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“Mod Decor/Friendly Vibe at Donovan House” 4 of 5 stars
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Donovan House - A Kimpton Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1155 14th Street, N.W., Washington DC, DC 20005 (Downtown / Chinatown)   |  
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Ranked #52 of 130 hotels in Washington DC
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“Mod Decor/Friendly Vibe at Donovan House”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Donovan House has fun, modernist decor in deep plum and silver with cheeky "spy" theme. All staff we spoke with are are friendly and helpful. Extremely fast room service for breakfast and dinner and good quality dinner coming from the Setan Asian-fusion restaurant. No kids menu but we were able to order pizza for delivery. Rooftop pool with surrounding redwood deck is fun. It's definitely meant for a sophisticated dip and sunning but my 7 year old enjoyed it too. Note that the pool is not heated. The National Geographic museum is only about 2 blocks away which is worth noting. Was surprised that the room did not have any info in the hotel binder about surrounding restaurants, attractions, etc. Still, staff can answer most questions! Would highly recommend.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Abe L, Assistant General Manager at Donovan House - A Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
Hi FreqTravel77,

Thanks so much for your review!

Glad you and your family were able to enjoy the newly renovated DNV Rooftop. It features a great guest-only pool experience by day and Rooftop Lounge by night. I am also very pleased to hear that you were able to rely on our staff to make friendly, efficient and "Like a Local" recommendations.

Come back soon,
Abe

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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

This is the second Kimpton Hotel I have stayed in. I really want to like it but the décor while very innovative is a little tired and the service while good is not excellent. I think my expectations of this boutique chain are just a little higher than what they are delivering. The location of the Donovan House is pretty good. It is a 3 block walk to the metro so I have to admit I have resorted to taxi rides instead of spending the time to walk to the stop and then take the time to get to my destination. Overall, I am fairly ambivalent over this one. I have stayed in a lot of 4 star hotels in DC and this just falls in the middle of the pack.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Abe L, Assistant General Manager at Donovan House - A Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, June 16, 2013
Hi Cincytraveller_10,

Thanks so much for your review.

I really appreciate all your honest feedback about your experience. I am excited to share with you and the entire TripAdvisor community that the Donovan House will be undergoing a rooms renovation at the end of this year, Additionally, I will be sure to share your comments regarding service with my Department Leaders. We car very much about guest feedback and use it to continuously improve.

Cheers and I do hope you will return,
Abe

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We stayed here with a group of 20+ guests. The property is quaint but has good service. It has a wonderful rooftop bar and lounge and the only restaurant on property is pretty good. The rooms are a good size, modern and clean. The property is very central and within walking distance to major landmarks. In addition, the staff was friendly and very helpful.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Abe L, Assistant General Manager at Donovan House - A Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, July 11, 2013
Hi bballi,

Thanks for your review.

Appreciate the great comments about your stay. Sp happy to hear the staff treated you so well.

Cheers,
Abe

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

I ended up landing a room at the Donovan House by way of Priceline. I never stayed at any other Kimpton properties, so was looking forward to it. The front lobby was pretty modern...and by that hanging chairs, lots of art/design effort went into making it "cool". It's tight quarters in the entire hotel. The hallways were kind of trippy. I think my floor was dark purple with neon green exit lights and lots of mirrors. Definitely catering to the Euro-club crowd. Got to my room and it was nice. very modern, lots of white, shower looked like something from The Jetsons, but it was cool and it was a different experience which is what I think they're going for. Definitely not a place to bring the kids or grandmom. I'm 35 and it was almost too cool for me! the amenities are tight. I workout and the gym was fairly tight and small. Small for a hotel. All in all, a nice place with a different scene going on.

Green Features: I didn't notice any environmental issues or practices.
  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Abe L, Assistant General Manager at Donovan House - A Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, June 24, 2013
Hi bmalin77,

Thanks so much for your review.

I always love guest feedback. Sometimes that means the "hard truth". I reviewed your comments in detail and can see your perspective. I have good news, there is a full rooms renovation planned for the end of this year and the main items being addressed are functionality, condition, ability to work in the room and also to "soften" things up a bit. We're really committing to making the Hotel a welcoming place for all.

Thank you again for your feedback.

Cheers,
Abe

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Reston, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Every time I stay at a Kimpton, I am truly satisfied! This is why:
1. Kimpton hotels always have great decor. The Donvan house has a "spy" theme with modern furnishings. So fun!
2. Staff is friendly, kind and accommodating. When I checked in, I was offered a glass of wine during the check-in process. All members of staff greeted me with a smile and kind words. They offered to help in any way they could.
3. The Donovan house went over the top to make my wedding anniversary a dream come true. I was offered a room upgrade and had a little treat waiting for my wife and I. It shows that staff really cares and goes the extra mile.
4. The food is always great. We had breakfast at the hotel restaurant. So fresh, delicious and healthy!

I plan to stay at a Kimpton every chance I get! My hotel chain of choice! THANK YOU!

Room Tip: Some rooms have floor-to-ceiling city views at an affordable price!
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Green Features: Kimpton is clearly eco-friendly! It offers an eco-program with details in each room.
  • Stayed June 2013, 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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Abe L, Assistant General Manager at Donovan House - A Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Hi Steven V,

Thanks so much for your review.

1. What an awesome stay!
2. I am assuming you are coming back?
3. Happy Anniversary!
4. Check out Zentan for Dinner next. Chef Jen is awesome!

Cheers,
Abe

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Odenton, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

My girls friends and I checked into the hotel and was offered an upgrade with a cocoon tube/bath. it was gorgeous and we enjoyed the relaxing rooftop pool/bar. The bar made some fantastic drinks and for a decent price considering hotel drinks are expensive. The location is very central and close to almost anything needed. We enjoyed our stay and already plan on going back soon.

Room Tip: Corner suites offer the best views of logan square
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Green Features: The water pressure wasnt heavy but it was not a bad thing considering the energy efficiency hotel the donovan is. the pressure was perfect and i loved the bath products.
  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Abe L, Assistant General Manager at Donovan House - A Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Hi Anastasia B,

Thanks for your review on TripAdvisor!

Seems like a great stay. Glad you had a chance to check out DNV Rooftop. We are receiving rave reviews, like yours, about the new renovations and libations.

Cheers,
Abe

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Boston, Massachusetts
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

I got this hotel through Priceline and what a wonderful surprise it was. I checked I during free wine hour, which was great after a long day. The front desk staff were friend,y and attentive. The lobby area is cool and funky. Upstairs, the halls are fabulously decorated and the room was really nice. Very interesting decor and lighting, luxe bath design and products. Comfy, beautiful bed. This hotel is really a winner. It's got great location, staff, service, decor....really fun place to stay.

  • Stayed June 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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Abe L, Assistant General Manager at Donovan House - A Kimpton Hotel, responded to this review, June 14, 2013
Hi CarolineMcMuffin,

Thanks so much for your review.

What an awesome stay and I appreciate you sharing with the TripAdvisor community. Will you be back soon?

Cheers,
Abe

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Address: 1155 14th Street, N.W., Washington DC, DC 20005
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Downtown / Chinatown , Penn Quarter
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#24 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#39 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#43 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#70 Family Hotel in Washington DC
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Hotel Class:4 star — Donovan House - A Kimpton Hotel 4*
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