Alexandria, VA Hotel near Gadsbys Tavern
Step back in time—and enjoy some delectable food and drink as you do so—at Gadsby’s Tavern, an Alexandria, Virginia watering hole of impressive vintage.
The establishment actually comprises two buildings: the tavern itself, constructed about 1785, and the City Hotel built in 1792. One John Gadsby, an Englishman, ran the businesses between 1796 and 1808, during which time some major historical figures socialized here: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, and James Monroe among them.
Historic Dining at Gadsby's Tavern
Today Gadsby’s Tavern includes a restaurant occupying the restored colonial dining area—a great place to toast George Washington!—as well as a museum that showcases period antiques and furniture, plus more than 10,000 historic photos chronicling the site’s backstory.
And hey, it only makes sense that Gadsby’s Tavern should claim its very own ghost. The mysterious young woman famously buried in the “Grave of the Female Stranger” in Alexandria’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Cemetery died in Room 8 here in the 1810s, and some claim to have seen her visage in that window.
Alexandria, Virginia Hotel Accommodations Near Gadsby's Tavern
There aren’t many places in America where you can nurse a glass of wine or a cocktail in the very room where Founding Fathers did the same. Gadsby’s Tavern is among the D.C. area’s genuine historical treasures, and it’s at your fingertips when you stay with us at the Holiday Inn Express Alexandria – Fort Belvoir just a few miles to the south. You may not be able to reserve a room at Gadsby's Tavern any longer, but you can still bask in its heritage, savor a fine meal—and then head our way for some tried-and-true Holiday Inn hospitality!