The Carlyle, a Kimpton Hotel
What We Love
- A sleek luxury hotel in a prime D.C. location, with breakfast and a nightly wine hour
- The hotel’s complimentary bike-share offerings, perfect for exploring Dupont Circle and beyond
- The Riggsby, which offers approachable on-site dining, courtesy of acclaimed chef Michael Schlow
- The plush beds, with Frette linens and Tempur-Pedic mattresses
What To Know
- Select rooms have a kitchenette and sitting areas
- You can bring Fido with you, and there's a dog park one block away
- The friendly staff makes you feel at home
Set in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s most famously culture-loving
district, The Carlyle is cool with a Capital ‘c’. A Kimpton property with
all the company’s flair, this boutique hotel caters to the Capital City
traveler with a slew of hip services and amenities. Located just three blocks from buzzing Dupont Circle, the hotel provides a bike-share
program, so it’s easy to hit the neighborhood’s many shops, restaurants
Inside the Art Deco building, glam details abound, and a
buzzed-about restaurant by James Beard-winning chef Michael Schlow is
set to open in summer 2015. In a signature Kimpton twist, Carlyle
also knows when it’s time to turn down the style and let you get some
rest. To that end, your morning coffee and tea are complimentary, as is the nightly wine hour. You’ll also be invited to stretch
out in privacy and crash on a Tempur-Pedic mattress made in Frette
linens. Sure, you’re just two miles from Ford’s Theater and the White
House, but you’d be forgiven for skipping the sights when shut-eye is so
Chic guestrooms are decorated in cool navy blues and charcoal grays with Tempur-Pedic mattresses made in crisp Frette linens. For
a single king bed, opt for the King Deluxe, a 400-square-foot
accommodation. Or for two queen beds and a kitchenette,
choose the Studio Queen Queen room.
The Carlyle is home to The Riggsby, a new D.C. dining
destination helmed by James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur
Chef Michael Schlow. While the fare is upscale, the vibe is
approachable, with rustic wood detailing, an open kitchen and a menu of
inviting cocktails and cuisine.
Circle is a quiet, tree-lined section of Washington, D.C. offering ideal
access to the rest of the city. You’ll find yourself a short walk from
the upscale shops and sights of historic Georgetown, and within two
miles of the hotel, you’ll discover some of D.C.’s most famous
attractions – the White House, Ford’s Theater and the World War II
Memorial, among others.
How to Get There
Aside from the initial text message outreach from the staff upon starting my stay at the Carlyle, the service experience there simply did not met the standards I have come to know and expect from my stays at other Kimpton properties. During this particular stay I learned/felt that it was an imposition to request ice for my room in the evenings. I also asked for a restock of my minibar, which was not done even once during my 5 day stay. Upon my request for it to be restocked on the day prior to my departure, two random staff (without any supplies) showed at at my door at 6pm. I declined the restock because I had already walked several blocks to a Safeway to get beverages and snacks for myself due to the lack of responsiveness or urgency of the staff. Then, to add insult to injury, as I was departing the hotel early on a very rainy Sunday morning, a staff member came to gruffly request that I return the Kimpton umbrella I had just as I was standing out in the rain loading my bags into an Uber. I would happily have paid for the umbrella had that been requested; it was not. I was “drop-jawed” at the treatment that an Inner Circle/Spire Elite member would receive at this particular Kimpton property. I travel to DC regularly (twice a month) and always stay at Kimpton properties whenever there is conveniently located availability. I love the Kimpton brand and most of their properties. Alas, this was the first and the last time that I will stay at the Carlyle!
I enjoyed by stay here overall. Let me put down the positives and negatives.
Positive:quiet and secure in safe neighborhood
Clean and kept up well
Staff were helpful and tried their best
Easy walk to great dining in Adams Morgan
10 minute walk to DuPont Circle
Complementary Wine at 1700
Negatives: small rooms
Temp control in room, had trouble lowering the temp in room
Slow and small elevator
Variable rate in rooms, the charge more when busy so check before booking
Extra fee added daily on top of room rate.
Great service and hotel.Staff was very helpful,courteos and profesional.Rooms and hotel was spotlees, they sure take personalised care seriously. Would highly recomend a i definietly will go back again.