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Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington DC
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

The Palomar hotel was everything we were looking for: ideal location, close to the metro, close to restaurants and shops and a huge bedroom and bathroom.
The staff were friendly and helpful. One of our bags was delayed at the airport and we were given necessary toiletries so that we didn't have to go to one of the several CVS stores nearby.
The only thing, and it really is a minor thing, the power in the shower wasn't great - but then again, I like a powerful shower! It really wasn't worth complaining about, or moving rooms for.
We never ate in the hotel restaurant, although we did celebrate new year in the bar. So we can't comment on any food. But, if you're there for a short break, I recommend exploring the many restaurants nearby and further afield. From the looks from many reviews, that seems to be the best plan.
We were there for 4 nights. I wish we were there for longer. Great all round hotel.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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hotelmanager_9, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington DC, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2013

Dear danwizey,
Awesome review! Thank you so much. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, Stephane

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Reviewed January 9, 2013

It's not hard to become a disciple of Kimpton Hotels, what with their devotion to top-quality service, free WiFi for InTouch guests and the always-welcome "Raid The Minibar Feature." No two properties are exactly alike, and they often reflect the city and even the neighborhood you're in.
To a large extent, the same can be said about the Palomar. It's in a great location, just two blocks or so from the Dupont Circle metro stop. You get a warm welcome at check-in, and any interactions with the front desk staff will inevitably be cheerful. The spacious king room I stayed in had a distinctive decorating touch you wouldn't see at larger, corporate brands. And the Aveda products in the bathroom demonstrated someone gave some thought about what to offer discerning guests. Ditto for the animal-print bathrobes.
So why doesn't it get five stars? A lack of attention to certain details. If you offer bottled beer in the minibar, then you need to supply a bottle opener. This was the second Kimpton I've stayed in where that was lacking. The handle on the fridge worked, but that wasn't its intended purpose.
Also, maybe it's just me, but I could not figure out how to turn off the iHome clock radio/MP3 player, which is in need of updating for newer iPod models. Speaking of updating, the furnishings in the room are certainly nothing you'd see in a Hilton or Marriott. It has that faux 60s-70s retro touch that lets you know you're staying with a chain where business is anything but usual.
However, it's time for an update. The furniture is starting to look tired. The carpet is not worn, but it is tired. And the flat-screen TV needs to have a digital signal.
I didn't get to try the restaurant, which was a little pricey, even traveling on an expense account. There was a good empanada joint a block away on P Street. If you don't want to pay $20-$25 for breakfast, Starbucks and Le Pain Quotidien are on the same side of the street. But if that's not an issue, the restaurant has done well on Yelp.
Overall, I'd go back at the right price. But Kimpton has a bunch of other choices in Washington--I loved my stay at the Rouge, for example, that you might want to get a little more adventurous. Still, I can't help but think that the people staying at the Residence Inn across the street would have been rather envious of my digs. Now about that bottle opener....

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled on business
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Thank murrayhill
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hotelmanager_9, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington DC, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2013

Dear murrayhill,

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your stay with us. Thanks for pointing out some of the details missing - we will get right on it. Best wishes, Stephane

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Reviewed January 9, 2013

I love Kimpton HOtels! However, this one was really excellent. We had the King Spa room- The room was as big as a one bedroom apartment. The spa tub really made the experience as it was a cold time and warming up in a jacuzzi tub (a true jacuzzi tub in which you sit on little seats and are under water) with jets was amazing. The room was exceptionally quiet which is key for me as a light sleeper and the bed was comfortable. Finally, staff were amazing and helpful at every turn in our stay. Will definitely go back! Note: We didn't try the food.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

Many other poeple have rated this hotel and its staff highly but from the moment we arrived we were disappointed. The rooms were big, but not that clean. We stayed for 6 days and during that time it was not dusted once. The baths were incredibly small. The beds were good though. The reception staff were very unhelpful. We wanted some tourist info and advice but frankly we did not find them really interested, and when we asked questions we were brushed off. They were also useless at giving us ideas for restaurants, especially as they closed theirs Christmas Day, which we had relied upon as a backup if we could not find anywhere else. The location is good though, a mere 2 min walk from the very efficient metro service. Breakfast, which was included was very poor. It was hit or miss is they could be bothered to put bagels out. No cerials were available so that left toast or fruit!. Overall not bad, but certainly in our opinion not as good as others have made it sound.

Room Tip: High floor and not at the back as you will be woken with noisy lorries, very early.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank Adrian D
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hotelmanager_9, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington DC, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2013

Dear Adrian D,
Thank you so much for your feedback. Ouch - sounds like we really blew it. I am sorry! You should always receive the level of service and special attention you expect during your stay with us. We won't fail you twice. The next time you are in town, let me know. I would love the chance to personally make sure your next stay is an all out success.

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

You can't beat being on P Street in Dupont for nightlife, metro access, restaurants, atmosphere. And the staff is very helpful and prompt. We've stayed there twice and both rooms were slightly tired, needing some work on doors and paint and lighting and the like. The basics were great: beds and bedding and bathrooms and ventilation all were in good order.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with family
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Thank rrrosner
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hotelmanager_9, General Manager at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington DC, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2013

Dear rrrosner,
Thank you so much for your feedback and for returning to the hotel. I will be sure to share your comments about the staff with the team. While I am at it; it looks like these poor door jambs and trims are in need of some love. We will get right on it. Take care and see you soon! Stephane

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