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
I can’t describe how amazing my stay was from beginning to end thanks to Hanry. I’ve never met an overnight auditor who was able to make sure my stay was smooth and enjoyable. My friends had a blast and it was evident that Hanry and his team were committed to providing a luxury yet unique experience. Thank you! I’ll definitely be back.
Johnny P and all the staff were warm and so helpful. Felt like family that the really cared to make our visit memorable! Gracious and fun!!! Great location around Folger Theater, Senate, and Union Station.
We reserved two rooms at this hotel for one night. When we checked in we were asked to leave a security deposit for each room with a promise that these funds will be returned to us upon our departure. One week later we are still waiting for the security deposit to be returned. When I called I was transferred to the accounting office but no one answered the phone. When we checked in we were told that only one room was ready. We were directed to which room to go. When we when to that room we found that that room has not been cleaned yet. It was a mess. We were then directed to another room which was ready. The rooms are nice and comfortable, however, the air condition makes noise if you leave it on at night. I did not sleep well because of this. However, since we only stayed one night I did not make an issue out of it. If you are looking for a quick, simple breakfast go out of the hotel and you will find around the corner a nice place to have breakfast.