Washington, DC, United States

The Dupont Circle Hotel

Rates from (inc tax)$219.00

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21USD), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Capital class


Heart of Northwest DC

As slick as a top politician, The Dupont Circle Hotel in Washington, DC, is modern and masculine with one of the best addresses in the nation’s capital. Snag a room facing the Circle, if possible, but all of the rooms are well-groomed and spacious. The marble lobby is a perfect place to conduct clandestine meetings, while the dark-wooded Bar Dupont is where you’ll go for a celebratory drink after the deal is made.

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Need to know


327, including 15 suites.


Noon, but Smith guests can extend check-outs to 3pm at no extra charge, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $219.00, excluding tax at 14.5 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (USD250.76), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (from $5).

At the hotel

Gym, free WiFi throughout; valet parking. In rooms: flatscreen TV, radio, iPod dock, Aromatherapy toiletries, heated bathroom floors.

Our favourite rooms

If you’re splurging, opt for a room on Level Nine, a floorful of VIP extras, including a self-service bar and lounge, and a dedicated concierge. The rooms on this storey are the only ones with bath tubs, and most have glass balconies too. Grand Deluxe rooms such as 718 and 719 overlook the Circle.

Packing tips

Bring a reusable tote bag: the city’s best farmers’ market sets up just a block from the hotel on Sunday mornings.


Cats and dogs under 50lb are welcome; the hotel provides dog beds, bowls and treats.


Cribs are available free of charge. Rollaway beds can be added to select rooms for $35 per night. The café hands out colouring books and serves a menu of petite-palate pleasers dishes such as chicken fingers, mini burgers and pasta with tomato sauce.

Food and Drink


Top Table

Take a spot by the windows for the best light (and breezes, when the windows are open). Otherwise, take a cue from the lobbyists who frequent the brasserie, and seek out a booth.

Dress Code

Stylish, but not too revealing: you never know when a diplomat might walk in.

Hotel restaurant

In warm weather, the staff at Café Dupont roll back the glass doors to offer semi-alfresco dining as well as patio space. The kitchen prepares brasserie-style dishes, including large pots of garlicky mussels, a juicy burger and roasted lamb with baby leeks. Start with a cheese-and-charcuterie board, piled with excellent options from Cowgirl Creamery.

Hotel bar

Scotch drinkers should tap into the 30-plus selection of single-malt Scotches. Signature drinks include the Honey Pear, which is made with sparkling wine and prickly pear puree, and a maple-syrup-spiked sour. The bar also serves oysters, cheese plates and sandwiches.

Last orders

The Bar serves until 1am each night, but you should arrive early to steal a spot on the patio. Breakfast is served in the restaurant from 6:30am until 11am, and dinner is available until 11pm.

Room service

Soups, sandwiches, salads and steak are all available for delivery to your room.


The Dupont Circle Hotel
1500 New Hampshire Ave., NW
United States


The nearest airport is Ronald Reagan, six miles from the hotel. The airport operates flights to New York, Miami and Los Angeles. The drive should take 15 minutes. Dulles International Airport, 35 miles away, serves most major international cities.


Union Station, two miles away, is a major rail hub along the Eastern Seaboard for Amtrak. It is also the destination for Maryland’s regional MARC train, which travels to Baltimore.


Driving in Washington can be confusing, especially in the perpetually crowded neighbourhood of Dupont Circle. If you do choose to drive yourself, the hotel offers valet parking for US$20 a day, US$38 overnight (plus tax).

Worth getting out of bed for

Washington is America’s playground, and you can spend endless hours examining the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other historic documents at the National Archives (+1 866 272 6272; www.archives.gov), visiting the Capitol and popping into the various Smithsonian museums to see treasures such as the Hope Diamond (mnh.si.edu), the Spirit of Saint Louis (airandspace.si.edu) and Julia Child’s kitchen (americanhistory.si.edu). Though the monuments to Washington, Lincoln and Jefferson get the most attention, don’t miss the majestic World War II Memorial, the reflective Vietnam Veterans Memorial or the tribute to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Off the Mall and closer to the hotel, visit the Phillips Collection (www.phillipscollection.org) for an impressive array of Impressionist art – including Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party – in a converted Dupont Circle mansion. Be sure to visit the Collection’s Rothko Room, a tiny space lined with the painter’s works and a single bench in the middle from which to admire them all.

Local restaurants

Dupont Circle is a hub for great restaurants. Make reservations well in advance for a table at stellar Greek-inspired Komi, two blocks from the hotel. One of the best on the East Coast, the restaurant serves up a slew of oft-changing small plates that could include an upscale take on the half-smoke, Washington’s version of a hot dog (+1 202 332 9200; komirestaurant.com). Just below Komi, chef-owner Johnny Monis travels to Northern Thailand at the trendy Little Serow, which only takes walk-in patrons (www.littleserow.com). The prix-fixe menu doesn’t hold back on spice, but adds herbs and sour flavors of the region. On the south side of Dupont, Pizzeria Paradiso fires up excellent pizzas, which it can serve on its spacious patio with a long list of microbrews (+1 202 223 1245; www.eatyourpizza.com). A five-minute cab-ride away, the bright Rasika West End serves award-winning modern Indian dishes in a dining room set around a reimagined banyan tree (+1 202 466 2500; www.rasikarestaurant.com).

Local cafés

A half-block from the hotel, salad shop Sweetgreen mixes vegetable-packed salads using produce from the nearby farmers’ market. In addition to an ultra-seasonal monthly salad, the menu includes a deconstructed guacamole affair with crushed tortilla chips (+1 202 547 9338; www.sweetgreen.com). If you visit the National Mall, skip the hot-dog carts in favour of lunch at Mitsitam inside the National Museum of the American Indian. The cafeteria-style restaurant serves tamale, planked salmon, quinoa and other dishes that represent the cuisine of tribes from across North America (www.mitsitamcafe.com). A few blocks up on 20th Street, Filter (+1 202 234 5837; www.filtercoffeehouse.com) pours some of the city's best coffee, and serves excellent breakfast pastries, including a tart lemon-poppyseed muffin.

Local bars

Walk six blocks from the hotel to claim space at communal picnic tables on the large patio of Standard (www.standarddc.com). The 14th Street watering hole – once a plant nursery – pours Hofbrau and other German beers to go with some of the city’s best burgers and barbecue. Down the street, Black Jack, set above seafood restaurant Pearl Dive, has an indoor bocce court and vintage circus-inspired decor (www.blackjackdc.com).



Anonymous review

Don’t get me wrong – I love a middle-of-nowhere, blissfully disconnected getaway as much as the next city girl. However, in Washington, DC, the only way to stay is smack-dab in the center of things. And the Dupont Circle Hotel, a polished, luxury stay, is located right at the nexus of, well, everything, making for one of the most enviable addresses outside of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Mr Smiths ditched for the weekend, my friend and I escaped for a girlfriends’ getaway. The all-blue skies and blooming cherry blossoms welcome couldn’t have been lovelier. And, our eating, drinking and general leisure agenda couldn’t start soon enough. DC may be a high-powered city but it’s also one that understands the value of large green spaces, early happy hours and plenty of outdoor seating – all of which we planned to take abundant advantage.

Upon check-in, it quickly became apparent that meeting our every indulgent agenda item this weekend would not be a problem as everyone was exceedingly (almost disturbingly) nice and helpful. Perhaps it’s because we’re from New York, but the staff seemed suspiciously accommodating – from the sunny receptionist who informed us that of course our room was available at 11am on the dot, to the staffer who left his post to help us track down a copy of that day’s paper.

Our second wonderful realization of the day was the hotel’s proximity to just about anything – an almost-impossible feat in a city actually designed to confuse an invading army with its roundabouts and distinct lack of a grid. Set on well-heeled Dupont Circle, the hotel is a straight shot from the Mall and a leisurely walk to the buzzy bars and restaurants of U Street and Logan Circle, not to mention a hop and a skip from Dupont favorites.

Bags deposited in our tranquil, elegantly modern room with its grey textured walls, shapely white lamps and chic neutral palette, we surveyed our surroundings. Plush bed, large windows and conveniently located outlets should we (heaven forbid) need to plug in our laptops and do a little work. By far the best part of the room though was the shower: a large, spa-like space stocked with lovely Aromatherapy Associates toiletries. A little squirt of said bath potions and we were headed to (where else?) the bar to get in the off-duty mood.

Bar Dupont may be an after-work favorite, but it’s just as good (if not better) during the day, when the light streams in through the huge windows and you can sip a glass of wine while watching the parade of fresh-faced co-eds and tourists outside. It’s also a great spot for scoping out your fellow guests: a mix of dapper European couples (no fanny packs – AKA ‘bum bags’ to the Brits – in sight), young parents with mysteriously well-behaved kids and a few doe-eyed lovers.

Curious, we explored our home for the weekend further (no one said we couldn’t go upstairs), and it became obvious that the Dupont Circle is a full-service hotel frequented by political elite that masquerades as an intimate boutique property. There were ballrooms tucked off the petite, light-filled lobby, as well as a full gym and plenty of helpful staff. We also discovered Level Nine, the swanky hotel-within-a-hotel. Located on (yes) the ninth floor, it’s a slick enclave of suites that each come with deep soaking tubs, private concierge service, and expansive views – mental note to save up for one for next time.

But DC isn’t about staying in, no matter how attractive your hotel. That night, we popped over to U Street for dinner at Estadio, a trendy tapas bar known for its potent cocktails (try the house-made gin and thyme-tonic ) and convivial atmosphere. The next morning, we hopped out of bed and laced up our sneaks for a run down to the National Mall; the combination of the bursting cherry blossoms, crystalline sky and awe-inspiring monuments made for a blissful and restorative outing. High on endorphins, we brunched at the hotel’s Café Dupont: fluffy omelettes, crisp and slender French fries and plenty of strong coffee. From there, we wandered over to Georgetown for a little window-shopping before ending up at Kafe Leopold for late-afternoon wine and pastries. By the time we returned to the hotel, all we wanted was room service and HBO – both of which were readily available and eminently satisfying.

Waking up on an equally picturesque Sunday morning, we ambled over to Filter, the neighborhood’s hipster-cool coffee shop. Sipping our cold brew, we perused the Circle’s popular Sunday farmers market, already packed at 10am. Taste-testing local cheeses and pastries, and ogling the just-picked lettuces, wasn’t enough, though, and we vowed to return when we had time to shop. Next trip, for sure.

In full denial that our luxurious weekend was, in fact, ending, we took a chance and requested a late check-out. Our cynical New York selves were once again surprised by the obliging response – free of charge, of course. So, before heading to Union Station to catch our train, we decided to end the trip as we began it: with one last cocktail (a well-garnished Bloody Mary) and a toast to a most Capital City.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in The Dupont Circle Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The location, the city, and the attention of some of the staff members, the food drinks at the hotel, the great bar cafe atmosphere.

Don’t expect

SPA or relaxing holiday. It's a bustling tourist business hub. The Dupont is not a small pampering getaway.


Stayed on 16 Sep 2016

We loved

The location, the midcentury modern vibe in the bar and lobby, the showers, the friendly front desk staff. The hotel room is ideally situated to easily get to a lot of the main DC attraction - it's not the sort of spot you'll want to hang out in all day.

Don’t expect

Roomy rooms. You'll be inching around the bed.


Stayed on 7 Dec 2015

We loved

The size of the room.

Don’t expect

A small hotel.


Stayed on 10 Oct 2015

We loved

The studio room, personal check-in, guest lounge with open bar for soft drinks/tea/coffee, coffee pod machine and the walk in shower with side jets. Our room had everything needed. Must visit Thunder Burger in Georgetown – best burgers in Washington.


Stayed on 20 Sep 2015

We loved

The location which offers a different perspective on Washington from the usual tourist trail. The staff were friendly and helpful. Being close to local banks and the metro was helpful.

Don’t expect

Large rooms - if like us you have a lot of luggage floor space will be a challenge!


Stayed on 23 Aug 2015

We loved

Location, walkable to anywhere. Do the Segway tour around the sights.

Don’t expect

Cafe type area all around.


Stayed on 21 Aug 2015

We loved

Our room was gorgeous! Very stylish, and (our favorite part) had a heated bathroom floor that you could control the temperature of. Not only that but as a Mr. and Mrs. Smith guest we had a note welcoming us to the hotel by the manager. In our room each night they brought new complimentary water bottles (perfect for exploring the next day). They also had amazing chocolate truffles that were part of the turn down service each night. The hotel is perfectly placed to explore DC and is very close to a Metro stop - very convenient for getting around the city. We absolutely loved it!


Stayed on 8 Jul 2015

We loved

Location and friendly service.

Don’t expect



Stayed on 5 Jul 2015

We loved

Comfortable bed, heated floor in the bathroom, proximity to Metro and restaurants, friendly and informative staff.

Don’t expect

Spacious elevators.


Stayed on 20 Jun 2015

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