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Hotel Palomar Washington DC
2121 P St., NW (Dupont Circle)
(1) 202-448-1801 | www.hotelpalomar-dc.com
FOODUrbana - Mediterranean fare, breakfast, lunch, dinner; poolside dining - seasonal, 11:00am-8:00pm; 24-hour room service (limited menu after midnight)
DRINKUrbana Lounge - low-key Med-inspired lounge area
ROOMSSpacious; stylish beige decor; eye-catching artwork; small, spa-inspired bathrooms
PRICE (STANDARD DOUBLE)USD 320
# OF ROOMS335
CONNECTIVITYYes - Wi-Fi
FREE INTERNET?Yes - but only for Kimpton InTouch members
GYMYes - 24-hour fitness center; outdoor pool (open Memorial Day through September 23, 8:00am-8:00pm)
SPANo - Kerstin Florian in-room spa services available
The “Art in Motion” theme at this Kimpton property may sound a bit “corporate trying to play it cool,” but, to our delight, chic Hotel Palomar manages to make it genuinely cool cool. From the quirky details (the staff all list their “artistic inspiration” on their nametags) to the tailored, art house design (inspired, you guessed it, by Art Deco), and from the bold in-room canvases to the sharp onsite exhibitions co-sponsored by institutions like the Phillips Collection and the Smithsonian, it’s got a grown-up, sophisticated focus on art with a very appealing twist of fun. Service (which includes a “Cultural Concierge”) is genuine and friendly, and a complimentary nightly wine and hors d’oeuvres reception in the lobby has the panache and conviviality of a stylish gallery opening.
GO HERE WITH
Significant other; colleagues; kids - for the family friendly perks; pets
WHY WE LIKE IT
The spacious rooms are lovely, though we didn’t manage to spend much time in them, what with great onsite amenities (like the pool and fitness center) and happening Dupont Circle just around the corner. Classic Kimpton perks, like complimentary morning coffee and the evening wine reception, keep us sweet too.
AMENITY WE LOVE
Has to be the evening wine reception…though the pool and Urbana restaurant get thumbs up too.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
By comparison with the spacious rooms, the bathrooms are on the small side.
GOOD TO KNOW
For free Wi-Fi in any Kimpton property, sign up for the complimentary Kimpton In-Touch loyalty program. True to Kimpton policy, Hotel Palomar is super pet friendly – there’s no restriction on the size or number of pets you can bring, and amenities like treats, food bowls, and beds are complimentary. On top of that, the “Bark Bar,” a three-tiered water bar for pets, and “The Dish,” a pet lounge, keep the four-legged set entertained while you schmooze at the wine reception. Kid-friendly perks include cribs, highchairs, booster seats, childproofing kits, welcome gifts, kid-sized robes, and a Wii tennis game set up the during wine hour. If you don’t feel like heading to the fitness center for you workout needs, in-room Mind.Body.Spa kits provide yoga and Pilates equipment, and the “Motion” rooms come with exercise equipment (spin, cardio and core training, or yoga) and oversized soaking tubs for relaxing afterwards. Complimentary The New York Times is provided every morning. 10,500 feet of meeting/event space is available, including 11 meeting rooms and facilities for 300+ guests. Parking is available for USD 41/night.
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Hotel Palomar facade
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Hotel Palomar facade
Hotel Palomar bar