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The Donovan House Hotel is located in the heart of Washington DC. Less than a mile from the White House and the Washington Monument, this superbly located hotel is in a great position for seeing the sights and sounds of the American capital.
Set in up and coming area Thomas Circle, this trendy and welcoming 193 room hotel is stylish and very popular; designed with a bold colour palette, and clean architectural materials, the sleek interior is impressive. The Donovan House Hotel’s unique guestrooms feature cocoon spiral showers, leather wrap around beds, and Wi-Fi access throughout.
When evening rolls around, be sure to sample the fine dining and delicious Japanese cuisine on offer at onsite restaurant Zentan. In the summer months, the Donovan House Hotel’s DNV Rooftop Lounge and Pool Bar is the place to be – with stunning views across the city and a fun, contemporary vibe, it’s a great venue for a cocktail or two with friends.
Hotel Facilities & Services
- Non-Smoking throughout the hotel
- 24 hour front desk
- Lift to all Floors
- Multilingual Staff
- Concierge Desk
- Internet Access
- Mini bar
- Room Service Not 24hr: Yes
- Non Smoking Rooms
- Outdoor Pool Free: No
- Gym Free: Yes
- Name: Dulles International Airport
- Distance: 43.5 kilometres
Bar and Restaurant
- Bar in Hotel
- Restaurant in hotel
- Nearest Airport Name: Dulles International Airport Distance: 43.5 kilometres
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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating
- Overall: based on 1799 reviews
- Sleep Quality:
Not quite up to Kimpton standards
Stay Date: 03/2018, TheGardners_11 wrote this review.
I love Kimpton properties. I always look for one when traveling. There are number of Kimpton options in Washington DC. We chose the Donovan because of its location and the fact that it had an option with a pull out couch for my son. The location… See more
I love Kimpton properties. I always look for one when traveling. There are number of Kimpton options in Washington DC. We chose the Donovan because of its location and the fact that it had an option with a pull out couch for my son. The location is good. It is centrally located. There are a number of good restaurants within walking distance. The McPherson transit station is less than a half mile from the hotel (you will want to exit the station opposite the White House to exit onto 14th Street). The hotel lobby is very nondescript. Very plain and a bit dated. The front desk staff were nice and pleasant. We stayed in the city view king studio. The room was spacious but the couch was in an odd spot and when pulled out nearly touched the king size bed. The pull out was not comfortable. This isn’t surprising as most are not. However the king bed wasn’t overly comfortable either. It sits really low to the ground which is a bit odd. The decor is quite contemporary which really isn’t our style. The furniture looked like it came from Ikea. The bathroom was spacious with a farmhouse type sink, large tub and separate shower. The shower is very odd though. It’s shaped like a conch shell. When the light is on in the bathroom it shines through the conch shower and lights up the room. Didn’t care for that at all. You can’t go to the bathroom in the middle of the night without waking up the rest of those in the room. There are curtains for the windows but the city lights peep through the top. So if you are light sensitive bring a mask. The other weird thing is that housekeeping would barely knock and then just walk into the room. They don’t give you time to respond that you are in there. They were super pleasant but it happened several times. A tip, lock your room! Finally when we first got there we had to move rooms because our first one had a weird stain on the carpet. Apparently they gave us a room where someone had already checked into. Later in the evening those folks tried to come back into the room only to find us in there (they apparently hadn’t left their luggage yet). A bit unsettling for all of us and a major security failure. The hotel was responsive to the situation which is good and they did deliver wine and goodies to our room the next day. What we didn’t know is if truly it was for us or ordered by the other folks who were initially assigned to the room. Overall, great location and ok hotel if you are into contemporary. Just not what I typically expect from a Kimpton. Collapse
I wanted to like this hotel
Stay Date: 03/2018, Frequent_Traveler724 wrote this review.
I wanted to like this hotel but there were too many small issues that left me with a desire to look elsewhere for my next visit to DC. A few of those issues — The room was, by Kimpton standards, quite small. I’m accustomed to the rooms at the Madera… See more
I wanted to like this hotel but there were too many small issues that left me with a desire to look elsewhere for my next visit to DC. A few of those issues — The room was, by Kimpton standards, quite small. I’m accustomed to the rooms at the Madera and Palomar which are palatial compared to the Donovan. The bathroom was not especially clean when I arrived. My room door handle had the tendency to not work properly. I noted this to the front desk and asked for maintenance yet there was no evidence of any repairs upon my return well over 8 hours later. Room service breakfast was lukewarm, at best. My room rate had a built in food and beverage credit which seemed to confuse the front desk during checkout. They removed my meals and my minibar but a few days after departing I was charged for minibar. I specially told them I had used the minibar the night before departure yet this somehow didn’t register. Look, I generally like Kimpton hotels but this experience makes me wonder if the purchase by IHG is now the beginning of a slow slide into mediocrity. Collapse
Great Customer Service
Stay Date: 03/2018, Narren B wrote this review.
Chantelle and Ezekiel were awesome. I travel regularly for work and have never been made to feel so welcome. They were attentive, funny, helpful and extremely professional. I would hire these two in a heartbeat to work within my organization.
Chantelle and Ezekiel were awesome. I travel regularly for work and have never been made to feel so welcome. They were attentive, funny, helpful and extremely professional. I would hire these two in a heartbeat to work within my organization. Collapse
Three Words: Complimentary Wine Hour
Stay Date: 02/2018, Danay E wrote this review.
I was in DC for business and brought along my family. Our stay at the Kimpton Donovan was perfection. 1. The room was spacious, the beds were super comfy and the coffee bar was stocked with a Kheurig and tons of k-cups of all kinds. 2. The spiral sho… See more
I was in DC for business and brought along my family. Our stay at the Kimpton Donovan was perfection. 1. The room was spacious, the beds were super comfy and the coffee bar was stocked with a Kheurig and tons of k-cups of all kinds. 2. The spiral shower was fun and a hit with our teen. 3. The bathroom was equipped with a lot of towels which is rare. I usually have to order extras, but not this time! 4. Also in the bathroom were luxury spa products and even q-tips. 5. Staff was very helpful and friendly even with all my requests. 6. The little touches like complimentary robes, umbrellas and yoga mat were great. The only negative was that my Kheurig didn't work, but that was immediately rectified with a call to the front desk. My stay was wonderful and I will be returning soon during my next trip to DC. Collapse
February 2018 business travel to DC with stay at Kimpton Donovan Hotel
Stay Date: 02/2018, Stephen B wrote this review.
Attended a commercial aerospace conference in downtown DC in early February. Had a three night stay. Room was quite comfortable and service was EXCELLENT. Chris and Robel at the front desk could not have been more professionally friendly and helpful … See more
Attended a commercial aerospace conference in downtown DC in early February. Had a three night stay. Room was quite comfortable and service was EXCELLENT. Chris and Robel at the front desk could not have been more professionally friendly and helpful with everything from business-related assistance to dining options for breakfast and dinner. Very close to wide range of food options; 24-hour pharmacy directly across street. Very tasty (and economical) breakfast/lunch place directly across the street-West Wing. Lincoln Restaurant for lunch/dinner a few minutes away. Strongly recommend Donovan Hotel for business and pleasure to DC. Collapse
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