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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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 got to the Kimpton, they immediately let us check in early (no fee) and the staff was very friendly and the room was amazing as well!! The whole set up of the hotel with the art work was awesome! I really enjoyed my stay here!
Johnny and Benjamin at the front desk made is feel right at home. They delivered exceptional customer service and ensured our visit here was enjoyable. High level of professionalism with warm spirits. I would stay here again just because of the customer service.
From the time I arrived to the time I left, service was impeccable. I asked to check in early and my request was honored.
The room was in great condition. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was marble with both a tub and shower.
The hotel is a couple of minute walk to Union Station. There is a Corner Bakery in the building next door and a Starbucks two blocks away. I usually try to find local establishments but did not have time.
The hotel is near a fire station so I was a little concerned about noise but it was not an issue.
It's really a great hotel. I've stayed there many times. But a new wrinkle was presented: A $25/day "amenity fee" that comes as a surprise. Nothing in the hotel that I saw to tell me about the GREAT amenities you pay for, even if you have no use for them. Free long-distance calling, assuming you don't have a cell phone. Free car service within one mile of the hotel during a two-hour period in the AM and another in the PM, IF AVAILABLE. Faster-than-usual wi-fi. In essence, you get nothing of real value for $25/day, wh9ioh is why you are not told, I assume, and why you don't have the choice of saying "No thank you." It appears that Kimpton post IHG buy-0out has become just another brand; just another provider looking to impose "fees" that, when you come down to it, offer next to nothing in order to take the customers. You want to charge $25 more for your rooms. Do it! But don't do it in what I feel is a dishonest manner. I'll use a Kimpton again when the fee is no longer charged so sneakily or the fabulous amenities are optional.
Great, hip hotel from the lobby to the room. However, where this hotel shines is through its people. It started with the friendly face at check in. Then, out of a rush to leave in the morning, I accidentally left my laptop. Mary, who had been awesome already at wine hour, giving us recommendations, and generally throughout our stay, rushed and delivered the laptop to my hands in the station two minutes before I was scheduled to depart to New York.
Thanks to Mary, I will be arriving at work on Monday without a blip. I am so grateful to her and the George.