I read some of the other tripadvisor reviews of this hotel and had to double check I had been at the same place. Unfortunately, I had. My experience was very different from other travellers.
You are greeted at the main entrance not by automatic doors, but automatic curtains, in purple velvet that swish back to allow you in. It's very camp and very funny. But it is also a warning of what lies beyond. The whole place is like a student union building, where someone let the dramatic group fit out the rooms. The reception staff are charming and efficient. The lobby small and plain. It all starts to fall apart in the rooms. Sure, there is a funky edge to the design, but it is all cheap and tired. The bathroom is fitted with wood surfaces where paint has bubbled and split. The drapes are worn and dusty. The whole place felt grubby. There was also considerable noise from adjoining rooms.
The only public space, bar-come restaurant, (for breakfast) is lined in white linoleum; about as welcoming as an operating theatre and the bar staff not much better. We asked for any snacks they might be able to rustle up on our late arrival. The staff looked at us like we were crazy. They were positively rude.
I was staying with several colleagues on a few days business in DC. We spent one night there reluctantly, (having arrived late), checked the breakfast in the morning (a lack-lustre buffet), and checked out as soon as we could.
If you want a loud couple of nights in a student-like atmosphere with a grungey bar, this is for you. If you want better sleep and a cleaner more practical environment, look elsewhere.
- 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 is a glamorous base for exploring the nearby White House, Washington Monument, Smithsonian Museums and more. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kimpton Washington Dc