Hotel Reviews

Hotel Review: Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington D.C.

Conveniently located in Dupont Circle, Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington D.C. (2121 P St NW, 20037) is a gem in the heart of Washington, D.C. I stayed at Hotel Palomar for 'Galentine's Day' weekend festivities with my friend Sydnee, and we loved every moment of our visit. Of course there are pros and cons to everything (mostly pros in this case), so let me break it down for you.

PROS

Location

Dupont Circle is one of D.C.'s liveliest neighborhoods. Not only is it where Embassy Row is located, but if you're a history buff you can tour former president Woodrow Wilson's home, or people watch at the Dupont Circle fountain, shop along Connecticut Avenue or enjoy one of the many trendy restaurants in the area. It's the perfect home base to enjoy much of what D.C. has to offer.

 Source: washington.org

Source: washington.org

Room Design and Size

I fell in love as soon as we walked in. Our room was huge! It was also bright, airy and stylishly decorated with a preppy yet modern feel. And because we were coming for 'Galentine's Day' weekend, Hotel Palomar made it special and laid out a few welcome gifts for us. (This is what I love about Kimpton properties but more on that later.)

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Source: hotelpalomar-dc.com

Onsite Restaurant

Adjacent to the lobby, Urbana is a chic Italian restaurant located directly in the hotel. I ate there for dinner and brunch the next day and neither meal disappointed. We tried two kinds of pizza for dinner as well as the agnolotti pasta, flatbreads, and salmon salad for brunch. Everything was delicious and perfectly prepared.

But the real star of the show? Urbana's bottomless Bellini and Bloody Mary Bar. Unlimited champagne with your choice of peach, grapefruit, orange or blood orange juices. Does brunch get any better than that?! Urbana also hosts a daily happy hour where they serve $1 oysters. Needless to say, Urbana is one of my new favorite Dupont Circle gems.

Pro-Tip: Order the agnolotti or carbonara bucatini if you want to taste heaven in your mouth. They make their pasta in-house. Ah! Also try the bellini with peach juice. Trust me.

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Source: hotelpalomar-dc.com

Pool

Not many hotels in D.C. have pools so when one does, it truly feels like an oasis in the city.

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Source: hotelpalomar-dc.com

All the Little Extras

I love Kimpton properties because it feels like they've thought of everything. At Hotel Palomar, there is tea and coffee in the lobby for breakfast, hot chocolate and apple cider in the afternoon and wine hour from 5 - 6 pm. They also have bicycles available for free rental so guests can explore the city.

But the icing on the Kimpton cake is 24-hour room service! Nothing says love like coming in from a late night of partying and having food available at your disposal. I truly feel like Kimpton does their best to make guests feel at home as much as possible.

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CONS

I hate to have a con on this otherwise glowing review. But my only qualm with the hotel is that parking is $49 for an overnight stay. This is around the average rate for all hotels in downtown D.C. so unfortunately, it's a necessary evil. But the valet was super accommodating and carried all of our bags without hesitation. Top notch service indeed.

Overall Rating: 5.5 out of 5 Cocktails

I'm giving Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington D.C. an extra .5 because I just love Kimpton properties and Hotel Palomar is no different. I always feel at home, the customer service is always on point and I always know what I'm going to get...comfortable luxury. See more pictures from my awesome stay below!

You know we keep it real. While this post was sponsored by the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington D.C, all opinions are absolutely my own.

Hotel Review: AC Hotel National Harbor

Located about 15 minutes outside of our nation's capital, National Harbor is a waterfront destination home to several shops, restaurants and activities for people of all ages.  I was in the mood for a mini staycation, so I made AC Hotel National Harbor (156 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745) my home base for the night. While I love the National Harbor, I never quite spend as much time there as I'd like, so I was excited to explore.  As it turns out, the AC Hotel was the perfect place to stay for several reasons. The main one being that they focus on cocktails more than food! But let me not get ahead of myself. Let's get into it.

 Photo Credit: visitmaryland.org

Photo Credit: visitmaryland.org

PROS

Location

AC Hotel is perfectly situated in the middle of National Harbor.  I was able to walk to dinner at Succotash and visit several surrounding bars and restaurants during my Harbor Hop Bar Crawl including Granite City Food & Brewery, The Walrus Oyster Bar and Ale HouseBobby McKeys Piano Bar, and Cadillac Ranch. And to top it off, the AC Hotel is located right near the Capital Wheel.  Sidenote: I've been dying to get on the Capital Wheel since it was built and I must say, it did not let me down.  The views from the top of National Harbor were spectacular.

 View from my balcony

View from my balcony

Room Design & Size

The room design was sleek and modern.  I stayed in a corner suite and had a perfect view of the Capital Wheel and the rest of the harbor from my balcony.  

 Photo Credit: Marriott.com 

Photo Credit: Marriott.com 

Additionally, I gasped when I saw they welcomed me via my tv screen.  I adored the personalized touch.

Bar

AC Hotel focuses on unique, signature hand-crafted cocktails including GinTonic and its signature cocktail experience, the Porthole.  It's a nod to National Harbor being a nautical destination. Their AC Lounge offers wine on tap, local craft beers and spirits, and tapas. They also have great happy hour specials each night of the week. 

 AC Lounge Bar

AC Lounge Bar

CONS

You know we keep it real here at Will Drink For Travel.  I honestly have no feedback for this hotel. The staff was friendly and accommodating, the room and common areas were clean, and the bed was comfortable.  All wins in my book!

 AC Lounge

AC Lounge

Other things you should know:

  • There is free wifi available.
  • Breakfast at the AC Kitchen is European-style with freshly baked croissants (flown in from France!), fruit, sweet and savory tarts and more. If you're looking for pancakes and waffles...don't.
  • There's a gym, but no pool.
  • I highly recommend valet parking for the price of $35 for the night since parking can be a bit challenging.

OVERALL RATING: 5 OUT OF 5 COCKTAILS

I loved my stay at AC Hotel National Harbor.  It's a great place to stay whether you're visiting from out of town and don't want to be overwhelmed by the city, or if you're a city dweller and need a break from the everyday hustle and bustle.  Enjoy your stay!

While this post was sponsored by the AC National Harbor, all opinions are absolutely my own.