Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel

Address: 1315 16th St. NW, Washington DC, District of Columbia, 20036, United States | 3 star hotel
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    Historical Traveler Reviews Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel Washington DC

    It was cute, but...


    I stayed at the Rouge in June, and it was a nice place. The lobby and hallways was as swank as promised, the beds were WONDERFUL with thick down comforters, a cute faux red leather padded headboard(my boyfriend and I have back problems and are quite tall, and the bed was firm, comfortable and BIG), fun furniture, nice bathrooms(great towels!) and the promised Aveda products. The neighborhood was quite elegant, but the shortage of restaurants other than hotel offerings nearby was a pain(there's a Whole Foods Market about 3 blocks away, and small neighborhood hangouts about 2 blocks away). There were some small things to gripe about. The CD player was there, but no wide selection of music was provided as advertised(1 compilation CD?!? Luckily we drove down and had a selection with us in the car), one of the bedside lamps wasn't plugged in as well as the promised extra cordless phone extension on the same bedside table as the lamp. The honor snack bar wasn't fully stocked, and I had to make sure housekeeping knew about it so I wouldn't get charged $10 for a bottle of red M & M's at checkout.

    The highly touted zebra striped bathrobes were a little threadbare and needed replacing(and offering to sell a brand new one to take home for $80 was a bit insulting...the robe wasn't THAT nice!). I agree with another reviewer. The walk to Dupont Circle was a bit longer than stated. All in all, I might stay at the Rouge again when in DC because the staff was kind, courteous, and attentive, the drinks and food in the adjoining lounge were devine, and I'm always a sucker for black laquer floors.

    Loved it but with a few complaints


    Stayed at the Rouge in August 03. The area was safe in a residential area, however a bit of a walk to any restaurants or activity in dupont circle. Got a double/double room, booked for 149 a night on their website, yet was suprised to get a rate of 109 a night when we recieved the bill! Few complaints: staff was not as friendly as hoped; the door to our room wouldnt lock and we would have to slam it closed for it to work; for first part of stay one of two elevators did not work and when they were fixed they would take forever; day before check out came back to room to find the key did not work and the only reason we got into our room was because of the maid who didnt lock the door because of the above problem...called downstairs to get a new key and they said they would bring some up and we waited an hour and had to call again.

    Wouldnt know if I would stay there again, but it was sure something to experience.

    Loved it! Great location!


    I stayed here for a week on a business trip and I loved it. My room was

    a very nice size and a fun, non-bland place to be. Work space was set

    up well. I found the staff to be helpful and room service breakfast was

    quite good.

    Location is excellent. Walk down P toward 17th St. and there are many restaurants along 17th. Or turn the other way on P and find a super grocery store for provisions, and a bus along 14th St. to the mall. I enjoy walking, and didn't find it a long walk to Dupont Circle or to the business district. Straight down 16th is the White House.

    I have already recommended it to friends and would certainly go back.

    Great rooms but far from hip....


    The rooms are very well done in this hotel. However, that is the only thing good about it. The hotel is far from HIP and the service is horrible!! They should know that fashion from the 90's has been out.....well, since the 90's. They should think before putting ex-bouncers at the desk and door. It is too bad that the owners don't realize that their staff is poor at best. Maybe they should be told that you do need to pick up the phone at the front desk and that it is not just for decoration. Having attitude can be done well.....but not at this hotel!



    I don't get it. It's a glorified apt building. although the bed is very nice and comfortable. But the hotel still feels old and has a funky smell in the halls. Plus, I didn't like having to struggle through the front door with all my luggage, and the doors trying to shut on me. No service really. The hotel (besides the bed) just reminds me of a vintage shop---filled with funky, porn movie furniture.

    Great BUT a long walk to Dupont!


    Fun and clean hotel with large rooms but bathrooms very small. The lounge is a must. Unfortunately, the hotel is several long blocks from Dupont Circle. If you want to stay close to the Metro and the hussle and bussle of Dupont Circle this motel is not recommended.

    Great Hotel. Not pretentious.


    I got a good deal at Expedia for a room on a Friday night. Much cheaper than their advertised rate.

    Our room was huge. I was worried that a "hip hotel" might have tiny rooms, but it was enormous.

    Flat screen TV, free high-speed internet access, huge bed, giant mirrors, fun decor.

    The staff was also helpful and not pretentious.



    Absolutly fabulous!!!! That could be it for the review but i'll say more. The hotel is wonderful. The rooms are the best i have ever stayed in and i have been to alot of places all over the world. We had a chill room with two t.v.'s that was great, probably not needed, but great non the less. It is in close walking distance to the metro, so i'm not to sure what the other person who reviewed was talking about. It's a wonderful 3 block walk and we were there in December. The food wasn't all that but was good. There are alot of places around the area to eat that are incredible, alot on 17th st. and Pst. Definetly will go back. Maybe simply for the hotel by itself!!!!! Don't miss out!!!!

    Less than perfect.


    The Hotel Rouge is definitely on the verge of fabulous, but the poor service will really limit their reputation. The room is luxurious and comfortable, but it didn't make up for the fact that the front desk phone wasn't answered about half the time, that requests for towels or hair conditioner were ignored, or that it took two hours to change a fuse in the room leaving us without power for an afternoon. The fitness center is far from "state of the art", and its not that close to the metro. I felt like I had to be a bulldog to get the level of service that ordinarily comes at a ordinary Holiday Inn.



    There are too many adjectives in the dictionary to describe this property; howevever, I can summarize it with three words....VERY NEW YORK !!

    From the silver studded red leather entrance doors to the stark white galaxy furniture in lobby, no detail has been overlooked. The rooms are seductive, sensual, sexy, comfortable and RED ! The headboard is red pleather and streches to the ceiling, the bedding is stark white with red piping, the drapes are red velvet and the carpet has a lepoard print. The electronics are just as equally impressive. 27" flat screen Sony TV's and Sony CD players.

    The staff was very warm, friendly and everywhere. This is a small hotel, but staffed as a large one.

    The hotel is located near Dupont Circle in a very charming neighborhood. You can walk pretty much everywhere.


    TripAdvisor Reviews Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel Washington DC

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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