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.

Rating summary

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Convenient Location

Jul 8, 2021 Sherry B Yakima, Washington

Great location, close to the Metro and a handful of restaurants. The staff here is so nice and helpful. It was our first time to DC and they helped point us in the right direction through recommendations on must see sights. The room was clean and spacious. They missed the mark when they updated and should have provided more bathroom space with… Read more
Great location, close to the Metro and a handful of restaurants. The staff here is so nice and helpful. It was our first time to DC and they helped point us in the right direction through recommendations on must see sights. The room was clean and spacious. They missed the mark when they updated and should have provided more bathroom space with better lighting. The room itself was large and spacious. The bathroom was super tiny (the toilet leaves hardly any space to move in there) and lacks good lighting for applying makeup. You do not have an option to park your car on your own to save money (not really street parking). I would have been happy to pay the $50 parking fee if they also didn't charge an additional $40 hidden resort fee that was not disclosed when I made the reservation. Adding an extra $90 a night adds up fast! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Rough visit

Jul 3, 2021 952aw35 Detroit, Michigan

Based on reviews, and fact we got a good price online, we tried to be relaxed with our expectations-however it was still less than what we expected. Positives: - great location easy to get to and from and walking distance to decent food. - staff was nice. Manager Bruce was kind and upfront about HVac issues they were having. - modern and… Read more
Based on reviews, and fact we got a good price online, we tried to be relaxed with our expectations-however it was still less than what we expected. Positives: - great location easy to get to and from and walking distance to decent food. - staff was nice. Manager Bruce was kind and upfront about HVac issues they were having. - modern and double room was quite large -valet was good Issues: - room was VERY musty smelling, VERY musty. Seemed like an ongoing issue not just a short time hvac issue. All our clothes smelled musty even though there less than 24 hours. Sheets felt wet when laying on them. - someone had been in our room and left things. The doors were supposed to have seals saying cleaned and ours was not quite right but we went in thinking it was just an accident. We realized later there was belonging left in the room. My guess is most likely someone checked complained about smell and got moved. We did not have the luxury to move as only room with doubles left. So that creeped us out. All they did when told about it is waive resort fee. - extra charges with resort, and if you choose valet is $50 - long wait for valet at midnight Bc lots of checking in for some reason at that time. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing establishment and leadership

Jun 10, 2021 samanthacJ8152VN Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

This hotel was very clean and smelled fresh in the lobby . We were greeted by valet and they immediately jumped into action to get us squared away . The manager Bruce introduced himself and made sure our stay was accommodating. My sister left her iPad and the staff made sure it was located and even brought it out to us when we came back for it . I… Read more
This hotel was very clean and smelled fresh in the lobby . We were greeted by valet and they immediately jumped into action to get us squared away . The manager Bruce introduced himself and made sure our stay was accommodating. My sister left her iPad and the staff made sure it was located and even brought it out to us when we came back for it . I would definitely stay here again !!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Hidden fees

Jun 8, 2021 SeniaRivera

there were a lot of “hidden fees” that I was unaware of until After. 50 dollars a night to valet with no other options given to us for parking was a huge downfall for me. The $25 a night resort fee. My bigger issue would be; I thought I had booked a room with a big tub. Once I got to our room I realized I booked the wrong room. I called down and… Read more
there were a lot of “hidden fees” that I was unaware of until After. 50 dollars a night to valet with no other options given to us for parking was a huge downfall for me. The $25 a night resort fee. My bigger issue would be; I thought I had booked a room with a big tub. Once I got to our room I realized I booked the wrong room. I called down and spoke to a very nice gentleman. I asked if they had a room with a larger tub available and they easily did. I told him I knew there would be an up charge to make up the difference. He told me not to worry about he would take care of it. We switched rooms no problem. I check out and get my bill via email. I was a bit put back by the fact that I was told the up charge would be “taken care” of but it wasn’t. Although I am in no way upset that I was charged a difference between one room and the other because as I said it was my mistake in selecting the wrong room when booking. I didn’t like being told one thing and another thing being done. (Unless it is a spa suite it will only have an apartment sized bathroom and tub) I went back to check the difference in price between the two rooms and see the difference was actually only $15 a night. The room I selected being $215 a night and the junior spa suite being $229 a night. The issue is I was charged $100 for the 2 night up charge which should have only been $30. All in all my $551 two night stay turned into a $782 bill that really didn’t feel worth it. Specifics on the appearance and condition of the room. The bed and pillows were comfortable and the air conditioning worked well. Lighting in the room was pretty cool with behind the bed lighting. For anyone looking for a “city view” there really isn’t one. The front of the building faces a street with a large building and some small shops including a lower level supermarket that was useful. The rear which was where our room faced was facing the pool and a boarded up abandoned building. Really not much to look out the windows for. In the lounge area the tv is bigger than the window. They put a large drape across the wall to make it look like a big window in the pictures but it was very small. The bathroom lights at one point while in the bath were flickering. Not sure why just turned off that set of lights for the remainder of our stay. One of the glass panels on the shower was also loose. Looks like the caulking just needed to be redone but hadn’t been. Something that could not be missed by staff while cleaning. Could honestly be a safety hazard. Closet doors didn’t close flush. Also inside the closet door there were gouges into the wood and paint from the safe being left open over and over again. The room had plenty of power outlets which was a plus. For me personally overall the room was not worth the $265 a night and I strongly believe how well you take care of your establishment reflects on how you value your patrons. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent stay at the Royal Sonesta!

Jun 6, 2021 ElleYoung New York City, New York

My fiance (now husband!) and I stayed at the Royal Sonesta in DC for 2 nights for our wedding with our dog. We worked with Allie R. who was amazing at coordinating everything and made sure everything went smoothly. We stayed in a King Executive Studio Suite and were amazed by the large size of the room was and the gorgeous views we had of the… Read more
My fiance (now husband!) and I stayed at the Royal Sonesta in DC for 2 nights for our wedding with our dog. We worked with Allie R. who was amazing at coordinating everything and made sure everything went smoothly. We stayed in a King Executive Studio Suite and were amazed by the large size of the room was and the gorgeous views we had of the city! The hotel room was spacious, exceptionally clean and they even included thoughtful touches for our dog such as a fluffy dog bed and 2 large bowls for food and water. In addition, all of the staff that we encountered were friendly and helpful whenever we had any questions or needed anything. The location is also superb - it is located on a very cute street with lots of bars and restaurants and in the heart of Dupont Circle. We can't wait to stay at the Royal Sonesta again! Read less