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Palomar Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   2121 P Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20037 (Dupont Circle)   |  
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Ranked #15 of 135 Hotels in Washington DC
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“Ideal hotel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

Wether you are on a business trip or on vacation, you will certainly like this hotel.

Comfortable and spacious rooms, located in a nice and safe area, friendly and helpful staff.

The bar has a great atmosphere and excellent cocktails. Wine tasting reception at 5 pm every day. Ideal for socializing, if you are raveling alone or new in town.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012 via mobile

Just back from a four night break in Washington and stayed at the Palomar. Read the previous reviews before choosing this hotel and have to say there all spot on. The staff are so friendly right down to housekeeping who always had a cheery good morning when they met you in the corridor. I arrived late fri night after my flight from heathrow and was checked in by Joy. She seemed genuinely pleased to see me and was very friendly and professional. I had booked an exec king spa room and got room 1035 on the 10th floor.
The room was really comfortable and a decent size. Bathroom was large with a deep two person jacuzzi, and separate shower. Also had a hatch in the wall to let you watch tv from the tub. There was a door which coud be closed for privacy if required.
Across from the bathroom was a walk in closet the size of a small room containing loads of hanging space, a safe, iron and ironing board.
The room itself was big with king size bed, separate sitting area with sofa and two chairs and work desk. Mini bar was well stocked with beers and sodas reasonably priced but wine ridiculously priced. There was also a handy iPod docking station and a charger for charging your iPad/iPhone.
Room service was fast and food of a very good standard.
The hotel has a small gym which for its size contained decent equipment including treadmills, rower, bikes, cross trainers and some free weights. Used it a couple of times during my stay and there was only one other person in it. Complimentary water and fruit also available in the gym.
There s a daily wine event in reception fom 5-7 which is good and every morning between 6 and 10 free tea coffee and hot chocolate in reception.
The hotel is in a good location on P street at DuPont Circle. It's handy for the Metro being only a 7 minute walk away and loads of restaurants and bars nearby. There's also a minimart across the road selling a large selection of groceries and alcohol to save you running up costly minibar charges.
Some folk mention the down and outs in the area but I only saw a couple and they kept themselves to themselves. The area felt really safe and there was no issues in that respect. If you sign up to the hotels loyalty programme either online before you arrive or at reception you get free wifi throughout your stay which is handy.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone considering a trip to Washington. The staff all seem really happy at their work and go out their way to make you welcome. A good all round hotel in a good area.

Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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hotelmanager_9, General Manager at Palomar Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Dear Virgin747,
Thank you very much for your feedback and for mentioning the staff for their friendliness and level of care. I will be sure to share your review with the team. We are looking forward to welcoming you back in the future. Happy Holidays, Stephane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

Absolutely brilliant location within easy reach of the Metro and walking distance (if you like a brisk hike) to all the sites of the Mall and Capitol Hill.
American customer service is renowned but the staff at The Palomar surpassed every expectation and previous experience. It was so nice to be greeted each time we walked into the lobby and for a 300+ room hotel it was great to be remembered. We did have a couple of issues with our room but they were sorted quickly and efficiently with no quibbles.
The room was compact, but clean with good hanging space (plenty of coat hangers) a free safe, DVD player, big TV, IPod dock and a good sized bathroom with nice fluffy white towels. The “his and her” animal print robes where very snuggily and my husband looked divine in his, which amused me no end.
The hotel holds an informal wine reception in the Lobby every afternoon and there is no issue with taking the wine back to your room or if you can't make it, reception will give you a token to use at the bar later. Bartender Jo was great, try his Margaritas - they are deliciously lethal. However, skip the “Continental Breakfast” and pop next door to Starbucks or for a really great selection Le Pain Quotidien is just up the road.
The concierge service was excellent; they arranged same day reservations at two extremely popular Washington eating institutions. My English voltage hair straighters didn’t work (should have realised) the hotel brought me a new set to the room which I used all week. There is a small, but well equipped gym. The hotel does have a pool but it’s outside, so no need to pack your swim suit like we did, if you are travelling in winter.
A fabulous all round experience that I would recommend. If I was travelling in the US again I would certainly plan to stay at a Kimpton.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hotelmanager_9, General Manager at Palomar Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Dear Globetrottingboo,
Thank you so much for a great review. We are so happy you enjoyed your vacation in DC. We hope to have the pleasure to welcome you again soon. Happy Holidays, Stephane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This was my first stay at a Kimpton Hotel. We couldn't have picked a better hotel. Spent our 1st year anniversary at this hotel. Check-in staff was very friendly and genuinely welcoming. We received a complimentary upgrade and 50$ dining credit. A bottle of sparking wine and some chocolates were waiting in our room to my surprise. Thank you very much!! Can't wait for our next stay at a Kimpton.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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hotelmanager_9, General Manager at Palomar Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Dear balletbotox,
Thank you so much for celebrating your first anniversary with us. Love to read you had a great time and were surprised by our little gift we left behind. We hope to see you again soon. Happy Holidays, Stephane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

I'm reviewing this hotel because it's one of my favorites in DC (if not my favorite). I've been lucky to stay at a couple of Kimptons, and this one stands out far above the rest. One of the reasons is because it's a Palomar, but compared to other Palomars, this one has it all - beautiful theming, great room product, superior service, good restaurant, and excellent location.

We were upgraded to an exec. king room upon check-in and it was huge! The room was well-appointed. I absolutely love the light-up night stands. The bathroom was pretty with nice Aveda products. We could here people in the hallway, but that's because we had some loud party-ers on our hall. Not an issue late at night- it was more in the evening hours that we heard other people getting ready for dinner/a night out. We also could hear noises in the connecting room, but only if you stood directly by the connecting door and the other person happened to be talking right in front of it (or using the blow dryer, which was our case).

The restaurant, Urbana, is worth a shot. Dinner was OK, but brunch was superb. Definitely try the bellini bar. It's a little pricey at $16.95 for unlimited bellinis, but you get to choose from a bunch of purees and they're all homemade and frequently restocked. You'll get your very own bottle of champagne for the table too. The bar has some really cool drinks as well during their happy hour. Was impressed with the selection. Staff was friendly as well.

Loved the proximity to Dupont metro station and all the shopping and restaurants in Dupont. Georgetown was a quick 15-20 min walk away. Very doable, and great during nice weather days. You can rent bikes from the Palo as well. One of my fave hotels in DC hands down!!!

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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hotelmanager_9, General Manager at Palomar Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Dear Amanda C,
Thank you so much for your great feedback. Love to read that we are on top of your list of places to stay in DC. I will be sure to share your comments with the team. We are looking forward to welcoming you back soon. Happy Holidays, Stephane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

Spent just 3 nights at the Palomar which for my first visit to Washington was clearly not long enough!
Staff are all very friendly and welcoming, each evening at 5pm there is wine, hot toddy and nibbles in the foyer.
If I had one negative comment it was breakfast as not a great deal of choice unless you pay; which on the other hand it is not unusual in America and besides there's a great bagel place across the road.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We just finished a 4 day stay at the Palomar. We were in town for a girls weekend and to see the White House Christmas tree lighting. The Palomar was excellent! We had a 2 queen room that was quite large, plenty of room for 3 of us (even with all the clothes and hair products!) When we arrived, the bar had just closed, so Kenny at the front desk was nice enough to bring up a glass of wine for each of us. Then we found that there was a bottle of champagne, chocolates and a lovely note from Clayton, the assistant front desk manager, waiting for us in our room! How nice! The evening wine happy hour was a treat after a long day of walking. And we took full advantage of the coffee and tea in the lobby in the mornings. Plenty of places nearby to grab a bite to eat (le Pain Quotidien is sublime for breakfast). The atmosphere here is hip, but welcoming and warm, the staff was incredibly helpful and always very friendly. The location is top notch, 2 blocks to the Dupont Circle Metro, great restaurants and attractions within walking distance (the world class Phillips collection is just around the corner), and easy access by cab to almost everywhere, and Georgetown in particular where our friend lives. Only 2 complaints 1, the house keeping staff was a little off, leaving dirty towels around and not really even straightening up the room much on a couple of the days, and 2. the room had no ventilation, not even a fan in the bathroom, so when someone would shower, the room would get really humid and close. But, all in all, I would definitely stay here again! Kimpton has never disappointed me, and this hotel is no exception!

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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hotelmanager_9, General Manager at Palomar Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, December 17, 2012
Dear Kimberly M,
Thank you so much for your great feedback and for your continued support of our brand. We truly appreciate your business and I will make sure to share your comments with the entire team. Next time you are in town please let me know; I would love to say thank you in person. Best wishes, Stephane
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Address: 2121 P Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20037
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Dupont Circle
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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Green Hotel in Washington DC
#10 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#12 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#17 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#21 Business Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Palomar Washington DC, a Kimpton Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 335
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Timeless sophistication meets contemporary style at the Hotel Palomar Washington DC. This luxury boutique hotel provides flawless service and exquisite amenities in engagingly innovative surroundings. Located within Washington’s historic Dupont Circle, this Kimpton Hotel and its lively Urbana restaurant are a short walk to Georgetown and the city’s largest concentration of private art galleries, museums, theaters, shops and restaurants. ... more   less 
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