Add Washington D.C. To Your Bucket List: This Historic Hotel With White House Views Will Blow Your Mind

If you are a die-hard 'Merica fan, chances are Washington D.C is already on your bucket list. Add a stay at this incredible hotel for an unparalleled and history lesson-filled experience with real-time nostalgia.

Located across from the White House, the historic Hay-Adams Hotel offers guests Washington's most prestigious address with views overlooking the White House, Lafayette Square and St. John's Church, the "Church of the Presidents." 

The historic hotel takes the name from its earliest residents: John Hay, private assistant to President Abraham Lincoln, and Henry Adams, a descendant of president John Adams. Back then there was an exclusive "squad" who put Taylor Swift's to shame. They were called the "Five of Hearts", and consisted of Henry Adams, his wife Clover, geologist Clarence King, John Hay and his wife Clara. They knew every president from Abraham Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt and befriended Henry James, Mark Twain, and Edith Wharton. The Five of Hearts even had custom china and letterhead stationary! 

In 1884, the Hay and Adams families bought adjoining lots at 16th and H Streets and asked renowned architect Henry Hobson Richardson to design their two Romanesque homes, which became Washington’s leading salons and attracted the era’s leading figures likeTheodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain. 

In the 1920's, a Washington developer bought and razed both homes and built an Italian Renaissance-style apartment hotel. The 138-room Hay-Adams House cost $900,000 to build and featured a dazzling array of architectural elements, including Doric, Ionic and Corinthian orders, walnut wainscoting and intricate ceiling treatments with Tudor, Elizabethan and Italian motifs. Wood paneling from the Hay residence found a new home in the grand public space now known as The John Hay Room.

In 1928, the Hay-Adams House opened its doors, attracting prominent Washingtonians and elite travelers like Amelia Earhart. Guests were drawn to the hotel for its views as well as the modern (for that time) amenities including steam heat, an elevator, circulating ice water, and as of 1930, Washington’s first air-conditioned dining room.

In 2001, the Hay-Adams closed its doors for a 20-million dollar renovation under the guidance of designer Thomas Pheasant, and reemerged in the spring of 2002 restored with its ambiance well preserved.

If you truly are going all out for a special celebration, book the Federal Suite. The oversized room offers a corner breathtaking, panoramic view of the White House, Lafayette Park and St. John’s Church, and the luxuriously appointed master bedroom features French doors which open onto a balcony with gorgeous White House view. Can you say picture goals?

Condé Nast Traveler announced the winners of its 2017 Readers’ Choice Awards and The Hay-Adams was named the No. 1 Top Hotel in Washington, DC and recognized as No. 5 on their list of the 50 best hotels in the United States.


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