The Willard Hotel | Washington D.C. 1401 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. American author Nathaniel Hawthorne observed in the 1860s that "the Willard Hotel more justly could be called the center of Washington than either the Capitol or the White House or the State Department." Martin Luther King, Jr., wrote his famous "I Have a Dream" speech in his hotel room at the Willard in 1963 in the days before his March on Washington.
The West Wing of the #Smithsonian Institution's #Castle, originally designed to serve public functions, was converted to a #restaurant in the early 1960s when it was named The #Commons. After this latest renovation, The Commons is now restored to a glorious exhibition space and special-events area.
For foodies looking to really treat themselves try these Washington favorites from chef Johnny Monis. Both prix fix, set menu. Little Serrow is $45 per person and features exquisite Thai food. Komi is $135 per person and has a mind-blowing tasting menu. Little Serrow distributes seating for the night beginning at 5:30 each day (line up 5:00 or earlier.) Reservations highly recommended for Komi.
New in Shaw is Thally, a 70-seat restaurant with a focus on modern American cuisine. Design details include vintage barn-door hardware, blackboards, wood and steel tables, exposed brick, antique pipe fittings, and custom wall graphics.