Is a visit to Washington, DC on your family’s radar? If so, you’ll be glad to know that there is no shortage of hotel options from which to choose. If you want to check the box on most of the amenities that families need and enjoy some comforts of home, Kimpton’s Hotel Rouge may be the right choice.
Kimpton Hotel Rouge
I’m not sure how you are when you travel with your family, but I tend to over-research most aspects of the trip, especially the hotel. America’s capital is no exception, especially since I’ve lived in the area for almost 14 years. Talk about added pressure to recommend family-friendly hotels to out-of-town visitors! There are so many decisions to make when you are planning a trip to Washington, DC from which sites to see to finding an ideal hotel location. But I’ve found one that makes the decision easy – and fun.
Have you ever stayed in a bunk bed room in a city? Hotel Rouge, part of the Kimpton Collection, has six of them. The hotel is ideally located five blocks from The White House and three from Dupont Circle. This means that you can walk to most of the museums and monuments or hop on the metro to travel throughout The District.
Rouge Means Red
Rouge, the French word for red, is a dominant color throughout the hotel. This can make the corridors seem dark, but the rooms have ample sunlight to help offset the dark color. The lobby is on the smaller side compared to other chain, family suite hotels, but it’s a boutique hotel so it works just fine for the “guest to number of rooms” ratio.
According to Lodging Econometrics, STR, Inc., there are approximately 126 properties with 30,665 hotel rooms in Washington, DC. The Greater Washington Metropolitan Area is home to 686 properties with 110,227 rooms (including those located within DC proper). Do you know how many bunk bed suites are available out of the 30,665 hotel rooms? Ten. Two hotels, Hotel Rouge and its sister hotel, the Madera, account for all ten.
While it does not have the one or two bedroom options like the Embassy Suites, it does have the bunk bed and other specialty suites available. The bunk bed is nestled in an curtained alcove with its own TV with a gaming system and a dresser. The layouts may differ depending on the room location, so you may want to inquire about your room setup. The suites range in size from 500-610 square feet.
There are only six family suites in the hotel. There are five king bunk bed suites and one double queen bunk bed suite. They do book up in the summer so lock it in early if you’re planning on a visit during that time of year.
Bar Rouge is onsite and offers tasty crafted cocktails and small plate options. There is also 24/7 room service available. DC has become quite a foodie town so there are plenty of options and a variety of cuisines to taste. The hotel is walking distance to Ted’s Bulletin, Matchbox and The Hamilton, which are all family-friendly places to eat.
- 24-hour fitness facility
- Yoga mat in every room, free of charge
- You can take one of Kimpton’s custom-designed PUBLIC bikes for a ride around town. They are available for all guests to enjoy so I would suggest, if you know your schedule already, to make the request at check-in . They have three or four bikes at this location and there are helmets with the bikes. If you need a bike with a child seat then you can rent one from Recess Outings as well as take advantage of one of their weekend bike tours.
TravelingMom Tip: There are bike lanes throughout the city and it is frowned upon to ride bikes on the sidewalks especially in congested areas.
- Complimentary coffee and tea in the mornings starting at 6 a.m., seven days a week (you can request an in-room coffeemaker too)
- Hosted evening wine hour from 5-6 p.m., seven days a week
- Take advantage of the Kimpton Karma rewards program. There are several perks that come along with it including free wi-fi and a $10 “raid the bar” credit for your room to use towards beverages or snacks
TravelingMom Tip: You don’t get to use the $10 credit if you book your room through a non-Kimpton site. You have to sign up for the rewards program prior to checking in the first time if you want to use it during that visit. If you choose to signup upon arrival that credit won’t be available until your second Kimpton stay.
WHAT WORKS FOR FAMILIES
- A suite available to accommodate more than four people
- Short walking distance to The White House and other DC landmarks
- Pet friendly – you can request pet-bed loaners, courtesy bags for dog walking, information about nearby pet-friendly parks/places and much more
- There is a Kimpton Kids program and according to Kimpton, it specifically meets the needs of babies, toddler and school-age children
- Car service within a mile of the hotel is included in the daily $20 facility fee
- Adjoining rooms are available if the bunk bed option doesn’t work for your needs
WHAT DOESN’T WORK FOR FAMILIES
- No pool
- Parking is $46 per night plus tax; 50 percent discount for hybrid vehicles
TravelingMom Tip: Look for less expensive parking nearby via apps such as Spothero.
Where do you like to stay with your family when you’re visiting Washington, DC?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jen Spatz-Martin, Founder of Kid Up and Go, hails originally from PA. After living in various parts of the US she decided to plant roots in Washington, DC in 2003. She’s lived in three out of the four DC quadrants and now calls Alexandria, VA home. She is mom to three active kids, including twins, and loves planning new adventures with them whether it’s near or far. When she’s not balancing all that life has to offer, she attempts to figure out how to make life easier for parents both through her site and by sharing travel tips!