Its 16-acre campus and upwards of 1,152 room-count makes the Wardman Park DC’s second largest hotel. Locals have another way of looking at it: This is where big conferences, inaugural balls, and lots of trade shows take place—and jam up traffic on Connecticut Ave.
The hotel is also one of the oldest in the District, its original structure dating from 1918. Oh the stories this hotel could tell! Here’s one of them: This is where poet Langston Hughes worked as a busboy in the 1920s and where he was discovered by established poet Vachel Lindsay. DC’s Busboys and Poets restaurant/bookstore takes its name from Hughes’s experience.
You can’t beat the location. The National Zoo is just up the street, the Red Line Metro has a station at the foot of the hotel’s campus on Connecticut Ave, Rock Creek Park is a few minutes’ walk away and the neighborhoods of Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle are within easy reach, too. The surrounding locale is residential, which gives you a more peaceful feel than you get in other parts of the city.
As you might expect of such a huge hotel, there’s plenty to do right here: fitness center, pool, restaurants, and bars are all on-site. The features that make the Wardman great for convention and business groups recommend it to families, as well.
Metro: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan on the Red Line (Woodley Rd. exit). DC Circulator.