Can you think of a better way to be greeted at a hotel than with a glass of wine? Probably not. And that’s exactly what you get when you stay at the Hotel George on Capitol Hill, a Kimpton boutique property.
The front desk staff are so knowledgeable they double as the concierge. Candice, who checked us in, was bubbly and full of wonderful recommendations of where to go near the hotel, such as an evening walk to the monuments since they are spectacularly light up at night.
When you walk up to the corner of the street from the hotel, your breath is taken away by a magnificent view of the Capitol. If seeing the Capitol and the monuments are on your to-do list, then you couldn’t get much closer.
We walked to pretty much everything.
The hotel room is gorgeous and comes with grade ‘A’ speakers making it easy to connect your phone. The shampoo and conditioner make you think you are at a spa with their aroma and quality, (don’t tell; I packed a few of the mini-bottles!) We found out the signature line of bath amenities are designed specifically for Kimpton by from Malin + Goetz called Atelier Bloem.
The water pressure of the shower was great, and that is an underrated part of the stay.
Now the bed…
It was better than a cloud. After only 3 nights I came back to my home Tempurpedic mattress and had trouble sleeping. Those luxurious Frette linens don’t hurt, either.
For dining, there’s the in-house restaurant, Bistro Bis, which is known for classic bistro dishes served with a contemporary twist and is a Capitol Hill favorite.
Helmed by Beard Award-winning Chef Jeffrey Buben, it’s a power-players spot but park your politics at the door. With 24-hour room service, we enjoyed dinner in one night. The beef tartar and risotto for dinner were exquisite (pictured below.)
At the free wine hour every day — a perk of staying at a Kimpton — we hope you are lucky enough to have a server like Kyra who affectionately named the magnificent horse-lamp, ‘Nelson.’
The staff and the entire vibe of the hotel make you feel welcomed, comfortable, and relaxed. Which is triumph considering the tense political climate that’s right outside the hotel door.