We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“didn't know a hotel could be 'cool'” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Helix, a Kimpton Hotel

Save Saved
You added Helix, a Kimpton Hotel to your Saves list
Best prices for your stay
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 9 more sites!
Helix, a Kimpton Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Logan Circle/ Shaw)   |  
  |  
Hotel website
  |  
Hotel packages
  |  
Hotel amenities
Special Offer
Breakfast for $1
Ranked #59 of 130 hotels in Washington DC
GreenLeadersGold level
Rego Park, New York
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“didn't know a hotel could be 'cool'”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

This hotel really is 'cool.' Room decorations are very modern from the wall hangings and sheer curtains to the striped futon couch and retro dresser / mini bar. The mini bar, by the way, has a good variety of standards (beer, juice, chips, water, Snickers) with the added fun of wax lips, pop-rocks, various medicinal packets, a yoga CD, DC map and more. And if you sign up for their free points program, you get a $10 mini-bar tab and free wifi! Did I mention the free champagne & wine at 5pm everyday? Well there you are. The gym is TINY and not very useful but if you can get a free pass to the Y a few blocks away which is huge (limited #, they go eary in the AM). The downsides to this place are location (not SUPER close to a metro) and breakfast (typical crappy continental) though there are menu options too. Looking forward to staying here again!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

1,225 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    593
    387
    140
    56
    49
See reviews for
181
346
143
348
Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (177)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Buffalo
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

One of the truly great experiences I have ever shared with friends is their joy in discovering this great hotel! The staff, the location, and the discount for owning a Prius wow! And location is terrific, nice restaurants. Each stay t the Helix makes me look forward to the next. Little touches like the robes, the quality towels a bit of home.

Room Tip: All great in every stay rooms just get better
See more room tips
  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Washington
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This is the fourth Kimpton hotel that I've visited. My favorite has been the Monaco in Washington DC -- dramatic and gorgeous rooms; wonderful restaurant. The Kimpton Argonaut in San Francisco on Fisherman's Wharf was pretty lousy -- paper thin walls where the neighbor's snoring kept me awake all night long and allowed me to evesdrop on every conversation next door. The Donovan House had a tattered charm.

For me the Helix was a disappointment. The internet -- a favorite feature at Kimptons -- was glacial. The room was small and worn down, with swaths of veneer missing from the bed. The stopper in the bathroom sink didn't work, and I had to reach under the sink for a disconnected lever to unstop the drain. There was no hair dryer, and when we called for one, it took more than 30 minutes to deliver.

Still, the staff, as always at Kimpton, was very nice, and the location is wonderful. It's good for one night, but for a longer stay, I'd rather spend my time at the Donovan House, which is just down the street.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

I've stayed at Helix many, many times and this time was no different! The hotel was extremely clean, staff was extremely friendly, and very helpful!! I specifically would like to acknowledge the Valet staff. I asked for my car many, many times within the course of 24hrs and never once did they make me feel as though I was a bother to them or that I was an annoying guest...which I'm sure if I were in that situation, I would have been annoyed with myself! Lol. I highly recommend Hotel Helix to anyone staying in the area! It will always be my only choice when I'm in DC!!

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

The Hotel Helix is great if you're looking for a hotel with great location (right on Rhode Island ave. Close to downtown, Kstreet, and about 10 min from the Hill) with just the right amount of amenities. The rooms have a unique look and have been recently updated. As well for those who find the pumps Kimpton normally uses for shower gel and shampoo frustrating they have been replaced with ones that actually work. (Hotel Rouge should follow suit). Would def stay again and recommend for anyone who is coming to DC to see the city.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
South Burlington, Vermont
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

One night business trip to DC - good choice for such a visit. Very accessible location on Rhode Island avenue not too far from DuPont Circle or McPherson Square subway stops.

Hotel is clean and modern. Decor is a little funky - kind of reminded of a not too high class place in Dubai with the pink, yellow and blue pulsing lights and loud music in the restaurant, but the rooms were quiet, clean and well enough appointed.

King room Room (before tax) $159.20

Useable desk and reasonable supply of electrical plugs. Wifi is good - free if you sign up for their loyalty program (Kimpton hotels).

The "business office" was small and use of computers and printer expensive - $25 for 15 minutes and printing 6 pages.

Lounge/restaurant wasn't great decor-wise, but the drinks and food were acceptable and OK price-wise by DC standards. Lots of restaurants and bars in walking distance. there is an outdoor patio, but it was cold and rainy and we didn't try it.

There is a small gym room, but I didn't try it.

Staff were friendly and reasonably efficient.

I would stay there again and will recommend it to others for similar short visits to DC.

Room Tip: The higher floors are probably quieter.
See more room tips
  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Fayetteville, North Carolina
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

From check in the staff was really helpful. Location is nice as on a morning run was not that far from the Washington Monument. A ton of restaurants are with in walking distance and it was not far from nightlife or shopping. One of the better hotel experiences that i have enjoyed in a long time. I stayed for 5 days that included New Years Eve.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Helix, a Kimpton Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Helix, a Kimpton Hotel

Address: 1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20005
Phone Number:
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:
#7 Green Hotel in Washington DC
#38 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#48 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#64 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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Expedia, Orbitz, Hotels.com, Priceline, Tingo, Otel, Booking.com, Travelocity, Despegar.com, Agoda and Venere so you can book your Helix, a Kimpton Hotel reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Kimpton Washington Dc

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Helix, a Kimpton Hotel, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.