Posted April 15, 2020

Get to Know the Kimpton Carlyle Hotel in Washington, DC


Washington, D.C., Capitol

Ready for another big announcement out of DC? One that doesn’t involve someone running for president? Well we’ve got news about some change you can believe in: Kimpton is taking over a new hotel in Washington DC — the soon-to-be Kimpton Carlyle – Dupont Circle.

As the name implies, Kimpton Carlyle is located in the happening Dupont Circle neighborhood, and it will be our ninth hotel in DC — that’s as many as we have in our hometown of San Francisco. But no need to get into an East Coast/West Coast rivalry: Our new Kimpton hotel in Washington DC, will sport all the same features and amenities you know and love, like complimentary wine hour, pet-friendly rooms, free bikes, yoga mats in every closet, and a killer restaurant and bar.

Our flag is officially flying over Kimpton Carlyle, which will open its doors in May, after an extensive renovation that will not only enhance the building’s Art Deco style, but also increase the number of rooms from 170 to 198. And 56 of those rooms will offer full-service kitchenettes, perfect for families or extended stays. World-renowned artist Michele Oka Doner has led the design and concept creation for Kimpton Carlyle, her first hotel project in the U.S. The handcrafted chandeliers and modern artwork draw on her Miami Beach roots, and restore the hotel to its original grandeur as an Art Deco landmark. A membership-quality fitness center with brand-spanking-new equipment will also be part of the mix.

A guest room at Kimpton Carlyle – Dupont Circle. Photo Credit: Ron Blunt

And that fitness center will come in handy because you’re going to want to take a deep dive into the menu at Kimpton Carlyle’s restaurant, The Riggsby, slated to open this summer. Chef Michael Schlow, who also runs the popular TICO restaurant in DC’s 14th Street Corridor, will preside over an open kitchen where the emphasis will be on Euro-influenced American cuisine. He’s a past James Beard award winner for Best Chef in the Northeast who has made all kinds of TV appearances, including Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Fun fact: Not only is Chef Michael a heavy hitter in the kitchen, as a young baseball prospect he boasted a 92-mph fastball.

Topping it all off (or surrounding it on all sides, actually) is the neighborhood itself. Dupont Circle is one of DC’s hottest ’hoods, teeming with galleries, museums, cafes, clubs and boutiques. The area is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is home to a number of embassies; it’s long been considered the heart of the city’s LGBTQ community, as well.

So if DC is in your future (even if you’re not running for president), we have one more great option coming on line that’s sure to win bipartisan support.

Washington DC cityscape photo: iStock.


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  1. Charles McCool says:


  2. Treshea says:

    SO excited. Shandra and I will have to visit! We’re trying to stay at every Kimpton–at least all the Kimptons in DC! 🙂

  3. Jessica Tunon says:

    Very excited to hear! Love to have my Wednesday evening monthly netwalks start and end at your new location.


  4. Bill n DC says:

    Long fond memories of this property, staying, meeting, partying, eating, you name it. a lovely new name. so glad it’s a Kimpton 🙂

  5. Anna says:

    It’s so great to have another Kimpton in DC! Any chance there will be a new hotel offer for inner circle members before the end of the summer? I can’t wait to check it ou!

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      Hi Anna, we like to give our new hotels a little time to get up to speed before they welcome our best guests. However, our fabulous new Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh still has the offer going on through August 31st! Hope to see you soon.

  6. District Hostess says:

    I’m writing to inquire about permissions for some of your DC photos and can’t find your email address. Are these all copyrighted? Thanks!

    • Faith Yi Kimpton Hotels says:

      Hi, we’ve sent along your contact info to our team in DC, and someone will be in contact with you shortly. Thanks!

  7. Judy Thomas says:

    Hello, we stayed in Seattle hotel last year and loved it. Best part nearly was beautiful boxer dog behind reception desk!
    We are coming to USA in May – driving from Jacksonville Florida to Washington DC before returning home to UK. Will hotel be open then please?

    • Faith Yi Kimpton says:

      Hi Judy,
      We’re thrilled to hear about your great experience in Seattle! Kimpton Carlyle – Dupont Circle is open, and we would love to be your D.C. destination!