Downtown - Dupont Circle

The Donovan

Travelzoo Staff

Why We Love It

  • Within walking distance of national landmarks like the White House and Smithsonian -- as well as an eclectic mix of nightclubs and restaurants
  • Guests love the rooftop pool and lounge with great views of downtown 
  • Free bike rentals help pack in all the sightseeing a culture-seeker can handle
  • The hotel hosts a complimentary wine hour every evening

"Sleek and sensual sophistication" -- Gayot

91% (35 Member Ratings)

"rooftop pool/bar. The service was very friendly and attentive."
Sep 19, 2016
Kingston, PA, United States

Map & Directions

A taxi from the Ronald Reagan National Airport will cost approximately $22 and take 10 minutes. From Dulles International Airport, a taxi will cost approximately $75 and take 35 minutes.

Rooms & Rates

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Whether visiting Washington, D.C., for business, pleasure, or a little bit of culture, the Donovan House offers boutique accommodations in a great location for all three. Travel + Leisure praises this "sleek" spot as "a bold design departure for D.C.," which you can see in the lounge chairs hanging from the lobby ceiling and the chic rooftop pool and lounge.

Rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, 400-thread-count linens, marble bathrooms and Atelier Bloem bath products. Guests rest their heads in "a luxe and sexy niche" (Frommer's) made by a large wraparound canopy/headboard; upgrade to a City View room for a great look at the National City Christian Church across Thomas Circle. 

This boutique spot comes with all the perks one comes to expect from a Kimpton property, including a complimentary wine social in the evenings, coffee in the mornings, yoga mats in every room and free bike rentals. Rewards members get free Wi-Fi and a credit toward the minibar as well. Kimpton's extremely pet-friendly policies are in place here as well. 

A rooftop lounge named DNV (for Damn Nice View) is available for drinks in the evening and the hotel also hosts a complimentary wine hour every evening from 5-6 p.m. When not socializing with colleagues or exploring the historic city, relax at the on-site spa or rooftop pool (which closes early to accomodate the rooftop bar scene), or pump iron at the 24-hour fitness center.

Of course, the location is also a major draw for the Donovan. Right on Thomas Circle, a short walk delivers guests to the White House and the National Mall. It's also a quick stroll from the bars and restaurants flanking 14th Street, a strip of dining so renowned it's got its own Zagat listing.

From the Press:
  • "Brings sleek and sensual sophistication to the Washington hotel scene" -- Gayot
  • "The seasonal rooftop a welcome respite from Washington's sweltering summers" --
  • An "ultramodern haven" with "welcoming employees" and "stunning guestrooms" -- Zagat
  • "Perfect if you're seeking an out-of-the-box-style lodging" -- Fodor's



  • Infant cots / cribs
  • Bar
  • Newspaper / magazines
  • Gym / fitness center
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool bar
  • Restaurant
  • Roof terrace
  • Pet-friendly
  • Extra beds (fees apply)
  • 100% smoke-free


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge service
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Business center

Room amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Mini bar
  • Pay-per-view / movies on demand
  • Safe
  • Flatscreen TV
  • iPod/iPhone docking station


  • Wi-Fi in guest rooms (fees apply)
  • Wi-Fi in public areas (fees apply)
  • High-Speed Wi-Fi (fees apply)


  • Bathrobes
  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub or shower


  • Valet service (fees apply)


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible pool area
  • Accessible restaurant
  • ADA compliant rooms
  • Facilities for guests with special needs
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible

Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


Check-in: Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check-in: 18.

Checkout: Standard checkout time: 12pm

Children and additional guests: Children up to age 17 stay free of charge when sharing parents’ room and using existing bedding (on request). Cribs are available on request, free of charge for one child. Extra beds are available in most rooms for one child or one adult, on request: $25 (subject to tax) per day. Charges will be applied by hotel. Extra beds are not available in the following rooms: Queen Deluxe, King Deluxe and Executive Double.

Pets: Pets are allowed on request, free of charge.

The hotel is pet friendly, and there are no pet restrictions or fees. A pet form must be completed during check-in. The hotel requests that the pet is caged or out of the room during housekeeping service.

Fees: A facilities fee of $17.50 (subject to tax) per room/per night applies and is included in the total price shown.The facilities fee includes upgraded Wifi, local and domestic long distance calls, and car service within a mile of the hotel (for 2 hours in the morning).

Cancellation: Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Additional details: A Valet Parking Fee of $48.00 (subject to tax), per day applies and will be added to your bill at the hotel. This rate is subject to change without notice and at the discretion of the property.

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Rates may vary by date, are subject to availability and are not guaranteed until your purchase is complete.

The room rates listed are for double occupancy per room unless otherwise stated and exclude tax recovery charges and service fees.

*Unless otherwise stated, Travelzoo-exclusive extras are valid once per stay (based on two adults sharing). Value is an estimate based on double occupancy. Extras are only included with Member Rates and may not be available on all dates. Extras are non-transferable and have no cash value. Total value may vary depending on time of booking and availability. When included, breakfast may be limited to 2 guests per stay subject to hotel’s discretion. Other restrictions may apply; see our T&Cs for details.

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91% Positive
(35 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Donovan House - A Thompson Hotel over the past 15 months.
4.5 Ambiance
4.7 Location
4.5 Rooms
4.6 Quality of Service
4.2 Value for the Money
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Enjoyed Most
rooftop pool/bar. The service was very friendly and attentive.
Paul Sep 19, 2016 Kingston, PA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Nice spacious rooms
Other Comments
Nice cold towels in the lobby, helped with the heat
Martina Jul 31, 2016 Long Branch, NJ, United States
Enjoyed Most
Great customer service and little extras like wine happy hour in the lobby from 5 - 6. There were a lot of little extras that reminded me why I like the Kimpton chain so much.
Other Comments
Everyone at Kimpton Hotels goes out of their way to make you feel welcome. The room was spacious and clean. The rooftop pool was small but a fun place to hang out.
Betsy Jul 30, 2016 Tai Tam, Hong Kong
Enjoyed Most
Fun pool on the roof! Solid location. Very quiet room.
Other Comments
Even though it was after 3PM, the Lobby was full of people waiting for their room to be ready.
Jeffrey Jul 25, 2016 Glyndon, MD, United States
Enjoyed Most
Other Comments
Good bed, great air conditioning, good water pressure
Carl Jul 21, 2016 Walnutport, PA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Everything was amazing
Other Comments
Just like at a resort
Laurie Jul 19, 2016 greely, ON, Canada
Enjoyed Most
Great hotel;great location
Steve Jul 18, 2016 Perryville, MD, United States
Enjoyed Most
Accommodating staff
Marcia Jul 18, 2016 Columbia, MD, United States
Other Comments
pleased with the hotel, wasn't so great to have to pay 50.00 bucks a day for parking on site.
joseph Jul 11, 2016 englewood, NJ, United States
Enjoyed Most
The staff here were amazing- very professional and accomodating.
Other Comments
We spent Saturday by the pool and it was very lively. Try to get there by noon in order to get a chair. We loved being able to order drinks and food as we lounged on the rooftop.
Leah Jun 27, 2016 Richmond, VA, United States

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