Steeped in rich history and surrounded by the most iconic institutions of our nation, The Hay-Adams is the discreetly luxurious hotel destination for discerning guests. Enveloped by views of the White House, St. John’s Church, and the scenic Lafayette Park, the 5-star accommodations at The Hay-Adams are the embodiment of refined residence. Marked by Washington, DC’s most accommodating amenities and dedicated services, The Hay-Adams is the boutique hotel of choice for the modern luxury traveler.

The Hay-Adams has, hands down, the best White House views of any Washington, D.C. property (in fact, its rooftop is a local favorite for private events). Housed in an Italian Renaissance-style mansion that was built in 1928, the hotel is genteel and dignified in the best sense. It’s grand enough for political bigwigs, yet welcoming and down-to-earth for travelers seeking an impeccably elegant base for their visit. The hotel’s 80-plus-year history can still be seen in original details such as ornate plaster moldings, high ceilings and the walnut-paneling in the lobby.


The luxury accommodations at The Hay-Adams embody the rich culture and history of Washington, DC, with elegant furnishings, timeless décor, and the unparalleled comfort of your own personal residence. Whether your stay is for business or pleasure, allow us to be your home away from home in Washington, DC.

Guest rooms are modern, with custom Italian linens, Etro bath amenities and Bose sound systems. The hotel’s age may imply a sophisticated clientele, but families are made to feel welcome, and children receive nightly turn-down service with milk and cookies.


Savor refined contemporary American cuisine overlooking Lafayette Square and the White House at the hotel’s exceptional destination restaurant. Featuring elegant chandeliers, folding French doors and milky shades of cream and white, the light-filled dining room offers a stately setting for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.

More than just a hotel, The Hay-Adams is a Downtown destination recognized as one of the Nation’s Capital’s top choices for fine dining and elegant entertainment near the White House and The National Mall. With a longstanding reputation as the go-to place for exquisite cuisine in Washington, D.C.  The sophisticated ambiance creates the perfect backdrop for business meals. The historic setting is also a favorite for gathering among family and friends.


The USA’s capital teems with iconic monuments, vast museums and the corridors of power where visionaries and demagogues roam.

Museums & Monuments

Thanks, James Smithson, you eccentric antimonarchist Englishman. That $508,318 gift you willed to the USA back in 1829 to create a ‘diffusion of knowledge’ paid off big time. There’s nothing quite like the Smithsonian Institution, a collection of 19 behemoth, artifact-stuffed museums, many lined up in a row along the Mall. The National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of American History, Freer-Sackler Museums of Asian Art – all here, all free, always.

Alongside the museums, Washington’s monuments bear tribute to both the beauty and the horror of years past. They’re potent symbols of the American narrative, from the awe-inspiring Lincoln Memorial to the powerful Vietnam Veterans Memorial to the stirring Martin Luther King Jr Memorial.

Arts & Culture

Washington is the showcase of American arts, home to such prestigious venues as the National Theatre, the Kennedy Center and the Folger Theatre. Jazz music has a storied history here. In the early 20th century, locals such as Duke Ellington climbed on stages along U St NW, where atmospheric clubs still operate.


A lot of history is concentrated within DC’s relatively small confines. In a single day, you could gawp at the Declaration of Independence, the real, live parchment with John Hancock’s, er, John Hancock scrawled across it at the National Archives; stand where Martin Luther King Jr gave his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech on the Lincoln Memorial’s steps; prowl around the Watergate building that got Nixon into trouble; see the flag that inspired the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ at the National Museum of American History; and be an arm’s length from where Lincoln was assassinated in Ford’s Theatre.

Political Life

The president, Congress and the Supreme Court are here, the three pillars of US government. In their orbit float the Pentagon, State Department, World Bank and embassies from most corners of the globe. If you hadn’t got the idea, power is why Washington exerts such a palpable buzz.

As a visitor, there’s a thrill in seeing the action up close – to walk inside the White House, to sit in the Capitol chamber while senators argue about Arctic drilling, and to drink in a bar alongside congresspeople likely determining your newest tax hike over their single-malt Scotch.

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