The Palomar is the 3rd Kimpton hotel we've stayed at -- the first with our 6-year-old -- and the staff there provided an excellent experience.
The two-queen-bed room is plenty of space for 3, good for 4 if needed. The bathroom was cramped but clean and moderately well-appointed.
The famed wine hour was fun but a little claustrophobic in the Palomar's small lobby. I'm guessing folks who work in the Dupont Circle neighborhood would drop by after work, but who could blame them.
The only restaurant, Urbana, is really solid. We had a decent breakfast there (normal portions!) and a tapas dinner that included our daughter doing the prep on her own pizza before it was baked. Great idea. Too bad they're transitioning to more of an Italian-type menu because the wider Mediterranean offerings were excellent.
The pool is small, but really unique, wedged into the brick buildings on the street. A real city feel. Keep in mind there aren't many lounge chairs and just two larger cabana-type sitting areas. Choose your visiting times wisely at the pool (it'd be great if they kept it open past 8pm, but the pool attendants work hard keeping the area clean, so I get it.)
But, as with many Kimptons, what really does the trick is the superior service. Every staff member treated our kid like a VIP, and being a guest included her choice of DVD rentals, lemonade and crackers during wine hour, free room service milk and cookies, and plenty of pool toys. She barely wanted to tour around DC with goodies like that. We also requested the traditional Kimpton goldfish for our room, and they were happy to bring up some fish food so she could care for her new buddy.
Philip is a fine concierge, I believe he's available Tuesday through Saturday.
The Dupont Circle Metro stop is about 3 blocks away.
All in all, we had an early summer (short) vacation that was right for our tastes and needs. It'll be real tough for us not to stay at a Kimpton in the future...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Timeless sophistication meets contemporary style at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington DC. This luxury boutique hotel provides flawless service and exquisite amenities in engagingly innovative surroundings. Located within Washington's historic Dupont Circle, this Kimpton Hotel and its lively Urbana restaurant are a short walk to Georgetown and the city's largest concentration of private art galleries, museums, theaters, shops and restaurants. ... more less
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