Serene Family-friendly Neighborhood.
My 10-year-old daughter and I stayed two nights at the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel in December; it was our first time staying at a Kimpton Hotel.
Check in time at the hotel is at 3:00PM. Due to train delays we arrived around 4PM. I decided to take Amtrak to D.C. instead of driving my car. There is valet parking for $35 + tax per night if you do have a car. There is also a complimentary shuttle to the Woodley Park Metro station, Georgetown University, American University, and Georgetown University Hospital. We didn’t use the shuttle, but it was nice to know that it was there.
We have been to D.C. on many occasions but we have never stayed in the Glover Park neighborhood. Since I didn’t know too much about the area my first night I people watched out of my window. I saw people from all walks of life walking, talking and enjoying life. So the next day I decided that we were going to venture out as well. We walked 4 to 5 blocks to check out our surrounding and were pleasantly surprised. The neighborhood has parks, restaurants, grocery stores, houses, apartments, offices and schools all within walking distance. I feared that we might have to catch an Uber to get a good, affordable meal, but we didn’t, which took a lot of stress off of me.
The decor is very stylish and updated inside and out. The two front desk staff members, Amanda and Monica, were very professional, pleasant and helpful, and they were awaiting our arrival.
Once we received out room key got on the elevator we noticed that it was roomy and required a key to get to your designated floor, which made us feel safe. The hotel was very quiet as we walked through the halls, and we didn’t hear any other guests.
Once we got to our room we notice how spacious and clean and comfortable it was. Our room had a good size window looking over the street. The room had two queen size beds in it. My daughter sat on one of the bed and stated that it was hard. I had to explain to her that it was a memory foam mattress. (The pillows were memory foam too.) I don’t think she is a fan of memory form bedding -- no belly flops for her. I did notice that there was no extra bedding in the room, and I had to request a few things.
I loved that that the rooms have multiple USB ports and plugs on the side of the dressers. That’s a big plus for families traveling with lots of electronics. The room décor is very stylish. There are no fridges or microwaves in the rooms, which is an amenity that I like to have when I stay in hotels with my daughter. But each room does have the business essentials like an iron, iron board and an umbrella to be used during your stay.
I love a hotel that has a restaurant in it! Casolare is the restaurant at the Glover Park Hotel. We ate there for dinner, and it was very good. It is an Italian restaurant, and I’m a fan of Italian food. I loved that it was able to meet my food desires as well as my pizza-loving daughter desires as well. Surprisingly we didn’t order our ordinary cuisine which would be any type of pasta for myself and pepperoni pizza for my little girl. This time I went with the slow cooked salmon, and my daughter had the fettuccine with tomato and basil Sauce. Both dishes were amazing!
The staff was so attentive, pleasant and professional. The prices are moderately priced, and the décor is beautiful. If the weather had been warmer, I would have liked sitting outside on the patio to enjoy the food and neighborhood.
Overall my famaily’s stay at Glover Park Hotel was wonderful.
Even though the Kimpton Glover Park participates in the Kimpton Kids Program, the hotel did feel more business oriented than kid-oriented – especially since there were no other kids around in December. Typically, I look for a pool when traveling with my daughter, but this hotel doesn’t have a pool any other “play” areas. Also, we did not use many of the kid-friendly amenities that that Kimpton advertises, such as a goldfish to take care of, babysitting services and loaner biker, because they did not fit our family’s needs. The in room minibar and a business center with a fee for Internet usage obviously cater more towards business travelers and can honestly be a bit of a hassle for traveling families.
However, despite the few drawbacks mentioned above, I do recommend the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel to parents with kids due to the surrounding parks, restaurants and zoo close by. I will also put this hotel on my personal list places to stay when I’m in Washington D.C.
This review is based on a complimentary visit to Kimpton Glover Park Hotel. These opinions are entirely my own and my daughters’.