The Hay-Adams is the downtown hotel for discerning guests passing through Washington, D.C. Surrounded by the nation's iconic institutions and riddled with history, The Hay-Adams embodies a refined residence. With views of the White House, St. John’s Church, and the scenic Lafayette Park as well as 5-star accommodations, this is the boutique hotel of choice for luxury travelers.
The Hay-Adams is recognized as one of the best in the capital for fine dining and elegant entertainment. Famed restaurant, The Lafayette, features a carefully prepared menu of upscale contemporary American cuisine. Off the Record has been recognized by Forbes.com as one the "World's Best Hotel Bars". Locals know it as D.C.'s best place to be seen and not heard. Enjoy an inspired menu and incredible wine selection at this upscale hotel bar while surrounded by caricatures of Washington's political elite.
The hotel occupies the site of the former homes of John Hay and Henry Adams. John Hay was the personal secretary to Abraham Lincoln, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.K, and Secretary of State under McKinley and Roosevelt. Henry Adams was a Harvard professor and historian, and descendant of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. In 1927 developer Harry Wardman purchased and tore down the homes, erecting in their place an Italian Renaissance-style, 138-room apartment-hotel design by the architect Mirhan Mesrobian. The Hay-Adams opened in 1928 and features design elements like Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian orders, walnut wainscoting, and intricate ceiling treatments featuring Elizabethan and Tudor motifs.
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