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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


  •  Bar
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap Accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
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Centrally located D.C. gem with a retro vibe and chill rooftop lounge

The Lowdown

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. The white and deep purple color scheme continues in the 191 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. 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

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1155 14th St Nw
Washington, DC 20005 United States


Unbelievably bad service

The staff was incredibly rude. Additionally they charged my card twice, tried to convince me I was mistaken and then refunded my money to the wrong person. When I called to clear this up, they yelled at me and hung-up. Plus there is no coffee in the rooms and none available in the lobby at 9:30 in the morning.


This hotel is a shell of its former self as a Kimpton. The room had no amenities- no minibar, no robe, no coffee pot, not even water bottles- which I was told they didn’t have. There is no bar and the restaurant is not full service. Most of the time the doorman was no where to b found. Changed hotels after one night.

Meh + amenity fees = overpriced

I am currently staying here. The best thing about this place is the location and the fact that the TV in my room doesn't default to those terrible hotel channels when you turn it back on.

This hotel charges a nightly resort or amenity fee but the reality is that there aren't any amenities to speak of. There is literally no room service option. No complimentary water bottles. The wifi is slow and not password protected like they try to make you think it is / an "amenity." My room key works to unlock the door about 30% of the time because something is wrong with the lock. There was a large wet spot on the carpet when I checked in. The thermostat is way off. Housekeeping did the lightest clean-up I've ever experienced in a hotel despite my generous tip. I remember staying here in the past and being satisfied with it, but apparently ownership has changed, and this place is just totally underwhelming now. Will try to avoid it in the future for sure.