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“Great Location” 4 of 5 stars
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The Dupont Circle
Ranked #34 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Queensland, Australia
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310 reviews
40 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
“Great Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

This Hotel is in the best location possible, surrounded by shops and plenty of places to eat from cheap to up market. The area is full of people and is the heart of social activity in DC.
Close to everything only 7 blocks from the White House and Metro stations to all attractions if you are not a walker.


Great Bar and great staff, very easy place to meet people.

Room Tip: The Hotel is first class but make sure you ask for an outside room above the 6th floor. Our room was...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank Walter J
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Hotel M, Manager at The Dupont Circle, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you for reviewing us! We are happy to hear how much you enjoyed your stay. It is our prerogative to provide every guest with top quality service. Please join us again soon so we may show you whey we're worth a full 5 stars! We look forward to your return.
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Des Moines, Iowa
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45 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Nicely appointed and well located hotel, accross the circle from the Metro. Pros: Clean, great staff, contemporary look, love the heated floor in the bath. Lots of marble. Comfy bed. Free newspapers. Within a block is a CVS, a few simpler fare restaurants, Starbucks, quiet residential streets. Cons: Bath is open in part to the bed area; didn't bother me, but might some couples. Room somewhat small but well laid out. Shower only (glass/marble, clean). Housekeeping knocks on your door at 8:00 regardless if you have the do not disturb lit. Drinks in the bar terribly expensive ($16 for a martini), shrimp cocktail was watery and tasteless, caesar salad was excellent with shaved parm and lots of anchovies. Bar staff flirted with the singles, so it was hard to get staff's attention.

I would stay again. It appears to have been completely remodeled with quality materials. I'd give it five stars except for the bar food and staff. I didn't try the restaurant, but with a city with so many great restaurants...

Room Tip: Street side verses courtyard side. I had the courtyard, which was quiet but no view.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel M, Manager at The Dupont Circle, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you for a great review, and Happy New Year! We apologize if you were made to feel unimportant at the Bar Dupont. We will certainly address this with our teams. We appreciate the time you took to provide your feedback, and we hope that you'll join us again soon!
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Queens, New York, United States
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Hotel staff very courtious and take very good care of guests. They even braught my car around for me when I wanted to use it. Free morning coffee was a nice touch. Walking distance from metro buses and subway train stop. Also around the corner from tour bus stop.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Thank Dale D
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Hotel M, Manager at The Dupont Circle, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you for a great review! We are happy to hear how much you enjoyed your stay, and appreciate the time you took to provide your comments and feedback. We hope that you'll join us again soon for a drink at the Bar Dupont, or a bite in Cafe Dupont. We look forward to your return!
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We were here at Thanksgiving 2012 with two girls age 10 and 12. Loved the atmosphere and style of the hotel! Fun bar and lounge area. Nice rooms with little seat. Bathrooms very stylish with a lot of (white)glass. Meaning if you use the toilet while someone is brushing at the sink you can almost see each other. Not everyone may feel comfortable with that. Overall a beautiful hotel in a great neighborhood.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel M, Manager at The Dupont Circle, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you for a great review! We are happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay at the Dupont Circle Hotel. We appreciate your comments and feedback, and can agree that our bathrooms are quite modern and maybe not for everyone. We hope that you'll join us again soon, and we look forward to your return!
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Newport, Rhode Island
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18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Great hotel. Clean, fresh, contemporary rooms with wonderful service by all staff members I encountered. Very good bar too, with a happy hour worth taking advantage of. It's also an easy walk to the DC Metro.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel M, Manager at The Dupont Circle, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you for a terrific review! We are pleased to hear how much you enjoyed your stay, and that you felt at home while working. The Bar Dupont is certainly a treat, and we are glad you liked it! Please join us again soon for a bite at Cafe Dupont or a homemade cookie at check in. We look forward to your return!
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Brussels
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81 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

This place has style but the service and the quality of the stay don't live up to it. I was there for 4 days of business and slept miserably, due to the very antiquated heating/cooling system, which made it feel like staying in the middle of a whirring blender. Both bed and chaise lounge were too 'soggy' soft to be comfortable sitting/sleeping on and shutters instead of shades or curtains wouldn't stay open/closed as needed/wished, all very irritating when you need to concentrate.

Location is great but the only staff who seem to be on the ball are the doormen, who were very professional, knowledgeable, and kind. Front desk staff were worse than clueless -- within minutes of checking in the two credit cards I'd produced had both been entered in fraudulent transactions and when I complained, I got no answer. (I"m not accusing the staff, but clearly the IT system is not secure, as I hardly ever use those cards and the timing coincidence was remarkable. I pointed this out and got no answer whatsoever, I specifically asked for this to be written up and referred to management, and evidently that wasn't done.)

Housekeeping also seems very slow -- I came back at 4-5pm one day to change before the evening, and nothing had been done, even the room service tray had not been removed.

I liked the wet room style bathroom and underfloor heating, but the bedroom style didn't really work as it meant the TV and mirror were both directly in front of the bed, which isn't very nice (bad feng shui! :-)

Their food and drink is hilariously overpriced and they charged me 24 dollars one morning and 31 dollars the next morning for the identical breakfast. Also no explanation and no apology!
Overall, next time I need to stay in DC I will stay somewhere less pretentious where I know exactly what we're getting for our money, this was relatively pricey and not worth it ultimately.

I'll be intrigued to know if management pays more attention to this review than they did to my (calm quiet businesslike) requests during my stay.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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Hotel M, Manager at The Dupont Circle, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you for your review. We sincerely apologize if we were unable to live up to your expectations. The quality of service you received is not condusive of what we, at the Dupont Circle Hotel, intend to provide. Please contact the hotel directly to provide more insights as to how we may improve. We would like the opportunity to make up for our shortcomings, and hope that you'll join us again. Please come again soon!
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Wisconsin
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58 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Had a great stay in the Dupont Circle Hotel. The hotel is right off the Metro red-line (Exit Q street). We were able to take the Metro from the airport almost to the door of the hotel.
The room was small, but well situated. There was a desk and a lounging seat by the window. I really liked the shutters. We were able to decide how much light we wanted in. Also - the windows opened and it was great to have some fresh air.
The tiles in the bathroom were heated, much to my delight.
The staff were friendly. The "do not disturb" light on the door tag was cool.
It was a little noisy at night, but it was not so loud it disturbed me or my husband.
While in the neighborhood, there are great restaurants and shopping. We also walked to the White House and to the National Christmas Tree.
The bar at the hotel was a happening place, if only we had more time while in town. Next time!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank CS-KS
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Hotel M, Manager at The Dupont Circle, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Thank you for a wonderful review! We are pleased to hear that you and your husband enjoyed your stay, and took advantage of some of our amenities. Next time, stop in at Cafe Dupont for lunch, or a drink at Bar Dupont. We look forward to your return, and we hope to see you soon!
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Property: The Dupont Circle
Address: 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20036-1204
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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 Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#15 Business Hotel in Washington DC
#17 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#22 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#23 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Dupont Circle 4*
Number of rooms: 327
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated in one of the city's most vibrant neighborhoods, The Dupont Circle brings modern style to the nation's capital for an unforgettable experience. Urban chic comes to life in The Dupont Circle's sleek design, eclectic artwork and coveted location. Then there is LEVEL NINE, an elevated tier of luxury for the ultimate experience. These spacious rooms boast spectacular views across the city from private terraces and balconies with added amenities and benefits. Who needs to cab when you are staying in the heart of the cities restaurant, bar and entertainment scene. Dine in style at Cafe Dupont, a multi-sensory experience, offering a handcrafted modern American style menu with French influences for breakfast, dinner or brunch. Or mix and mingle in one of DC's treasured spots at Bar Dupont, busy with the cosmopolitan after-work crowd. ... more   less 
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