Kimpton Rouge Hotel
What We Love
- Nightly lobby wine hour
- Convenient Embassy Row location, near Logan Circle and a short walk to popular museums and tourist sights
- Free morning papers — a DC must-have
What To Know
- Pet-friendly – no fees or size restrictions and treats on arrival
- The funky colorful decor is young and fun
- The daily resort fee includes upgraded WiFi, coffee and tea in the morning, and car service within a mile of the hotel and more; the resort fee can be waved by registering for the (free) Kimpton Karma Rewards program
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With all its pomp and circumstance, DC isn’t exactly known for irreverence. But the 137-room Hotel Rouge is one place that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Renovated in late 2011, the hotel’s Pop Art decor evokes a film set boudoir, with crimson leather, retro lamps in vivid hues and animal print furnishings. In the rooms you’ll find flat-screen TVs and whimsical extras like romance kits in the minibar. Accommodations are spacious, and also include iHome docking stations. Families traveling together will appreciate the Bunk Bed Suites, featuring a curtained alcove with extra sleeping space. As with other Kimpton properties, the Hotel Rouge offers a nightly lobby wine hour. Continue with drinks in the hotel’s bar, which also serves charcuterie plates, fresh seafood, chicken wings and bacon burgers. Work off the calories in the 24-hour fitness center, then unwind with an in-room spa treatment.
In the Area
Just to the northeast of the hotel is the Logan Circle Historic District a pristine eight-block example of a prosperous late-19th-century residential neighborhood. A few blocks farther north is the U Street Historic District, which has brick Victorian-era architecture and the former theaters and jazz clubs that made the area a cultural center during the early 20th century. Also within walking distance: The Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum complex, with 19 museums and a zoo, free of charge. At night, hit the U Street corridor for a lively bar scene and some excellent happy hours—Marvin and Café Saint-Ex are great places to start.
How to Get There
I stayed at this hotel from July the 3rd until the 8th. The hotel was centrally located and each neighborhood I wanted to visit was close enough to walk to.
The front desk staff was lovely. A special thank you to the female front desk manager. I thought she was efficient, practical, smart and accommodating. A good front line of customer for the team.
The hotel itself was a little dated, but the rooms were immaculate and gigantic. I was flooored by how big a standard room here was. Super comfortable for 5 nights 6 days.
Overall, it was the most incredible trip and DC is somewhere I will return to every single year. It is a gorgeous city with amazing places to eat, kind people and super accepting of all - which is important.
The hotel served all my needs and the front desk was kind and thoughtful. Thank you all for a beautiful trip.
I had a great experience at the Rouge. The location is excellent, the staff was very friendly and helpful, and my room was bigger than expected. The complimentary wine hour was also a lot of fun. I have to ding them one star for the "Amenity Fee" that I was charged each day. I didn't care for that.
So for the good. Good location if you need to be near embassy row (which I did). Large rooms. WIFI was solid.
For the not so good. Red red red everywhere. Really, seems to be a bit excessive, but oh well, can live with that. Front desk is really (REALLY) lacking any sense of professional courtesy (at least for me). Breakfast buffet, really, there was coffee and tea or did I miss something? The thing that really pisses me off is that there is no coffee maker in the room and they won't deliver one. I just don't understand these hotels that (a) charge high rates, (b) have a resort fee that is ridiculous and (c) feel that they are good for all can't afford to put in a stupid coffee maker. It may not seem like that big a deal, but it truly is a huge problem and just a waste. I won't ever stay in this hotel again (and I average over 100 nights a years) because of this.
I was really impressed with the Kimpton Rouge. The staff was extremely friendly and efficient. The room was nicely done and updated. The restaurant was fine for breakfast and the location is such that you are within walking distance of many, many excellent restaurants. I would highly recommend this hotel.
Booked a weekend trip to DC for a Caps game. The snow cancelled the game but we decided to take the trip from Annapolis to be snowed-in at the hotel vs home. So glad we did! Walking distance to some great foodie spots, still open during the blizzard and the hotel room had the perfect snowed-in sexy vibes. Very happy couple, and we loved the cheetah print robes!!