Like all Kimpton hotels, The Donovan is known for its hipness, newly played up in a 2014 re-design of guest rooms. Today guests sleep in a luxe and sexy niche in the room, created by the deep-purple wraparound bedstead of platform, headboard, and canopy. A faux snakeskin bench now sits below the television inset in the wall. Rooms range in size from 220 to 585 square feet. Best rooms are the largest ones, the king premiers, with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Thomas Circle and the John Russell Pope–designed National Christian Church on the other side of the circle. The Donovan is a good pick for couples and solo travelers, but not so much for families, especially in summer when the rooftop pool closes at 5pm and the rooftop bar opens. DNV, as the bar is called (for “Damn Nice View”), attracts local partiers, who crowd the elevators each night on their way to and from the bar. But do try the hotel’s first-floor restaurant Zentan, which serves pan-Asian tapas with an international flair.
- Elise Hartman Ford