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
Much below expectations vs other Kimpton hotels. This place seriously needs some make over, it’s generally dated and looks tired. Room (815) was spacious and design is Ok- though dated, not perfectly clean, and house keeping appeared rather poor (bathroom wasn’t clean, no attention to detail). Not the place you’d like to return to. Location is convenient close to Union station but you may not want to walk the few min at night ...
Stayed here for a while for a trial. The bar area is nice but the rooms are small and the hotel is generally average. I have stayed at other Kimotons that I like better. Would probably give this a 3.5 if that existed.
We travelled by train, and as the hotel is a three minute walk from Union Station, it is an easy choice. The hotel is good, the rooms are larger than normal, the housekeeping staff very efficient and there is no noise. The front office staff are courteous and efficient without being friendly. The hotel hosts wine session every evening for an hour and this is a great way to meet fellow guests.
My boyfriend and I stayed at The George for my birthday weekend. The hotel is very easy to locate and the Capital Building is literally within your sight. The front desk staff, and valet, were all extremely friendly and helpful. We arrived at 2PM, even though check out is at 3PM, and were given a room right away. We stayed in a King Deluxe room, which don't let the description fool you, the bathtub is not nearly as extravagant as it sounds. Also, our view from our room was literally all of six yards away from another part of the building... looking into someone else's room. Because of that, we had to keep the blinds closed the entire time and couldn't just watch all of the snow fall. Also, the heating system made plenty of weird noises throughout our stay whenever it was trying to shut itself off. However, the shower is AMAZING... oh, the fabulous water pressure after trekking around DC all day in a snow storm. The room itself was beautiful as well.
I will admit, I was slightly disappointed that, despite what other reviews had stated and with my expectation of Kimpton hotels, that we didn't receive any surprise "gift" for my birthday... but maybe it's just me. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone staying in DC, I just wouldn't recommend paying the extra money for the less than impressive bathtub.
This is boutique hotel with interesting rooms (and showers). it is in a very good location near to the Mall and the Capitol. I stayed for Business meeting and enjoyed the breakfasts and lunches. However the conference rooms were a bit airless.