There are eight Kimpton Hotels in Washington D.C., and three more in nearby Alexandria, Virginia — all 11 of them viable options for family-friendly accommodations in our nation’s capitol. So how do you decide which one to visit? We’ve looked at each of them, highlighting their locations and extra perks for families — beyond kids’ programs, spacious suites, wine receptions and pet-friendly policies.
Location: The Donovan is just over a half mile from the White House (schedule a tour), and just over a mile from the National Mall, where you’ll find the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and Smithsonian Museums, the latter of which are free of admission.
Extra Perk: While it’s actually the least family-friendly of all the Kimpton Hotels in D.C. (in terms of accommodations), it offers a rooftop pool — a rarity for both the location and brand.
Location: It feels as if you can reach out and touch the Capitol and National Mall from Hotel George, just a few blocks from some of the city’s biggest attractions.
Extra Perk: During evening wine receptions, kids can dig through a trunk of brand-new (still wrapped) toys to enjoy and take home.
Location: Helix is located in Logan Circle, a residential area. It’s just under a mile from the White House and Dupont Circle, and just over a mile from National Mall. You’ll need the subway to get around — the nearest stop is Dupont Circle Metro Station, approximately 15 minutes from the hotel.
Extra Perk: Mini-bars have Pez dispensers and other classic snacks to complement a movie theme throughout the hotel. Bunks beds are also available for kids.
Lorien Hotel & Spa
Location: The Lorien Hotel & Spa is situated in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, just three blocks from the King Street Metro Station (from which you can get to D.C.) and Alexandria Amtrak Station, and 10 minutes from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. It’s within walking distance of the Alexandria Waterfront and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Extra Perk: The Lorien Hotel & Spa features a Dream Service Menu, with teddy bears, nightlights and storybooks for children, plus comfort food, pillow options and aromatherapy for parents (in addition to an onsite, full-service spa).
Location: Madera is located in Dupont Circle, a hub for restaurants and shops (and nightlife for parents). It’s about 2 miles from the National Mall, but you can quickly get there via the subway — the Dupont Circle Metro Station is only a five-minute walk from the hotel.
Extra Perk: The hotel has a life-size version of Connect Four, available for those who stay in Family Suites (which feature two queen beds and bunk beds to sleep up to six guests).
Hotel Monaco Alexandria
Location: Hotel Monaco Alexandria is 30 minutes from Washington, D.C., but easily accessible via the subway. It’s just 10 minutes from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport — a major time-saver in a city that’s notorious for traffic.
Extra Perk: Kids get a happy hour of their own at Hotel Monaco Alexandria — Kids Hour is hosted daily, 4 to 5 p.m., with games, food, toys and more. Wine receptions for mom and dad follow afterward. Hotel Monaco Alexandria also has an indoor pool.
Hotel Monaco Washington DC
Location: Washington, D.C. Hotel Monaco is the closest Kimpton Hotel to the National Mall — it’s just over a half mile (10 to 15 minutes) from all the fun.
Extra Perk: Fun for families with teens, Hotel Monaco’s Bike with the GM Program includes Bike with the GM Wednesdays, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. — it’s a free, fun tour around the area!
Location: Morrison House is 3 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, and within 10 minutes of top attractions in Washington, D.C.
Extra Perk: The Morrison House has a library, cozy nooks for reading, and a literature theme throughout.
Hotel Palomar Washington D.C.
Location: Hotel Palomar Washington D.C.
is just a 5-minute walk from Hotel Madera, which means it’s also close to Dupont Circle and the Dupont Circle Metro Station.
Extra Perk: Hotel Palomar offers a small courtyard pool, a much-needed relief on sticky summer days. It’s one of two Kimpton Hotels in D.C. (The Donovan) to offer a pool.
Location: Rouge is located on Embassy Row, about 1.5 miles from the National Mall. You’ll likely want to take the subway to get there, though you’ll have to walk just over a half mile (five blocks; 15 minutes) to get there. The hotel is a short walk to the National Geographic Museum, however.
Extra Perk: Rouge provides Bunk Bed Suites with room for up to four guests. It also provides suites with kitchenettes — another rarity for the brand.
Location: Topaz is tucked away on a residential street, seemingly removed from all the action. Yet, it’s just two blocks from Dupont Circle and less than a half mile from Dupont Circle Metro Station. It’s also 4 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.
Extra Perk: Topaz offers a make-your-own trail mix bar each morning, perfect for families on the go.
– Amanda Geronikos