What We Love
- The DNV (damn nice view) rooftop lounge and pool area (open seasonally)
- Walkability factor, close to a diverse collection of neighborhoods
- Spy-inspired modern design, a fun departure from the staid Federal style
What To Know
- The fitness area on the second floor is on the small side
- D.C.'s nightlife is just two blocks from the hotel
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Centrally located D.C. gem with a retro vibe, notable Asian-fusion restaurant, and chill rooftop lounge
Studio Gaia’s clean-lined design mixes urban chic with a dash of James Bond cool. In the lobby, long strands of lighting fall from a recessed section of the ceiling, from which a collection of transparent egg chairs is also suspended. Mod club chairs, along with platform and banquette seating, wrapped in white, olive-green and deep purple, encourage lingering and people watching. Candlelight and glowing white alabaster panels soften the somewhat masculine space.
Bed and Bath
The white and deep purple color scheme continues in the 193 guest rooms and suites. The low-profile rooms feature purple leather-wrapped platform beds with matching headboards and appropriately proportioned white night tables. The design-forward bathrooms are done up with bright white tiles and spiraling shower stalls that create the feeling that you’re standing inside a seashell.
Named for Wild Bill Donovan, the founder of the agency that would become the CIA, the hotel hints at espionage around every turn, setting the stage for a young, hip (or those who like to feel that way) crowd that travels light and parties late. At Zentan, creative sushi rolls named after James Bond movies are washed down with drinks such as the Red Headed Italian. Guests can lounge in poolside privacy by day, but at 5 p.m. the 14th floor becomes a lounge dishing up stellar city views and sharable “tower” drinks such as the White Rabbit Sangria.
In the Area
Head out the front door and you’re within walking distance of the White House and must-sees such as the National Geographic Museum. Excellent dining options exist in every direction — try Pearl Dive Oyster Palace or Lincoln. Beer lovers will find more than 500 choices at Birch and Barley, while oenophiles can savor their favorites at Cork. Entertainment options also abound; try the Studio Theater for contemporary works, or hit the live music scene at the Black Cat, DC Nine or the 9:30 Club.
How to Get There
So I checked in this afternoon. I had no idea it was no longer a Kimpton hotel, I'm use to the elegant stylish Kimpton hotels of the IHG...THIS WAS NOT. I first noticed the extremely nasty floors, and it appears this is now one of the cheapest hotels in DC. Once I got to my floor the smell hit me hard, OMG the outside of the hotel actually is cleaner and smells better than the hall on my floor. I'm calling the travel folks to get me out of here, there is no way I can stay here for 7 days.
Arrived to the hotel and was immediately greeted by staff. They knew it was a birthday trip and upgraded my reservation free of charge. The hotel was clean and service was great. The suite was nice and chic. The rooftop pool was nice although not opened at the stated times (7am) so we had to call the front desk. Overall would highly recommend this hotel.
I would normally give the Donovan 5 stars but since they are no longer a prt of the Kimpton family, aside from some staff members so much has changed. They would give 10.00 off the mini bar/snacks, they no longer do that. The prices have gone up also. This is my go to hotel when I’m in DC~ hopefully things get better.
This hitel is magnificent. The rooms are nice and modern and spacious. And the service is the hotel is a-1. Tge Guys at the front desk , Carlos in particular and one other guy that i didnt get his name were there for anything I needed and it was always done with a smile. Not just them but all of the staff.
I wasn't really impressed, talks about a boutique hotel, well not so much. It needs many updates in the elevators, floors tiles are broken, faucets leaked, small rooms.
The upside was the location, convenient to Metro and walking distance to the Mall.
First day took my teen to the roof top for supper, was like 5 pm and we had just landed. I looked at the menu and it said there were 3 kids meals, well we got there, ordered food and were then told by the manager that this was an adults only venue. My son says, "I've seen people drink beer before", so not sure why this was adults only. Adding to feeling kind of embarrassed we couldn't wait to leave but it took 45 minutes to get the burger.