The Hay-Adams

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 22 publications
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22 expert recommendations


Afar Magazine

The hotel is known for its discreet and comprehensive, no-questions-asked service. Full review →


Andrew Harper 96.0

This prestigious landmark hotel offers peerless views of the White House from its location in Lafayette Square. Full review →



If you can't be the president, be his neighbor. Immediate prestige is just a slingshot's shot away from the secret service men staring back at you from the White House roof.


Bon Appétit

The hallowed White House hotel hasn’t aged a bit. Full review →



This venerable hotel... has such a good bird's-eye view of the First Mansion that network news divisions often book a room here just for the camera angles.


Condé Nast Traveler 91.3

"The view of the city surpasses all others" from this Lafayette Square hotel and White House neighbor. Full review →


DK Eyewitness

Constructed on the sites of the homes of John Hay and Henry Adams, this elegant hotel features beautifully restored rooms filled with antiques and boasting ornamental ceilings.


Fodor's Tick 5

Though it looks and feels like a private historic home, the Hay-Adams is thoroughly modern, including Bose Soundlink Bluetooth systems and digitally-controlled heating and air-conditioning. Full review →

Request a room with a view of the White House.

Forbes Travel Guide 92

One of the best spots in the hotel is the luxurious rooftop terrace. Its panoramic views of the city, monuments and Capitol make it an excellent choice for private parties and events. Full review →


Frommer's 34

Beyond its superb location and views, this classic D.C. hotel is boutique in size, comfortably sophisticated, and grandly gracious. Full review →


Gayot 48

This establishment was a residential hotel in the 1920s. Today it hosts a clientele that includes pleasure travelers, ambassadors and celebrities. Full review →


Insight Guides

If it's good enough for the Obamas, it's good enough for the rest of us. This grand, historic hotel faces the White House and has hosted many a famous face. Full review →



Presidential favorite and White House neighbor with chandelier-lit interiors and a politico favorite bar. Full review →


Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

One of the city’s great heritage hotels, the Hay is a beautiful old building where ‘nothing is overlooked but the White House.’. Full review →


Michelin Guide

With a view of the Executive Mansion from its location across Lafayette Square, the lauded Hay-Adams is closer to the White House than any of the city's grande-dame hotels.


Oyster 5.0

Quite possibly the most famous hotel in the capital, and deservedly so. Full review →


Rough Guide

From the gold-leaf and walnut lobby to the sleek modern rooms, the Hay-Adams is one of DC’s finest hotels.


Star Service Tick 5

The small porte cochere, usually clogged with luxury sedans, leads right into the period, high-ceilinged lobby, where a staff member intercepts all guests. Full review →


The Telegraph 9.0

Washington DC’s classic historic hotel situated in sight of the White House. Full review →


Time Out

This grande dame across from Lafayette Square received a subtle makeover a few years ago to add more contemporary touches to its early 20th-century core. Full review →


Travel + Leisure

One of the city's finest hotels, this rebuilt 19th-century residence also boasts what is arguably the city's best location. Full review →


Zagat 4.2

"From the front door to turndown", the "top-notch" staff "doesn't skip a beat" at this "serene", "historic" and "impeccably maintained" landmark.

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The Hay-Adams

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16th & H Sts. NW, One Lafayette Square, Washington DC, DC 20006


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