Fodor's Expert Review The George
15 E St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001, United States See on Map Fodor's Choice
You won’t forget whose town you’re in, with the George Washington motif throughout this fun and funky, recently renovated boutique hotel—including walls papered with his handwritten inaugural address and pop-art portraits in the lobby and halls. Spacious rooms, proximity to Capitol Hill and Kimpton’s signature perks are some of the many pluses our nation’s first president would—and you will—wholeheartedly approve. Its Bistro Bis restaurant is a Hill go-to for French fare.
YOU SHOULD KNOW As ideally located as it is near Union Station, the George's neighborhood shuts down pretty much in the evening and on weekends. This is not the place to come if you live for nightlife.
The Washington theme continues, with Continental Army blue dominating the sleek, stylish room and brass buttons adorning throw pillows echoing Washington’s military attire. It’s a Kimpton, so you know you have all the perks, including yoga mats in the room, animal print robes, and boutique amenities.
Washington may not have had sparkling marble in his Mount Vernon loos, but that doesn’t stop the George from pampering its guests with big marble bathrooms complete with double black-marble vanities, polished chrome fixtures, and glass-encased showers and soaking tubs.
The sleek, black-and-white lobby, if somewhat sterile, sets the tone for a stylish stay. You’re introduced to George right away, with Pop Art renditions of the No. 1 Founding Father himself. Contemporary sofas and chairs and chrome tables (not to mention, a baby grand) are arranged for lingering.
There is no pool.
In-room spa services promise easy relaxation.
The 24-hour fitness center features state-of-the-art equipment, free weights, cardio machines, yoga mats, and access to men’s and women’s locker rooms (plus hula hoops for the kiddies).
If you're a runner or walker, the nearby National Mall is a great place to stretch your legs among some of the nation's most iconic monuments.
Innovative takes on French classics at Bistro Bis, by a James Beard Award–winning chef, is a Hill favorite, where politicos return again and again.
Bistro Bis has appetizers and cocktails.
The George is located just two blocks from Union Station, where you can catch the metro to farther-flung destinations within the city (or metro to Reagan National Airport). The National Mall and U.S. Capitol are within easy walking distance.
Art and Soul (3-minute walk) serves southern cuisine in a contemporary space--and offers a separate pooch patio menu. The iconic Monocle (7-minute walk), dating from 1960, is where politicos go for (expensive) steak and seafood.
For a different type of tradition, the Dubliner (2-minute walk) has been serving up Irish tipple since 1974. Denton Liquor Bar (14-minute walk) serves old-school drinks in an art deco setting.
WHY WE LIKE IT
We love the George for its playful take on American history—the whimsy and fun of plastering GW’s mug everywhere. You definitely get a sense of place. But it’s Kimpton through and through, with complimentary afternoon wine in the lobby, excellent service, and the evergreen invitation to bring Bowser. And, with its proximity to Union Station, we love the fact we can sashay into town via train or plane and be at our hotel within minutes.
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