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Topaz, a Kimpton Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1733 N St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20036 (Upper Northwest)   |  
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Ranked #27 of 130 hotels in Washington DC
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“Great location, good service and decent amenities”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Nice location, near Dupont Circle and away from the more touristy areas. The staff is superb. Decent wi-fi. Breakfast is just ok -- only real downside is the bathrooms, they are very small and could use an update and some more water pressure. Overall though, I would recommend and it is priced right for what you get.

Room Tip: We overlooked N street and we were happy with that view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rcimei, General Manager at Topaz, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Dear scottandscott,

Thank you for your review of your stay at the Topaz. I am glad that you enjoyed your time with us and the location worked so well for you. Thank you also for your notes on the bathroom, where we can't do much from a design standpoint we can certainly make sure the water pressure is where it needs to be.

We hope you will come stay with us again in the future.

Thank you,
Ryan Cimei
General Manager
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

I have stayed at the Topaz many times during business trips to DC and I am never disappointed. The hotel is located in a quiet neighborhood just off of Dupont Circle. It is a short walk to the Metro and the area around the hotel has a good selection of restaurants and bars (including the Tabard Inn which is a funky restaurant/bar just a few doors down). The hotel has been renovated and has a much brighter and warmer feel to it. The rooms are spacious and updated with plenty of room to work as well as a separate dressing area outside the bathroom (the bathrooms are a bit on the small side though and could use a bit more updating). The staff are always pleasant and helpful. The hotel offers a complimentary wine happy hour every day and Kimpton rewards members receive a $10 certificate towards the mini-bar. The only downside is that the hotel does not have workout facilities on site; however, guests are able to use the YMCA about a block away which has everything a person could need. I will definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rcimei, General Manager at Topaz, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, March 25, 2013
Dear dbk2,

Thank you for your outstanding review of your most recent stay at the Topaz and for choosing us when you come to DC as your preferred hotel.

I am glad that you enjoy the new room product and the location works out so well for you and the YMCA is convenient for your workout needs. I am also glad that you have joined our loyalty program so you get to take advantage of the free wifi and minibar snacks.

We look forward to having you back with us on your next trip to DC.

Thank you,
Ryan Cimei
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

I just stayed two nights at this Kimpton property. The staff were amazingly friendly, which is not particularly common in Washington, DC. From the time I arrived to the time I left, they helped with my bags, greeted me by name, and asked about my day, always with a smile. What a treat on a dreary DC day!

Also, for a downtown hotel, the room was incredibly spacious and laid out thoughtfully. The desk was in a separate space from the bed, there was a couch and several chairs for sitting, and, while the bathroom itself was not large, there was a separate dressing room with vanity table and mirror just outside the bathroom. Kimpton included some nice extras such as a robe and umbrella in the room. They also gave me $10 in "bar bucks" to use in the mini-bar (which had a nice variety of soda and snacks, in addition to the usual alcohol).

I ordered room service while there. Service was quick and food was delicious. I ordered soup and a grilled chicken sandwich. I'd happily go back to this hotel!

  • Stayed February 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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TopazHotelGM, General Manager at Topaz, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, February 16, 2013
Hello looking_4_good_food,

First off, that's a great name! Thank you for posting this fantastic review of Topaz here on Tripadvisor. We put a lot of effort into creating an enjoyable experience for all of our customers. So it's always great to read that we've succeeded at doing so. Your recommendation is the highest compliment we can receive. So please know that it's greatly appreciated.

Thanks again,

Donte
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

This was my first Kimpton Hotel but I will certainly try others and I will definitely return to the Topaz. Room was fairly large and included an alcove with a desk that kept my computer and business out of the way. The bed and pillows were good. The room was quiet. The bathroom was a little tight but that was about the only thing that "dated" the room at all. Located on "embassy row" the neighborhood was nice; close to the Metro and duPont Circle. The "restaurant" was also the bar but the food was good and the staff attentive. In the evening there was free wine - no tickets, no limits - your glass never got empty unless you wanted to stop. Great little pub next door. Parking was a personal best - $41 a night for valet and there was no self parking. The staff was superb. Friendly and efficient. Learned your name quickly and recognized you coming in and out. The only problem was that it has a few steps up to the level with the elevator and the entrance to the bar. There was a lift for wheelchairs but if you had a little trouble with steps and didn't want the hoopla of the lift, it caused some effort. I would come again without question.

Room Tip: I was across from the elevator and had no problem with noise. I was also on the street and it was qu...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TopazHotelGM, General Manager at Topaz, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Hello John,

Thanks for this awesome review! It's great to read that we took great care of you and you loved the hotel. I couldn't agree with you more about the neighborhood and about the Tabard next door. It's one of my favorite places nearby. Stop in for a visit the next time you're in the area.

Thanks again,

Donte
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

We'd never stayed at a Kimpton hotel before, but they've looked nice, so we tried this one out in Washington, DC. Its about a $20 cab ride from Reagan airport and close enough to the Metro that we used it for the return trip to the airport.

We checked in around 6:45pm and were told we had a few minutes to get a free class of wine in the bar. This happened every night between 5-7, which was a nice amenity. The bar was quite busy on Saturday night although empty on Sunday night.

The lobby is very small and you have to walk up several steps to get to the elevators or bar area. We liked that the hotel was advertised as pet-friendly - although we didn't bring a pet.

The Topaz looks as if it was built in the 60s or 70s and has been remodeled in part to be high style and boutiquey. The room itself was very large with big windows overlooking N street. It was decorated in a very eclectic way with a comfortable large bed, a sofa, many unique unmatching lamps, a room outside the bathroom, a safe and a desk located in a side nook. The decor struck as a little unusual since nothing really matched, but it was kind of fun and ultimately it all worked together.

Thes are the things we really liked about the Topaz Hotel:
- The location: its a short few blocks to Dupont Circle with lots of restaurants and shops. We ate all of our meals in the area.
- The animal print bathrobes - they were warm and made us smile
- A fridge (minibar) that had room for us to keep our juice cold
- The size of the room - it was huge
- The staff: very friendly, willing to give us a late check-out until 1:30pm and printed our boarding passes
- Real glasses in the bathroom (not plastic) and wine glasses in the room

These were the things that could have been better:
- The bathroom: it attempted to be modern with a sink mounted on top of the cabinet, but the rest of the bathroom was small and either not updated or not remodeled well. The bathtub seemed to have an overlay placed on an original tub. We only noticed it because it was squishy (not solid) to stand on for a shower. The shampoo and soap were mounted in the shower. It was difficult to get in and out of the shower because the toilet was right next to it. In addition, the door to the bathroom appeared to be original and was pretty scuffed up.
- The hallway to the room: it was all in beige with some type of elaborate moldings on each door from some other era. It looked nothing like the rooms.
- Breakfast: We chose to eat in the bar for breakfast on our last day. We ordered eggs instead of the continental breakfast. It was less expensive, but took a long time and wasn't prepared as we had asked. Continental would have been a better choice.

Although the bathroom was a negative, the room and location were winners. We'd probably stay here again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TopazHotelGM, General Manager at Topaz, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Hi baileyfirestone,

Thanks for taking the time to share your experience here on Tripadvisor. It's great to hear that your experience was an enjoyable one. Many of your observations are spot on! The building was originally an apartment building in the 50s. It's, of course, been completely redone multiple times since. But, we've retained a few of the charming elements of the past. The crown molding is the most noticeable. I'm sorry about the egg snafu and the tub liner. We'll find and address it immediately.

Hope to have you back soon!

Donte
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

This is a nice, contemporary hotel with good sized rooms (for DC), quiet surroundings (yet very close to Connecticut Ave shops and restaurants), about one block from the Dupont Circle metro stop which makes getting around quite convenient. We had a room facing the street, and did not have much of a problem with noise as the road quiets down in the early evening,

The staff here are extremely friendly, and go out of their way to assist you. My wife had reserved a cab to go off to an important appointment. It was a cold and slightly snowy morning, so someone scooped her cab. They not only sent someone out right away to get another one, but had them stand guard (in his shirtsleeves despite the bitter cold winds) to make sure that nobody else got the second cab. My wife made her appoinment on time.

What more could you ask for....

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TopazHotelGM, General Manager at Topaz, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Hi howho,

Thanks for the great review! It's great to read that our service what sets us apart. Our team works really hard at it. It's that much better when it all works out. We're glad your wife made it to her appointment on time. Feedback like this goes a long way.

Thanks again,

Donte
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We've stayed at 3 Kimpton hotels in D.C., and this one had by far the friendliest, most efficient staff. They were so nice to our dogs, and welcoming to us. Room Service food was fabulous. We got a great package and an extremely reasonable price. Bed really comfortable. There were indeed fewer amenities at this hotel, but it is a smaller hotel for Kimpton, and the quality is no less. We'll be back!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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TopazHotelGM, General Manager at Topaz, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Hello Susan,

Thanks for the awesome review! It's always special to hear that we've outdone our brothers and sisters at the other Kimpton Hotels in DC. I'm not saying it's a competition and I'm not saying that it isn't (it is). But, if this review gets copied and pasted into an email and then sent to the GMs of our other hotels I wouldn't have a problem with that (I'm probably going to do that).

Thanks again for the review,

Donte
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Address: 1733 N St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Green Hotel in Washington DC
#20 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Topaz, a Kimpton Hotel 3.5*
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