by Amanda Geronikos
The Carlyle Dupont Circle, A Kimpton Hotel features funky, boutique accommodations in the heart of Washington, D.C. Guestrooms are equipped with one king or two queen beds with Tempurpedic mattresses, and cribs are available. Upgrade to a Deluxe or Studio-level room to enjoy extra space and a kitchenette, as well. Some rooms are pet-friendly, with the hotel even providing pet beds, bowls, treats and more.
Other perks at The Carlyle Dupont Circle include complimentary wine hours, a fitness center, bike rentals, in-room spa services and The Riggsby, an onsite restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Brunch and Lobster Suppers are also served on Sundays. In-room dining is available, as well, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Wi-Fi is available for a daily fee. Kimpton Karma members receive complimentary Wi-Fi, though, in addition to mini-bar credits, pillow menus and other perks. Consider signing up — it’s free to join.
Parking is valet only, for a fee.
Our Editor Loves
- Dupont Circle location
- Onsite restaurant and in-room dining
- Pet-friendly rooms and perks
- Onsite Dining
by Karen F
We stayed for 4 nights at the start of a 21 day tour of the East Coast. We arrived on my 55th birthday and my husband had contact the hotel ahead to inform them and enquire regarding a complimentary upgrade to help celebrate or maybe something else eg. Bottle of fizz etc.. His email was not acknowledged nor did anyone mention it when we arrived....not a great welcome!
Reception staff over the 4 days were mostly surly at best ....some very dismissive and one lady outright rude to my daughter in law.
Our room was on the 2nd floor ....quite small but nicely furnished. Our sons room on the 8th floor was bigger and slightly better appointed. Bathroom was unworkably small with only a very small basin and no shelving. Very small closet space but luckily we were not going to be unpacking. Our real issue was the extremely thin walls allowing us to hear much of what was happening in Both adjoining rooms which resulted in us hearing “intimate activity” on two occasions from two separate rooms. This really did not enhance our stay one bit and also taking into consideration the expensive food and beverages we would only recommend this location but sadly not this hotel.
The reviews for this hotel are all very positive, but I didn't have a very good experience of it. The location is definitely pleasant and convenient, and the hotel has a hip vibe (it was featuring LGBQ art on the walls while I was there). However, both my room and the restaurant were under par. The hallway carpet in front of the room was grubby and there was an unpleasant smell in the air. The room was tiny, with a dysfunctional toilet that kept roaring after it had been flushed once. Every morning around 6.30-7, there was a lot of noise and clanking in the hallway. I have no idea what was going on.
In the much vaunted "Riggsby" restaurant, the food was mediocre at best. At one meal, the cheese plate was just two pieces of toast and 4 limp pieces of uninteresting cheese. At another meal, lunch with a group, one of us was served chicken that had so obviously gone bad that he took one bite and actually had to run to vomit. (He then left the restaurant). This is pretty extreme.
I don't know DC well so I'm not sure where else to stay besides hotels in Georgetown, but I would not stay here again.