I stayed at the Topaz Hotel for three nights this past weekend and am wholeheartedly giving it a 5 star review. I picked the Topaz for a number of reasons: (1) Great location, (2) Reasonable price, including free valet parking for all hybrid vehicles, and (3) It is pet friendly. What I couldn't have expected was how friendly every member of the staff was. I will expand some of these topics.
Location - The hotel is in a very safe neighborhood just a couple blocks away from the many great restaurants, bars, and shops around Dupont circle. It is also two blocks from more fun places along the 17th street corridor. Though we didn't do much sight-seeing, it is very walkable to the White House and the monuments. And it's very close to the Dupont metro stop and many different bus lines. It's basically in the perfect spot. Oh, and if you're here on a weekend, definitely get brunch at the Tabard Inn next door, but make sure to make a reservation in advance!
Staff and Rooms - I cannot express how impressed I was by the staff at the Topaz. Each person we encountered - from the front desk clerks to the baggage/valet guy to the maids to the handyman - took the time to say hi, smile, and greet us. They were all so friendly and nice and helped make this a truly enjoyable experience. Additionally, I was surprised by how large the room was. We had a standard king room and it was so spacious, with a nook for the desk and another nook by the bathroom. Oh, I should also mention that if you have a hybrid (as we do), you get free valet parking during your stay. This is a huge value because parking in DC can be pretty steep.
Pet Friendly - I should qualify this by stating that I am not one of those people who must take their dog on vacation with them and in fact, this is the first hotel I have ever taken him to. However, I know that DC is a very walkable city and intended to bring the pup around the city with me. I had read that the Kimpton Hotel chain is pet-friendly, but I didn't realize exactly how friendly they are. They offered water and food bowls, a dog bed, and extra baggies upon check-in. They also accommodated my request to be at the end of the hall, so I could be as sheltered from other guests as possible. Every time I took the dog out for a walk, the staff came over to pet him and say hi. And on our return, they greeted us with a treat, which he loved. This is not simply a place where dogs are allowed - it's a hotel where (friendly and well-behaved) dogs are actually encouraged to stay. As a pet owner, I really appreciated this. I believe there are also pet-free floors for those who are allergic or who don't want to hear the occasional bark. And just in case you forgot any pet supplies, there are two pet stores within a short walking distance.
Again, I would like to thank the entire staff at the Topaz Hotel for making this a fantastic stay. We will certainly be staying here again when we travel back to DC and will make sure to seek out other Kimpton hotels in the future.
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- Kimpton Washington Dc
- Topaz Hotel Kimpton