Royal Sonesta Washington DC Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle and Embassy Row, Washington DC

The hotel

An award-winning luxury boutique hotel, the Royal Sonesta combines high-end art house design with sophistication and impeccable service. The dramatic two-story lobby sets the scene, complemented by bold artwork and marble flooring throughout. Guest rooms are some of the most spacious in Washington DC with a warm, inviting palate of colours and a wealth of modern amenities. For those intent on staying perfectly honed, there’s a well-equipped health centre on the second floor as well as a seasonal outdoor swimming pool complete with sundeck for relaxing in-between laps. In-room spa treatments* may also tempt you with massage and beauty rituals tailored to meet your needs. Every morning, complimentary tea and coffee is served in the living room, the perfect start to a perfect day. Come sundown, head back to the living room for a complimentary glass of wine and the chance to mingle with fellow guests. Adjacent to the hotel is Urbana Restaurant and Wine Bar, a hip downtown dining spot offering a contemporary approach to dishes from Italy, Spain and France. It’s a wonderful place to while away a relaxing evening or head to nearby Dupont Circle for a much wider choice of eateries plus some great bars and cafes.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Babysitting service
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre

Where is it

Within 1-block of Dupont Circle, Embassy Row and the Philips Gallery. Access to Washington Metro is less than 2-blocks away and the Smithsonian Museum is within 2-miles.

Hotel information

335 rooms and suites. All with air-conditioning, satellite TV with pay-per-view films, DVD player, Atelier Bloem bath amenities, iHome docking station, tea/coffee making facilities, mini-bar*, safety deposit box, bathrobes, hairdryer and iron and board. Queen Deluxe Rooms have 1 queen-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

King Deluxe Rooms have 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Executive King Rooms are larger, open-plan rooms at 500 sq ft, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Executive 2 Queen Rooms are as above but with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Spa King Rooms are 500 sq ft and feature a Fuji soaking tub and glass shower in the bathroom, with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Urbana (restaurant and bar, open for breakfast, dinner and weekend brunch). Complimentary tea/coffee served each morning in the living room. Outdoor lap pool with sundeck and food and beverage service* (seasonal). 24-hour fitness centre. In-room spa services*. 24-hour room service*. Concierge. Valet parking $49 plus tax, per day (payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge.

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Apr 29, 2021 sheronag2021

The hotel is very clean and welcoming. Each room is sanitized and they they hand sanitizer in the elevatorThe staff is great especially Rick from the front desk. It’s close to everything and i would absolutely recommend staying here.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating I would never stay nor recommend anyone i know to stay at this hotel, COVID on No COVID restrictions, over prices, staff

Mar 1, 2021 luissX8323ZX

I have so many complaints about staying at this hotel since checking in on Feb 26th at 430PM. #1. I would recommend since there were minimal hotel guest staying at this hotel, to at the very minimum inform a guest that you have to request a coffee maker and microwave during your stay, its not information they readily provide you unless you ask,… Read more
I have so many complaints about staying at this hotel since checking in on Feb 26th at 430PM. #1. I would recommend since there were minimal hotel guest staying at this hotel, to at the very minimum inform a guest that you have to request a coffee maker and microwave during your stay, its not information they readily provide you unless you ask, that's unacceptable. #2 Provide basic customer service in term,s of having hotel staff ask if room service is needed, I purpously did not leave the do not disturb sign on my door to see if staff would ask if i needed a room refresh since I stayed two days #3 The night manager on the 26th asked if I was informed of the complimentary bottle of wine, I told her no, while she did offer it, I asked why didn't the staff that check me offer this? # Hotel states that there is valet service, when I asked at check it, they staff stated that there is no valet available and that I would have to find my own parking somewhere # The hotel on their website and booking .com states that their is a restaurant and bar; however, on the evening of Feb 26th, I called the front desk to ask what time the restaurants would close, i was then notified that the restaurant is closed, I asked when will it reopen, the front desk staff stated that it was indefinitely closed. I asked wouldn't that have been information that you could have provided at check in? At least provided a list of local eateries that deliver to the hotel 100s of hotels and I decided the choose a hotel with staff that have minimal customer service skills, with the exception of the night manager and the front desk staff on the day of check out who at least made an effort to accommodate me during my stay. #5 The hotel charges you for a resort fee at $60 when there are zero amenities provided (ieie hot tub, pool, restaurant and bar, etc) #6. Since you niether offer coffee (unless you ask for a coffee maker, and staff should expect you to need one and no expect you to ask for it) at least offer vending machines or snacks at purchase either on the floors or reception lobby desk, they do neither of these things, make a conscious effort to try and make accommodations for your guests needs. I would never stay nor recommend anyone i know to stay at this hotel, COVID on No COVID restrictions, over prices, staff unwilling to be hospitable and attempt to at least want to do the basic things. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating OVERPRICED LIPSTICK ON A PIG!!

Jan 15, 2021 E183DNdenisea

We stayed at this hotel for two nights while visiting DC. The only good thing at this hotel was the valet service and valet parking. They were very accommodating and wanting to please. Kudos to the Valet! The rest of the hotel experience was below subpar, if that is even possible? I am unsure if we got the last room available or one that was… Read more
We stayed at this hotel for two nights while visiting DC. The only good thing at this hotel was the valet service and valet parking. They were very accommodating and wanting to please. Kudos to the Valet! The rest of the hotel experience was below subpar, if that is even possible? I am unsure if we got the last room available or one that was never used. The room was OLD and outdated and reminded us of a cheap hotel room. The room was way too hot and stuffy, with no way of actually turning down the heat despite there being controls. The yellow chair by the desk was disgustingly filthy. There was no coffee machine, mini bar, or robe in the room, as suggested in the room amenities and description. When we initially turned on the water to the shower, a dead fly or spider fell out of the faucet. There was no water pressure, and dribbled from the showerhead. The front desk personnel had attitudes with a rude demeanor as if they were put out because we wanted to check-in. Not sure why they even worked here. They don't seem happy or enjoy their job—definitely zero customer service capability. The neighborhood is fine. The hotel is located northwest of the Whitehouse, about a 30min walk. It is about 4 miles from the DC Capitol, or a 1 1/2 hour walk if that gives you an idea of its location. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Resolved credit card issue

Dec 15, 2020 vetgirl69 Fort Lauderdale, Florida

I stayed at this hotel for three nights during the Thanksgiving holiday. It was a JetBlue package vacation pre-paid . During check in the hotel asked for my credit card for incidentals which I gladly handed over. No incidentals were charged to my card but I received a charge from the hotel when I returned home from the trip. Apparently the hotel… Read more
I stayed at this hotel for three nights during the Thanksgiving holiday. It was a JetBlue package vacation pre-paid . During check in the hotel asked for my credit card for incidentals which I gladly handed over. No incidentals were charged to my card but I received a charge from the hotel when I returned home from the trip. Apparently the hotel was a Kimpton when I stayed there but on December 1 changed the Royal Sonesta. Kimpton will not respond to my request for the charge to be reversed or why my card was even charged. Unfortunately this is not a Kimpton hotel anymore and there’s no one there to talk to about it. Beware about giving your credit card to the front desk when you pre-pay for your vacation.I have stayed at this property many times and it is definitely lost its charm. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating OVERPRIZED!!!

Oct 17, 2020 anastasiya1232016 Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The only one good thing about this hotel is his location. Room is outdated. The bathroom could be more clean.$57 per day is too much for parking. There are extra charges after taxes so after all you can find much better hotel for this money.