The Mayflower Hotel, part of The Autograph Collection, is a capital classic that brings timeless elegance, integrity and contemporary style to its role as a vibrant social hub since 1925. Unlike anything else, the Mayflower Hotel was selected for the Autograph Collection due to its quality, bold originality, rich character and uncommon details.
The elegant, gilded hallways of the Mayflower have welcomed locals and visitors for nearly a century. The hotel has hosted inaugural balls and ladies who lunch, the famous and the infamous, and decades of society weddings.
Since it's inception, the Mayflower Hotel set the standard for elegance and beauty and became known as the "Grand Dame" of luxury hotels in Washington society. When it debuted the hotel had more gold leaf than any other building in the country. The regal details of the Mayflower quickly qualified it for presidential importance; every inaugural ball since Calvin Coolidge has been held in the Mayflower′s Grand Ballroom. The hotel hosted many political meetings and conferences. President-Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt resided in the hotel after his 1932 win before moving into the White House. It was here that he worked on his inaugural address and wrote his famous quote in room 776 - “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
The Mayflower was the meeting point for the Women’s Organization for Prohibition Reform. These ladies fought to end Prohibition, and in 1931, following a successful meeting of the Democratic National Committee, the 18th Amendment was repealed and the hotel swiftly purchased its liquor license. Since then it has been one of Washington's essential cocktail destinations. The hotel's restaurant, Edgar Bar & Kitchen, boldly captures the flavors of a traditional American brasserie with a modern flair. It is named after J. Edgar Hoover, who lunched at the Mayflower nearly every day for 20 years. With bold flavors and a "be seen" vibe, Edgar pays homage to the city's power players with intimate spaces, attentive service and creative twists on classics.
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