We have stayed at a few other Kimpton Hotels, and have enjoyed each one. This one is located a very easy walk from Union Station Metro. It is pretty much on the corner of North Capitol and E Street, so you can internet-map it and see how close it is to the US Capitol. If you stay and want a few directions on how to easily find it, check out the final paragraph of this review.
It is a boutique hotel in an older building in the Capitol area of DC. On entering the lobby area, you immediately know you are in an establishment where “the customer comes first.” This was true from the bellmen, to the front desk staff, to the cleaning staff. This is usually an indication that this customer-focused mentality starts at the top. (We would learn this to be true.)
My wife and I stayed at The George for a one-night trip to DC where I had an important dinner meeting. The room we stayed in was nicely-appointed. As mentioned in another review, ours overlooked an interior alleyway. In cities like DC, I generally prefer these, as you do not get the “all-night noise” from sirens, motorcycles, etc. (Although my guess is that this part of E Street NW is probably pretty quiet on the street side, as well.) We both got a good night’s sleep.
The rooms, as in all older buildings, are a little smaller than some newer luxury hotels, but ours was very clean and tasteful. The Kimpton guidebook even contained a music CD that I placed in the in-room DVD player and enjoyed while getting ready for my dinner meeting. Our room had a single queen bed, but it also had a pull-down “Murphy bed” on one wall. We did not need to use the extra bed, but I pulled it down to look at it (as I always write reviews of my hotel rooms) and it was “made” with clean linens and ready for use, if needed.
Kimpton hotels offer free internet, which is VERY unusual for DC. (You may have to do a “free sign-up” for their “In-Touch” membership, but this also gets you additional amenities.) One of the funky-chic things we have found in Kimpton hotels are the animal print robes in the closet. The artwork is generally fun to explore around the premises. They have a free wine “happy hour” each evening that we enjoy. Although I was away for a meeting, my wife REALLY enjoyed the one at The George. It is a great way to get to meet some people. They had a gentleman doing free caricature portraits. The people doing the serving at the reception my wife attended were the Senior Managers (and this was a Friday night!) They had arranged with a new local brewery to also do tastings of some new micro-brews, and the hotel General Manager was the person pouring the beer for guests. As the reception came to a close, they even made the rounds for a final refill for the guests. This is service over and above what is to be expected and the entire staff is to be commended.
One other very nice perk at The George was free bicycle loans for guests. We did not have time to use these on this trip, but hope to get the opportunity on a subsequent trip. As we came to check out the following morning, the bellman saw us exiting the elevator and immediately asked if we would need a cab or any other assistance. We were taking the Metro back to DCA airport, so did not need one, but the offer was thoughtful, as he could have been making arrangements so that a cab would be waiting after we checked out.
Overall, it was a very good hotel experience for us. We hope to return.
If you plan to arrive at the George via Metro, when you get to Union Station, head for the “Mass. Avenue” exit (opposite direction from the 1st Street NE Exit.) When you arrive at street level on the escalator, you will be just outside union station. From the top of the escalator turn left 180 degrees and walk in that direction. You will immediately see the oddly shaped glass bicycle rental place, and beyond it, the Postal Museum. Once you get to the street, keep walking the opposite direction from the way you came up the escalator and in a moment you will see the Capitol Dome (looking south.) Once you spot the Capitol, look to your right about 35 degrees and you will see two large glass/mirror buildings, about 8 or 9 stories each. Head directly between them, as that is E Street NW. You will walk past a Senate parking lot, and pass right between a Wells Fargo Bank (on the left) and a Corner Baker (on the right.) As soon as you cross North Capitol Street on E Street you will see the entrance to The George a few hundred feet ahead. We hope you enjoy your stay as much as we did.
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General Manager, Chris Cannon: WhirldWind, WOW...Sounds like we knocked this one out the park!! Thank you so much for your kind words and feedback. I am very pleased to hear that we exceeded your standards and expectations. Please come back to The George for some more chic and comfy fun!
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