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Awards & Accolades

Through the years The Inn at Little Washington is fortunate to have been honored with numerous awards and distinctions.

The Inn at Little Washington’s Most Recent Awards

For the second year in a row, The Inn at Little Washington was awarded two stars by the 117 year old Paris-based Michelin Guide, one of only three restaurants in the Washington, DC Guide to earn this honor. Two stars continues to be the highest ranking awarded to any DC area restaurant.

The Inn was named the #1 restaurant in The Washington Post 2017 Fall Dining Guide. In his write up, Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema said, “Did I mention the Inn is poised to turn 40 next year? Do you know of any other dining destination in the world that old, that delicious, that fun and that life-affirming? I didn’t think so. A round of applause, then, for the greatest showman of them all. You’re No. 1, Mr. O’Connell.”

Chef and Proprietor Patrick O’Connell was knighted as a disciple of Auguste Escoffier, “the King of Chefs and the Chef of Kings.” Escoffier is regarded as the father of modern French cuisine and the Disciples Escoffier is an association dedicated to the culinary arts and the transmission of knowledge, with over 25,000 members in 26 countries, including some of the world’s most respected chefs.

The 2016 Forbes Travel Guide (formerly known as the Mobil Travel Guide) for the 26th year in a row, awarded The Inn at Little Washington’s accommodations its highest accolade – Five Stars.

The 2016 Forbes Travel Guide also awarded The Inn at Little Washington’s Restaurant Five Stars for the 25th year in a row making it one of only 40 restaurants in the U.S. to hold this distinction.

The American Automobile Association for 2017 once again bestowed its highest accolade – The Five Diamond Award — on The Inn at Little Washington Restaurant for the 29th consecutive year making it the longest tenured restaurant in the history of the program. AAA also awarded The Inn at Little Washington’s accommodations Five Diamonds for the 27th consecutive year.


Patrick O’Connell’s most recent book The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession, which was released spring 2015 is a New York Times Bestseller and is currently in its 2nd printing.

In his review for DC Modern Luxury titled Inn First Place, writer David Hagedorn called The Inn “…a Brigadoon of civility and refinement to be experienced at least once in a lifetime”.

The Inn received the Wine Spectator Grand Award for the 21st consecutive year and is the only restaurant honored with this recognition in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Andrew Harper’s Hideaway 2016 Reader’s Choice Award for the Top 20 Getaways ranked The Inn #4 in the United States.

Patrick O’Connell was selected for Le Chef Magazine’s Top 100 Chef’s in the World list for 2015 and is one of only 10 American chefs included.

The Inn received the Saveur Culinary Travel Award for Best Hotel Restaurant with less than 100 rooms.  In describing the experience Saveur wrote: “It’s worth a stay at this luxurious 18 room Relais & Chateaux inn… just to feast at its straight out of a fairytale dining room …”

The Inn at Little Washington was included on Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Gold List and ranked in the Top 10 of Southern Hotels in their annual Reader’s Choice Poll.

Departures Magazine included The Inn in its Top 10 list of America’s Most Charming Inns. 

The property was also honored with Trip Advisor’s 2015 Award of Excellence which placed The Inn among the top 10% worldwide of all businesses rated on the travel website.

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