The Royal Sonesta Washington, DC is conveniently located on P Street NW (between 21st and 22nd Streets), a few blocks from Dupont Circle. Many locals fondly remember the property from its previous incarnation as the Kimpton Hotel Palomar.
An ideal setting
The Royal Sonesta’s location is particularly appealing to travelers to Washington, DC, whether for business or pleasure.
The hotel is in a busy residential area whose streets aren’t likely to empty out at the end of the working day (or work week). This is because the blocks surrounding the hotel are filled with a mixture of mid-rise apartments and historic townhouses, whose inhabitants include families, couples and singles, a mosaic that reflects the culture and the diversity of the city.
The streets just outside the hotel look like a virtual food court. They are lined with dozens of cozy restaurants, bars and cafes. A few notable restaurants, including Al Tiramisu (specializing in authentic Italian dishes from the Basilicata region), Duck Duck Goose (a small plate, Parisian-style brasserie), Del Sur Cafe (with dishes from an array of South America) and Emissary, a welcoming coffee bar and neighborhood hangout.
Nearby are unique boutiques, bookstores (new and used), bakeries, bagels, markets, pharmacies and other small businesses.
The pedestrian streets emanating from Dupont Circle are home to small museums, art galleries and a number of foreign embassies housed in graceful mansions of varying architectural styles, dubbed Embassy Row. Towards the end of the 19th century, these buildings housed some of Washington’s powerful.
Woodrow Wilson spent a few years living in the neo-style Woodrow Wilson House, which is now open to the public, DC’s only presidential museum The Heurich House Museum (also called Brewmaster’s Castle) is a well-preserved Victorian mansion that was the home of a German immigrant who ran the oldest brewery in town.
After dark, the Dupont Circle area offers some nightlife in various bars. A stretch of 17th Street is known for its gay and lesbian owned businesses and clubs.
And, of course, located just north of the city center, the hotel offers guests easy access to the district’s iconic tourist destinations. Including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, White House, Capital One Arena, the 11 Smithsonian Museums on the National Mall, the National Zoo, and the Kennedy Center are only a 15-minute subway ride from Dupont Circle Subway. Station, which is a short walk from the hotel.
A residential atmosphere
It’s no surprise that the Royal Sonesta looks like a residence because it was. Even after its conversion, the 335 rooms and public spaces still maintain an intimate and warm atmosphere.
Originally built as an apartment building, the structure was transformed into a hotel in the 1960s, changing hands and getting a makeover several times thereafter. It was rebranded as a Sonesta property in 2019.
Completely renovated in 2016, the rooms and suites are appointed with contemporary decor, in soothing blue and beige tones with pops of bright orange and lemon. Geometric shapes featured in artworks and sculptures add a bit of whimsy. Some rooms have a spa bath, fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows.
The good-sized lobby has comfortable seating around a marble fireplace, a setting for complimentary wine and casual conversation between 5 and 6 p.m. each day. The decor is contemporary with rich walnut woodwork punctuated by modern art.
Coffee and tea are available every morning at no extra cost.
The Royal Sonesta Washington, DC has 14 room categories. For a modest supplement to the hotel’s conventional room rates, guests can upgrade to generously sized apartment-style rooms of over 500 square feet. The four suite categories are particularly spacious yet affordable, some with separate living areas.
“Upgrade” packages are available at time of booking that include complimentary valet parking (which is otherwise premium with the 15% DC hotel parking tax added to the cost) and full breakfast at Certo! restaurant, located on the ground floor of the hotel. The hotel offers a charging station for electric vehicles.
As Suzanne Rowan Kelleher reported in Forbes a year ago, Sonesta International Hotels has become a quiet giant in the hospitality industry and continues to grow exponentially. A small, family-owned pre-pandemic hotel chain with just three named properties, the company now has some 280 full-service, extended-stay properties in eight countries.
The Sonesta brand includes Royal Sonesta, Sonesta Hotel & Resorts, Sonesta ES Suites, Sonesta Posada del Inca and the Sonesta Cruise Collection. At the top of the pack, Royal Sonesta properties promise authentic local experiences in some of the world’s most popular travel spots.
The brand’s loyalty program, Sonesta Travel Pass, gives customers access to points, benefits and promotions at the brand’s various properties.
Guests are warmly greeted upon arrival at the Royal Sonesta Washington DC and staff are eager to be helpful throughout their stay, offering suggestions on what to see and what to do based on their knowledge and connections. local.
At a time when the hospitality industry is struggling to recover from low occupancy and staff shortages created by the pandemic, Royal Sonesta staff still manage to maintain an upbeat attitude that makes guests feel at home. them.