Garden from your room

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    Admire the neighbour’s Rose Garden from your room

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    Admire the neighbour’s Rose Garden from your room

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    Admire the neighbour’s Rose Garden from your room

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    Admire the neighbour’s Rose Garden from your room

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    Admire the neighbour’s Rose Garden from your room

Why we choose The Hay-Adams

Hay-Adams is residential in feeling and traditional in style

  • Top of the Hay is a private event space overlooking The White House
  • The Hay-Adams Author Series hosts distinguished authors for lively conversations
  • Les Clefs d’Or concierge service

The motto here: “Nothing is overlooked but the White House.” Get it? A bold statement, perhaps, but it appears to be accurate. The boasted White House views are indeed evident in many of the rooms, while others look out over Lafayette Park and St. John’s Church. As for the service element of the motto, we’ll concede that it’s terrific. Even better, it’s known as a “non-snobby” hotel, so you get superior service whether you’re a high roller or not.

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Rooms on the seventh and eight floors provide the most incredible views of the White House, memorials and monuments.

What you need to know about the hotel

A classic hotel where the elite gather to enjoy its updated old-world elegance

  • The Federal Suite includes a master bedroom with French doors opening onto a private balcony overlooking the White House
  • Traveling with kids? The chef will create age-appropriate welcome amenities (think cookies and cakes) with their names on them
  • Off the Record, chosen by as one of the “World’s Best Hotel Bars,” features caricatures of Washington’s political personalities, past and present

The Hay-Adams, named for John Hay (Secretary of State under William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt) and Henry Adams (historian, Harvard professor and grandson/great-grandson of two presidents), opened its doors in 1928. And while it has flexed with the times—most notably when it comes to technology—the Italian Renaissance-style structure is as impressive as ever, with Doric, Ionic and Corinthian embellishments; walnut wainscoting; and ornamental ceilings featuring Elizabethan and Tudor motifs.

The 145 well-appointed rooms and suites, as well as their famous views, are what usually get the glory, but the Hay-Adams has a superb restaurant, Lafayette, and a bar, Off the Record, known locally as the spot to “be seen and not heard.”

Where is it and what's nearby

In the heart of downtown Washington, the Hay-Adams has the best views of the White House

  • The National Gallery of Art contains the world’s top collection of Western artworks from the Middle Ages through today
  • If you love plants, hit the United States Botanical Garden, a massive conservatory with about 26,000 plants—from palms to orchids
  • Arlington Cemetery is a fascinating—if somber—shrine to the 300,000 service members and historical icons buried there

Literally steps from the White House across Lafayette Square, Hay-Adams hangs its hat on the views of the most famous residence in the world. But it’s also a great location from which to explore almost everything Washington, D.C., has to offer—the Smithsonian, Washington Monument, National Mall and other places where U.S. history has played out. You can even do most of it on foot, taking advantage of the city’s excellent (and convenient) walking culture

How to enjoy Washington DC

You’ll have so much to pack into your visit DC itinerary, that there will always be a deliciously detailed answer to the question: What kind of day has it been?

  • Take lunch at any restaurant near Pennsylvania Avenue and feel the buzz of lobbyists wooing their high level contacts
  • West Wing aficionados may recognize the South Portico of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution as the location of the West Wing office’s exterior shots
  • Georgetown is a must for quaint boutiques, great bookstores and coffee shops. Don’t forget to have a beer in Martin’s Tavern and try the booth where JFK allegedly proposed to Jackie

History, the past as well as tomorrow’s antiquity forged today, oozes from every crack in the pavement of this powerhouse of American politics. It can be seen in the million artifacts of the vast Smithsonian. It can be felt in the whispers of Arlington Cemetery and the perfectly manicured lawns of the White House.

Which isn’t to say that DC is old, it just somehow feels incredibly important. From the echoing grandeur of Union Station to the Dome of the Capitol, iconic architecture is all around you. Take the Lincoln Memorial. Stand on the steps before the Reflecting Pool and say the words: “So even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream.” The shiver you feel is exactly what we mean.

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    When to visit Washington DC

    Visit July 4th to celebrate America’s birthday. The Independence Day weekend in the capital is one big party from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival during the day to the spectacular night-time fireworks. For the best seat in the house, reserve a table at a rooftop restaurant.

  • Who knew?

    Yes, you do see the movers and shakers of U.S. politics here.

  • Why Hays-Adam?

    The original buildings were constructed for them in 1884. John Hays served as personal secretary to Abraham Lincoln, and later became Secretary of State. Henry Adams, a Harvard professor, was the descendant of two presidents.

  • Well I never

    After opening as a hotel in 1928 The Hays-Adam welcomed Charles Lindburgh, Ameila Earhart, Sinclair Lewis and Ethyl Barrymore amongst its many guests.


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When you book with us

Because of our special relationship with The Hay-Adams, we include these exclusive benefits when you book through Protravel:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily continental breakfast for up to two in-room guests
  • A USD $100 equivalent food & beverage credit to be utilized during stay (excludes alcohol)

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