The Dupont Circle Hotel
- Style Capital class
- Setting Heart of Northwest DC
As slick as a top politician, The Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, DC, is modern and masculine with one of the best addresses in the nation’s capital. Snag a room facing the Circle, if possible, but all of the rooms are well-groomed and spacious. The marble lobby is a perfect place to conduct clandestine meetings, while the dark-wooded Bar Dupont is where you’ll go for a celebratory drink after the deal is made.
Need to know
- Rooms 327, including 15 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $169.00, excluding tax at 14.5 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (from $5).
- Facilities Gym, free WiFi throughout; valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, radio, iPod dock, Aromatherapy toiletries, heated bathroom floors.
- Check–out Noon, but Smith guests can extend check-outs to 3pm at no extra charge, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Rollaway beds and cribs are available for $20 per night. The café hands out colouring books and serves a menu of petite-palate pleasers dishes such as chicken fingers, mini burgers and pasta with tomato sauce.
- Also Cats and dogs under 50lb are welcome; the hotel provides dog beds, bowls and treats.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms If you’re splurging, opt for a room on Level Nine, a floorful of VIP extras, including a self-service bar and lounge, and a dedicated concierge. The rooms on this storey are the only ones with bath tubs, and most have glass balconies too. Grand Deluxe rooms such as 718 and 719 overlook the Circle.
- Packing tips Bring a reusable tote bag: the city’s best farmers’ market sets up just a block from the hotel on Sunday mornings.
Food and drink at The Dupont Circle Hotel
- Hotel restaurant In warm weather, the staff at Café Dupont roll back the glass doors to offer semi-alfresco dining as well as patio space. The kitchen prepares brasserie-style dishes, including large pots of garlicky mussels, a juicy burger and roasted lamb with baby leeks. Start with a cheese-and-charcuterie board, piled with excellent options from Cowgirl Creamery.
- Dress code Stylish, but not too revealing: you never know when a diplomat might walk in.
- Top table Take a spot by the windows for the best light (and breezes, when the windows are open). Otherwise, take a cue from the lobbyists who frequent the brasserie, and seek out a booth.
- Last orders The Bar serves until 1am each night, but you should arrive early to steal a spot on the patio. Breakfast is served in the restaurant from 6:30am until 11am, and dinner is available until 11pm.
- Room service Soups, sandwiches, salads and steak are all available for delivery to your room.
- Hotel bar Scotch drinkers should tap into the 30-plus selection of single-malt Scotches. Signature drinks include the Honey Pear, which is made with sparkling wine and prickly pear puree, and a maple-syrup-spiked sour. The bar also serves oysters, cheese plates and sandwiches.