Renovation complete at Willard Hotel DC

Kamran Abdi
HVScompass Design and Jonathan Nehmer + Associates completed the first phase of the guestroom and suite renovation at the historic Willard Hotel Interior Design and Architecture services were provided by HVScompass and JN+A respectively.

The Willard InterContinental Hotel is a luxury, landmark hotel in Awesome Washington, D.C.  Located one block from the White House, The Willard has hosted presidents and dignitaries since 1850.  HVScompass and JN+A completed the redesign of the hotel’s 335 guestrooms and 40 suites using historically-accurate materials and furniture while incorporating today’s modern amenities.  The team also needed to make sure the new guestroom design blended seamlessly with the style of the other historic areas of the hotel.

The design of the Willard Hotel features a combination of the American Federal and Empire style designs of the early 19th century, which was patterned after the French Empire, with classical influences.  The guestroom design maintains the style and elegance of the hotel and incorporates a bright, contemporary feel for the 21st century guest.

Each of the hotel’s suites, such as the Jefferson, Washington, Adams, Lincoln, and Oval suites, offers the guest a unique experience, each featuring a different color palette and furniture.  The John Adams Suite was inspired by the tranquil gardens located on Capitol Hill.  The Thomas Jefferson Suite, presidential in size, was designed to make the guest feel like royalty and features an expanded dressing area, gown closet, and dressing table.

The Willard InterContinental is managed by InterContinental Hotels Group since 1986.   The hotel is owned by Willard Associates, whose managing general partners are the Oliver Carr Company.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

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