Inn at Little Washington

309 Middle St, Washington, VA, USA

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Hotel Description

It may come as something of a surprise to discover that seventy miles to the west of the nation’s capital, in sleepy Washington, Virginia, there’s a small country inn (remarkable enough in its own right) with a restaurant to rival any in America. This is the sort of place where the guest rooms, however splendid, will always get second billing, serving primarily to lodge those diners who have made the culinary pilgrimage to Patrick O’Connell’s award-winning restaurant.

With a lure like that, the Inn’s proprietor’s could get away with providing guest rooms that are merely luxurious — instead they’ve gone all-out to craft a hotel experience that’s on the same level as what’s offered in the dining room. The interiors were designed by a London stage designer, and are opulent as can be, packed with antique furnishings (many shipped direct from England) and dripping with colonial atmosphere. The standard rooms are remarkable enough, and the suites are positively decadent, some spanning two floors complete with private balconies.

Breakfast is taken in-room or served in the Terrace Room, with a view of the garden, and here in Little Washington the British custom of afternoon tea is still very much alive. For dinner, it’s on to the main event, the restaurant, where Patrick O’Connell presides over a kitchen that is itself a wonder of interior design (featuring not one but two chef’s tables, for a front-row view) and where waiters serve multi-course fixed-price dinners and a selection of wines that fills a thick book.

All in all the Inn is not exactly a well-kept secret — demand for rooms and for tables well outstrips supply; but those who manage a reservation (for a table or a room) are in for an experience that’s simply not replicable anywhere else.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 15 Rooms
  • Style: Traditional Elegance
  • Atmosphere: Quiet

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Need to Know

Valid credit card required.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

2pm,

Check out:

12pm

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