Hotel Palomar DC, Washington, D.C. – Review
Situated just a few blocks away from Washington, D.C.’s lively Dupont Circle in the northwestern quadrant of the city, the Hotel Palomar DC, a Kimpton Hotel, certainly has a prime location in our nation’s capital. Once off the Dupont Circle metro stop, where neighboring streets are lined with pubs, sports bars, restaurants, clubs, dive bars, and a variety of cafes and shops, it was a mere five minute stroll to the hostelry.
The contemporary and stylish hotel prides itself on encompassing the theme “Art in Motion,” and this is readily apparent when entering the establishment. From the chic glass sculptures to the enlarged photos of women’s faces reminiscent of Vogue magazine covers, the lobby of the hotel screams modernity.
A double-sided fireplace helps separate the lobby from the adjoining lounge area, although both are furnished with similar purple velvet lounge chairs. While waiting to check in, I took advantage of the lobby’s complimentary hot chocolate, which was offered with an array of toppings, including chocolate shavings, white chocolate chips, and of course, the ever-mandatory mini marshmallows.
Check-in was a breeze, and I was soon in the elevator and on the way to my room.
Upon entering my Executive King room, I was greeted with a continuation of the hotel’s overarching theme of contemporary style. A velvety chaise lounge in the back corner diagonally faced the TV, while a curved settee next to the TV, seemingly there more for its contribution to the decor than for actual use, looked appealing. Next to this chic piece of furniture was a table with a welcome gift of a bottle of wine, a platter of grapes, crackers, and assorted cheeses, and a letter welcoming me to the hotel.
I took some time to admire the various pieces of modern and abstract artwork displayed throughout the room before allowing the weariness from my travels to take hold. The king-sized bed looked far too comfy to ignore, so, resisting the wine and cheese, I crawled in and turned on the television that was directly facing it. Soon, I was in the middle of a delightful late afternoon snooze, while my phone charged on an end table flanking the bed, plugged into one of the several outlets that the table offered.