This most recent trip was my third time staying at this property...Or maybe 4th. Either way, it's pretty much my go to hotel when I go to Washington DC. I could stay at other properties across the district but for some reason this one keeps bringing me back. Maybe it's familiarity , maybe it's the location or maybe it's the kindness of the staff or all of the above.
So here goes the review like it or not.
For starters, I really like the location. The location is great and it helps that it is close to my favorite bar in DC along with some other really good restaurants along 14th st. Because I come to DC for business, it's essential that I have these things close to my hotel-bars, restaurant, coffee, and a market (in this case Whole Foods). I like walking, what can I say.
I was fortunate enough to get a suite which made a world of difference for me. Again being there for business, I like to feel like I have a nice bed to retreat to after the day is over. I've stayed in their regular rooms as well, and they were fine too. I don't always luck out and get a suite but someone was watching over me on this one.
The front desk staff are great and actually fun to chat with. They are professional and always willing to help out. I like the vibe of the place mostly because it's a bit eclectic and not the standard hotel drabness at times. Free wine in the late afternoon is a treat and for those who have dogs, they are very pet friendly which as a pet owner, I like. I like seeing the companions walking around the place.
Now for the not so good. I don't like to say bad because bad is like rude people, high priced rooms that are the size of a bathroom, etc.
I think the faults I have with this place have been spoken to before or the staff is already fully aware. The biggest being the parking situation. That turn in and and turnaround is terrible.It's a big U shape and if you are behind someone, you can't get around them. You have to wait, and wait. It's poor design and frustrating. The butt of your car can easily spill out onto Rhode Island if there are cars in front of you. I wish there was a way to make this better but sadly it won't change. The valets are going as fast as they can but still I think they need some sort of better system to get more cars moving around.
The other is the breakfast service. It's a little confusing. Do you sit and get a menu or do you stand by the bar and wait for the guy to hand you a menu? Do you take that menu to the table or do you just stand there and let him take your order? It's not brain surgery but I think there needs to be a more coherent less confusing system. If the guy who took my order by the bar isn't there, how would I even know what to do. Not the end of the world but another kink that should be worked out.
Overall, I would stay here again when in DC. Like I said, it's hard for me to switch to another property. Sure it has it's flaws but if they were reviewing me, they would probably point out mine as well. That's just the way it goes.
Until we meet again Hotel Helix...Or is it Helix Hotel? I get confused.
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- 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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