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A Historic Landmark Among Washington DC Hotels

Experience the elegance of a grander era at The Henley Park Hotel in downtown Washington DC. Constructed as the Tudor Hall Apartments in 1918, this historic address served as the home of notable Senators and Congressmen. Showcasing a stately façade of leaded, stained-glass windows and 119 grinning gargoyles - including two depicting the architect and his wife - the lodging struck the ideal tone for its distinguished clientele.

Some notable facts about this proud member of Historic Hotels of America include the stained-glass initials "T.H." for "Tudor Hall", still visible above the side door of what is now the Wilkes Room. The Tavern at Henley Park was an open courtyard that was enclosed with a glass atrium. Of special note are the four large Gargoyles which appear above the Hotel’s interior atrium restaurant. These were rescued from the old Commodore Hotel in New York City before it was razed. The lobby floor is tiled in the original specially designed Mercer tiles of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.


In 1982, the property was converted into an upscale hotel and carefully restored to its original glory. Great care was taken to retain the original architectural features, recalling the gracious manor homes of England. Traditional archways, moldings and leaded glass windows were key design elements throughout the building. Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and Queen Anne furnishings are part of the period designs to preserve the elegance of the early 20th century.


Formal tea is served in the Wilkes Room each day. The Wilkes Room was used as the parlor where the gentlemen tenants entertained ladies. The room retains the original fireplace and mantle, as well as a striking chandelier. Authentic antique furniture was added to make this drawing room feel like home. Today, our guests relax to chat with friends and associates, read the morning newspapers with their cup of tea or coffee, or catch up on work between business appointments.


Thanks to a staff as attentive to tradition as it is to the ever evolving needs of the modern traveler, the civilized spirit which made The Henley Park Hotel one of Washington’s most cherished homes is very much intact.


Become part of the legend. Visit our historic hotel and experience a colorful chapter in the story of Washington DC.

Celebrate the rich traditions of Washington DC at the Henley Park Hotel. A member of Historic Hotels of America, this magnificently restored Tudor building is a luxury downtown address for business trips, vacations, and romantic getaways. Book your room or suite online today for exceptional rates.