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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 1493 reviews
- Sleep Quality:
Solid hard product, poor practices, and an absolute $20 scam for stuff that's not there
Stay Date: 11/2016, Joe_78 wrote this review.
It’s a comfortable hotel in an excellent downtown location. Five minutes walk from the metro, ten minutes from the White House, and remarkably quiet. Beds comfortable and wi-fi working well. If these things suffice for you, then all is well. That sa… See more
It’s a comfortable hotel in an excellent downtown location. Five minutes walk from the metro, ten minutes from the White House, and remarkably quiet. Beds comfortable and wi-fi working well. If these things suffice for you, then all is well. That said, I can’t rate it too well for two reasons related not to the “hard product” but to the way the place is run. They have a system by which if you need even basic amenities you need to ask for them. This includes a coffee maker. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a hotel in the U.S. that did not provide one in the room, simple, drip stuff, $20 from Walmart. They have coffee in the lobby but only from 6-9. You come at 9:05 — this is still morning in my book — no coffee for you this morning, and this is exactly what happened to me as I was about to head out. Of course, they can still bring the maker to your room, but in my case half an hour later it still wasn’t there and that’s just too long to wait on a hectic morning. People staying in 4* hotels in Downtown DC often have stuff to do in the morning and can’t wait half an hour for a cup of drip coffee. So this is not to complain about the specific incident, but simply to say that it’s a poorly thought-through system; basic stuff needs to be in the room all the time, ready to be used at any time, while things like a yoga mat (which WAS provided) could perhaps be optional. The other reason is the pesky “resort fee” (also referred to as "facilities fee") of $23 per night. They have shiny brochures that say that this covers your use of the business center, fitness center, and little else. OK, this charge is baloney and everyone knows it; I knew this would be levied when I booked the hotel and was ready to pay for it, although when I was checking in I was only told they needed my card for “incidentals”. But the whole scheme goes to a different level of baloney when these "facilities" are **not even offered**! Namely at the time when I was staying at the hotel, the second floor was undergoing reconstruction, and all these amenities were gone. So what does the hotel do — waive or perhaps reduce the resort fee when the “resort” things are gone? wouldn’t that be reasonable? — no, they rename it a “destination fee”. So this is just plain awful and basically characterizes the whole scheme as a scam. Not a way to run a business — and the problem here is that this is simply symptomatic of other kinds of guest relations you can expect. So, ~$100 of “resort” incidentals later with not even a cup of coffee to show for it, this hotel is two stars, not to be repeated. Collapse
A fine stay, some flaws
Stay Date: 11/2016, LadyoftheMoon wrote this review.
Good: - The room was clean and comfortable, we had a view of the square and it was everything I had wanted it to be. - We stayed on a Friday night and had no trouble with noise from the hall or outside. - Convenient to the Metro and a Starb… See more
Good: - The room was clean and comfortable, we had a view of the square and it was everything I had wanted it to be. - We stayed on a Friday night and had no trouble with noise from the hall or outside. - Convenient to the Metro and a Starbucks. - Wifi worked well, the TV in the room was over sized to say the least. - Check in was effortless and quick. Average: - While the decor is nice, the cheaper pieces are starting to show their age. Tables and trash cans are painted wood that are chipping, the bench in the room is really not meant to be sat on as it is incredibly uncomfortable (like the wood plank it is). - Other guests' room service trays left out in the hallway in the early evening were still there at 10am the following morning. Inexcusable for the "upscale" vibe they're selling and charging you for. Bad: - The $20+ destination fee. This is reminiscent of the airlines deceptive pricing policies that were outlawed recently. This fee is one you have to dig for to find mention of on their website, it certainly isn't disclosed in the room rate as it should be since Kimpton is charging you the fee by choice. It would have impacted my decision of hotel as well. Ostensibly it covers the (very cheap) wine reception and coffee in the morning, but is charged regardless of if you use these services. It will also be charged to you upon check out if you book through a third party like Expedia. - The hotel advertised a rooftop bar including hours of operation, which we were looking forward to after dinner. Advertisements were prominently displayed in and around the elevators. Sadly the bar was closed, which, had we known, would have altered our plans. One of those details overlooked by inattentive staff but that matters to guests. Collapse
Thanksgiving in DC
Stay Date: 11/2016, TLGal wrote this review.
The Kimpton Donovan was our home away from home for Thanksgiving this year! The bellmen and the front desk staff made us feel so welcome and they were all extremely helpful. We loved being able to bring our 14 year old dog Pepper and she enjoyed th… See more
The Kimpton Donovan was our home away from home for Thanksgiving this year! The bellmen and the front desk staff made us feel so welcome and they were all extremely helpful. We loved being able to bring our 14 year old dog Pepper and she enjoyed the special treatment she received with some treats and a dog toy that the staff gave us at check in. Our room was clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the manager's special each night before we headed out for dinner or a play. Located close to many sites made it easy to quickly reach our destinations. The lobby was warm and inviting. Our only disappointment was the vagrant who greeted us when we first arrived by acting like the hotel bellman but then just asked us for food. Along that line, we were surprised at how many aggressive beggars seemed to be everywhere. That being said, we will definitely stay again at the Donovan!! Collapse
Good Stay but Beware of 20$/night hidden destination fee
Stay Date: 11/2016, Pier C wrote this review.
The hotel is adequate but I was completely put off by the 20$/night "destination fee" that I was charged at the end of my stay, although I had a fully prepaid rate! Beware of these deceiving practices that have negatively affected our opinion of this… See more
The hotel is adequate but I was completely put off by the 20$/night "destination fee" that I was charged at the end of my stay, although I had a fully prepaid rate! Beware of these deceiving practices that have negatively affected our opinion of this establishement Collapse
Good hotel, good location
Stay Date: 11/2016, Chul A wrote this review.
I stayed at Donovan for two nights. If you like walking, it will be a good hotel for you. You can walk to many interesting places within 30 minutes walk. The room was clean and bed was comfortable. The bell man was standing in front of the door. When… See more
I stayed at Donovan for two nights. If you like walking, it will be a good hotel for you. You can walk to many interesting places within 30 minutes walk. The room was clean and bed was comfortable. The bell man was standing in front of the door. When I get off from a cab, the bell man did not offer any help. It is a nice hotel, but the staff members need to be more friendly. Collapse
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