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The Hay-Adams

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Rating 4.9 out of 5
45 reviews
Up to 200 guests

About

Up to 200 guests

Located in Washington D.C., The Hay-Adams is an iconic wedding venue. This historic hotel provides a luxurious backdrop for to-be-newlyweds and their guests. For couples seeking a glamorous celebration, this venue provides an elegant space that can accommodate intimate or grand occasions.

Facilities and Capacity

With a 6,350-square-feet space for events, The Hay-Adams can host up to 250 guests. Couples and their loved ones can choose from four distinct areas within the hotel for their wedding, each one possessing a unique ambiance. The Top of the Hay is located on the gorgeous rooftop and boasts crystal chandeliers and a panoramic view of the White House. For a warm ambiance, couples can host their celebration in the Hay-Adams Room featuring intricate woodwork and ceiling details. The Concorde and Windsor Room contains crystal and brass chandeliers, hand-painted wallpaper, and an ornamental fireplace that creates a one-of-a-kind atmosphere. The brightest room in the venue, the Lafayette Room, is a sophisticated area overlooking Lafayette Park.

Services Offered

The professional team at The Hay-Adams is happy to host rehearsal dinners, ceremonies, receptions, and post-wedding brunches. With their wedding package, they can provide event planning services, setup, and cleanup. Couples and their loved ones can comfortably prepare for the big day in the provided get-ready-rooms on site. This venue offers catering services that include a cocktail reception, sparkling wine toast, custom four-course dinner menu, wedding cake, and open bar. All necessary food and beverage items including chairs, tables, linens, flatware, glassware, and china can be included.

Accommodation

This hotel features a range of rooms and suites for couples and their loved ones to choose from. Each room contains timeless and elegant decor and furnishings for a luxurious stay. For weddings with 100 or more guests, The Hay-Adams provides a complimentary suite for the happy couple on the night of the wedding.

History

Built in the 1920s and named after John Hay and Henry Adams, this location is steeped in history. John Hay served as a secretary to President Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and Secretary of State. Henry Adams, a descendant of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, was a Harvard professor and historian. The hotel was designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson and it contains many of the original features along with modern amenities. Over the years, it has hosted famous figures like Theodore Roosevelt and Mark Twain.

Location

The Hay-Adams is conveniently located in downtown Washington D.C. To-be-newlyweds and their guests can enjoy a wealth of nearby attractions such as The White House, the Smithsonian Museum, and Capitol Hill. The hotel is positioned 1.4 miles northwest of the Lincoln Memorial and the Potomac River.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$10,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$10,000

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$12,000

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$12,000

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
China
Clean Up
Event Planning
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Dessert
Server(s)
Wedding Cake

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink

What is the maximum capacity of your venue?

200

What is the minimum number of guests required to book your venue?

2

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Ballroom
Historic Building
Hotel
Rooftop

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Accommodations
All Inclusive Packages
Bar Services
Cake
Catering Services
Event Planner
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Pet Friendly
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
French Service
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Chairs
Dance Floor
Lighting
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Valet

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
September
October
November
December

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
July
August

45 Reviews

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Recommended by 98% of couples
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    James A. Married on 04/23/2022
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    A breathtaking & incredibly special wedding venue

    Weeks later, we're still absolutely gushing over the Hay-Adams - it was the perfect venue for our wedding. They had it all, from phenomenal staff to incredible food to luxurious facilities, not to mention the stunning views. We could not have asked for better! They truly make you feel like a VIP throughout the weekend and their top notch events team helps ensure that everything runs smoothly behind the scenes.

    We hosted our ceremony at the Top of the Hay on the 9th floor, cocktail hour was down on the 1st floor in the Hay-Adams Room, then the reception was back upstairs at the Top. Guests were in awe of the view (we also lucked out with absolutely perfect weather), how fantastic the food was (my picky grandmother said the ginger-glazed chilean sea bass was the best fish she's ever had!), and how every detail was perfectly executed.

    We could not recommend the Hay-Adams enough, and can't wait to return for future celebrations. It's definitely well-worth the investment for a beautiful, love-filled weekend!
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    Brittany Married on 05/24/2019
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    Erika Ruben is the Best!

    The Hay-Adams is THE spot to get married in DC. The rooftop space has the best view of the city and the service is unparalleled. Erika Ruben was a delight to work with. She's a true professional, has a fantastic bubbly personality, and bent over backwards for us. I highly recommend the Hay-Adams and commend the Hay for hiring Erika. Erika, thank you.
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    Ashley Married on 12/31/2017
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    I was torn between the Hay Adams and the Newseum for my wedding venue for the views of DC, and now that the day has come and passed I could not be happier with my decision to go with the Hay Adams. In addition to the absolutely spectacular location and view from the Top of the Hay, the service was impeccable. When I asked if my guests could be greeted with champagne as they arrived for the ceremony and was told "we don't like saying no here!" I was a bit worried at first, as in the year of planning the wedding the Hay Adams went through 3 different catering managers, but in the end my worries were unwarranted. They made sure everything went off without a hitch and while I didn't grow up imagining it, it truly was a dream wedding. It didn't hurt that the food was absolutely phenomenal and they were able to cater to my gluten-intolerance!

Awards

  • 45
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
  • WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2014 Winner

Real Weddings

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    41 photos · 09/11/2021
  • Cinzia & Dimitri
    28 photos · 08/21/2021
  • David & Kate
    31 photos · 11/12/2018

Pricing

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800 16th Street, N.W. Washington, DC, 20006
202-835-2263
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The Hay-Adams frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at The Hay-Adams?

The Hay-Adams includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Event Planning
  • Flatware
  • Glassware
  • Linens
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At The Hay-Adams, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

The Hay-Adams includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Dessert
  • Server(s)
  • Wedding Cake

At The Hay-Adams, what does the bar service starting price include?

The bar service starting price at The Hay-Adams includes:
  • Champagne Toast
  • House Beer
  • House Liquor
  • House Wine
  • Open Bar
  • Premium Liquor
  • Signature Drink

What are the most important characteristics of The Hay-Adams in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by The Hay-Adams for wedding events is known for:
  • Ballroom
  • Historic Building
  • Hotel
  • Rooftop

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at The Hay-Adams for wedding events?

The Hay-Adams offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Covered Outdoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does The Hay-Adams offer?

The Hay-Adams offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Elopements
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does The Hay-Adams offer for wedding events?

The Hay-Adams offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Accommodations
  • All Inclusive Packages
  • Bar Services
  • Cake
  • Catering Services
  • Event Planner
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Pet Friendly
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does The Hay-Adams have available for wedding events?

The Hay-Adams offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Chairs
  • Dance Floor
  • Lighting
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend The Hay-Adams and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

The Hay-Adams is recommended by 97% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.9 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in quality of service, 5 in flexibility, 4.9 in professionalism, 4.9 in value and 4.8 in average response time.

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