I recently completed a one-night stay at the beautiful Hotel Palomar in Washington, DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood. The hotel, located at 2121 P St NW, is in a great neighborhood within an easy walk to many of DC’s best restaurants, and a quick taxi ride to almost anywhere you’d want to be in DC. I arrived around 6PM, and checked out the next morning by 7am, so I was not able to enjoy many of the hotel’s amenities, including the well regarded restaurant, Urbana, but I did want to share the details of my stay with you.

Check in

I arrived at the hotel via the world’s longest taxi ride through DC’s notorious traffic. Having lived there for several years, I can say that traffic was worse than usual for reasons unknown. No matter, I really wished I had taken Metro by the time I finally arrived at the hotel. The Dupont Circle metro station is 1.5 blocks away from the hotel, an easy walk given that I was traveling light. Lessons learned.

Bell staff immediately greeted me upon arrival. While I rarely need luggage assistance, I always appreciate it when bell staff are on the ball, and greet you before your feet hit the ground. I proceeded inside to find a busy, but not overly so, lobby. I waited no longer than half a minute until one of the front desk staff finished checking in another customer and called me forward. I was greeted with a smile and welcome, and within a few seconds of giving my name and handing over my credit card, my Inner Circle status was noted, and I was greeted with the nice surprise of an upgrade to a deluxe suite. The front desk person even noted that I was on the top floor “as I wished.” So far, so good. With that, I was on my way to my room.

The Room

My 10th floor deluxe suite was located just the right amount of steps away from the elevator. I entered to find a large living area, and my Inner Circle welcome gift.

OK, Kimpton had me at wine hour, but wine in the room…..oh yeah! The room was more than perfect for a solo business traveler on a one night stay, and had all the things I love…… a TV, well-lit desk with plenty of power outlets, and functional wi-fi.

The adjacent bedroom was comfortable and included a TV as well, large closet….and more power outlets! Yay. In fact, there was a charger for multiple devices so I could charge both cell phones and my iPad right there. Yes, I have way too many electronics. There there are Palomar’s famous leopard print robes. Ha!

The bathroom, which was accessible from the living area, was large enough, and well appointed.

Around the Hotel

With my brief stay, I was unable to enjoy the hotel’s fitness center, restaurant, or Kimpton favorite, wine hour. There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Dupont Circle really is a great spot with plenty to do. I ventured off to a favorite hangout in my old DC neighborhood, Marx Cafe in Mt. Pleasant.

The Bottom Line

Kimpton Rocks. Always has, always will. The Hotel Palomar is a great hotel in a great DC neighborhood. The only thing that would have made my stay better would be getting to the hotel faster, and there’s nothing the hotel can do about that. I will be back.