Hotel Rouge - A Kimpton Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

1315 16th St. NW, Washington DC, District of Columbia, 20036, United States

4 Reviews

Rouge, a Kimpton Hotel
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 25% less than similarly rated 4 star hotels

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  • Business84
  • Cozy and stylish


    I loved the stylish deco! The red velvet curtains, the red bed and the funky retro lamps gave the room a very modern & charming atmosphere. Our room was very spacious and cozy. The king size bed was very comfortable.
    The bathroom was a bit small though... Breakfast was quite simple.
    The hotel staff was very friendly and helpful.
    The location was excellent. It only took us about 10-15 minutes to get to Dupont Circle - an area with lots of restaurants, bars and cafes. Close by was also a Starbucks and Wholefoods (great selection of salads and other lunch treats).

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    Rouge is the Color of Desire


    “Red is the ultimate cure for sadness.” — Bill Blass (1922-2002)

    WE GOT THE CURE Who could be sad when surrounded by so much rouge? It was everywhere at Hotel Rouge, including the headboard of our bed (see photo #4), which had the most comfortable mattress we have ever slept on.

    We were grateful for our spacious room. Our view was uninspired; we looked out onto an underpass for 16th Street, the Australian Embassy and the First Baptist Church. This location though is very nice, quiet and residential. We got a real sense that we were apart from the hustle and bustle of the tourist sections of town by staying at the Rouge.

    All members of the Kimpton Hotel chain, including Hotel Rouge, offer their guests its signature zebra-striped bathrobe (see photo #5). We were lucky; we got a great rate at the Rouge: $81 per night, to celebrate Kimpton’s founding in 1981. Like other Kimpton hotels, the lobby (see photo #3) of Hotel Rouge is eclectic and little more than a pass through.

    Although the hotel is housed in a very ugly 1970s-era building, an excellent job has been done to disguise it at the pedestrian level with greenery, a large rouge awning, and Venus (see photos #1 & #2). Because red is the color of desire, Venus, the Goddess of Love, is the Rouge’s “spokeswoman.”

    The one drawback at Hotel Rouge was the breakfast offered in this small lounge area. It was expensive for very common, ordinary fare. We sought out a great breakfast restaurant nearby. After we returned home we e-mailed the management with our dissatisfaction; the $15 per person charge for the one breakfast we took at Hotel Rouge was credited to our card. How nice.

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    Awesome, Funky Hotel


    This hotel is so much more FUN than their website gives credit! We stayed in one of the suites. It is decorated in a very fun, contemporary design scheme. There are fluffy pillows in the bar! The sheets were easily 300 thread count (VERY good) and the comforter was warm and snuggly. The bed was extremely comfortable. The maid service was exceptional. You can buy a beer cheaper in the mini-bar than in the hotel bar. We had a computer with a fast DSL connection in our room. FANTASTIC!

    Unique Quality: See above. Everything was outstanding!

    Directions: Close to the Metro.

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    Better red in bed - Rouge Hotel


    A classic boutique hotel steps from Dupont Circle, and directly on Washington Circle, the Rouge Hotel is one of the Kimpton Group hotels, and is worth every red cent for a room.

    Unique Quality: Besides a great hotel with a red (rouge) theme, the rooms are beautiful, the beds are huge, and any hotel with a daily buffet of cold pizza is pretty cool in my little rouge book.

    Directions: On 16th St. just off Washington Circle, and down Massachusetts Ave. from Dupont Circle (Metro: Dupont Circle)

More about Hotel Rouge - A Kimpton Hotel

Scott Circle

by von.otter

IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD Down the street from our hotel, the Hotel Rouge (see von.otter’s accommodations tip) is Scott Circle. It is named for General Winfield Scott (1786–1866), known as Old Fuss and Feathers. Scott was nominated for president in 1852 by the Whig Party, passing over its own incumbent Millard Fillmore. Scott lived briefly in New York City, at 24 West 12th Street, across from our own apartment house.

The equestrian bronze of General Scott was erected in Scott Circle in 1874 and cast from cannons captured by the general in Mexico. Designed by sculptor H. K. Browne, the bronze stands on a pedestal formed of blocks of New England granite the largest ever successfully quarried and carried a great distance. These granite blocks weigh four hundred tons.

Funky place

by A TripAdvisor Member

Stayed at Hotel Rouge on the last 4th of July because a friend was having a photography showing in the hotel bar. Got a great deal on the room, and the quality surpassed expectations. We would definitely stay there again...

Funky & Fun

by A TripAdvisor Member

We stayed at the Hotel Rouge in August 2004 and had a fun stay. The rooms are very funky but fun. The rooms are nice and large and gives off a mini-suite feel. The room was very clean!!! Staff was courteous and the bar was fun & hip. Would definately stay here again.

Funky hotel in great neighborhood

by TripAdvisor Member cagirl

Hotel Rouge is funky with many fun surprises! We stayed here 3 nights in June 2004. The lobby has oversized chairs, everything is very modern/boutique. Our standard room was ENORMOUS with two queen beds, chairs, a funky ottomon, oversized lamps, wall-sized mirror, silly things in the minibar like wax lips and gummy bears, and Aveda products in the bathroom. A/C worked great, they have room service, and even manicures in your room! They also have a free bloody mary bar 10-11am everyday, and free wine tasting 5-6pm on weekdays. Only complaint: The beds were so soft we had back pain. We paid $169/night which was very reasonable for what we got, however parking is valet only and costs $22/day. We did hang out at the Rouge bar on a Friday night and it peaked 10-11pm and then kind of died down. Not the loud, smokey place described in other reviews, but we were on the 9th floor. The location is 3 blocks from Dupont Circle, a neighborhood with lots of restaurants and safe to walk around at night, about 20 mins via metro and walking from the Mall. 3 blocks from the subway doesn't seem like much, but if it's wet/hot/cold which it always seems to be in DC, it feels far. Overall great hotel, very fun, I would stay here again if it weren't for those soft beds!

No more Rouge! Needs plastic surgery!

by A TripAdvisor Member

Strange hotel with a difficult to pin-down concept. Sure, we're a clubby, euro-rude affected front desk staff, so don't expect much there.

Halls are narrow, and boxy. I felt very crowded in the hallways and elevator.

The room was funky, but not particularly impressive. It wasn't the most comfortable bed or bathroom. Okay, red. Wow. Thats the rouge part, right?

The bar always appears in travel mags and airline someone is promoting the place.

You can do a lot better, even if you are straining to be cool in DC.

Dim lighting makes everyone look better

by A TripAdvisor Member

Stayed here a week in June and really liked the hotel. It was funky and hip... red definitely was the theme. A nice change from the usual corporate chains. Loved the zebra-stripped bath robes. Rooms were big, clean and well kept with free internet access. There was a bit of attitude with some of the front desk staff and the guy manning the front door just stood there and watch as I struggled with my bags from the taxi to the front desk, but overall the staff is friendly, efficient and helpful. Both Dupont Circle and Farrugut metro are a short 10 minute walk and even fairly late at night (11-ish) felt safe walking back to hotel from the metro station by myself.

A word of warning though. Don't stay here if your eyesignt isn't good as all that red makes for fairly dim lighting throughout the public areas as well as the rooms.

Forum Posts

Looking for Dog friendly patios

by Havana2K3

Greeting All!
Heading to DC next week with our little mutt.
We will be staying at The Hotel Rouge which is dog friendly.
Are there any dog friendly patios near Dupont Circle or elsewhere in DC?
Looking for a place where our dog could join us on the patio or be lease on the outside beside our table.

Many thanks

RE: Looking for Dog friendly patios

by moosemother

Contact Zorba's Cafe Dupont Circle
1612 20th Street, NW
(at Connecticut Ave.)
Washington, D.C. 20009
They should be able to tell you if they allow dogs outside on the patio.


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Address: 1315 16th St. NW, Washington DC, District of Columbia, 20036, United States