Hotel Review: InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf

By Jonathan Spira on 9 July 2019
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The Wharf is making its mark as a destination in Washington, D.C.  The new entertainment district – somewhat akin to Hudson Yards in New York City – is home to several new hotels and multiple restaurants that are attracting attention in a city with countless nightlife options, along with hundreds of new apartments and a reinvigorated harbor life.

The possibilities are seemingly limitless, from fine dining at Chef Kwame Onwuachi’s new restaurant, Kith and Kin to a hot dog and Wharfle, a Wharf-specific waffle stand, to an Airstream clone that sells Smores.

The area is quickly becoming the city’s newest hotspot and the InterContinental Washington D.C. – The Wharf is at the center of it all.

Room with a view

Room with a view

Directly on the waterfront at the Wharf, the hotel bills itself as an “urban resort” and delivers on that promise.  I arrived after a quiet but longer than necessary train ride in Amtrak’s Quiet Car and a quick taxi from Union Station over to the Wharf.

Upon arrival, several bellmen offered to help with luggage (none was needed) and check-in formalities were brief. I had booked a massage for shortly after my arrival so I put off exploring the hotel and Wharf district and retired to my room.


My King Superior room was on the ninth floor and featured floor-to-ceiling windows with stunning views of the Potomac, the Wharf, and – a bit in the distance – takeoffs and landings at Ronald Reagan National Airport.

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