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 is one of the worst value for money hotels I have experienced. Rooms are run down and old, staff is unhelpful and there is no room service. But the worst part is the breakfast: it is barely at motel levels for a $300/night level: stale pastries, Fruit Loops, no eggs or fruit. Do no stay here!
I stayed at this hotel May 25th-26th. It is not up to Kimpton standards.
Most alarmingly though is that I left an envelope of American money in my room which front desk worker Chris quickly retrieved, and told me hospitality would resolve by sending it to me.
That was May 26th. I did receive an email from Kyra who kept insisting I tell her the amount in the envelope. I was 100% sure, so I did not want to overshoot. It was found in my room. Why was I getting questioned on the amount inside.
Anyway, I still have not received my money back.
I requested a bike from front desk. They took my name, and forgot.
I requested a hair iron, and a clothes iron was brought to my room.
Both of these things I didn’t really care much about until the money situation.
But now thinking back, reception while checking me in, seems to be having a personal dispute with someone who kept calling them back.
Overall, an incredibly unprofessional hotel. Do not stay here.
Stayed here for a week while attending a conference and had a good experience. Selected it based on Kimpton brand, boutique size & amenities, and location. It is a quick walk from the Dupont Circle metro stop. Spacious king size room on the 7th floor was as expected, nice views overlooking N St. Appreciated the modest continental breakfast, coffee was good-but not sure it justifies the daily resort fee. Never took advantage of the twice nightly wine hour. Really missed having a green space or balcony to enjoy the outdoors. HUGE homeless problem in DC makes sitting in the park a non-option! Do walk to City Tap House for their good food and great beer list.
The MOST accommodating staff I've encountered. Location is a couple blocks from the Metro, though we did not need it- the staff made driver arrangements for us. The rooms are quiet, a feeling of spa atmosphere permeates the property. Kimpton Topaz has a 'boutique' vibe, nestled among small embassies, restaurants and bars. Safe, unique, wonderfully located. I'll return! The ONLY thing that kept it from 5 stars is that we have 2 large dogs, and we did have to walk two+ blocks for the potty spot. There are grassy spots suitable for tiny dogs right outside the door.
$460 later and I cannot fathom how this property is considered a Kimpton. Kimpton hotels are luxurious boutique hotels. Luxury at it's core. This hotel is dated from the 90's if we are lucky. The pictures show a far more glamorous antique French themed hotel. I was told they were starting renovations. Renovations are in dire need here. Mis-matched light bulbs. Damaged furniture. Peeling wallpaper. Showerheads that cannot even accommodate a 6' tall male. The "bar" downstairs in the lobby is the worst I've ever seen in a Kimpton. Ever. It was so depressing. All it is used for is the afternoon wine social and the free breakfast (which was actually fine given that it's free). I would have been fine with this place if I didn't pay the bullcrap "amenity fee" as a elite top tier member at IHG. I would have been fine if it wasn't $460 on a Wednesday night. Overall until I have distinct knowledge of a full renovation I'll never stay at this location again. And let me clarify, the staff were wonderful. But they offered no excuses or apologies for the poor condition of their hotel. They just smiled as I paid the bill.