The new hotels might be cooler. But they can never really compete. They will never have what the Willard has.
It is one of the country's great addresses. If they had failed to bring back the Willard, it would have affected all of Pennsylvania Avenue and all of Washington.
Bringing the Willard back was absolutely one of the key elements in the restoration of Pennsylvania Avenue. It fell on hard times. Fortunately, it was saved and brought back to its former glory.