We chose the Topaz based on reviews in Trip Advisor and the Location was walking distance to everything we wanted to do. With so many hotels in DC, and many near Dupont Circle, we narrowed our search down to a matter of amenities. I want to give a fabulously glowing review but I just can't. Topaz Hotel tries very hard to be an upscale luxury hotel. The staff were friendly and helpful for the most part. The decor was very trendy and interesting albeit a bit worn and dog-chewed. The room was clean and that's my most important demand for any hotel room! So that was half the battle right there. But was it a comfortable stay? Not entirely. The mini fridge was very loud and rattled all night keeping us up. We considered unplugging it but we were afraid we would melt chocolates in it and be charged for them. We kept shifting it to make it stop but it would just start right up again. The air conditioner was covered by curtains so you either have to keep that portion of the curtain open all night or turn the AC down really low. I don't know what Frette Italian sheets are supposed to feel like but there was nothing special about these. I have 400 thread count sheets at home and these were not nearly as nice as that. We had to request many things from the front desk because they were missing from our room. No remote for the TV. No Yoga DVDs. The phone to call the front desk didn't work. The remote control to work the DVD player was broken. Some of the Yoga props were missing. We had to request the free breakfast vouchers that were included in our upgrade as they were not given to us when we checked in. I don't like being high maintenance but we had to keep asking for things. Parking at $35 a night is ridiculous! Especially when there is a parking garage across the street. We parked in a garage on desales (2 blocks over) in a valet lot that was $20/night. The in room movies were $15 and the in room spa services were very expensive (50 minute massage for $150. - there are a couple of day spas just a short walk away that charge $1/minute for services) so you are paying luxury hotel prices - but not really getting a luxury hotel experience.
The positives: The room was huge! Maybe the largest hotel room I've ever stayed in. The staff were pleasant and accommodating. The location was fantastic! Starbucks a block away! The breakfast buffet was very good. They had all the usual items but then kicked it up a notch by adding fancy syrups for the coffee, cheese and green onions in the eggs - lots of bacon - a very nice offering. The shower was very nice - good water pressure - and very clean! They are a pet friendly hotel on a quiet street.
I would not stay there again because there are too many other hotels to try in the area, but I would not discourage anyone from trying them out either. I would recommend this hotel to a friend - but I would give them the pros and cons just like I did here for all of you. Every room is different I'm sure so maybe the people who stayed in our room before us nicked all the stuff we were missing! Hopefully a very fair, honest review.