Hotel Highlights

  • Excellent location in Dupont Circle
  • Sexy Level Nine is like an elite overnighters' club
  • Some of the city’s best people-watching happens at the bar

Overview

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.

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Free signature cocktails at Bar Dupont

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

327, including 15 suites.

Check–out

Noon, but Smith guests can extend check-outs to 3pm at no extra charge, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $169.00, excluding tax at 14.5 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (from $5).

At the hotel

Gym, free WiFi throughout; valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, radio, iPod dock, Aromatherapy toiletries, heated bathroom floors.

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.

Also

Cats and dogs under 50lb are welcome; the hotel provides dog beds, bowls and treats.

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.

Food & Drink

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Dupont Circle is a hub for great restaurants. Make reservations well in advance for a table at stellar Greek-inspired Komi, two blocks from the hotel. One of the best on the East Coast, the restaurant serves up a slew of oft-changing small plates that could include an upscale take on the half-smoke, Washington’s version of a hot dog (+1 202 332 9200; komirestaurant.com). Just below Komi, chef-owner Johnny Monis travels to Northern Thailand at the trendy Little Serow, which only takes walk-in patrons (www.littleserow.com). The prix-fixe menu doesn’t hold back on spice, but adds herbs and sour flavors of the region. On the south side of Dupont, Pizzeria Paradiso fires up excellent pizzas, which it can serve on its spacious patio with a long list of microbrews (+1 202 223 1245; www.eatyourpizza.com). A five-minute cab-ride away, the bright Rasika West End serves award-winning modern Indian dishes in a dining room set around a reimagined banyan tree (+1 202 466 2500; www.rasikarestaurant.com).

Local bars

Walk six blocks from the hotel to claim space at communal picnic tables on the large patio of Standard (www.standarddc.com). The 14th Street watering hole – once a plant nursery – pours Hofbrau and other German beers to go with some of the city’s best burgers and barbecue. Down the street, Black Jack, set above seafood restaurant Pearl Dive, has an indoor bocce court and vintage circus-inspired decor (www.blackjackdc.com). For a reverential drinking experience, book seats at Columbia Room, a 10-minute ride from the hotel. Tucked behind lively dive bar the Passenger, the serene cocktail bar Columbia Room serves an opening drink, a season drink paired with a small snack, then a third concoction tailored to your tastes (passengerdc.com/columbia).

Local cafés

A half-block from the hotel, salad shop Sweetgreen mixes vegetable-packed salads using produce from the nearby farmers’ market. In addition to an ultra-seasonal monthly salad, the menu includes a deconstructed guacamole affair with crushed tortilla chips (+1 202 547 9338; www.sweetgreen.com). If you visit the National Mall, skip the hot-dog carts in favour of lunch at Mitsitam inside the National Museum of the American Indian. The cafeteria-style restaurant serves tamale, planked salmon, quinoa and other dishes that represent the cuisine of tribes from across North America (www.mitsitamcafe.com). A few blocks up on 20th Street, Filter (+1 202 234 5837; www.filtercoffeehouse.com) pours some of the city's best coffee, and serves excellent breakfast pastries, including a tart lemon-poppyseed muffin.

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Heart of Northwest DC

The Dupont Circle Hotel

1500 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States

The Dupont Circle Hotel is located on New Hampshire Avenue in the heart of northwest Washington.

Planes

The nearest airport is Ronald Reagan, six miles from the hotel. The airport operates flights to New York, Miami and Los Angeles. The drive should take 15 minutes. Dulles International Airport, 35 miles away, serves most major international cities.

Trains

Union Station, two miles away, is a major rail hub along the Eastern Seaboard for Amtrak. It is also the destination for Maryland’s regional MARC train, which travels to Baltimore.

Automobiles

Driving in Washington can be confusing, especially in the perpetually crowded neighbourhood of Dupont Circle. If you do choose to drive yourself, the hotel offers valet parking for $32 per day.

Other

Washington’s underground Metro is an excellent option, since the Dupont Circle station is only a block from the hotel. Lines run to many major attractions, including the National Mall and Capitol Hill.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Mollie Chen , Trendsetting editor at Birchbox

Don’t get me wrong – I love a middle-of-nowhere, blissfully disconnected getaway as much as the next city girl. However, in Washington, DC, the only way to stay is smack-dab in the center of things. And the Dupont Circle Hotel, a polished, luxury stay, is located right at the nexus of, well, everything, making for one of the most enviable addresses outside of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenu...

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The Dupont Circle Hotel

Anonymous review by Mollie Chen , Trendsetting editor

Don’t get me wrong – I love a middle-of-nowhere, blissfully disconnected getaway as much as the next city girl. However, in Washington, DC, the only way to stay is smack-dab in the center of things. And the Dupont Circle Hotel, a polished, luxury stay, is located right at the nexus of, well, everything, making for one of the most enviable addresses outside of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Mr Smiths ditched for the weekend, my friend and I escaped for a girlfriends’ getaway. The all-blue skies and blooming cherry blossoms welcome couldn’t have been lovelier. And, our eating, drinking and general leisure agenda couldn’t start soon enough. DC may be a high-powered city but it’s also one that understands the value of large green spaces, early happy hours and plenty of outdoor seating – all of which we planned to take abundant advantage.

Upon check-in, it quickly became apparent that meeting our every indulgent agenda item this weekend would not be a problem as everyone was exceedingly (almost disturbingly) nice and helpful. Perhaps it’s because we’re from New York, but the staff seemed suspiciously accommodating – from the sunny receptionist who informed us that of course our room was available at 11am on the dot, to the staffer who left his post to help us track down a copy of that day’s paper.

Our second wonderful realization of the day was the hotel’s proximity to just about anything – an almost-impossible feat in a city actually designed to confuse an invading army with its roundabouts and distinct lack of a grid. Set on well-heeled Dupont Circle, the hotel is a straight shot from the Mall and a leisurely walk to the buzzy bars and restaurants of U Street and Logan Circle, not to mention a hop and a skip from Dupont favorites.

Bags deposited in our tranquil, elegantly modern room with its grey textured walls, shapely white lamps and chic neutral palette, we surveyed our surroundings. Plush bed, large windows and conveniently located outlets should we (heaven forbid) need to plug in our laptops and do a little work. By far the best part of the room though was the shower: a large, spa-like space stocked with lovely Aromatherapy Associates toiletries. A little squirt of said bath potions and we were headed to (where else?) the bar to get in the off-duty mood.

Bar Dupont may be an after-work favorite, but it’s just as good (if not better) during the day, when the light streams in through the huge windows and you can sip a glass of wine while watching the parade of fresh-faced co-eds and tourists outside. It’s also a great spot for scoping out your fellow guests: a mix of dapper European couples (no fanny packs – AKA ‘bum bags’ to the Brits – in sight), young parents with mysteriously well-behaved kids and a few doe-eyed lovers.

Curious, we explored our home for the weekend further (no one said we couldn’t go upstairs), and it became obvious that the Dupont Circle is a full-service hotel frequented by political elite that masquerades as an intimate boutique property. There were ballrooms tucked off the petite, light-filled lobby, as well as a full gym and plenty of helpful staff. We also discovered Level Nine, the swanky hotel-within-a-hotel. Located on (yes) the ninth floor, it’s a slick enclave of suites that each come with deep soaking tubs, private concierge service, and expansive views – mental note to save up for one for next time.

But DC isn’t about staying in, no matter how attractive your hotel. That night, we popped over to U Street for dinner at Estadio, a trendy tapas bar known for its potent cocktails (try the house-made gin and thyme-tonic ) and convivial atmosphere. The next morning, we hopped out of bed and laced up our sneaks for a run down to the National Mall; the combination of the bursting cherry blossoms, crystalline sky and awe-inspiring monuments made for a blissful and restorative outing. High on endorphins, we brunched at the hotel’s Café Dupont: fluffy omelettes, crisp and slender French fries and plenty of strong coffee. From there, we wandered over to Georgetown for a little window-shopping before ending up at Kafe Leopold for late-afternoon wine and pastries. By the time we returned to the hotel, all we wanted was room service and HBO – both of which were readily available and eminently satisfying.

Waking up on an equally picturesque Sunday morning, we ambled over to Filter, the neighborhood’s hipster-cool coffee shop. Sipping our cold brew, we perused the Circle’s popular Sunday farmers market, already packed at 10am. Taste-testing local cheeses and pastries, and ogling the just-picked lettuces, wasn’t enough, though, and we vowed to return when we had time to shop. Next trip, for sure.

In full denial that our luxurious weekend was, in fact, ending, we took a chance and requested a late check-out. Our cynical New York selves were once again surprised by the obliging response – free of charge, of course. So, before heading to Union Station to catch our train, we decided to end the trip as we began it: with one last cocktail (a well-garnished Bloody Mary) and a toast to a most Capital City.

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Reviews of The Dupont Circle Hotel from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on 5 Dec 2013

We loved

I liked the perfect location, great service and excellent decoration and spaces.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 22 Oct 2013

We loved

The hotel was very well situated for exploring Washington; there was plenty to see and do within walking distance. It's a lovely hotel – spotlessly clean with contemporary decor. The bar had a very buzzy atmosphere at night but doesn't disturb guests. The outside seating dining area was great. The food was excellent at the hotel and well worth sampling. The staff was lovely and very accommodating and nothing was too much trouble for the concierge. The free bottles of water, chocolates, toiletries, morning tea and coffee were lovely additions. All in all, a great Mr & Mrs Smith hotel; thank you.

Don’t expect

It may be a little bit pricey – rooms are not huge but then we are in the capital! There's not a lot of storage room for suitcases. But this is only a very minor issue and certainly doesnt detract from our stay.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on 18 Sep 2013

We loved

We loved our stay at Dupont Circle. We expected the room to meet our expectations and it did all of that. The staff were the real bonus, however – very friendly and helpful. A special mention for Nick – he is a star – and also the lovely waitress at breakfast. I think her name was Yvert (or something which sounded very similar).

Don’t expect

I can't think of anything that could be better at the moment.

Rating: 10/10 stars