Willard InterContinental Hotel

Gorgeous and historic hotel, with a great bar

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Is it wise to choose a hotel based on the perfection of its bar’s cocktails? Perhaps. Especially if you’re planning a trip over the Kentucky Derby Day weekend. The Willard is famous for its Derby Day parties, and especially for its mint juleps, thanks to Round Robin barkeep Jim Hewes and his command of historic libations and anecdotes.

Everyone who’s anyone, presidents to celebrity authors, have stopped by for a drink in the Round Robin. Then again, everyone who’s anyone has stayed at the historic Willard: Lincoln lived here before moving to the White House across the street. Rev. Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., completed his “I Have a Dream” speech here.

Other things to love are the ornate lobby, the handsomely comfortable guest rooms, the very-French Cafe du Parc, and one of the best locations in town, within walking distance of the National Mall, great restaurants, bars, and theaters.

Metro: Metro Center on the Silver, Red, Blue, and Orange Lines (12th and F St. exit) or Federal Triangle on the Silver, Blue and Orange Lines.

At A Glance

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington 20004
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