Kimpton Donovan House

Washington DC, USA

Hotel rating
Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 1979 reviews

The hotel

The Donovan’s earned its right to reside in the US capital, with slick urban styling, signature Kimpton service, and cool communal hangouts. Its guestrooms may seem minimalist, but they’re packed with smart detailing, like oversized ceiling-skimming leather headboards, space-age chairs, and spiral showers. They’re the perfect setting for the in-room spa services. If you can tear yourself away, the lobby has complimentary hot drinks each morning, and a wine hour early evenings to welcome you back from sightseeing. And it’s easy to sightsee here, with attractions like The White House and 14th Street a walk away. When you return, retreat to the DNV Rooftop Lounge, with its pool, cocktail menu, and DC views.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Close to City Centre

Where is it

In the downtown district, within a walk of popular attractions, including iconic landmarks like Washington Monument, Smithsonian, and The White House; the 14th Street Corridor’s shopping and dining; and business zones like K Street and Walter E Washington Convention Center. The nearest metro station is just quarter of a mile away. Transfer time from Washington Dulles International airport: 55 min.

Hotel information

All with 55” flatscreen TV, iHome docking station, WiFi*, alarm clock, mini-bar*, yoga mat, hairdryer, iron and board and bathrobes. King Deluxe Rooms have 1 king-size bed, sleeping max 2 adults.

Queen Deluxe Rooms have 1 queen-size bed, sleeping max 2 adults. King Executive Rooms have 1 king-size bed, sleeping max 2 adults. City View King Executive Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Thomas Circle with 1 king-size bed, sleeping max 2 adults. Double Double Executive Rooms have 2 double beds, sleeping max 3 adults or 2 adults and 1 child. City View King Studio Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Thomas Circle with 1 king-size bed and a sofa bed, sleeping max 2 adults

DNV Rooftop Lounge (seasonal opening, cocktails). Evening wine hour (hosted, 5.00pm-6.00pm). Morning coffee and tea service (6.00am-9.00am). Rooftop pool (seasonal opening). 24-hour fitness centre. In-room spa services* (9.00am-9.00pm). WiFi $11 per day (subject to change). ‘Forgot It? We’ve Got It’ service (for essential travel items from mobile chargers to hair straighteners). Limited room service. Concierge service. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Limousine service*. Kimpton-bespoke bicycles. Kimpton Kids program (with features like a welcome gift, optional ‘Guppy Love’ fish bowl in room, child-friendly dining, kids’ amenities like mini animal-print bathrobes, hula hoops in fitness rooms, babysitting service*, cribs, equipment rental from strollers to scooters, and child safety kits from nightlights to playpens). Valet parking $38 per day (payable locally, subject to change). The hotel has Tesla and universal electric car charging stations.

*Denotes local charge.

Trip advisor rating: 4.5 Based on 1979 reviews

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Traveller rating

  • Excellent (1117)
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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great room for the price!

Feb 13, 2019 Janice S Ellicott City, Maryland

Spacious hotel room in convenient location for Washington convention center; management was terrific- they were able to upgrade my room & combine my 2 separate night reservations into 1 so I didn't have to change rooms each night (they corrected a mistake made by the central reservation line).
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Needs some work

Feb 9, 2019 sarmapranamee San Francisco, California

I booked this through Expedia and thought the price I paid possible has a good hotel, service, regular housekeeping and some good shower and toiletries. I will just put it down here: 1) First room I checked in (714) had strands of hair in each towel set I pulled out from the bathroom it was unacceptable 2) Second room I checked in because of… Read more
I booked this through Expedia and thought the price I paid possible has a good hotel, service, regular housekeeping and some good shower and toiletries. I will just put it down here: 1) First room I checked in (714) had strands of hair in each towel set I pulled out from the bathroom it was unacceptable 2) Second room I checked in because of these issues (1009) had good views (corner room) 3) housekeeping missed my room day 2 and I came back late at 11 pm in the night and this is again unacceptable. I called Housekeeping and they apologized but this kind of service I have never faced or had never imagined. Housekeeping is a good control system, no wonder how they missed out. 4) Housekeeping just made the bed the next day. Bathroom towels etc were not touched. 5) Day 4 Housekeeping took all the towels and gave me 1 fresh towel, I had to call them to provide me more towels. The room had two adults, 1 towel by no means is okay. The room has no coffee machine FYI, this is new. I am not impressed with their service because clearly I have seen better or been in better hotels, either one but never going to do a Kimpton Hotel. They only had one elevator functional and construction and chaos right outside their building so getting a cab was really difficult. The bathroom walls are chipping. The heater even at 73, felt cold. They are missing a good duvet cover, good pillows and some how king bed felt like Queen bed, don’t know the stats there for the Kimpton Beds. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Terrific location and staff!

Feb 7, 2019 PM2F Maine

I have stayed at the Donovan as a single traveler--and have also just brought 30 people there as part of a group. The staff--from the patient bellmen, to the awesome front desk, to the caring catering staff-- simply overextend themselves to make things work for individuals and groups. The location is perfect if you are moving between capitol… Read more
I have stayed at the Donovan as a single traveler--and have also just brought 30 people there as part of a group. The staff--from the patient bellmen, to the awesome front desk, to the caring catering staff-- simply overextend themselves to make things work for individuals and groups. The location is perfect if you are moving between capitol hill and the golden triangle--easy cabs, uber, metro or the opportunity to pick up steps on your fitbit. The awesome 14th street scene (so different from when I lived in DC!) is a few blocks north--and you can be on Pennsylvania Avenue in a 12-minute walk. We are enormously grateful for our great visit--and will definitely return! Thank you!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Amazing service

Feb 6, 2019 Merrill R

A group of students and I stayed at the Donovan for two nights and had a wonderful time. The rooms were great and the service was impeccable. Specifically, the front desk workers were phenomenal. DeAngelo printed out many resumes for me and my classmates last minute before our event, was kind and helpful, and checked many bags when we checked out… Read more
A group of students and I stayed at the Donovan for two nights and had a wonderful time. The rooms were great and the service was impeccable. Specifically, the front desk workers were phenomenal. DeAngelo printed out many resumes for me and my classmates last minute before our event, was kind and helpful, and checked many bags when we checked out but were still going out and about in DC. Lastly, when we were trying to change before our flight, the Manager gave us a large guest room to change and was very nice about it. Thank you! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Fantastic hotel

Feb 2, 2019 scoobyscout belfast, northern ireland

Had the pleasure of spending 3 nights here. From hassle free check in with Chris to a lovely clean well stocked room. It was immaculate clean and smelled fresh. Comfy beds. Good heating/AC. My only complaint was the lack of plug sockets beside a mirror to dry my hair! We enjoyed the wine hr and noted there was also beer and Cider on offer.… Read more
Had the pleasure of spending 3 nights here. From hassle free check in with Chris to a lovely clean well stocked room. It was immaculate clean and smelled fresh. Comfy beds. Good heating/AC. My only complaint was the lack of plug sockets beside a mirror to dry my hair! We enjoyed the wine hr and noted there was also beer and Cider on offer. Complimentary tea and coffee in the morning too. We had issues with missing luggage and Chris was very helpful recommending locations to restock up. The hotel is in great location with a 24hr CVS opposite and we go food to go from a restaurant around the corner recommendation by the manager. Would definitely return when next in Washington area. Read less