The Hay-Adams

Location:800 16th Street NW,Washington,D.C.20006

Rating: 5 Stars

Direct Phone Number: (202) 638-6600

Reservations Phone Number: (800) 853-6807


Located inLafayette Squareacross from the White House, The Hay-Adams is one ofWashingtonD.C.’s most revered landmarks. This classic historic hotel inWashington,DCis named after the distinguished residents who previously lived on its site: John Hay, Private Assistant to President Abraham Lincoln and later Secretary of State, and Henry Adams, an acclaimed author and descendant ofU.S.Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

The site where The Hay-Adams is now located has long been a favorite gathering place in the nation’s capital. In 1884, renowned architect Henry Hobson Richardson designed elaborate, Romanesque homes at 16th and H Streets that becameWashington’s leading salons for years. The stimulating discussions of politics, literature, science and art attracted the era’s leading artists, writers and politicians, including sculptor August Saint-Gaudens, Henry James, Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain.

Hay, Adams, their wives, Clara and Marian and geologist Clarence King formed a close group of friends who dubbed themselves “The Five of Hearts.” They even had china and letterhead made that featured moniker.

Hay died in 1905, and after Clara died in 1914, ownership of the Hay house passed to their daughter Alice Wadsworth and her husband, Senator James Wadsworth. AfterAdamsdied in 1918, the Wadsworths bought his house, which they leased to the Brazilian Embassy.

Washingtondeveloper Harry Wardman bought and razed both homes in 1927. In their place, he constructed an Italian Renaissance-style apartment-hotel designed by architect Mirhan Mesrobian. The 138-room Hay-Adams House cost $900,000. It featured a dazzling array of architectural elements, many of which have been preserved to this day 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.

The Hay-Adams House opened in 1928 and quickly attracted prominent Washingtonians and elite travelers, including Ethel Barrymore, Amelia Earhart, Sinclair Lewis and Charles Lindbergh. Guests were drawn to the hotel by its unparalleled views of the White House, Lafayette Square and St. John’s Church, as well as such amenities as large suites, kitchens, steam heat, elevators, circulating ice water, and, in 1930, Washington’s first air-conditioned dining room.

Number of Guest Rooms: 145

Number of Suites: 21

Hotel Guest Room Features:

  • New 37′ HD flat screen television
  • Custom Italian bed linens and bath towels
  • Goose down duvet and pillows (hypo-allergenic pillows available)
  • Plush micro fiber bathrobes and slippers for adults and children
  • Three 2-line telephones with voicemail, speakerphone and data port
  • Complimentary wireless and high-speed internet data port – T-1
  • Bose CD music system with assorted CD’s with iPod connecters
  • Digitally-controlled In-room temperature control
  • Exclusive Asprey® toiletries
  • RefreshmentCenter
  • Portable hair dryer
  • Make-up Mirror
  • Umbrella
  • Nightly Turndown
  • Complimentary choice of morning newspaper
  • Alarm clock
  • In-room safe that can accommodate a laptop computer
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Assorted Children’s board games

Dining Options:

The Hay-Adams is a WashingtonDChotel that has a long-standing reputation as a destination for power dining among Washington’s elite, as well as a favorite gathering place for visitors, friends and colleagues. Recognized as one of the top choices for entertainment and fine dining in Washington, DC, The Hay-Adams’ restaurants deliver superb cuisine and attentive service in a stately setting. From round-the-clock room service, to elegant luxury dining in the Lafayette Room or cocktails in the Off the Record Bar, you will find options to indulge your mood and taste.

Room Service is available 24 hours a day, the hotel’s room service provides a choice of full meals and light snacks, delivered promptly for leisurely dining in the privacy of your own room.


  • Three 2-line telephones, including voice mail, speakerphone, data port and direct-in-dial (DID) lines in each guest room
  • 24-hour complimentary access to a business center equipped with computer, fax machine and printer (request through Concierge)
  • Complimentary local morning sedan (request through Concierge) based on availability
  • Complimentary high-speed Internet access through T-1 data port in each room
  • Complimentary choice of morning newspaper
  • Complimentary wireless internet access and T-1 high speed
  • Complimentary State of the Art Fitness Facility


Open Daily from 5:00am to 10:00pm, located on the second floor. The fitness center includes the following state of the art equipment:

  • 2 – Life Stride Engage Treadmill w/ TV monitor and iPod connector
  • Life Fitness Engage Elliptical
  • Life Cycle Engage Recumbent
  • HamptonDurabell 2.5-25lb Set w/ vert rack
  • Life Strength Signature Multi Bench
  • Life Strength Dual Adj Pully Trainer
  • Spri Pro+ Gym Ball 65CM
  • Changing area and shower

Meeting Facilities:

Able to host groups of up to 340 guests, the hotel boasts nine meeting rooms, a private dining room and the Top of the Hay, which each present a distinctive and elegant setting. From the rich woodwork and period ceiling treatments of The Hay-Adams Room to the Top of the Hay, the hotel features the only catering space in D.C. with panoramic views of the White House, national monuments and the Capital. Each space provides a sophisticated backdrop for formal and informal events.

Nearby Attractions:

Located in downtownWashingtonDC’sLafayette Squareacross from the White House, guests of The Hay-Adams hotel enjoyWashington’s most prestigious address and spectacular, unmatched views of the White House andSt. John’sChurch, the “Church of the Presidents.”

The Hay-Adams is also convenient to theMcPherson Squareand Farragut West Metro stations, the convention center and the National Mall.

Parking: The hotel provides valet and overnight parking.

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