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
The room finishes are upscale and overall the hotel is clean and well maintained. Staff was friendly and responsive. Mini fridge was a bit small and no ice buckets or ice on the floors - if that important.
My mother and I spent a night in DC and Jade was incredible. She made check in a breeze and was super knowledgeable about the hotel and the area. She had a great attitude and after hours of traveling that made my day.
When we arrived there was no water, then on day two there was no hot water. We left before day three. The room also has a strange set up, the bathroom is walled by opaque plastic against the bedroom so if someone has to get up and use the bathroom at night it lights up the whole room. Upside: the location is great and we did enjoy the rooftop bar one afternoon but the pool is really small. And we received excellent service from both Beryl and Carlos and the hotel did a good job compensating for the water problems.