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
My wife and I stayed at the Carlyle when we were married 4 1/2 years ago. It was a wonderful experience so we decided to try the Carlyle again since we had another reason to be in DC for an overnight this past weekend. We were even more impressed this time! The renovations were spot on and the rooms and amenities were excellent. But what struck us even more was the incredibly pleasant and helpful staff. Ashley checked us in and, to celebrate our return, offered to send a bottle of wine and fruit tray to our room...it was received along with a lovely hand-written note from her. She could not have been sweeter. One of the maintenance staff, seeing we were confused trying to operate the elevator, jumped on and showed us how it worked. Later that evening, when we returned to the hotel, we wandered in to the restaurant...the manager there told us they had stopped serving a half hour earlier but, if we were hungry they would certainly feed us. The next day Wayne checked us out...offered not only to hold our bags while we went to brunch, but saw to it they were put in the car before we returned. And the valet had put bottled water and a snack in our car! We were overwhelmed by how well we were treated by absolutely every staff person we came into contact with. The Carlyle is certainly where we will stay on EVERY visit we make to DC. Our niece, who lives there said it will be her hotel recommendation to all her out of town friends. The hotel is located in a lovely neighborhood just off Dupont Circle...convenient walking distance to restaurants.
I spent 3 nights at this hotel on a business trip. The staff went over and beyond helping me. One morning there was no tea in the morning. I waited 10 minutes but then had to leave for work. Wayne(?) ran after me for several blocks to hand me a cup of hot water and a tea bag. He certainly made my day!
The location is very good with quick access to the Metro and in a very walkable neighborhood with some nice restaurants.
There is free wine offered in the afternoons for an hour, unfortunately I could not try it as I got back from work after the event was over.
Now for the bad: It would be much more convenient to have coffee makers in the room than the coffee service in the lobby.
The beds are memory foam, or something similar. Mine seemed like an expensive bed, but it was terrible for me, I could not get a good night sleep and had many aches and pains every day.
The hotel is remodeled and nicely furnished. The bathroom in the hotel room was completely remodeled. The room is also fairly sized. They host a wine hour from 5-6pm, meaning you get free wine for that hour. The staff is AMAZING. They truly go above and beyond for their guests. One day we missed the wine hour and one of the employees saw us talking about it and they brought up a free bottle to our room! Manuel (one of the employees) took great care of our luggage upon arrival and departure. Truly a great experience from start to finish.
I’ve been staying at the Carlyle several times a year for 4 years. From the first visit “Courtney” made me feel welcome and at home. I was disappointed when I found out that she had left and noticed right off the bat that the service changed and I decided to stay at other hotels during my future visits. To my excitement I found out that she returned and booked my reservation for my stay last week. I once again felt welcomed and the service has once again became amazing. She goes out of her way to make every guest feel special. She constantly has a smile on her face and treating all guest as though the are the only guest she is there to help even though she has a hotel full. The Carlyle is very lucky to have an employee that is so dedicated to the company and all of their guest. Kudos to you Courtney, we need more customer service related employees like you in all Kimpton hotels.
I will be booking another reservation at the Carlyle I’m a few months and many more going forwards.
Kimpton shines as usual. Wonderful hotel. Room was clean, cozy, and comfortable, Restaurant served up a great burger in a fun atmosphere. Had a wonderful time chatting with the hotel manager Tristan who actually hangs out with guests and adds an extra dimension to enhance the experience. All the staff are courteous and very anxious to be helpful (gave me a glass of wine when i arrived). In short, the Kimpton touch never fails.