The Hay Adams has welcomed some very very famous guests over the years, including Amelia Earhart in 1928, just recently the press junket for the 3rd season of Homeland, not to mention the Obama family prior to the inauguration in 2009. Last week they welcomed me through their historic doors. This was my first visit to Washington DC and I was absolutely thrilled to find The Hay Adams just across Lafayette Park from the White House. The hotel really is in the most perfect location.
Walking into this luxury boutique hotel you do get a sense of history from the beautifully preserved features particularly in The Hay-Adams room which uses wood panelling from the house originally built on the plot in 1884. The lobby is spectacular and within seconds of entering the hotel I felt truly welcomed. The small touches really do make a difference and The Hay Adams certainly know how to look after their guests. I was escorted to my room and received a very comprehensive tour of the facilities which I must say are outstanding. The hotel decor, particularly in the bedrooms, is so calm and relaxing that you really do feel like you can retreat into your own little world. Except you look out of your window and you have the White House in direct view!
Each room is equipped with the following:
- Etro toiletries
- Custom Italian bed linens and bath towels
- Goose down pillows and duvets; hypo-allergenic pillows and duvets are also available
- Plush microfiber bathrobes and slippers
- Complimentary daily turndown service
- 37″ HD flat screen television
- Bose CD music system with assorted CDs with i-Pod connecters
- Digital in-room temperature control
- In-room safe with space to accommodate a laptop computer
- Iron and ironing board
- Hairdryer and make-up mirror
- Alarm clock
- iPads, DVD players, movies, and assorted children’s board games are available
I must say this little list doesn’t quite give you an idea of the room’s luxury. The bed for instance is the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. If it wasn’t for the fact I had not been to Washington DC before and therefore had to do some sightseeing I would have stayed in the bed, possibly forever. Instead I settled for swanning around in my Hay Adams’ bathrobe and slippers at every opportunity, with the excuse that it is was quite cold outside.
The hotel has everything that a business traveller requires with access to a 24 hour business centre and faultless wifi throughout the building. The fitness centre is particularly good and the high-tech equipment well maintained. The hotel prides itself on its discreet service and this is certainly the case when it comes to their event space most of which is tucked away without any of the hotel guests aware of who is coming and going. Top of the Hay is their crown jewel, sitting on the top floor of the building with extraordinary views of the city below. The space is accessed via a private lift in the lobby and can be sectioned in a variety of ways to fit over 300 guests. If I was organising an event in Washington DC with a healthy budget my first phone call would be to The Hay Adams, Top of the Hay really is a fantastic space with lots of natural light and truly stunning views.
The hotel has a well placed restaurant – The Lafayette, which has a lovely fine dining menu and is perfect for a client dinner or morning meeting. The hotel also boasts an ultra sophisticated bar, Off the Record, which hosts many of the cities movers and shakers enjoying an after work cocktail or two. Expect to see a few familiar faces in the bar but remember Off the Record is the place to be “seen and not heard’!
Why book The Hay Adams for your boss? The location is fantastic as is the customer service and the hotel amenities. If you would like your manager to experience a lot of luxury while on their business trip The Hay Adams is the right choice. The Hay Adams is part of the Leading Hotels of the World group and it is easy to see why.
16th and H Streets, NW Washington, DC 20006, USA
Practically Perfect PA received complimentary accommodation at The Hay Adams. Opinions are entirely our own. Advertised minimum rate per night $319 (January 2014).