The Dupont Circle Hotel is now the sole D.C. property of the Dublin-based hotel company the Doyle Collection, which, in 2013, sold its two other hotels here. Doyle intends to hold on to the Dupont—it spent $52 million on a grand renovation in 2009 to 2010, after all, and in the fall of 2014 completed an extensive overhaul of its three main ballrooms. You’ll hear some Irish accents here, for sure, as well as various languages of the Dupont’s international clientele, some of whom have business at nearby embassies. (Most of the capital’s embassies are headquartered along Massachusetts Avenue in this Dupont Circle neighborhood.) Guest rooms are quite chic, with frosted glass doors separating bathroom from bedroom, wooden blinds on windows, and leather-wrapped headboards on beds. Level Nine is the hotel’s concierge floor, offering the choice of luxury service and suites (glass balconies! hardwood floors!) at an otherwise moderately priced property. No other hotel sits right on Dupont Circle, which is the name not only for the neighborhood but also for the urban park around which the traffic swirls. The park is a performance space in its own right. So don’t miss the chance to sit outside on the terrace of the Café Dupont and enjoy a drink or a meal and watch the goings-on.
- Elise Hartman Ford