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
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- 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
My family & I stayed here on the 4th of July as we were passing through the area. We've never stayed at a Kimpton before so we didn't know what to expect. The room was great (as it is often hard to find a room that sleeps 5) & the staff was top knotch! Location is great also & close to everything by walking i.e. shops, restaurants & landmarks. On the negative side it was a bit smaller than we expected. It's in an older building that was converted so it doesn't have the space we're used to from other hotels. That was ok though, that's on us & not a fault of theirs. It just goes into the "should have done my research" category. It's not a resort, but it's a great place to stay after a long day of touring DC. The rooms were clean, the beds were comfy & in the end that's all that matters! We would definitely stay here again.
There were so many kind gestures from staff including, giving an ice-lolly to kids, giving bottles of water to us for the day, iced drink provision in lobby, in-house taxi service, fantastic breakfast. Hotel also walking distance to White House. Great place to stay...
I had a work conference in this neighborhood and the hotel was recommended by the sponsor. I brought my husband along to site see while I spent 2 days working, and evenings enjoying DC. I live in Delaware and have been here many times. I cannot say enough good things about this hotel and the neighborhood. This quaint smaller hotel’s location is safe, clean and easily walkable to great restaurants and museums, etc. The White House was less about 5 blocks away and he spent 2 full day site seeing on foot. The hotel is in a safe, old historic area, clean and the staff are superb. We had a standard king room, that might be the largest “hotel room” I’ve had. Very comfortable King bed, dressing area with vanity, sofa sitting area, and desk area. Free wine happy hour from 5-6 AND 8-9 is an extra nice touch. Basic continental breakfast is nothing special which is surprising, since everything else was top notch. Did I say the staff was great! A happy face said “welcome back” or acknowledged you every time you walked in the lobby. Not a single complaint. PS I rely on other people’s reviews when I plan my travel and am paying it forward to the others that take the time to share their travel tips. You will not be disappointed with this hotel.
I've stayed in quite a few Kimptons, including most of the ones in DC. The Topaz is typically one of the least costly options, which is fair given that it's a bit tired and worn out. However, the location is fabulous and the service is some of the best I've experienced anywhere. Whenever I return to DC on my own dime, this will be one of the first places I look.
I was upgraded to an "exercise room" which featured an elliptical machine in the corner - great for a particular clientele but mostly a source of guilt for me. However, the rest of the room was huge and comfortable and the upgrade was much appreciated. I was able to check in a bit before the 3:00pm time (though of course I didn't count on this availability) and my request for a later check out was honored, which was also a wonderful perk. Room was clean and quiet and bed was super comfortable. Again, all of the staff, from the woman who checked me in to the gentleman clearing out the room service items to the folks at the continental breakfast, were all spectacularly friendly and helpful. It's close to two red line metro stations, and although the Palomar is objectively nicer and newer, I prefer this side of Dupont Circle for its proximity to 14th Street and all its offerings.
They recently closed their restaurant, and to make up for that it seems they're doing two wine hours each evening and a free continental breakfast, which was nothing special but still better than nothing. The decor was still modern and fresh but it's clear that the place could use a renovation - fraying carpets, dinged walls, damaged ceilings, outdated bathroom fixtures (though the bathrooms seemed to be partially renovated).
My biggest objection is the amenity fee, which other reviews refer to as well. I pay close attention to the fine print and knew about the fee before booking and so didn't dispute it on check out, but I still feel it's pretty egregious to charge a mandatory extra $23.00/night at a property that doesn't even have a pool or a restaurant (the "upgraded wifi" and "car service" are jokes). I considered it to be part of the base price and still felt the value was worth it, but it does feel dirty to have that extra, only semi-disclosed fee tacked on for such stupid "extras."
Kimpton's staff were super friendly. They were accommodating as well, offering us rooms on a higher floor, along with telling us about the free wine they had at various points in the day. There was also breakfast they informed us about. The beds were very comfy, the decor was chic and modern and the rooms were really clean. The only downside is the elevators, which moves like a turtle and come super late because of that reason, but other than that everything was great. I hated the resort fee the most, which is the only drawback of booking at cities such as DC and NY noawadays.