This place has a history, and it shows. The buildings (three old rowhouses joined together) are well preserved and beautifully renovated. They reflect a long gone charm that comes with steep narrow staircases and oddly shaped rooms, narrow corridors and high ceilings, heavy beams and old stone fireplaces. Rooms are furnished with interesting and functional antiques and painted with verve and gay abandon. Bathroom redecorating is very creative, functional, and sophisticated. Location is good, and the bar and the restaurant both enjoy a fine reputation, which they strive hard to maintain. Brunch on the patio is delightful, and the mixology deserves recognition (and some serious testing and evaluation).
While service in the bar and restaurant are really excellent, you may find yourself carrying your own bags up several flights of steep narrow stairs. Getting a reservation takes persistence and patience and leaves you wondering if they need (or want) your business.
Location is within easy walking distance of DuPont Circle, and stepping out the door onto the quiet side street where the entrance is located is a pleasure. There are a hundred outstanding restaurants within walking distance, even more coffee houses, and yes, Kramer Books is still in business.
Overall, recommended for the truly interesting experience, architecture, and decor. Worth a visit, but you probably won't go back to stay in the hotel again either.
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