Kimpton Topaz Hotel
What We Love
- Proximity to the Metro makes transportation a breeze
- Centrally located — it’s just a short walk to top restaurants and bars
- Nightly lobby wine hours
What To Know
- No gym, but the hotel offers passes to a nice YMCA nearby
- Topaz Bar fills up quickly après office hours
- Sign up for the Kimpton Karma Rewards program to get free WiFi
- A $15 (plus tax) facilities fee per night will be collected at the hotel; it includes coffee and tea each morning, upgraded WiFi, car service within a mile of the hotel (for two hours in the morning) and use of Kimpton PUBLIC bikes
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Beyond Topaz’s otherwise anonymous brick façade facing tony Dupont Circle townhomes, a chic Moroccan-inspired retreat awaits. After a $2.3 million renovation in early 2012, the hotel rocks a Kasbah vibe with periwinkle printed curtains, mod poufs and mosaic floors and tile-like rugs.
Bed & Bath
Moroccan prints mix with specially commissioned pieces by local artists and Hollywood Regency touches: starburst mirrors, nailhead-trimmed chairs. The soothing palette of white and silver, periwinkle and grape feels fresh without being fussy. Guestrooms start at a spacious 375 square feet, half have an alcove and a separate dressing room and all have sparkling (but smallish) bathrooms hung with Kimpton’s standard animal print robes.
The Moroccan bazaar feel extends into the hip Topaz Bar, but the cocktail menu here is decidedly Asian-inspired. Its happy hour — a.k.a. Liquid Therapy — is one of the best in the District and extremely popular with the after work crowd, with signature Zodiac cocktails, and reasonably priced beer and wine. Stick around Thursdays for the Laughing Buddha comedy show. Got a good joke? Jump on stage yourself; amateurs that get a laugh drink for free.
In the Area
Logan Circle, one of D.C.’s trendiest neighborhoods, is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel. During the day, peruse the chic art galleries and shops (we love Transformer Gallery and Muleh boutique), and come nightfall sample the small plates at Estadio or Masa 14, and then sip craft beers at Birch & Barley. Need a breath of fresh air? D.C.’s Rock Creek Park is the country’s largest urban forest. Jog along the creek and watch for deer, hawks and even coyotes.
How to Get There
i stayed here for two nights this week - it’s my third or fourth visit in two years. The staff are fantastic - friendly to a fault. i miss the bar, but appreciate the two free wine services. it’s located on a quiet street, but walkable to Dupont Circle.
Ley me start by saying that I absolutely LOVE Kimpton Hotels. Usually. But not in this case. I am in the travel industry and travel a lot, and I will always stay in a Kimpton if there is one so I have to have stayed in at least a dozen. I can honestly say if I had stayed in the Topaz first I wouldn't be a Kimpton fan. The hotel is in an awesome location, as many have said. But it is in need of a refresh for sure in terms of the hard goods and the upkeep. Bathrooms are not up to Kimpton standards at all with older tiles. The carpet was coming up at the entrance to the bathroom so carpet tacks were exposed. The furniture is dark. There are no USB ports or plugs easily accessible beside the beds (in fact there is no way to play music unless you happened to bring your own aux cord bc the ihome alarm clock is an old 30 pin charger and connector, not sure how this is still there?). The breakfast is also definitely not up to Kimpton standards. We stay frequently at the Nine Zero in Boston and theirs is lovely but this is a continental that is more limited than a Hampton Inn with pastries, cereal, apples and yogurt? One positive is that the people staffing the breakfasts were great - very sweet and provided great service (smiles and hellos). The rest of the service though was not at all what I have received before. Instead of the warm welcome we usually get they were more blah. We had put in for upgraded rooms if available (for a fee) on check in and it wasn't even acknowledged, we had to ask if they were available or not. After they went in to look they happened to notice that we were higher level loyalty members and said "oh yeah, the upgrade isn't available bc we are sold out but we can give you your amenity". In the morning when we came down for breakfast the second morning the 2 women at the front desk were ignored the fact that there were guests there and spent tine loudly complaining about everything from guests complaining during the night about AC (which wasn't working by the way, so it was ridiculously warm and uncomfortable in the rooms, and we got little sleep) and their lives in general, even though the front desk is adjacent to where the breakfast was served. In fact at one point they were talking to each other from the breakfast room to the front desk. A lot of detail I know but with so many other amazing hotel options in DC, I will definitely give this one a pass next time, and may even be hesitant to stay in another DC Kimpton at all. We were booked for a 2 night stay and came very close to leaving after the first night, in retrospect I wish we had.
Location is great, as folks have mentioned already on reviews, but the hotel itself is old and dated. Not to mention expensive for what you get.
I got placed in a dark loud room facing the employee parking lot on the second floor. I would hear the door slam anytime an employee left at the end of their shift that night and the room felt and looked old. The water pressure was extremely low and was lukewarm. The room was not serviced while I was out the whole day. To make up for some of this, they provided a bottle of wine which I thought was a nice gesture until I tasted it, and also realized I could get it at a store for $5.
Overall, the staff was pretty nice and helpful and the location was good, but the experience was not great and I'll likely not stay here again.
10 minute walk from metro, quiet location, 15 minute walk to white house, choice of coffee shops and restaurants nearby. Rooms are big, really comfy bed, nothing not to like. Breakfast included, cereal, toast etc, starts the day off well. Between 5 to 6 and 8 til 9 there is complimentary wine in the bar, nice touch. Check out is at 12.
I’ve here several times over the last five years, but this visit felt like place is out of gas. Room Furniture is beat, everything felt a little dirty. Staff with some exceptions was mediocre and seemed uniformed or surprised by any question. One positive was the Eliptical in my room. My guess is Kimpton is about to walk on this hotel or it needs a major redo , despite its location. Won’t be back.