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“Groovy, great staff, free booze, but no parking, and tiny restrooms” 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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Hampton, Virginia
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“Groovy, great staff, free booze, but no parking, and tiny restrooms”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

I had a fabulous time at Hotel Helix. From the moment I arrived, until the time I checked out, the staff was perfect.

PROS: Hotel Helix offered free complimentary internet, continental breakfast, and complementary bourbon, apple cider, and wine. The rooms were also very spacy, bright, and very, very clean. Staff was awesome.

CONS: The bathroom on the other hand was very small. The complimentary toiletries such as the body soap, shampoo, and conditioner was on LOCK DOWN. The parking was $45. The hallway in the lobby was very narrow. There are only two elevators that I am aware of.

Despite the cons, I will definitely visit again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

It was not bad but it was not amazing either. The room was nice a and clean. The decor was funky as expected. The staff was hit or miss. Some people were nicer then others, and while no one was rude no one was trying to be friendly either. For example there was no lotion supplied in the room, when I asked for some I was told that "they run out but there is 7-11 on the corner", not quite the answer I was hoping for. And speaking of toiletries, the brand that they are using has a very strong minty smell to it, that was making our eyes water while shampooing. Unfortunately there is no other option, so we had to make a trip to 7-11 after all. Upon our arrival there was no doorman to be found and when traveling with kids its always nice to have some help unloading. Our suite did not have a pull out couch as promised at the time of reservation, it was not a big deal as the couch was big enough for our young kids to sleep on comfortably, but just not quite what we have expected. It was all little things, but those little things in my opinion are what make or break a hotel.
While the stay was just fine there nothing about Helix to rave about...

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Rego Park, New York
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19 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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
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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.

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  • 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
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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
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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
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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
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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
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
#47 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#57 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#69 Family Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Helix, a Kimpton Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 178
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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