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
This hotel has certainly seen better days. The front desk staff is flat and offers not a hint of welcome. Though our beds were pretty comfortable, the bathroom shows serious signs of age, with cabinet doors hanging askew, bubbling paint on the ceiling, and a backed-up shower drain that filled up to my ankles. The dining area at breakfast was littered with used dishes and plates, hardly an appetizing setting to enjoy the complimentary breakfast. The location is great, but this location falls flat when it comes to other Kimpton hotels.
Tucked into a quiet street and surrounded by restaurants, the Topaz is an excellent choice in the DuPont Circle neighborhood. My room was large, perfectly clean, well furnished and beautifully lighted. The included breakfast featured delicious coffee, juices and croissants as well as fruit and cereals. A variety of newspapers are free. In the evening there are two complimentary wine receptions! It’s a pleasant 20 minute walk to the White House and National Mall museums. Staff were all attentive and pleasant.
I didn't want to leave this review but I don't have a choice at this point. These people don't care about your safety or belongings. It's a dump! Not worth the value. We paid a little under $300 per night and I regret the second I booked it.
My wife and I stayed at the Kimpton Topaz near DuPont Circle, Washington DC from October 25-27th. We were in town photographing a wedding.
We arrived on Friday afternoon and quickly left to head out for a shoot. We returned in the evening around 7 pm. We left our car on the street and Ubered to a restaurant to have dinner with friends. Upon returning to the hotel, approximately at 12:30 am I gave my keys to the valet driver to bring my vehicle in the garage.
The following afternoon (Saturday) we departed our room to head to our next engagement. Around 2:30 pm we requested our vehicle from the valet. The valet driver brought us our car. That's when we realized we had been robbed. Our car was ransacked. All of the contents from our glove box, center console, visor and glasses hold were either opened or down. All non-valuable stationary contents were thrown on the floor. My wife's purse was stolen along with our emergency funds from the vehicle ($100).
Unfortunately for us, we could call for a police report because we were supposed to be at our wedding at 3 pm and dealing with the hotel already delayed us beyond that.
It was our second stay at that Kimpton property and I will guarantee you that it's our last. Apparently, on weekends, there are no managers on staff. The professionalism of the staff working that afternoon was shocking. No apologies, or extended concern. We at minimum wanted to hear "we're going to get to the bottom of this". If it weren't for my wife raising hell we wouldn't be able to speak to the manager over the phone (who was off for the weekend). Even after the managers came back to work on Monday we didn't receive any calls of concern. It's now Thursday and we have heard nothing from management or staff. I've called and I get the runaround with constant promises that someone will return my call. It's hasn't happened.
The one bright spot to this ordeal was speaking with Vick (who worked at nights) and another Young lady (I forgot her name, but she had a wrist bandage). Everyone else seemed as though they didn't care.