Located in Lafayette Square across from the White House, The Hay-Adams is one of Washington D.C.'s most revered landmarks. This classic hotel is 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 of U.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 became Washington'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.
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. 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.
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.
In 2001, the hotel closed its doors for a major renovation. In the spring of 2002, the Hay-Adams re-emerged, stunningly restored with its unique ambiance enhanced with distinctive luxury features orchestrated by widely acclaimed Washington designer, Thomas Pheasant.
Today, guests at The Hay-Adams enjoy the quiet comfort normally found only in sophisticated residential interiors. Luxurious amenities and a meticulous attention to detail ensure that the expectations of even the most discriminating guests are exceeded. All guestrooms showcase carefully chosen European linens, marble bathrooms with brass fixtures, digitally controlled heating and air-conditioning, complimentary WI-FI access, and a Bose CD System.
Travelers wishing to maximize their stay can choose from a range of 21 luxury hotel suites, from the coveted Federal Suite to handsome junior suites. The suites range from 500 to 1,000 square feet and feature many of the original decorative ceilings and ornamental fireplaces, complemented with modern amenities and detailed, quality designs reminiscent of the finest residences. Perfect for honeymooning couples, visiting dignitaries or executives requiring additional work space, the suites offer up to two separate bedrooms, separate living and dining areas and a choice of unbelievably scenic views in Washington DC.
Dining at The Hay Adams is sure to create a lasting impression. Identified as one of DC's top choices for fine dining and entertainment, the Hay-Adams delivers superb cuisine and attentive service in the setting of your choice.
Washington, D.C. dining reaches is at its best at The Lafayette; recognized as Washington's preeminent destination for power dining. Overlooking Lafayette Square and the White House, this light-filled dining room offers a unique setting that is certain to enrich your fine dining experience. To complement the culinary experience at The Lafayette, Tom Vogt, who the great Lena Horne called her "favorite pianist in Washington," has graced the dining room with live piano music every night for the last 17 years through his repertoire of classical and jazz standards and show-tunes.
Prefer the more subtle politics? Selected by Forbes.com as one of the "World's Best Hotel Bars," Off the Record is well known as Washington's best place to be seen and not heard. Your host, John Boswell, 4-time winner of the Washingtonian's “Best Bartender Award,” takes pleasure in mixing his classic specialties for your enjoyment. Favored by locals for its relaxing environment, creative menu and exceptional wine selection, Off the Record is a popular choice for dining and entertainment.
From round-the-clock room service, to the elegant dining in the Lafayette Room or cocktails in the Off the Record Bar, at The Hay Adams guests will find options to indulge their moods and tastes.
Excellence in service is a goal that The Hay Adams does not take lightly. While maintaining the finest standards of luxury, the hotel also helps ensure that this same quality of service will be available for generations to come through environmentally conscious initiatives.
Nearly eight months after Sustainable Travel International (STI) announced the launch of its Luxury Eco Certification Standard (LECS), Leading Hotel, The Hay-Adams in Washington D.C. became the first hotel in the world to pass the comprehensive on-site inspection and receive this distinction. Designed to educate, as well as help luxury hotels create and implement a measurement framework in their move toward sustainability, LECS is the first and only voluntary, global certification program of its kind. Focusing on Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet and Profit), the comprehensive standard aligns with impending global accreditation through the Tourism Stewardship Council.
In order to become LECS certified, hotels must undergo a preliminary desk audit, complimented by an on-site, third-party assessment handled by LQA. The process of becoming a LECS eco-certified hotel is challenging and requires a serious commitment on behalf of the hotel applicant, and The Hay-Adams displayed a high level of dedication from day one.
The spirit of hospitality originated by the John Hay and Henry Adams households lives on at the Hay-Adams today. The stability and strength of its management and staff combined with distinctive luxury features create the residence of choice for discriminating visitors and an elegant oasis for the citizens of Washington.
For more information, please visit www.hayadams.com
or call (202) 638-6600.