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“Good location, young vibe” 5 of 5 stars
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Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   1315 16th St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20036 (Logan Circle/ Shaw)   |  
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Ranked #46 of 130 Hotels in Washington DC
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“Good location, young vibe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013 via mobile

We split our trip between here and the Hotel George, another Kimpton hotel. We definitely preferred this property. There were definitely a wide variety if guests, but as a younger couple we felt more at home here.

General: The staff was VERY friendly and helpful, especially Rose and Chase at the front desk! exceptional service, which makes a huge difference. The lobby was in keeping with the rouge theme, and was well appointed. The best part, as with many Kimptons, is the nightly wine hour. It's a good time to relax, download the day, and meet some other travelers. It also helps that they actually use pretty good wine and are generous with the pour. Make sure to sign up for Intouch to get free wifi and minibar money.

Room: The room was very spacious, definitely larger than your average hotel room. The decorations and furnishings were thoughtful and suit the space. The only complaint is that our room didn't have a dresser, and it looked like there was a spot where there should have been one. There were drawers in the minibar cabinet, but not sufficient for two people. Not a huge deal. Lots of windows, but the view wasn't anything special, just the parking lot, where we could watch our car enjoy its very expensive home for the duration of our stay. The A/C doesn't go below 68, which isn't a huge deal, but the temperature in the room was definitely over 68. Not unbearable, but this was a very hot and humid week.

Parking: At over $40 a day, it's definitely very steep, but we were driving into town so had to park somewhere. I think next time we'll look into other garages and see if there are cheaper options. It's DC though, so maybe there's not. For the convenience, we paid the money, but it was painful.

Location: it's in a pretty central spot. We were able to walk down to the White House, and there's plenty of other sites in even closer walking distance (embassies, the Scottish Rite Temple, Heurich House to name a few). Dinner in Gtown was only about a twenty minute walk. A variety of nightlife options not too far as well.

I highly recommend the Rouge and look forward to staying next time I'm in town.

Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jennifer H, General Manager at Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, July 16, 2013
Dear Thomas M. Thank you for recommending the Rouge to your friends and colleagues and I am so pleased that you felt at home with us! Thanks for giving Chase and Rose a shout out and we look forward to welcoming you back again soon!
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

This was a last-minute good deal trip, and I don't think I could have done better! This place definitely (and thankfully) lacks the stuffiness of many DC hotels. Funky decor (Austin Powers would be pleased, as was I). I booked on a pre-pay discount web site, but definitely didn't come away feeling like I was treated like trash (as I often do at a number of larger chain hotels). From the friendly staff at check-in, to the huge, spacious rooms with LOTS of natural lighting from the large windows, it was a GREAT stay. And I'm not in the greatest fitness, but the metro is only a pleasant (and safe) 15 minute walk away. And along the walk, it was very fascinating to see what organization one building housed and whose embassy the next building housed. HIGHLY recommend! An affordable, comfortable alternative to the ridiculous prices charged by the big chain hotels in DC.

Room Tip: I had a room overlooking 16th street, but didn't hear any street noise. I would say avoid the e...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer H, General Manager at Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
Dear tcm_crew. Thank you so much for such a great review and we are so pleased that you enjoyed our hotel! We are unique and love it when our guest’s notice our fun and friendly vibe. We hope that you will remember your experience when finding a place to stay during your next trip to DC and thanks again.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Lovely hotel (converted apartment building) steps from Dupont Circle. Funky Decor. We had a very large Double Queen Deluxe room with a sitting area. Only complaint is that bathroom was small and not well-ventilated. We were traveling with our dog and needed an early arrival. They were very accommodating. ALso, I left a shoe at the hotel and it was sent back for free. Head of housekeeping even called me from home on her day off to make sure I knew she was on top of the situation. Would go back when in the area. Kimpton Hotel are great.

Room Tip: Queen Queen Deluxe-very large for DC area.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer H, General Manager at Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Dear Chappaqua3. Thank you very much for commenting on your recent visit to the Hotel Rouge and for being a Kimpton fan! We look forward to welcoming you back during your next visit to DC!
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Spent 2 days at the Rouge and I was not a huge fan. I found the decor (RED), to be to much. That aside, the hotel seemed dated and a little dirty. The room was spacious, and not too bad. The elevators were small and not as clean as they should have been. For the price I was unsatisfied. Will not stay again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer H, General Manager at Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, July 17, 2013
Dear Veritas938. Thank you for staying with us. We are so bummed that we were not a good fit for you! There are a lot of Kimpton Hotels to choose from in DC and I am happy to help you find one that more suitable to your taste.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

My husband and I love staying at Kimpton properties. As InTouch members, you can't beat the perks. Plus, they have such a fun vibe and chicly decorated rooms. Rouge was centrally located, about five blocks from the White House. The hotel felt a little dated in the lobby. Our room, an executive king suite, was quite large. However, with all that extra space, they could have designed it better to have a bigger bathroom instead of a ton of wasted space with a smaller-than-average bath that had no circulation vent or fan. It was quite hot outside during our stay and even with the AC on full blast, the room had a hard time staying cool and felt humid. Also, the mini refrigerator was quite dirty with stains on the bottom shelf. So that kind of was a turn off. The staff were all excellent and incredibly friendly and helpful. We stayed for our anniversary. Upon arrival, we told our host the secret password (so fun, btw, nice touch!) to which we got to choose a "prize." As she was telling us about our options, she indicated not to go with the complimentary bottle of wine as they had something planned for us since it was our anniversary. With that expectation set, and since we stayed two nights, we were quite excited. However, the surprise gesture and wine never arrived. That didn't bother us in particular, but the expectation should not have been set. Overall, I would recommend but if returning to DC, i would opt to stay at their sister property instead.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer H, General Manager at Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Dear purplejennybean. Thank you very much for commenting on your recent visit to the Rouge. I am pleased that you enjoyed our location and large rooms but reading about the lack of detail in cleanliness and service while you were here is disappointing! We rarely miss the mark, especially with special occasions, and we will be sure that the suggestions you have made and the cleanliness issues are seriously reviewed.
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Philadephia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013 via mobile

It was my fist stay at the Hotel Rouge.
I really enjoyed my room, very specious for a Quenn bed. Great modern decor and very comfortable beding.
I was just a little surprised of the parking price. $50 including tax. Valet only, no self parking. You have to leave your key at the front desk.
When I checked out, I asked the front desk to call for my car. I waited 20 mn. I had to ask again the Valet Attendant how long time I should wait to get my car. He then pulled out in 2mn. Parking is right under the hotel. Visibly he was never informed by the Front Desk. You just don't want to start your day like that. I was running late for my meeting.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer H, General Manager at Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Dear YannphillyR. I am glad your first experience with us was good, but we prefer it to be GREAT! I am sorry that the valet parking service was delayed and you are right, with DC parking prices as they are, cars should have their own beds!
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We recently stayed at the Rouge Hotel for a few days during a trip to DC and really enjoyed it. If you're looking for something different than the usual Hilton or Marriott experience, this is a great choice. The decor is fun and the service was great and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone. For the price it was pretty terrific. Here are the highlights:

1. Location - Close to DuPont circle. We did find the walk to the metro was a bit long in the heat of the summer. But it's in a nice location otherwise.

2. Parking - They have parking on premises and they were offering a 50% discount for a hybrid and a free night of parking for a red car ;-)

3. Rooms - Huge and spacious. We had two queens (many of the DC hotels are two doubles). Animal print robes. Wi-Fi was great and fast.

4. Continental Breakfast - Plenty of choices...fruit, bagels, oatmeal, cereal. We thought it was great. They also have a wine reception in the evening with appetizers.

5. Service - Everyone was very nice. They even brought in a red betta fish to our room to keep our daughter company.

Room Tip: Not your typical Hilton or Marriott
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 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
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Jennifer H, General Manager at Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, July 12, 2013
Dear dbasl. Thank you for staying with us! I am pleased you enjoyed your visit to DC and the Hotel Rouge and we are thrilled that you found us to be a fantastic, funky and fun find! It’s our goal to be the best in DC, offering something unique and stylish for all types of travelers. Thank you for noticing and we look forward to welcoming you back!
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Address: 1315 16th St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
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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 ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Washington DC
#39 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#42 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#42 Family Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 137
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On Washington DC's historic Embassy Row, Hotel Rouge is a superb luxury boutique accommodation. This Kimpton Hotel is a playful and colorful urban retreat at the doorstep of the city's top cultural and historic attractions. Within blocks of Dupont Circle and near the White House, National Mall and countless museums and galleries, the alluring Hotel Rouge entices with its rejuvenating décor, exceptional service, signature amenities and adjacent Bar Rouge lounge. ... more   less 
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