Topaz, a Kimpton Hotel
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In the evening we went for a walk toward the Potomac river and Pentagon area. At 9:30 pm The President attended a September 11th Observance Ceremony at The Pentagon Memorial. The Pentagon was further than walking distance so we spent time viewing the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, which was beautifully lit at night.
... hot. We flag quickly and decide to get back on the bus before we get heatstroke! The bus takes us past the Pentagon ( no photos allowed!), the DEA and the FBI building. We get off near the Tidal Basin to see the Martin Luther King memorial. The inscription is "Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope" and it is truly inspiring. It is the 50 th anniversary of his march on Washington and his "I have a dream" speech and it is hard to ...
... her. She looked at me, confused, then turned to her cow-sized friend for support but she was suckling from the teat of a 1 gallon carton of juice and could offer none. I was already devastated when I saw she had decided to put the structural integrity of the seat next to me to the test but nothing prepared me for the smell. She reeked of ham and BO. Then there was the incessant leg tapping and light groin exercises that seemed to waft fresh ...
We took the metro to the Smithsonian Castle this morning. James Smithson was an Englishman who never came to America but on his death bequeathed all his money to America for learning. Most of the museums were built and are funded by the Smithsonian Institute.
We then went to the National Air and Space Museum which was amazing. I tried corn bread today and I really liked it, ...
... The Feet of the Pig" restaurant, where Uchenko, a Russian defector to the United States, slipped his CIA escort and returned to the Soviet embassy as a double agent. Uchenko had self diagnosed himself with stomach cancer, a key component to his defecting to the United States as he thought he had "nothing to lose", and when the CIA performed a full medical analysis they found that Uchenko did not have stomach cancer after all - he was fully healthy. When ...
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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.
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!