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1430 Rhode Island Ave., NW (Logan Circle)
(1) 202-462-9001 | www.hotelhelix.com
FOODHelix Lounge - breakfast and light dinner; room service - Breakfast: Daily 7:15am-10:15am, Dinner: Sun.-Thurs.: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Fri.-Sat.: 5:00pm-10:30pm
DRINKHelix Lounge - groovy cocktails
ROOMSSpacious; playful and glam; pop art; bold colors; Twister provided
PRICE (STANDARD DOUBLE)USD 215
YEAR OPENED2003 (renovated in 2009)
# OF ROOMS178
CONNECTIVITYYes - Wi-Fi available
FREE INTERNET?Yes - but only for Kimpton InTouch members
GYMYes - small fitness center, open 24 hours
SPANo - but in-room spa treatments available
Got your tongue firmly in cheek? Good, now bounce yourself into the pop-a-licious Hotel Helix, where the wild jumble of neon patent leather furniture, wacky striped cushions, Warhol-esque canvases, and surfer wallpaper would be headache-inducing were it not for the free-flowing bubbly in the lobby (5:00pm-6:00pm) that keeps everyone feeling suitably ebullient. The crowd, which tends to congregate in the lively Helix Lounge, is trendy and spirited, and even business travelers (who stay for facilities like the flexible event space) are plugged into the party (as they’d have to be, considering that the meeting spaces are called “Casting Rooms” and packed with old Hollywood photos, and the groovy guest rooms are kitted out with wacky treats like Pez in the minibar).
GO HERE WITH
Significant other - for offbeat fun; friends - for a party weekend; family - for the kid-friendly amenities; pets
WHY WE LIKE IT
When we’re feeling frolicsome, nothing beats Hotel Helix – it’s hip, it’s fun, and it’s sexy. The rooms are quite spacious, well appointed (love those Gilchrist & Soames bath products!), and have a boutiquey flair, but we have to admit the happening lounge and nearby nightlife around Logan Circle keep us out a lot. Classic Kimpton treats like champagne in the evening and free coffee in the morning also get two thumbs up. We should note as well that, fun aside, when we need to get down to business, Hotel Helix has us covered with a 24-hour business center, 2,240 square feet of flexible event space, a boarding pass print-out station, and a 24-hour concierge.
AMENITY WE LOVE
The Helix Lounge, especially during the free champagne hour (5:00pm-6:00pm) and happy hour (5:00pm-7:00pm). Check out the lovely patio in the summer too.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The fitness center is tiny. Also the hotel is kind of a trek from the subway (about 15 minutes), and there’s no lunch served in the restaurant.
GOOD TO KNOW
If standard in-room treats like Twister board games aren’t unique enough for you, check out specialized room categories like Bunk (which comes with a king bed and a set of bunk beds), Flex (which offers cardio equipment in room), and Eats (with kitchenette). For all their playfulness, the loungey public spaces are pretty grown up, but child-friendly amenities like kid-sized robes, welcome treats, and child-proofing kits, make this a good family choice. Pets (up to 200 lbs) are welcome, too, and amenities like pet beds, water bowls, and doggy robes are available. In-room yoga equipment is available. Valet parking is USD 42/day, with a 50% discount for hybrid cars.
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