My husband, my 8 year old daughter and I stayed at The Carlyle for 4 nights and while it was a lovely hotel in a lovely neighborhood, it wasn't the best fit for us.
We had a suite with a kitchenette and table and wish we had gotten the room with a sofa instead. The glass table was unstable and unusable anyway.
The staff go above and beyond to make you feel comfortable. Every staff member we encountered was extremely courteous and helpful and made us feel very welcome.
The location is hotel is beautiful and the location is beautiful. It is about a 3 block walk to the Dupont Metro (with the scariest escalator ever!) and Whole Foods, CVS, Starbucks, bakeries, etc are all very close by.
We used the metro for 2 days, but then decided to use a taxi after that. It was about $15 one way to the National Mall and our cab driver gave us a lovely tour and great descriptions of many of the beautiful buildings. If you have a little extra money, I definitely recommend getting a cab.
We drove to DC and found the valet parking very convenient. It is $40 a day and your car is parked behind the building.
We did not get drinks or food in the hotel, but it looked nice. The art deco styled hotel itself is quite charming.
The hotel beds are tempurpedic and they are so comfortable! I know tempurpedic is a love/hate thing, but we loved them and felt very well rested each morning.
The shower was nice and hot and had great pressure. They use eco friendly soap/shampoo and they were very nice.
The room was smaller than I thought it would be. We had 2 queen beds and a kitchenette. The glass table is wobbly and I was scared to put even my coffee on it! We should have chosen the suite with the kitchenette and sofa. Compared to NYC, its really not a bad size, I just thought it would be slightly larger.
One of our 2 burners on the stove didn't work, which is kind of a big deal when you are trying to make spaghetti. I have a soy allergy and cant eat out easily, so a kitchenette is a life saver for me (quite literally).
Our room didn't feel super clean. The bathrooms could use a little bit of a deep cleaning and another towel hook would be a nice addition. There were some smudges on the bathroom door that looked pretty gross.
There is no luggage stand in the room so we had to rummage through our luggage on the floor.
I highly recommend the Carlyle to couples and business travelers. It is far beyond your standard hotel. For small families, it works, but my daughter was hoping for a pool and a larger room to play around in.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Carlyle Hotel Washington Dc
- The Carlyle Hotel