by Amanda Geronikos
If it weren’t for a bright, blue canopy outside the building, you’d pass Topaz – A Kimpton Hotel. The property is located on a quiet, residential street in Washington D.C. — its best asset, in our opinion. It’s truly removed from the city’s hustle and bustle, yet close enough that you don’t have to go far to get to Dupont Circle and other area attractions. Perhaps this is why President Theodore Roosevelt chose to live where the hotel now stands – another fun asset of the hotel.
In addition to a prime location, the hotel offers traditional amenities found at Kimpton Hotels – a children’s program, wine receptions and pet-friendly policy — along with some fun extras, like a make-your-own trail mix bar and complimentary tablets to use at the hotel.
For more information, read about Kimpton Hotels.
Our Editor Loves
- Quiet location
- Kimpton Kids
- Trail mix bar
- Children Programs
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
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The hotel provides just 99 guestrooms, each decorated in hues of royal blue and pale yellow, with abstract paintings on walls -- a signature feature at many Kimpton Hotels. Many rooms have tub/shower combinations for families.
Amenities include iPod docking stations, triple-sheeted down comforters, honor bars, yoga mats and animal print robes (kids' sizes available).
Cribs are available at no extra charge, while rollaway beds are available for $25 per night. Connecting rooms are also available.
Queen Queen Deluxe
As the name implies, this room type offers two queen beds, perfect for a family of four. It offers views of N Street, a quiet, residential street, and Dupont Circle. It's 375 square feet in size.
This room type seems to be designed for the fitness-minded traveler, but is actually perfect for a family of three. It's 400 square feet, with a king bed and stationary bike, plus a separate alcove with a daybed. The daybed can be privatized with a curtain, making kids feel as if they have their own room.
Deluxe Yoga Rooms
Similar to Energy Rooms, these units offer yoga equipment.
This room sleeps up to four in one king bed and one sofa bed.
Of course, the hotel also has a Queen Deluxe Room with one queen bed, and a King Deluxe Room with one king bed, both best for two adults.
I was quite disappointed with my decision to stay here as soon as we pulled in front of the hotel. Several homeless people sitting around, area did not feel safe at all. Walking into the establishment it was not as appealing as the photos. Lots of dust and the desk area was just plain filthy with boxes and stuff piled in behind it. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. Our room was decorated with modern touches and roomy. However, it looked like it had not been vacuumed and dusted in several months. Dust was also thick on the TV stand and night stand so much that we could write messages in it (gross). The air conditioning was not working properly so I requested a fan. It was promptly brought to our room but didnt help much. The next day I asked for another fan and had to call back several times to find out they did not have anymore. So the 3rd night i asked again and if they did have one to please leave it at our door. When we returned to our room that evening we walked in to see two fans were delivered to our room, which was most appreciated, even though we asked it be left at our door. They offered to move us to another room with a charge due to the other available room with working air being bigger than the room we were in. Our room 601, had a drain issue in the shower. The breakfast lacked healthy options. All they serve is tea, terrible coffee, juice, Cereal, pastries, toast, and some apples. We found out from the hotel concierge next door that parking is free on the street in front of the hotel. It would have been nice to know this from Kimpton Topaz before we paid them $50/night. We asked about their free bikes and was told they were all in the shop... and no car was available to take us anywhere like the website states. I read a review that a guest posted earlier saying they were reimbursed in cash for Uber fees then the car wasn't available. So for future guests please keep that in mind. So overall the staff was friendly and the beds comfy. We won't stay here again when we revisit D.C due to how our air conditioner issue was handled and not feeling safe with my children outside of the hotel.
by Mette A
Our travel agency - USA Tours - had messed up our reservation (never ever book a travel or trip via travel agency USA Tours!) .
The best, most fantastic, receptionist De'Cheyla, arranged everything for us even though there was no booking for us.
We came a family of 4 from DK, tired from travelling, and De'Cheyla and her colleagues Chris, Tenaya, Brice and Jean, made our arrival to Washington DC the best we could ever dream of.
The best service in the whole world.
A nice, very well located hotel with a great atmosphere.
My warmest recommendations !
Topaz provides four complimentary bicycles, including one that's child-sized. The bikes are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and helmets are available.
The hotel provides three Kindle Fires on a first-come, first-served basis, with no restrictions for rent time. All devices are fully loaded with games, books, magazines and apps.
Available at all Kimpton Hotels, Kimpton Kids provides youngsters with pet goldfish in rooms (upon request), welcome treats, hula hoops and other surprises. The program also allows parents to rent strollers -- one less thing to pack.
Topaz Bar mostly offers soups, salads, full entrees and small plates -- the latter perfect for kids (there isn't a specific kids' menu). Options include mac and cheese, wings, burgers and fries. A continental breakfast is also available each morning. Topaz Bar is open 7 to 10:30 a.m., and then 5 to 10:30 p.m. daily.
In-room dining is available via Topaz Bar, and hours are the same -- 7 to 10:30 a.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. daily.
Make-Your-Own Trail Mix Bar
Guests can create a healthy snack (on the house) to start their day, 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Options include granola, nuts, raisins and chocolate.
Don't be fooled by the name -- the hotel's wine receptions (and really, all wine receptions at Kimpton Hotels) are family-friendly, with cookies and fruit punch for kids, or even hot apple cider during colder months. They're held from 5 to 6 p.m. daily.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Sign up for Kimpton Karma Rewards, a free program that allows guests to enjoy free Wi-Fi, exclusive restaurant offers, a $10 in-room mini-bar credit and personalized perks, such as your favorite type of pillows. It also allows you to earn free nights at Kimpton Hotels. For non-members, Wi-Fi is available for $12.99 per night.
If you don't sign up for Kimpton Karma Rewards, you'll be asked to pay a daily hotel fee of $15 (again, sign up for Kimpton Karma). This includes upgraded Wi-Fi, coffee and tea each morning, local and long distance calls, and car service within one mile of the hotel (other restrictions apply).
Forgot It? We've Got It!
Did you forget your toothbrush? Topaz has it. Can't sleep without white noise? Topaz has that covered, too. Ask staff at the front desk for any necessities you may have forgotten to pack - they'll likely have them right at the hotel.
Animals are welcome free of charge at Topaz and other Kimpton Hotels. Dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, hermit crabs -- you name it, they're welcome. Bowls, beds, treats and other creature comforts are provided, too.
The hotel doesn't have a fitness center, but provides passes to a local YMCA.
Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at noon.
The Art of Smart Timing
The best time to visit Washington, D.C., of course, is during the National Cherry Blossom Festival and the summer months that follow. Hotel rates are, of course, higher during those times. Enjoy lower rates with a visit in the fall or during the months of January and February.
Topaz is located just 4 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, though you'll still sit in traffic to get to and from the hotel. Washington Dulles International Airport, served by more flights, is 30 miles away -- count on more than an hour's drive. Utilize public transportation to get to and from the hotel -- you won't want to drive around the city during your stay.
Valet parking is available for $49, plus tax, per night. The closest metro station is Dupont Circle Station, a little more than a half-mile away.
For Mom and Dad
Catch a free comedy show on Thursdays, right at the hotel. Called Laughing Buddha-ha, the event delivers 10 local comedians who tell jokes for 10 minutes each. After you've gained some liquid courage, hop up on stage yourself during "Everyone's A Comedian" -- you could win $25 in cash (and beer). Another option is in-room massage services.