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The Henley Park Hotel

History: 
    The Henley Park Hotel
 in Washington

History

Established in 1918, the upscale Tudor Hall Apartments featured exclusive amenities and was home to the political and social elite, including many senators and congressmen. Reminiscent of the gracious manor homes of England, the stately structure was built in a Tudor-style, boasting a resplendent lobby with stained glass windows and a Mercer-tiled floor. Distinctive architectural and structural details were included in the design, including Traditional archways, moldings, leaded glass windows, and the iconic facade lined with 119 gargoyles, two of which depict the architect and his wife.

In 1982, the property was converted into an upscale hotel and carefully restored to its original glory. Great care was taken to preserve the architectural integrity, and Chippendale, Hepplewhite, and Queen Anne furnishings and period designs were included to highlight the elegance of the early 20th century.

A proud member of Historic Hotels of America, The Henley Park Hotel celebrates its rich heritage throughout its design and style. The stained-glass initials "T.H." for "Tudor Hall," is still visible above the side door of what is now the Wilkes Room. Formerly, an open courtyard that was enclosed with a glass atrium, The Tavern at Henley Park now serves traditional cuisine in a distinguished setting. Rescued from the old Commodore Hotel in New York City before it was razed, four large gargoyles appear above the interior atrium restaurant. The lobby floor is tiled in the original specially designed Mercer tiles of Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Once used as a parlor where gentlemen tenants entertained guests, The Wilkes Room retains its original fireplace and mantle, as well as a striking chandelier, and serves formal tea daily. Authentic antique furnishings were added to enhance the historic charm of the room, where, today, guests relax to chat with friends and associates, read the morning newspapers with a cup of tea or coffee, or catch up on work between business appointments.

Today, The Henley Park Hotel is a cherished destination affording a charming luxury catering to the modern traveler with an attentive staff and warm traditional hospitality.


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