The Hay-Adams’ slogan is “Where nothing is overlooked but the White House.” That’s because this historic four-star luxury hotel sits across from the White House and provides some of the best views in Washington of the president’s home. The hotel takes its name from John Hay, who served as personal secretary to President Abraham Lincoln and was later U.S. Ambassador to Britian and then Secretary of State, and Henry Adams, a historian and Harvard professor who was a descendant of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams. In 1884, the architect Henry Hobson Richardson designed the Romanesque structure situated at the corner of 16th and H Streets. Today, the landmark hotel continues to be a tourist draw.
As director of sales and marketing, Sarah Deam has a wide range of responsibilities, making sure that those who stay at the hotel, whether individuals traveling for business or families enjoying a vacation, receive the level of service that sets The Hay-Adam apart from its competitors. She finds that wherever she travels, people are familiar with The Hay-Adams, asking questions and sharing their own stories. Sarah talks with Woman Around Town’s Editor Charlene Giannetti about what it’s like to work in this iconic hotel.