The Washington Hilton:

The Washington Hilton, a member of

Historic Hotels of America, opened June 20,

1965 and has been host to many big events

since. In May of 1973, it was the host to the

4th Gaufest and its’ International Ballroom

serves as the location for notable events as

the the annual White House Correspondents

Dinner, Presidential Inaugural Balls and

many International events. In the 60’s and 70’s, the Ballroom served as one of the largest concert venues and entertainers such as Jimi Hendrix and The Doors performed concerts there.  The Hotel's most infamous moment is as the sight of the 1981 shooting of then-President Reagan.

About the International Ballroom:

  • The International Ballroom will be the location of Saturday’s Festabend, as well as other events throughout the Gaufest
  • 29,361 square feet and 48' stage
  • The entire floor of the ballroom is a wooden floor, ready for dancing.
  • Holds up to 2,670 people

July 4 - 7, 2019 Washington Hilton, Washington DC

Hotel Block Reservations Ends JUNE 10, 2019.

We are now less than 3 weeks away from the 27th Gaufest in Washington, D.C. Registration at the Washington Hilton is NOW OPEN (   Registration information and instructions (PDF) are attached here:

Hotel Reservation Information 

1) You book your own room! Once the room block is open, you will be able to contact the hotel and reserve your own family’s room(s) for the Gaufest. Only two bedrooms may be booked per credit card transaction. If you need more than two rooms for your family, you will have to reserve those in separate transactions.

2) Provide a Deposit for your room. When you make your reservation, you will be required to pay for the first night as a deposit on your room.

3) Keep your confirmation number handy. Regardless of how you reserve, you will be provided a confirmation number for your reservation. These will be used later to help ensure that all members of a particular Verein are grouped together. When your Club officers submit the forms to register Gaufest tickets, they will be asked to provide the confirmation numbers for all members of their Club. We will then work with the hotel to see that all those rooms are together. No more being separated from your Verein-mates.

Room Options: There are two different room options to choose from. You can reserve either a room with a king-sized bed or a room with two double beds. At this point, only rooms are available for reservation, although suites will be available for reservation at a later date.

**Benefits of the Room Block: In our negotiations with the hotel, we have worked out a couple deals that are available ONLY to those who reserve a room through our room block. These deals will help to cut costs that would have otherwise been spent beyond the price of the room itself.


  • -Our “Room Block” negotiated cost to park at the hotel: $25 per day
  • -The usual cost to park at the hotel: $40 per day for self-park and $50 for valet
  • -The average price to park overnight in DC: $45 per day (Note: most parking garages in DC do not have overnight parking)
  • -Cost Savings in the Room Block: $15-20 per day

b. Wifi in your Room:

  • -Our “Room Block” negotiated cost for Wifi in the Rooms: Included in room price
  • -The usual cost for Wifi in your room: $13 per day
  • -Cost Savings in the Room Block: $13 per day

We look forward to seeing everyone next year. Again, we encourage you to keep an eye on our Facebook site (@DCGaufest2019), our website (, and watch out for an official email to all Vereine in the Gauverband. If you have any questions before then, feel free to email us ( or send us a direct message on Facebook.

Other Fun Facts:

  • Since being built, the Washington Hilton has boasted the largest pillar-less ballroom in the city.  
  • In 2007, the investment firm that is jointly run by Magic Johnson bought and currently owns the Washington Hilton.
  • It has 110,000 square feet of functional event space
  • Yes, there is a pool on-site.

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