I really love this hotel. I have stayed here twice in the last 6 months on business and it has been fantastic each time. It is definitely a boutique hotel so don't come expecting everything to look familiar. The theme of the decor is red, black and silver and a lot of it has a kind of rock and roll element to it. For example, the terry cloth bathrobes in the closet are animal prints rather than the usual white. In general the design walks the fine line between classy and fun very nicely. I would definitely say that the target audience is adults (intimacy kits for sale in the mini-bar!) but I did see some families here too and I am sure it is fine for them too. Everything is clean and well kept. The bed was SUPER comfortable too. The staff are incredibly friendly and clearly enjoy working there.
The hotel is on the older side so there are a few minor issues (elevators are small and relatively slow). Also the wifi must be broadcast from the hallway because the signal is strongest next to the door of the room and gets worse the closer you get to the window.
TIPS: Join the Kimpton Hotels InTouch program BEFORE you book your room. This will entitle you to free wifi while you are there AND a $10 coupon towards the mini-bar or bar downstairs. If you join after you arrive, you will get the wifi only.
The hotel offers free coffee and tea in the lobby each morning and a free cocktail hour from 5-6 pm (wine and possibly a cocktail of the day - for me it was hot toddys on a cold January day and watermelon sangria on a hot June day!). These are open to all guests, regardless of InTouch member status. The whole lobby is hopping during this hour and it is a lot of fun.
Nearby: there is a Whole Foods around the corner which is a great spot to pick up any meals you might want. The Metro is a short walk away (without luggage). With luggage it feels pretty far so you might want to take a cab.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- On Washington DC's historic Embassy Row, Kimpton Rouge Hotel is a superb luxury boutique accommodation. This Kimpton Hotel is a playful and colorful urban retreat at the doorstep of the city's top cultural and historic attractions. Within blocks of Dupont Circle and near the White House, National Mall and countless museums and galleries, the alluring Kimpton Rouge Hotel entices with its rejuvenating décor, exceptional service, signature amenities and adjacent Bar Rouge lounge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kimpton Washington Dc