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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Stayed here for 1 night while on business trip in DC - hotel is conveniently located in downtown DC right next to Thomas Circle. I like the contemporary feel - it has some nice and classy touches within the room and the toiletries were great. The lobby itself looked dated and is pretty small. It is about 5 blocks from the White House and Capital Mall and within walking distance to a number of restaurants. Attractively priced - good value for money. Would definitely consider returning. A pity I did not get to visit the rooftop bar and pool.
Ezekiel and Beryl at the registration desk exceeded expectations for being welcoming, accommodating, and professional. They took an authentic interest in my comfort. The rooms are cheerful, bright. The shower is interesting and the TV is HUGE. This hotel takes service very seriously. The rooftop bar's view is lovely and comfortable.
I have always heard that Kimpton is high-end hotel, so maybe I was more disappointed than I should be. Although the staff were nice and knowledgeable the room was an absolute dump. Stained carpets, cracked sinks, peeling paint, large hole in desk where a plugs use to be. Large bathrooms that jutted into the room in opaque plastic so that if you used it in the middle of the night you lit up the entire room and your sleeping partner. On the good side, it was noise proof as we were close to the elevators and did not hear them. We overlooked an interior courtyard and were on the 10th (not top floor) and did not hear street noises. Upon leaving I wanted to pay separately for my car parking bill and a staff member asked me to pay $50 cash and when I asked for a receipt he balked and then when I paid at the hotel staff desk it was more money than noted outside $59 - I guess I should have paid cash, no receipt and ran. Maybe I will come again when it is refurbished.
David at the front desk has exceptional customer service. Upon arrival, he greeted me with a warm welcome. His infectious personality and exceptional customer service make the Donovan feel like home. I look forward to coming back!
Rooms are good, the circular shower takes up a lot of space, but the huge TVs are awesome (I could watch without my glasses!). I do not recommend room service. Sub par food at high prices. Super easy check in and check out with friendly staff