This spring I visited Washington D.C. to lobby for additional funds for Alzheimerâ€™s research â€“ a cause very close to my heart. I was awestruck by how beautiful and majestic the nationâ€™s capitol city is. It didnâ€™t hurt that the weather was cool and dry and it certainly didnâ€™t hurt that we chose to stay at the Willard InterContinental. You just canâ€™t get a better location or better vista from which to see Washington than at this landmark hotel. In the Washingtonpost.comâ€™s 2003 Readerâ€™s Choice Best Bets survey, The Willard InterContinental was rated â€œWashingtonâ€™s best hotel,â€ and Travel & Leisureâ€™s magazine 2003 survey designated the Willard as the â€œbest hotel for business travelers in Washington D.C.â€
Many, many (ok please donâ€™t count too far back) years ago when I was a child of seven, my mother took my brother Jim and me to see the sights of Washington D.C. She also chose the Willard and I remember loving the hotel then and I can safely admit to loving it now.
There are 341 luxury rooms including 42 suites. Our room was decorated in old-world comfort. We loved the large bath which had been renovated to appeal to travelers like myself with tons of make-up and toiletries plus a hair dryer and great amenities which were worthy of schlepping home.
The very helpful Concierge directed us to a tour of the monuments. We walked down the Mall towards the Tidal Basin, directly south of the White House and saw the Jefferson Memorial which was particularly beautiful with the onset of a few blooms from the cherry blossom trees. From there we marched up to the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, one of the most expansive knockout sights in D.C. With shade trees, waterfalls, statues, and quiet alcoves and niches you feel as if you are in a secluded meditation palace. The messages of peace on the walls and the whole intensity of this newer Memorial left us breathless.
We continued on the path and arrived at the majestic Lincoln Memorial which always leaves us in awe of this President and his hallowed memory. The last spot on our two-hour and change walk was the august Vietnam Memorial, which never ceases to bring me to tears. On our way back to the Willard we spotted the construction site of the new World War II Monument but it was not yet open to the public.
We loved the Willard InterContinental Hotel and would stay there whenever we return to Washington. The location was prime, the service was exemplary, and the comfort was divine.
Publisher’s Note: The Willard is one of the finest hotels in Washington for the Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies on January 20th, 2009. Book now as this is expected to be a very popular event.
Willard InterContinental Washington
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20004
Tel: +1 202 628 9100
Fax: +1 202 637 7326
The Willard InterContinental Hotel