Topaz, a Kimpton Hotel
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... Soldier (video will be on a separate blog) and then saw the Eternal Flame remembering JFK. After this we went for lunch, were we all went and had an American burger. It was heavenly.
After that we went into D.C and look around the capital for a bit before going to the National Air and Space Museum, before heading home.
Tomorrow, more visits in the capital is on the agenda, so watch this space for my development.
... there as I was to actually be there, still thinking I was in the wrong place, I ASKED, not told, but asked them if I had a reservation and the reply I got was "good afternoon miss farrington, we been awaiting your arrival, let us take your bags and we shall take you took your room"... In my head I then thought, "BLOODY HELL, there is a man in a suit taking my bag and showing me to my room, i am way to common to be here". I got to my room, it was heaven!! As soon as the door way closed, ...
Washington - Smithsonian etc. again.
The first stop today was a mega walk up the mall (the green strip up to the Lincoln Memorial -you have seen photos of Abe Lincoln, sculpted from marble sitting on a high backed chair.) In galleries on either side were engraved a couple of his speeches. Interesting. In the longer one he made quite a few quotes from the Bible. This was part of his second inaugural speech while the Civil War was on:
Today was a good day. After our usual very early morning wake up, we made our trek via the metro system to Arlington National Cemetery, There we met a very lovely lady named Nita. Sam and I know Nita from writing.com. Accompanying her was her son Stephen and her sister.
We didn't really appreciate the sheer scale of Arlington National Cemetery until we started walking across its vast grounds. There is something in the order of 400,000 graves of servicemen and women as well ...
... the way to D.C. but I made it without getting hit. I rode into Washington at about 2:30 and the roads were just starting to get really crowded. We maneuvered our way to the Washington monument and got a picture of me with it in the background. For the next 3 days we will be visiting the city and staying at my dad's cousin Tim's house. To anyone who is reading this if you haven't been to D.C. it's something you have got to see. I feel so lucky to get to experience ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Topaz, a Kimpton Hotel Washington DC
This hotel was just wonderful. The room was huge with a great big comfy bed, fluffy pillows, funky decor, an armchair, a couch and a desk! The staff was very nice and helpful. The location was also fabulous--tons of restaurants and bars around dupont circle. It is also a 3 minute walk to the subway and about 15-20 minute walk to the monuments/museums. Overall, this hotel helped make a great weekend getaway to dc even better (and for the price--109/night!)
Off the beaten path and well worth it
in dc for a quick weekend and wanted something a little different...i am the queen of internet research on hotel rooms and after careful deliberation decided to choose Topaz because it was a little different than the norm'... all i can say is WOW! Yes good karma is flowing here and you're likely to have it too if you stay here....From the spacious room and the whimsical and hip deco..to the aveda products and herbal tea selections they provided, the concept/theme of this hotel was carried out beautifully...i'll definately be back!
Much Better than Expected!
We stayed at this Boutique Hotel during April 2003. It is a very cozy place, and it's personnel get out of their way to make you feel at home. Location is great!!I highly recommend it.
We stayed at the Topaz 4/24-4/28/03 along with another couple. The rooms were great, service was very good, the people at the front desk were very helpful. Be sure to stay a couple floors above the bar/restaurant as it is very noisy and smells of cigarettes. We were on the 4th floor, it was fine. We had breakfast at the little hotel a couple of doors down, which was fun. We would definately stay here again. If you prefer coffee in the morning rather than tea, ask for a French press, they'll even deliver it with the coffee. We got a great rate, well worth the money.
Californian finds a Great hotel
My favorite place to stay in DC...the rooms are so clever and comfortable with all the necessary comforts for a business traveler...the staff is exceptionally nice, and they absolutely "get" customer service.
Alice in Wonderland rooms
We just returned from a lovely stay at Topaz hotel near Dupont circle. WE'll be back. Loved all the little touches and it's proximity to the cafe Teasim and the bookstore/cafe Kramer Books. But we have a few concerns: For a hotel aspiring to be zen-like and an oasis, the pervasive smell of cigarettes in the lobby hinders those aims. I don't know HOW the front desk staff or the doorman can handle the 2nd-hand smoke. (It is quite bad.) Where are the air filters? An opened window? Piped in scents of mint and jasmine? Furthermore, the nonsmoking floor was on floor 2, right above the bar. Soon enough at 10:30pm, smoke was coming through our bathroom vent and we could hear the bass from the bar music. We were given another room on the 7th floor and were quite pleased. So if you want non-smoking, request a higher level floor. You'll be satisifed. The sheets, the duvet, the choice of in-room tea, the shampoo and the robe make for a comfortable, if not luxurious, stay. The breakfast was lacking--no toast just fattening danishes, muffins and croissants--but the dinner menu looked extensive. And they have great happy hour specials.
Nice place but make sure they give you what you ask for!
The hotel is lovely, but when they say there is a data port, they mean you can use the phone line in the hotel room and pay for the long distance call or use the computers in their office. And make sure you reiterate that you want a non smoking room when you check in. That info didn't seem to get to the hotel from reservations. Other than that its a great location and the rooms are very nice and comfortable and the people are very friendly.
Excellent! will stay there again.
i chose the Topaz for a two night stay with my girlfriend after looking through several reviews.
* stayed Dec 2002.
* very nice rooms ... cheerful and colorful
* cool bar scene at the hotel
* chic, cosy, "european" hotel (like the "W" chain).
* very safe, nice neighborhood ... dupont circle ... lots of bars, restaurants, METRO within 1-2 blocks. also, close to Adams Morgan neighborhood.
* got a great rate for this hotel ... could not go wrong. will definitely re-visit.
Stay at this hotel!
We absolutely thought this hotel was the best - the decor was interesting and fun - the service was excellent - everyone from the manager to the maids were pleasant and friendly - the location was great - right in the middle of everything -
This was a really great place to come back to after a long day of sightseeing and walking...
When we come to DC again, we'll definitely stay here!
I stayed here with my fiancee 2 years ago. We had had a terrible time trying to find a hotel in DC, and stayed at a Best Western somewhere in the city with a nice lobby and the most disgusting room ever! Well, I vowed not to stay there another night, and checked my AAA book the next morning to find a new place. I found the Canterbury, we wound up staying there and I have such fond memories of that place! We got a HUGE room at the end of the hall, the place was SO quaint and CUTE and it is in a GREAT part of the city. VERY safe (and this is important in DC!) and we wound up walking to a nice Italian restaurant 2 blocks up for dinner. The next morning we took a trolley from a nearby hotel (easy walk) to see all of the sights. The location of the hotel is terrific too - if you were to keep heading up the street, you would get to the Smithsonian Zoo. Anyway, I do know that it underwent renovations last summer (don't know why, the place was as charming as it could be before!) but we always vow to stay at The Canterbury any time we are in D.C! Loved it!