The Kimpton Donovan

1155 14th St NW | Washington, DC 20005-4111  [SEE MAP]Washington, DC  [SEE ADDRESS]

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Home to one of the few rooftop pools in Washington, D.C
Daily resort fee
Perched just off Thomas Circle in downtown D.C., The Kimpton Donovan earns major props from recent guests for its modern decor, rooftop pool and mouthwatering Asian fusion cuisine offered at the in-house restaurant, Zentan. But those aren't the only reasons to stay here; recent guests were also wowed by the Kimpton Donovan's central location, situated within walking distance of the White House and the National Mall. Also praised were the hotel's swanky lobby and sleek accommodations, which feature LCD flat-screen TVs and minibars stocked with Dean & DeLuca gourmet goods. The only downside, according to some guests, was that the property's rooms felt smaller than other D.C. accommodations. For additional space, previous guests suggest springing for a suite. But wherever you decide to bed down, you can rest assured that if you participate in the Kimpton Karma loyalty program, you can accrue or receive freebies at this Kimpton brand outpost.
Washington, DC
Hotel Class
Property Type
Boutique hotel, 193 rooms
Primary View
City center, Neighborhood
Best For
Business travelers, Couples, Solo travelers


  • 4.0Hotel Class
  • GOODCritic Rating


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  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards



You won't find anything remotely close to a colonial reproduction here amid the hanging egg chairs, iPod docking stations, spiral showers and bowl-like bathtubs — perfect if you're seeking an out-of-the-box style lodging.



The Donovan is a good pick for couples and solo travelers, but not so much for families, especially in summer when the rooftop pool closes at 5pm and the rooftop bar opens.

Travel + Leisure


The rooftop pool and lounge bar are the hotel's best assets.



Situated along Thomas Circle, this centrally-located Kimpton boutique hotel mixes urban chic with a bit of James Bond cool to a vibrant crowd.


From its dark-purple-and-white color scheme, to its pod-shaped "cocoon" showers, to its mod lobby, and rowdy rooftop pool parties, the Donovan House offers a sexy night in the nation's capital.

Other Awards

  • TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards

Guest Reviews

A hotel's guest rating is calculated using data provided under license by TripAdvisor. A total of 1970 have reviewed the The Kimpton Donovan, giving it a rating of 4.5, on a scale of 1-5.

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TripAdvisor Travel Rating: TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1970 reviews 4.5 (based on 1970 reviews)

Guest Rooms

Remodeled in 2014, guest rooms at the Kimpton Donovan offer a modern, futuristic vibe with brown leather canopy beds, custom white linens, Studio Gaia club chairs, and 42-inch plasma TVs. Bathrooms feature walk-in cocoon showers with rainforest shower heads and spa-inspired bath amenities.
  • Room service with healthy options from Zentan, the on-site restaurant
  • Overnight shoeshine is complimentary
  • Resort fee is $20 (plus tax) per day

Standard room size220 square feet

  • Premium channels
  • Workspace/desk
  • Minifridge
  • Bathrobes/slippers
  • Minibar
  • Shower/tub combo
  • Separate shower
  • Separate tub
  • Internet
  • Wireless internet
  • Free internet
  • Fee for internet usage
  • Guest rooms with patios and balconies
  • Adjoining rooms available

Location & Parking

The Kimpton Donovan Hotel is centrally located on Thomas Circle on 14th Street between L and M streets Northwest. Situated in a quiet neighborhood, the property is within walking distance of Dupont Circle, the White House, the Convention Center, historical attractions and other popular tourist sites. Featuring a rooftop bar and pool area, along with futuristic decor, the hotel appeals to couples and solo travelers.
  • Multiple metro stations and bus stops within five-block radius
  • Union Station is 2 miles southeast of hotel
  • Located 5 miles north of Reagan National Airport and 27 miles southeast of Dulles International Airport
  • 24-hour valet parking ($48)
  • 24-hour self-parking
  • Airport shuttle
  • Car service

Within walking distance of:

  • Bus stop
  • Restaurants
  • Movie theater
  • Train station
  • Beach
  • Theater
  • Subway/metro stop
  • Grocery store
  • Shopping


The on-site restaurant, Zentan, serves contemporary Asian cuisine and cocktails in an eclectic space. During the summer, the poolside, DNV Rooftop Lounge offers artisinal cocktails with views of the city.
  • Room service from Zentan available
  • Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner weekdays; breakfast and dinner on weekends
  • Hotel hosts a daily wine hour in the lobby from 5 to 6 p.m.
  • Private dining options

Number of restaurants1

Cuisine TypesAsian

  • Fine dining
  • Casual dining
  • Quick service cafe/coffee shop/marketplace
  • Bar/lounge
  • Room service
  • 24-hour room service
  • free breakfast


The Kimpton Donovan is home to one of the few rooftop pools in Washington, D.C. The small plunge pool offers a place to cool off during the day, and enjoy crafted cocktails in the evening with expansive city views.
  • Pool is open during the summer months
  • Swimming ends at 5:30 p.m.; DNV Rooftop Lounge opens in the evening
  • Lap pool
  • Wading pool
  • Lazy river
  • Family pool
  • Infinity pool
  • Whirlpool/hot tub
  • Adults-only pool
  • Lifeguard on duty
  • Poolside service
  • Waterslide
  • Deck chairs or cabanas
  • Pool bar


There is no on-site spa, but the hotel offers in-room spa services. Guests can schedule in-room massages, facials and skin treatments.
  • Treatments feature organic Kerstin Florian products
  • Services available daily by appointment from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Services offered:

  • Massage
  • Facial
  • Body Treatments (i.e. scrubs, wraps)
  • Salon services
  • Outdoor treatment area
  • Steam room
  • Sauna


There is a small fitness center at the hotel, with four treadmills, three ellipticals and a recumbent bike, along with a rack of barbells. Plus, the hotel provides in-room yoga baskets and complimentary bikes available to explore the city.
  • 24-hour fitness center
  • Precor cardio machines
  • Weight equipment
  • Cardio equipment
  • Yoga mats
  • Free fitness classes
  • Premium fitness classes (with fee)


The Kimpton Donovan is equipped to host business meetings and events, with both indoor and outdoor spaces available. The indoor Woodward and Bernstein function rooms can be combined for a total of 1,325 square feet of event space that can accommodate up to 80 guests. The rooftop is also available as an outdoor venue with reception space for up to 100 attendees.
  • 24-hour business center
  • On-site event planning professionals
  • Wi-Fi available in all meeting rooms and public areas
  • Catering by on-site restaurant, Zentan

Number of meeting rooms4

  • Business center
  • Meeting rooms
  • Meeting and event planners available


The pet-friendly property welcomes animals of all shapes and sizes.
  • No additional fees for pets
  • No size or weight restrictions
  • Staff can provide suggestions for dog walks and pet grooming services the area
  • Hotel will deliver an in-room goldfish for guests desiring a companion during their stays
  • Pets allowed (free)
  • Dog walking (with fee)
  • Pet-sitting (with fee)


The hotel can host smaller indoor and outdoor wedding events. The modern and sleek Woodward and Bernstein rooms can be combined to accommodate indoor events with up to 80 guests. For outdoor ceremonies or receptions in the summer months, the rooftop offers a poolside venue with views of the Capitol City for up to 100 people.
  • On-site event planner
  • Sustainable and environmentally friendly planning
  • Room blocks available for wedding guests
  • Custom menus and catering from on-site restaurant, Zentan

Maximum wedding guest capacity80

  • Hotel hosts weddings
  • Outdoor space for weddings
  • Wedding planners available

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