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The Dupont Circle
Ranked #26 of 142 Hotels in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 August 2011

Rooms average around 250 a night. However, the money is worth it! This hotel has a great staff and awesome amenities. The location is also pristine.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 August 2011

The rooms were well sized and nicely appointed. After reading other reviews I was anticipating a see through shower space--not the case. The bathroom door is frosted glass and then the shower is past another marble half wall. I thought it was plenty private.

However, the two issues I did have at the hotel were with the temperature in the room and the blinds on the windows.

The windows had wood slat blinds that may as well have been open for how much light was streaming into the room. I am not an early riser and even after a late night there was really no way to sleep past 7:30am. There were no curtains or even rods or hooks to try to diffuse the light with a sheet or towel. If you're up early or stay in the winter when it's darker in the morning you may be fine but if you're on vacation and want to sleep in you may want to look elsewhere.

The temperature in my room fluctuated between 73 and 78 degrees--yes that's right, nearly 80 IN the hotel room. After calling the engineer because it wouldn't dip below 73 we decided to move to a new room. The new room (west facing) received afternoon sun through the closed blinds which heated the room to a whopping 78. Though we had the thermostat set for 67 it never dropped below 73. We called the engineer in again to try to remedy the problem. Hotel staff informed us the thermostats didn't individually control the rooms because it would fluctuate too much room to room so it was controlled centrally by the hotel. When we complained it was too hot they apologized but said if it was changed then other rooms would be too cold. Needless to say I saw staff delivering box fans to guest rooms.

If it were an inexpensive or discount/travel hotel you could probably write off the problems but for a nice hotel I expected much more.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

My daughter and I stayed here after purchasing a deal on Snique Away. The room was small but lovely. Fine for one night. Nice sitting area by the window, great lighting, comfy beds, very nice toiletries. Heated bathroom floor!
We were there when it was very hot and I think the AC was struggling to keep up. Our room was comfortable, but not as cool as I would like. Also, the busy Dupont Circle location is convenient but a bit noisy at night. Lively bar scene downstairs.
The staff was fantastic!

Room Tip: I would try to get an upper floor due to noise levels.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

I stayed here for 3 days for a conference and enjoyed the updated modern design of this hotel. The unique design of the bathroom which other reviewers described wasn't an issue as I roomed alone. I found it very appealing and spacious. The staff including busboys, banquet staff, front desk and cleaning staff were all friendly and helpful and at times seemed to anticipate our needs before they were articulated. Michael the Concierge was also knowledgable and eager to assist with our inquiries about local sites and restaurants. The location of the restaurant is within walking distance of many restaurants and bistros as well as shops and larger chain stores. It was easy to slip out during breaks and lunch to walk and shop. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 July 2011

This hotel is great - super location - seems like it was recently renovated and it was done really well. Nice bar, great staff.

Now the issue...

The bathrooms in the rooms offer no privacy at all. The bathrooms are open to the bedroom area, and the toilet is only separated from the sink area with a frosted 3/4 glass door. Now as a note we had three king rooms - I'm not sure if a double has a different bathroom setup, however if it's the same I don't think a family or two friends sharing a room would be comfortable with the lack of privacy.

If you’re in town on business this pace is fabulous – just keep the potty in mind!!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

I stayed for 2 night in July 2011 in room 443. Got a corporate rate of 199 and they upgraded me to the next class of room. I am surprised at the other reviews about how small rooms are - my room was large especially for one person. Good desk set up for work. I agree a coffee maker would have been nice. Staff at the desk and the doors could not have been nicer (altho bar tenders in bar not very friendly nor attentive). Will certainly stay here again.

Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 29 July 2011

This a fabulous hotel for their very reasonable rates. The beds were comfortable, the concierge(s) were extremely helpful and the bar is fantastic! We had an excellent breakfast at the restaurant as well. The hotel is also very convenient for those taking public transportation (we arrived by train). Can't think of anything to complain about EXCEPT that I didn't really like the open bathroom concept. There's a door where the toilet & shower are but the sink area is open to the room. So if you are going there on a romantic getaway with a new beau or belle, forget about getting transformed in private. Actually forget about doing anything bathroom related in private. Its all pretty much open to the room in one way or another. Other than that, I enjoyed re-discovering DC and staying at the Dupont Hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank Aselemia
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Additional Information about The Dupont Circle

Address: 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20036-1204
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Region: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Dupont Circle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#17 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#22 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#23 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range: £55 - £334 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Dupont Circle 4*
Number of rooms: 327
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in one of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods, The Dupont Circle brings modern style to the nation's capital for an unforgettable experience. Urban chic comes to life in The Dupont Circle's sleek design, eclectic artwork and coveted location. Then there is LEVEL NINE, an elevated tier of luxury for the ultimate experience. These spacious rooms boast spectacular views across the city from private terraces and balconies with added amenities and benefits. Who needs to cab when you are staying in the heart of the cities restaurant, bar and entertainment scene. Dine in style at Cafe Dupont, a multi-sensory experience, offering a handcrafted modern American style menu with French influences for breakfast, dinner or brunch. Or mix and mingle in one of DC's treasured spots at Bar Dupont, busy with the cosmopolitan after-work crowd. ... more   less 
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