Kimpton George Hotel
What We Love
- Spacious, recently renovated rooms
- Nightly lobby wine hour
- French fare at Capitol Hill hot spot Bistro Bis
What To Know
- The hotel was renovated in February 2014
- Two blocks from Union Station and three blocks from the U.S. Capitol
- Fitness center with men’s and women’s steam rooms
- A $15 (plus tax) facilities fee per night will be collected at the hotel
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This 139-room Capitol Hill hotel named for our nation’s Founding Father was the District’s first boutique hotel when it opened in 2002. Fresh off a redesign, the George sets the standard for form, function and highly personalized service. The street-level lobby is efficient and comfortable, with Cassina USA chrome tables, black leather chairs by architect Gerrit Rietveld, and Louis Poulsen lamps set against white limestone. Original portraits of George Washington by Andy Warhol protégé Steve Kaufman hang in the lobby and in the halls and set the moody color palette of navy and yellow.
Bed & Bath
Washington’s ragtag Continental Army wore whatever blue coats they could scavenge to contrast with the red coats of the British regulars, and that navy hue dominates the spacious guestrooms, with throw pillows playfully mimicking the brass-buttoned jacket style Washington insisted upon in his own attire. Pop Art portraits of the general and a blown-up facsimile of the Constitution are plastered over the bed, which is topped by a white leather headboard. The bathrooms are big marble affairs with double vanities; most have separate glass-encased showers and soaking tubs. Mod cons include flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffee machines, zippy WiFi (free if you’re a Kimpton Karma member) and work desks with plenty of plugs.
The street-level Bistro Bis is one of Capitol Hill’s hot spots, a favorite for power lunches and a hip happy hour. The restaurant’s cherrywood interior winks at the oft-told tale about George Washington chopping down a cherry tree, while the zinc bar and light fixtures add a modern edge. Chef Jeffrey Buben’s French Bistro honors America’s first ally with such classics as onion soup les halles topped with gooey gruyere, and beef bourguignon with trumpet mushrooms, lardons and pearl onions.
In the Area
Of course you’re going to stroll to the Capitol to stand on its steps and gaze west over the National Mall. But don’t miss the United States Botanical Gardens, at the Capitol’s southwestern edge. Its National Garden is a tribute to the flora of the Midatlantic, including a delightful butterfly garden. Also within walking distance are the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum complex, with 19 museums and a zoo, all free of charge. History freaks can’t miss seeing the original Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, where you can also research your family’s immigration records. If your hotel inspires you, check out George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon. The 18th-century mansion is packed full of the president’s paintings and furnishings, and the formal gardens remain uniformly spectacular. For a dose of culture in DC, the Kennedy Center has great rotating music, dance and theater shows, with free performances most evenings.
How to Get There
We've stayed in several Kimpton properties and have always enjoyed the combination of comfort and slightly-edgy Kimpton vibe (decor, free wine bar, etc.) The George was a good find. Easy walking distance from Union Station (metro in from Washington National was convenient) and close enough to the Mall and its museums. Bed and room were comfortable and reasonably quiet (morning trash pick-up outside was a bit annoying.) Four, not five, stars because of the "amenity fee" - really annoying add on (though, the overall price for the room seemed attractive). Why access to fast wifi and the possibility of car service within a mile of the hotel merit and $20+/day "amenity fee" does not make sense to me. Also, Kimpton, like other places we've stayed, has redesigned the bathroom door to a sliding one. Saves space, but the the Kimpton one is really stiff and not easy to open or close. (I mentioned this to the front desk and got the response that the problem had been raised frequently.)
Never again. I have stayed at Kimpton Hotels in LA, Portland, Boston, NY and Washington DC (Palomar). I love Kimpton hotels. They always have great service, fun decor, wonderful fun wine tasting and the most wonderful rooms. BUT THE GEORGE HOTEL IS AWFUL. It has none of those things. I traveled to DC on business with 4 other people who also hated this hotel and the service. We had two rooms which accommodated us. But both rooms were really dirty. Peeling paint in the bathrooms, smelly carpet in the hallways and the bedspreads smelled and felt like that hadn't been washed in awhile. Disgusting. And they charged close to $500 a night for that. We were there on business for two nights. Two of us were supposed to stay there three nights but our plane from LA was cancelled due to weather. I called the hotel and spoke to several people, one at the hotel, one in reservations who both said since the plane was cancelled I would not be charged for the night I was not there. When I checked in I explained everything to the manager who said she would honor that. When I got my bill of course they charged me for the night I wasn't there.They had no explanation for their reversal. The FOOD: The first night we ate at the hotel restaurant which is an overpriced French restaurant. The food is very good and the waiter was excellent (the only excellent thing at the hotel) but pricey even for DC. During dinner everyone complained about the horrible condition of things so I asked to speak to the manager. After waiting at the front desk for 20 minutes for the manager to emerge (who was put out when I asked her why she didn't send someone out to tell me she would be delayed in talking to me...anyway she did not help just gave me attitude. I found a maid in the hallway and asked her to clean my room and give us clean sheets, bedding and towels. She did but again with attitude even after I tipped her. This experience made me rethink my love for all Kimpton Hotels. I travel 6 to 10 times a year for work. I like a great boutique hotel with great service and a little style. Kimpton Hotels used to be that for me.
We stayed here as a family of five in August 2017. From the moment we walked in the staff couldn't be more helpful and attentive. The rooms were beautiful, large and spotlessly clean. The hotel is located centrally enough to reach all of the downtown area easily, public transport is just over the road within the station complex. The Capitol building is within a minutes walk and is well worth the tour. We would highly recommend this hotel and will be staying here on our return to DC.
I stayed here May of 2017. The room was nice - bed was very comfortable. The room was very clean. Hallways were absolutely disgusting and smelled - for ~300 dollars a night you would expect them to turn the AC on so the hallways aren't hot/humid and disgusting.
Location is okay, it is about a 15-20 minute walk to the convention center- there are definitely other hotels that are much closer and have better value. I would definitely not stay here again. It is not worth the value.
Awesome customer service from the Johnny at the front desk. Two types of pillows and two types of bed, made the room comfortable for people that like hard beds and people that like soft beds. Great location for visiting the Capitol Building, African American and Holocaust Museums.