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“A Jewel in the Dupont Area - next to Embassies”

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Kimpton Carlyle Hotel
Ranked #50 of 140 Hotels in Washington DC
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florida, usa
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7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“A Jewel in the Dupont Area - next to Embassies”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

Finally some down time to review this quaint hotel. Treated like royalty upon arrival from valet to front desk staff, especially Abou. Friendly, great personality, multi-lingual and excellent customer service. Same outstanding service from Dora, the morning breakfast cashier. I think her name was Dora. ...

The room was very clean, had a kitchenette, sort of an Art Deco décor, but did not seemed dated. The walk in shower was excellent.

Simon the manager, always seemed to be around with a smile and customer service ready.

Cant complain...except I wished there was a water bottle in the room, for my morning vitamins...other than that...excellent a hidden jewel in the DuPont circle area. Just walkable to best restaurants in town. By the way, went to dine at FLORIANA'S ITALIAN. wow...the best risotto, linguine, mussels...etc...etc...

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled on business
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Simon A, Front Office Manager at Kimpton Carlyle Hotel, responded to this review, September 7, 2013
Dear lunalunera1214,
How better can you feel to be treated like Royalty when you arrive in a City like ours! It was our pleasure to be at your service and we are so glad you enjoyed it.
We can’t wait to see you again on your next trip to Washington DC
Best Regards! Simon Attagba, Front Office Manager
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Booked the Carlyle Suite Hotel through Southwest Airlines for our trip to attend the 50th Anniversary of March on Washington (August 28th).
The hotel was great. Our room was neat as could be. The bed very comfortable. Our suite had a kitchenette, dinning area, sitting/bed area and a very nice bath area. We felt the Carlyle Suites provided an excellent accommodation for the money.
Bernadette at the front desk provided exceptional service and made us most welcome.
The hotel just three blocks northeast of Dupont Circle On New Hampshire Ave. The Dupont Circle Metro stop was convenient for our getting to the National Mall and the various memorials. It was also convenient to many fine dinning establishments on 17th Street between R & Q Aves.
If and when we return to our Nations Capital we would stay again at the Carlyle Suites!

Room Tip: We were on the first floor and a friend from Cleveland also stayed at Carlyle Suites, he was on the...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Simon A, Front Office Manager at Kimpton Carlyle Hotel, responded to this review, September 7, 2013
Hello daDA144,
The 50th Anniversary of March Week was a great time to be in Washington DC, the weather also made things very accommodating and of course staying with us was just perfect. Bernadette was very happy that you mentioned her name in your review.
The entire team thanks you for taking the time to write these comments.
We will see you soon!

Best Regards! Simon Attagba, Front Office Manager
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Nice quiet, leafy street among many of the smaller embassies - but it is only a 2 minute walk to Dupont Circle and all the restaurants and nightlife there. The hotel staff was unfailingly polite and helpful. The room in my case (a double queen) was not really a "suite" in that there was not a seperate room - but it did have a kitchenette area and a little wall table - ostensibly for dining I guess. But the room temperature was controllable, there was plenty of hot water and water pressure, and the room seemed very clean. There was a safe in the closet, ironing board, extra blankets. Very comfortable beds- add to this what I think was an excellent nightly rate. - NOTE - I did not drive a car here - saw they had a valet out front but heard that was expensive.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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Simon A, Front Office Manager at Kimpton Carlyle Hotel, responded to this review, September 7, 2013
Dear L188188,
Thank you for taking the time to write this review, we are very happy you enjoyed your stay with us. The entire team was pleased with the way you described us; “The hotel staff was unfailingly polite and helpful”, this is what we thrive for, to be there for each and every need of our guests.
Thank you so much for your five stars, we will see you soon!
Best Wishes, Simon Attagba Front Office Manager
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

I had to work on business in D.C. and stayed here one night. Looks like this hotel has been around for some time. Had a "old" charm to it. The room was fairly big but it had sort of a damp smell to it. Had a small kitchen area if you needed to cook. I did not but the small fridge was great for water. There was a sofa bed in the room. It was ok. What makes this hotel is the location near Dupont Circle which is quite charming which shops, cafes, restaurants near by. Beautiful townhomes and a Dog Park near by. Metro is also pretty close. I gave it the 4th star on location alone.

One negative thing could be - getting a cab in the morning could be challenging. You may need to wait 10-15 minutes but they do eventually pass by!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Simon A, Front Office Manager at Kimpton Carlyle Hotel, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear sevensevenseven,
Thank you for taking the time to write this review, we appreciate the “four stars” and we look forward to seeing you soon!
Best Regards! Simon Attagba, Front Office Manager
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We are about to check out of the Carlyle and will be sorry to go. It has been a very nice stay here, with the hotel being in an excellent position in a nice quiet area. Our room was quiet at the back of the hotel so no view but that wasn't an issue to us. The room was really good with ample space for all your needs Nice compact kitchenette - very well designed. The bathroom was adequate with a separate vanity area which was a bonus. The wardrobe was a good size, housing a decent sized safe. All in all, couldn't fault the room and facilities - nice coffee machine too. Wifi a bit hit and miss but not a big deal as it kept coming back. We had an excellent breakfast one morning but catered for ourselves the other mornings; then had 2 very nice dinners in the restaurant, so would recommend this property without hesitation. The staff were all so nice - helpful with genuine smiling faces.

Room Tip: We have been in Room 435 with no noise issues at all. The a/c is ok being constant, so didn't b...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Simon A, Front Office Manager at Kimpton Carlyle Hotel, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear Victoria P,
We are so happy to hear that you very much enjoyed your stay with us. We shared your appreciation with the restaurant team and the entire staff. We can’t wait to see you again!
Best Wishes! Simon Attagba, Front Office Manager
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

We booked this hotel quite a while ago for our family's 9 day stay in DC. I started to get nervous because there were some negative reviews popping up. I must say I was quite pleased with my stay.

Someone greeted us as soon as we got out of the cab, and someone else loaded our luggage onto a cart for us. Then, at check in, my husband had ordered a rain coat and had it sent to the hotel (we live in a dry area and rain was forecasted), and the clerk immediately brought this out before we even remembered it was to be waiting for us. Everything was ready and check in was smooth, the clerk brought our bags to our room quickly.

The bed was quite comfortable for a hotel bed. The sofa turned into a bed that could accommodate our 10 and 12 year old children. There was a small kitchen with plates, glasses, some pots and pans to be used, and we didn't need these. We did use the fridge for sodas, and kept some small snacks around. There was a large vanity area next to the bathroom, which we liked. The air conditioning worked perfectly, room felt awesome on the low setting. The maids came and vacuumed every day and made up the beds nicely. The only weird thing was the shower, which had half of a door, but I was paranoid I would splash water everywhere whenever I showered. I thought the décor was different but interesting.

The first day of our adventures, we heard a desk clerk say the word "map" to someone, and we headed over for a map, too. He circled the hotel for us, and gave one map to our son, who treasured it, and gave us another copy to us. It turned out to be handy in planning our time and walking distances.

Our room was quiet, we hardly heard a peep from anywhere else. A siren or two on the street in passing... but nothing like other hotels, where I swear the walls are made of paper! We had internet access almost all of the time. There was a day when my son's ipad wouldn't connect, but mine did, and then a day when the reverse was true... and this was all in the room, room 810 on the 8th floor, so there was no camping the lobby for the internet as I had read in some other reviews.

There are restaurants nearby. Around the corner, we ate at a place called Trio our first night. We also used the Safeway to buy a few small food items we snacked on during our stay. There is also a 7-11 not far around the corner, as well as other restaurants and a liquor store if you are looking for one.

The hotel is a short walk to the Dupont Circle Metro. Right outside the Metro station is a Krispy Kreme and a Panera, across the street a Baja Fresh, down a small bit is a Jamba Juice. There are other places around as well, as well as a Books -A -Million on the corner where we always turned to "go home."

We used the laundry facility, and that night we discovered 2 vending machines in the lower lobby: drinks and snacks, and at reasonable prices!! The washer and dryer were $1 per load, also reasonable.

I liked the security features: in room safe, need to use the room key card to use the elevator, also we returned home after midnight one night (Go Redskins!) and the lobby was shut tight, but there was a place for the key card on the wall.

The night before we checked out we asked for a cab to be there at 530 am so we could get to the airport, and he was right there waiting for us when he left. The staff were always friendly and helpful in the few instances we needed to deal with them. I would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in the DC area!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Simon A, Front Office Manager at Kimpton Carlyle Hotel, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Hello Nurseval77,
We love the way you took the time to describe our amenities! Thank you for the full 5 stars, we can’t wait to see you again!
Best Regards! Simon Attagba, Front Office Manager
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Wisconsin
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Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

Excellent location, within easy walk to metro. Super-friendly hotel staff- very professional but warmly welcoming at all times. Loved having the kitchenette in the room for a quick breakfast or late night snack/cold beverage- also loved the single- cup keurig since the coffee was SO much better than the usual hotel brewers. Also appreciated having the small vanity area outside the bathroom for use when three of us were trying to get ready all at once. Loved the Art Deco feel and our room (528) was small but very comfortable- the only negatives would be the view (inner courtyard facing other windows) & the lack of a comfy lounge chair (but no real room for one). If you care about the view, request a room looking towards the front of the hotel. Would absolutely stay here again- for the staff, the cleanliness, & the location. An excellent value in DC!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Simon A, Front Office Manager at Kimpton Carlyle Hotel, responded to this review, August 29, 2013
Dear slbpetvet,
Thanking for taking the time to write this review, we love the five star circles you gave us. We know we will see you soon!
Best Regards! Simon Attagba, Front Office Manager
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Property: Kimpton Carlyle Hotel
Address: 1731 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-2501 (Formerly The Carlyle Dupont Circle, a Kimpton Hotel)
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Dupont Circle
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#23 Luxury Hotel in Washington DC
#26 Family Hotel in Washington DC
#46 Romantic Hotel in Washington DC
#51 Business Hotel in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Kimpton Carlyle Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 198
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centrally located in fashionable Dupont Circle and newly renovated, Kimpton Carlyle Hotel offers 198 spacious hotel accommodations, some available with kitchenettes, Tempur-Pedic beds, plush duvets and at-home amenities. All rooms feature a flat screen television, available WiFi, and luxurious bath amenities by Bigelow. Kimpton Carlyle Hotel in Dupont Circle is also walking distance to DC's landmark neighborhoods and attractions such as Georgetown, Adams Morgan, U Street and our nation's most famous residence - the White House. The DC Metro and famed Dupont Circle fountain is just a short three block walk from our DC hotel, and premier dining is within easy reach along Connecticut Ave. As well as Dupont Circle. Come and stay with us and enjoy the beautiful tree lined streets and character rich architecture of the neighborhood. ... more   less 
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