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We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.


Featured Hotel: The Hay-Adams, Washington, DC

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Featured Hotel: The Hay-Adams, Washington, DC

Henley Vazquez

A family favorite in every season, Washington DC sparkles during the holidays with outdoor markets, classic Christmas shows and light festivals galore. Get in the spirit with a stay at the grandest dame in the city, the Hay-Adams. A block from the White House on Lafayette Square, interiors are Old World and ornate, the service is formal and fawning, but the huge bedrooms, family packages and White House views make it one of our favorites. Read on for the Feather+Flip review.


  • Heart-of-the-action location next door to the White House on Lafayette Square.
  • Interiors have a grand, nostalgic look from the chandeliers, cherry wainscoting and fresh flowers in the lobby to patterned curtains and stately marble bathrooms in the bedrooms.
  • You’ll want a kid-free evening for cocktails at the hotel’s storied subterranean bar, Off the Record.


  • All 145 rooms and 21 suites are huge by city standards, starting at 350 square feet.
  • Executive studio suites can accommodate a family of four in a queen bed and pullout sofa.
  • For more space and king bed options, go for two connecting superior rooms. Some have French doors opening onto Juliet balconies.


  • A favorite for young history buffs, top-floor rooms have dead-on views of the White House.
  • iPads, DVD players and board games are available on request.
  • Like most DC hotels, the Hay-Adams has a formal look and attracts a business crowd, but the fantastic staff makes guests of all ages feel welcome.


  • Lafayette restaurant serves excellent gourmet fare, but is pricey and too formal for very young kids.
  • There’s a fitness center (open 5 a.m. – 10 p.m.) but no swimming pool.
  • Rooms on lower floors overlooking St. John’s Church will hear some street noise; courtyard rooms are the quietest.


The Hay-Adams
800 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 638-6600