Willard InterContinental Tops Washington

29th Aug 2003

It’s a coveted title few hotels can claim—World’s Best. But this year, in its eighth annual World’s Best Awards survey, Travel + Leisure magazine readers who have traveled for business rated the Willard InterContinental the top hotel in Washington for business travel. The World’s Best Business Hotels are featured in the September issue of Travel + Leisure magazine, and online at travelandleisure.com

For Travel + Leisure’s eighth annual World`s Best Awards, the publication turned to its readers, and asked them to rate everything from hotels to cruise lines to destinations. The research group Harris Interactive then tallied the data. The result is a definitive guide to the very best in travel, based on nearly 200,000 evaluations from the most discerning travelers. In the nation’s capital, the Willard InterContinental, a leader in providing world-class service for the discerning business traveler, prevailed over several other well-known luxury brands. In the World’s Best Business Hotels category, readers who had traveled for business were given the option to rate top hotels on how well they cater to business travelers. The results indicate the property that earned the highest score for this category in each city.

In a continued effort to support the needs of business traveler guests, the Willard InterContinental Washington hotel offers complimentary high-speed wireless Internet WiFi in its public areas, and complimentary high speed Internet in guest rooms. “As the choice Washington DC hotel for many American and international business leaders, our guests know that we take the ‘comfort of doing business at the Willard’ seriously. We hope that in providing complimentary Internet access in our guestrooms and palatial public spaces and an array of amenities for business travelers, we help to meet and exceed our guests’ experiences”, said General Manager, Jean-Jacques Reibel.
The Willard InterContinental also offers these outstanding amenities to ease the way for business travelers:

* Free High Speed Internet - in all Willard InterContinental guest rooms and public spaces.
* Around the Clock: “What you need at any time” - 24 Hour Business Services, 24 Hour Laundry/Valet Services, 24 Hour Room Service, 24 Hour Fitness Center.
* Global Connections/World News - Guests can access over 150 international newspapers including most major European papers, delivered daily to rooms.
* World Print - The Willard offers complimentary Fax/printer/scanners for personal in-room business needs.
* In An Instant - Instant service buttons on all hotel room phones for guests who have requests at any time.
* Insider Concierge - www.insider.intercontinental.com offers city highlights and interactive online mapping service.
Business Options rates start at $269. Guests can book a Standard room (usually $425) and receive the choice of one of the following options; Upgrade - Upgrade to an improved room type, Relaxation - Free in-room movie and minibar credit per night; Leisure Voucher - Voucher for a free weekend night stay (with the purchase of an additional night) on a future visit. Prices are per room, plus tax, based on availability. For information and reservations call, 202-628-9100, 1-800-827-1747 or book online at: www.washington.interconti.com.

The Crowned Jewel of Pennsylvania Avenue and a favorite of world figures and people doing business since 1850, the historic Willard InterContinental is Washington DC’s only grand hotel—a great American institution, in the European style. Situated two blocks from the White House, the Willard is a quick walk to Washington’s downtown business, theatre and museum districts, and within close proximity to the city’s new convention center. The hotel’s central location offers many of our guestrooms full dramatic views of the Washington and Jefferson Monuments. Additionally, the breathtaking vista down Pennsylvania Avenue from the hotel’s entrance features the nearby magnificent domed U.S. Capitol.
The historic Willard InterContinental Hotel is the “Grande Dame” of American hotels. It is a Washington institution that has hosted almost every U.S. president since Zachary Taylor in 1850. It was here that Julia Ward Howe wrote “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”, where Abraham Lincoln lived for a month, where, in the grand lobby, President Ulysses S. Grant coined the term “Lobbyist”, and where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King finished his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. From its inception to this day, the Willard has been a major force in the social and political life of Washington, DC. For information and reservations call the Willard InterContinental Hotel, Tel. 202-628-9100. Visit our Web site at: www.washington.interconti.com
InterContinental Hotels Group PLC of the United Kingdom [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)], owns, manages, leases or franchises, through various subsidiaries, more than 3,300 hotels and 515,000 guest rooms in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world (www.ichotelsgroup.com). The Group owns a portfolio of well recognised and respected hotel brands including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, Holiday Inn, Express by Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites, and also has a controlling interest in Britvic, the second largest soft drinks manufacturer in the UK.


InterContinental Hotels Group offers information and reservations capability on the Internet - www.intercontinental.com for InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, www.crowneplaza.com for Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, www.holiday-inn.com for Holiday Inn hotels, www.hiexpress.com for Express by Holiday Inn hotels, www.staybridge.com for Staybridge Suites by Holiday Inn hotels and, for the Group’s rewards programme, www.priorityclub.com

For the latest news from InterContinentalÊHotelsÊGroup, visit our online Press Office at http://www.pressoffice.ihgplc.com/.



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