My husband and I stayed at the Dupont Hotel from September 5 - 7, 2009 over the Labor Day holiday. We actually live in the DC area but wanted to visit a bunch of museums and sites and preferred to cut down our travel time by staying downtown. I learned about the Dupont Hotel when I was looking for an inexpensive hotel on Skyauction. We won the auction and ended up paying about $222 for our entire 2 night stay.
I had called the Dupont a few days before to request early check in and to ensure that we were placed in a king room. We arrived around 11 am and were promptly checked in. We appreciated the gesture.
We didn't like the idea of the valet parking situation (having heard about cars at other hotels getting damaged and stuff) so we decided to park at my husband's job and take the metro down to Dupont Circle. It worked out fine. Although (from what we saw as we were leaving or entering) the valet situation seemed to work very well and promptly. The cost of about $30+tax is a bit high, though.
Staff were very professional and helpful on check in. In appearance the hotel is very modern and sleek. We were placed in room 301 which was down on the end of tiny corridor. Because we were in a corner we only had street noise to contend with.
While we were there only one elevator seemed to be working and it was small and the floor looked a bit ragged with the torn up carpet.
Our room was smallish (as expected in DC), but it had all the basics – flat screen TV on the wall, king bed, sofa, desk and chair, closet, safe, mini bar and end tables. There was no dresser but there were shelves in the closet. We liked the plantation shutters and the IPOD docking station.
We did not like the lack of shelf space in bathroom. As others have stated – the bathroom floor does get wet because there is only a slight lip on the shower and no curtain or door. The bathroom door is frosted, and there are cut outs on each side so you can see a lot when you look through the door when the bathroom light is on.
We liked the heated tile in bathroom, the comfortable sofa and lots of windows as we were placed in an end room. Our A/C unit worked very well. Every time we walked through the lobby the staff smiled and were helpful.
There are lots of food options nearby [Cosi (horrible staff who were clueless), Five Guys, Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Front Page and Kramerbooks].
It would have been great to have a real fridge instead of the mini bar and its ridiculously-priced drinks and snacks. If we stay here again we will remember to bring a cooler with us.
We ate at the hotel's restaurant once -- and it was room service late one night. My husband had the chicken sandwich - he said it was good; and I had the green pea soup and a crab cake. Both we adequate - pricey, but adequate. It was a very late and rainy night, so we did not want to go out.
In terms of the sites and museums we visited:
* Museum of the American Indian – loved it, great architecture, great opening film, wonderful traffic flow and nice museum shop, we especially loved the teepees outside. One of my favorite museums in downtown DC.
* Museum of Crime and Punishment - We're big “murder and mayhem” fans, so we were looking forward to visiting this newish museum. To get in costs $19.95 plus tax and another $5 or $4 (if you buy 2 or more) for the audio tour. I should have skipped the audio tour, although my husband thought it was worth it. Very, very cool, large museum. Took way longer than we thought it would take, but definitely worth taking the time to see all the exhibits and do the quizzes spread throughout the museum. Lots of exhibits were interesting but the most touching IMHO was the art by incarcerated prisoners and the death penalty exhibit.
* Natural History Museum – we’d visited this museum before but never went through everything. Very crowded but nice museum. We had lunch in the food court – pricey! We stopped by the butterfly garden – lovely flowers and plants.
* Late one afternoon we ambled over to the Sculpture Garden intending to walk around and see the sculptures but instead we grabbed a lounge chair in the shade and had dessert, drinks and people-watched – for the rest of the afternoon until dusk.
* Monuments by Twilight Tour (DC by Foot) -- We (my husband and I) took our Twilight Tour on Saturday, September 5. The tour is scheduled on Friday and Saturday nights from 7-10 p.m. We both loved the tour. Our guide Steven/Stephen was great. He was very engaging, warm, friendly and very knowledgeable. He made the 3 hours go by fast. Note: there was lots of walking, so be prepared. Particularly if you spend most of your daylight hours walking around, you will be tired by nightfall. I know I was. The Tour provides free water which was great because we ran through the 3 bottles we took pretty quickly because of the walking. IMHO the tour was definitely worth the $30 each we paid. It would have been great to have some signage while we waited in front of the Old Post Office building, because we weren’t sure where to stand and on Saturday at 7 pm there were at least 3 tour groups leaving at the same time. It took two lines to find the right bus and the right line for our tour.
BTW, it is definitely worth seeing the monuments at nighttime as well as during the day. In particular the Korean War Memorial and US Air Force Memorial were hauntingly beautiful at night. They’re a whole different experience during the daytime.
All told, we enjoyed our stay at the Dupont Hotel. For the price we paid, we believe we got good value and you can't beat the location. We took cabs from the Sculpture Garden and after our Twilight Tour and each time our cab fare was less than $10 including a nice tip.
We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again or recommend this property to anyone - friend or acquaintance. Feel free to email me directly with specific questions. Whenever you visit DC and wherever you decide to stay, we wish you safe travels!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in one of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods, The Dupont Circle Hotel brings modern style to the nation's capital for an unforgettable experience. Urban chic comes to life in The Dupont Circle Hotel's sleek design, eclectic artwork and coveted location. Then there is LEVEL NINE, an elevated tier of luxury for the ultimate experience. These spacious rooms boast spectacular views across the city from private terraces and balconies with added amenities and benefits. Who needs to cab when you are staying in the heart of the cities restaurant, bar and entertainment scene. Dine in style at Cafe Dupont, a multi-sensory experience, offering a handcrafted modern American style menu with French influences for breakfast, dinner or Brunch. Or mix and mingle in one of DC's treasured spots at Bar Dupont, busy with the cosmopolitan after work crowd. ... more less
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