Kimpton Donovan Hotel
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
- The Kimpton Karma Rewards nuances such as $10 minibar credit, free WiFi and social happy hours
- Guestroom renovations were completed in March 2014
What To Know
- The fitness area on the second floor is on the small side
- Valet parking is $48 (plus tax) per day
- D.C.'s nightlife is just two blocks from the hotel
- A $15 (plus tax) hotel fee per night will be collected at the hotel
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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 guestrooms 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. Kimpton’s signature touches include Frette sheets, animal print robes and yoga mats.
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
Let me start with saying, this place is beautiful. Located close enough to everything you wanna do in D.C., the hotel is perfect for pet owners who want to take their animal. The rooms are decently sized and very beautiful. We had one issue with our tub not being clean and they fixed it so directly it was incredible. The room service is decent but expensive but that is expected. Additionally, the rooftop pool is perfect for anyone wanting to get away from it all and just look down on the city. It is a terrible policy they have that they close the pool at 4pm to make room for happy hour. Definitely feel like they are putting small profits over peoples right to the pool they pay for. Lastly, when I booked I was told there was a karma member discount that definitely didn’t exist and basically got swindled because I booked with what the reservation lady told me and that definitely didn’t happen. Overall this place is worth it. Small things that can easily be fixed to become a staple in the hotel industry that pleases their guests and their pets to an excellent standard.
I arrived at the hotel and had a few issues and the front desk staff David, Chantelle swooped in and waved their magic wands and made all my troubles disappear! They went above and beyond to help me turn my trip around and enjoy myself. They kept me hydrated with water and plenty of wine. I am truly thankful for their expert level of customer service and David was very knowledgeable as to where I should go for some good hot wings upon my departure. Also shout out to Jacintah:) She assisted me with some errors on my room bill and was very diligent in doing so.
Staying here has come to feel like a home-away-from-home! Restaurants and bars are excellent, attracting locals as well as guests. The view from the roof is stunning. Staff are helpful and truly glad to see you, whether a first time or long time guest.
Stayed at this hotel for several days over Memorial Day weekend and found the staff to be very friendly, courteous and often would go out of their way to help you find what you need, forgot at home or were looking for in the area.
The hotel is situated very close to great restaurants up on 14th, which are only 1 mile away otherwise the french cafe down the street is very good for breakfast and the capital with all the sights are also relatively close too.
Our room was very clean and well kept and faced Thomas Circle, which is great for checking out the sights or relaxing, plus the full bath was great after walking miles to see the sights.
The main reasons for rating it a 3-star vs. 4 or 5 star hotel is the hotel lobby, elevator and hallways look like they have not been cleaned in many months. I saw the housekeeping staff carrying bags for cleaning the rooms vs. carts that most other hotels have, not sure if this is part of the predicament but none the less hotel could use a good cleaning to elevate itself back to status.
The other reason for not rating the hotel higher is due to their horrible breakfast; I was made aware that the hotel has 2 new managers and the breakfast is reportedly part of corporate but that said, its genuinely awful. The coffee is served in glass cups which burn your hand and mouth and tasted awful. The meal is more like a snack, with the servers offering other items for sale.
I really hope this place can get cleaned up and begins to offer a good breakfast because the staff and rooms make it special and worth the stay but the lack of cleanliness and breakfast tell people to not come back.
Loved this place! Wine and appetizers at 5 every night. Clean rooms and very comfortable. This hotel is close to all the attractions. We visited museums, the Renwick, the Portrait Gallery. Saw Barack and Michelle in the Portrait Gallery. And close to restaurants.