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
The reviews for this hotel are all very positive, but I didn't have a very good experience of it. The location is definitely pleasant and convenient, and the hotel has a hip vibe (it was featuring LGBQ art on the walls while I was there). However, both my room and the restaurant were under par. The hallway carpet in front of the room was grubby and there was an unpleasant smell in the air. The room was tiny, with a dysfunctional toilet that kept roaring after it had been flushed once. Every morning around 6.30-7, there was a lot of noise and clanking in the hallway. I have no idea what was going on.
In the much vaunted "Riggsby" restaurant, the food was mediocre at best. At one meal, the cheese plate was just two pieces of toast and 4 limp pieces of uninteresting cheese. At another meal, lunch with a group, one of us was served chicken that had so obviously gone bad that he took one bite and actually had to run to vomit. (He then left the restaurant). This is pretty extreme.
I don't know DC well so I'm not sure where else to stay besides hotels in Georgetown, but I would not stay here again.
I am a frequent traveler and try to book almost exclusively with Kimpton or somewhere within the IHG family. The Kimptons are wonderful: great amenities, great restaurants and of course, world-class customer service! Arrived well before check-in and they were able to accommodate me! Ezekiel and the front desk staff were awesome and sent me a text to ensure that I was comfortable. And certainly the hosted wine hour and exemplary cleanliness is always a plus!!
We had a nice stay at the hotel. 5 minutes walk to DuPont circle metro. Nearby a good Safeway and 10 minutes walk to Phillips Art Collection.
In the morning tee and coffee was available and in the afternoon white and red wine was served - nice when coming “home” from the sightseeing downtown.
The only improvement could be that the block soap in the bathroom that was changed every day was substituted with liquid based soap in a bottle.
I frequently travel to DC for meetings of our trade association NAR and always enjoy staying at the Kimpton Carlyle. I especially want to shout out for Dave the doorman. The guy is wonderful in a warm and genuine way. He is always there with a smile a warm welcome back and a sincere interest in helping you with anything. Wayne the manager is likewise great. In truth everybody there does a great job. I highly recommend the Kimpton Carlyle to anyone staying in DC.
I think that for the price, which was quite reasonable you can't go wrong with this hotel. Rooms were modern and clean, restaurant served up a nice brunch. Only challenge may be the parking since there is no convenient place to unload and load your car if you are driving. What I think it might lack a bit is a welcoming and pleasing common area and also the restaurant is a bit dated in decor; perhaps just not up to the standard of the surrounding tony hotels or even perhaps not up to standard you come to expect from Kimpton. i would stay here again based on price comparisons to other hotels.