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“Mostly good, a few things not so good” 4 of 5 stars
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The George
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   15 E Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20001 (Downtown / Chinatown)   |  
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Ranked #9 of 130 Hotels in Washington DC
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Atlanta, GA
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56 hotel reviews
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“Mostly good, a few things not so good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

First off, I would likely stay here again but only if I had a specific need to be close to Union Station (e.g., Amtrak). The hotel is no more than a 5 minute walk to Union Station, so if you need or want to be in that area, this is a good choice. Since you can also get the Metro red line at Union Station, you can get to many places from this location.

That said, I normally don't prefer the Union Station area. Aside from the touristy (and mostly bad) restaurants inside Union Station (B. Smith's aside -- which is good but also touristy and overpriced), there isn't that much in the way of food or entertainment options in the immediate vicinity. Still, the hotel is a 15 to 20 minute walk into the heart of Chinatown/Gallery Place/Verizon Center, so all is not lost.

As for the hotel itself, it is fairly small. It's not as "funky" as some of the other Kimpton hotels; the rooms are fairly conventional. The lobby is very small and there isn't a bar area to hang out. Adjacent to the hotel is Bistro Bis, a French bistro with decent reviews (but I didn't try it).

Rooms were clean, though somewhat on the small side. Bed was comfortable. Television had so-so reception. No bath -- only a shower stall. Rather than small bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, the hotel uses refillable containers mounted in the shower stall. I didn't like this; seems cheap and one of them had not been refilled.

It was reasonably quiet in the room, though the hallways are annoying loud due to vent units blowing air. The ice machine also made a great deal of noise.

My particular room had a view of a brick wall and windows of other rooms that were maybe 20 feet away. Don't stay here if you want a view or great natural lighting.

Free WiFi (for Kimpton members) was available in the room and lobby. It worked fine.

Overall, my stay here was decent, but there are better choices, including better Kimptons in both DC and Alexandria. The George is decent but neither the hotel nor location really stand out in relation to some of the others. I've tried six or seven now, and all things considered, I prefer the Monaco and the Palomar.

Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
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GeorgeWashingtonDC, General Manager at The George, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
General Manager, Christopher Cannon: Thank you ATL Dawg. We appreciate your feedback and hope to welcome you back soon. Thanks again.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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Seattle
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

Hotel George is a great place to stay, especially if you have business on, or near , the Hill. It is a small to medium sized hotel with an excellent bistro and daily happy hour in the lobby. The rooms are large and well appointed with ample lighting. The internet is fast and reliable. The staff are outstanding and very helpful.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeorgeWashingtonDC, General Manager at The George, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
General Manager, Chris Cannon: Treeeman, thank you so much for the shout-out in regards to our outstanding staff. Exceptional service is what we strive for here at The George so I am very happy to read that we accomplished our goal. Thank you for your business.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

I stay at Hotel George regularly and it is always great. Perfectly located near the capitol and easy to get to the subway. Staff here are always friendly and helpful. Restaurant is one of the best in DC serving outstanding french food.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeorgeWashingtonDC, General Manager at The George, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
General Manager, Chris Cannon: chanjinla, thank you for choosing The George as the best hotel in DC. We hope to create another perfect stay for you in the near future!
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Blooming Prairie
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

I travelled to participate in a national collaborative retreat and was directed to the Hotel George as one of the lodging options as the location was very close to our meeting venue.
I had not previously stayed at a Kimpton Hotel and was pleasantly surprised by the attention to the information I completed on my "In-Touch Membership". Staff members were pleasant and with this being my first time in DC, helpful in providing me maps and information on the many attractions. I liked the boutique atmosphere and my room was in a quiet location, clean, spacious, and very comfortable.I enjoyed a breakfast meal in the Bis restaurant and excellent wine in the lounge as well as during the wine/beer hour in the lobby. Overall an excellent experience, highly recommended!

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeorgeWashingtonDC, General Manager at The George, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
General Manager, Chris Cannon: Diane O, "pleasant/excellent/highly recommend"... reading these words in your post just made my day - thank you!!
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Carmel, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Am surprised at all the rave reviews. Check in service efficient and pleasant. Hotel itself is in need of refurbishing. Hallways are really depressing and room (6th floor on E St side) felt dated; visible spots on room easy chair; no turn-down service; no extra pillows in room; pump bottle dispensers for soap, shampoo, etc., housekeeping for day didn't arrive until after 3:30 pm. None of these things alone are awful, but hotel certainly does not exude luxury.

Hotel restaurant, Bistro Bis is pretty highly rated. Again, surprised. Food average and also in need old a re-do: banquette seats had holes/cracks. Hotel says its independent, but it doesn't reflect we'll on hotel.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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GeorgeWashingtonDC, General Manager at The George, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
General Manager, Chris Cannon: MCSCarmel, I was pleased to read that your experience at the front desk was pleasant. However, I do apologize for your less than stellar stay in regards to your feedback about the condition of the hotel. We have a full renovation scheduled for early next year so we hope to see you again to turn this experience around. Thank you for your business.
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Northampton
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77 reviews 77 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

I travelled to participate in oral arguments at the Supreme Court. The location was superb--just one block from the train station and several blocks to Capital Hill and the Supreme Court.

As with most Kimpton Hotels, I was treated well as an in-touch member upon arrival. It is not inexpensive to stay there, but it is a beautiful boutique hotel with great ammenities. Wonderful staff.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeorgeWashingtonDC, General Manager at The George, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
General Manager, Chris Cannon: NorthhamptonSyd, we are very happy that you were able to experience our "wonderful staff" first hand. Please come back for some more exceptional service - thank you for your business!!
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New Haven, Connecticut
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

We stayed at this boutique hotel in August 2012 after dropping off our daughter at UMD. The staff was very friendly and had the admosphere of being at home, but with a chic flare. It is in a great location near the Capitol and Union Station. We were only here two nights and got a great rate through priceline. Absolutely no complaints except we wish we could have stayed longer!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GeorgeWashingtonDC, General Manager at The George, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
General Manager, Chris Cannon: MaggieSpice, we never let our guests leave the hotel with an unresolved complaint...So you must come back for another flawless stay ;-) Thank you!!
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Address: 15 E Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20001
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Downtown / Chinatown , Penn Quarter , Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#4 Green Hotel in Washington DC
#7 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#9 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#9 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The George 4*
Number of rooms: 139
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located on Capitol Hill near Union Station, the George stands out as one of the most stylish boutique hotels in Washington DC. This luxury hotel offers celebrity appeal, impeccable service and extraordinary value in an ideal location. Hotel George, at the nucleus of Capitol Hill’s business district, is steps from Union Station and the U.S. Capitol Building and a short walk from the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, and the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Office Buildings. ... more   less 
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