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
Love the city view studio king - spacious 500 sq. ft. with floor to ceiling windows overlooking Thomas Circle, cocoon spiral shower, ultra modern design, and a summer rooftop pool. Beryl, Chris and Shanella were amazing at the front desk. Can't wait for the new restaurant and lobby updates coming soon. A must stay every time! Highest recommendation!
I’ve been to a lot of hotels in dc for a quick get away and always stay at Kimpton hotels , this place was by far is the best place I’ve ever been to. The room was amazing , the view was amazing , but what made everything perfect was the staff, ever single person I spoke with was genuinely friendly and more than helpful, the one who stood out the most was Maggie Arnold and that’s not taking anything away from everyone else, I just had more time taking to her at front desk, this place let’s you know what GREAT customer service is about. I will definitely be back and recommend this place to anyone I know going to dc.
We visited the USA from the UK for my birthday, starting off at Washington for a 2 night stay.
This may possible be one of the best hotels I’ve stayed in. Super courteous front of house staff. The room was massive, bed was very comfortable, bathroom nice and clean and the shower was Fab after a long day sight seeing. Free wine every night for a whole hour to unwind before going out exploring in the evening. You will not go wrong with this hotel, BOOK BOOK BOOK!
I will be recommending this hotel to everyone!
I had a great experience. Room was wonderful. I loved the shower and the view was wonderful. Front desk was amazing Chris, DeAngelo, Ezekiel, and Beryl did their thing. They where super understanding and patient. Love the wine when we first arrived. Sammy and Hermais were amazing too had no problems getting my car at check out even tho I missed placed my ticket. I would definitely be coming back and recommend this place to others.
My room at the DONOVAN was booked for me, so I had no idea what to expect. So, when I arrived and there was ongoing repairs in the lobby, elevators, etc. I was worried. BUT my room was immaculate, with a stunning view, spotless carpeting, bathroom, etc... and appointed well. The location was perfect for my work that week, and reception staff was funny, resourceful, and kind. It was a pleasant surprise...