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“Missing just a few details, but a really nice stay.” 4 of 5 stars
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Helix, a Kimpton Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Logan Circle/ Shaw)   |  
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Ranked #53 of 130 hotels in Washington DC
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“Missing just a few details, but a really nice stay.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Stayed for a couple days after Xmas. Had a lovely room on the 9th floor, in the back so it was quiet. I had a large living space and a large bed in an alcove. There was a dark blackout curtain and a mesh-like one as well. Problem was the mesh ones also blocked the flow of air from the heater/AC. I had eastern windows which was perfect for me as I like to rise early. Some of the pictures had odd scratches, both inside the room and in the hallways. One of the elevators had some panels that were coming loose. The restaurant was adequate and inexpensive, and was ok for a quick bite. One night I had the quesadilla which was just the right size for me and came with 3 sides: guacamole, salsa, and sour cream. (The burger is inexplicably 1/2 pound which no human should ever eat. Maybe good for a share.) I also ate breakfast here twice. The first day I got scrambled eggs with sausage which were warm, at best. The second day I opted for the bacon, which was very thin and not good quality. I also asked for an extra slice of toast instead of the potatoes, which are chunked and not overly cooked, but didn't get it so I had to ask again. As I am not one to waste food, it was a bit disappointing. The staff, however, is GREAT. Really great! Everyone is super friendly and eager to give advise and assistance. My request for a 1pm instead of 12 noon checkout was met with a "no problem" attitude. I would definitely stay here again as it was a very economical stay, great location, and great furnishings. I recommend it if your not overly fussy.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

I was a little worried when I read some recent reviews, but this hotel is perfectly fine. It is exactly what one expects from a Kimpton Hotel. Breakfast was decent and served quickly.

A couple of things which must be mentioned:
1) The nearest metro station (Dupont Circle) is a good 10 to 15 minute walk. If you enjoy walking in DC, this should not be a problem.
2) The area immediately around the hotel is fairly residential, therefore you will need to walk to find a restaurant. Not a big deal since there are so many great options in DC.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

A group of friends and I chose this hotel to stay at while in DC and all 7 of us had a great time. The rooms are very Chic and efficient and the Beds are like sleeping on a cloud. Would definetly consider staying here again next time I'm in D.C area. Easy walking to Logan Square and Dupont Circle.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here on a recent trip with our kids because I had heard about the bunk bed rooms. The hotel ended up being a great little surprise! Wonderful, courteous service and appealing, modern decor.
Our children loved the bunk beds and large room.
The free continental breakfast had many choices. My husband ordered from the menu and had a delicious egg white omelette.
I definitely recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

I stayed at the Helix during the Marine Corps Marathon weekend. I used the subway to go to both the Expo and the race start. This hotel is very convenient to the Metro. I also enjoyed the funky little neighborhood and restaurants nearby. The rooms are spacious and come stocked with all the amenities. Definitely, join the Kimpton guest program prior to arrival - you'll thank me later. Great hotel - highly recommend.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

I stayed here three nights for recent business trip and had the best experience. The staff is fantastic (shout outs to Jay, Ritchie, and Walter), the room are comfortable and fun, the lounge is fantastic, and it's in a great location, convenient to so many DC attractions. What more could you want?

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012 via mobile

The Helix was the best hotel experience I have ever had!! Staff was incredible! Highly recommend happy hour for incredible appetizers. This hotel is centrally located to so many landmarks in DC. Really it has be good if there is pez in the min bar! Thank you for a great stay and we will be back!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Additional Information about Helix, a Kimpton Hotel

Address: 1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20005
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Logan Circle/ Shaw , Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Green Hotel in Washington DC
#39 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#43 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#65 Family Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Helix, a Kimpton Hotel 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hotel Helix is a swanky boutique hotel fashionably located in Washington DC's downtown Logan Circle neighborhood. Fun, hip and smart, this Kimpton Hotel delights the moment you walk through its doors. The bright colors and ultra-mod style are matched by luxurious, sparkling service and careful attention to detail. Hotel Helix, complete with the adjacent Helix Lounge, is a glamorous base for exploring the nearby White House, Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museums and more. ... more   less 
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