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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Nice check-in but it would be appropriate to let arriving guests know that the $25.00 amenity fee includes local transportation that we would have used. I was not aware of the amenity fee when reserving the room as it's listed under taxes and didn't catch it but once learning about it, checked that it was indeed on the confirmation.
Bartender was cordial and helped us get food even though the kitchen closed a few hours earlier than we were led to believe upon arrival.
Guest room condition was OK at first glance but very poorly maintained. The furniture was very nicked, the carpet was not well vacuumed and the tiles holding the shower curtain in place were pulling out, therefore the curtain wasn't really helpful. Bathrooms are tiny but there is a convenient chest directly outside for your stuff. The safe battery was out of juice and once reported, the staff replaced it immediately. The TV did not work either time we tried but we didn't bother to report this. Hope the next guest does. This hotel is not up to Kimpton standards, in my opinion.
This is a good hotel for the value. Be careful booking through 3rd party sites and expect a $25 amenity fee. My room was clean and bedroom was comfortable enough. It is close enough to all the tourist stuff. I would not pay more then $150 for what you get during peak season.
We spent one night visiting DC here because it is near relatives we were meeting for brunch. The staff was friendly, efficient and very helpful. The room was quiet, clean and comfortable. Room service dinner was better than we expected and The continental breakfast was good and included. Would highly recommend for a nice hotel in this location in DC.