800 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
A Little Bit of History
Centered in downtown Washington, D.C., The Hay-Adams is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. Named for the distinguished residents, John Hay and Henry Adams, the hotel is a reference for visitors. In 1884, the architect Henry Hobson Richardson designed elaborate, Romanesque homes at the corner of 16th and H Streets for Hay and Adams. After the death of Hay, the house was bequeathed to her daughter, Alice Wadsworth and her husband, Senator James Wadsworth.
In 1927, Washington, D.C., developer Harry Wardman bought and razed both homes. He replaced them with the Hay-Adams House, an Italian Renaissance-style, 138-room apartment-hotel design by the architect Mirhan Mesrobian.
Guests enjoyed the setting and views, as well as the large suites, kitchens, steam heat, elevators, circulating ice water and, in 1930, Washington, D.C.’s first air-conditioned dining room.
In October 2001, the hotel closed its doors for a major $20 million renovation under the eye of acclaimed Washington, D.C., designer Thomas Pheasant. In March 2002, The Hay-Adams re-emerged fully restored.
About the Hotel
The hotel has several rooms and suites, and welcomes you during your holidays or business trips.
More than just a hotel, The Hay-Adams is a downtown destination recognized as one of D.C.’s top choices for dining and elegant entertainment near the White House. With a longstanding reputation as the go-to place for Washington, D.C. fine dining, the sophisticated ambiance creates a perfect backdrop for business meals. The historic setting is also a favorite for gathering among family and friends.