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76 out of 100

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The Royal Sonesta Washington DC Dupont Circle

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8.7

Good (8,567 ratings)

Washington, United States - 

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280 m Dupont Circle

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1.33 km George Washington University

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500 m Smithsonian Institution

Hotel Overview

The Royal Sonesta Washington DC Dupont Circle is renowned for its prime location, just moments from iconic attractions and bustling nightlife. This upscale hotel captivates guests with its blend of modern amenities, striking design, and exceptional service. Based on user reviews, it embodies a perfect mix of convenience and luxury for both leisure and business travelers.

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Hotel highlights

Property

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Location

  1. Prime Location: Ideally situated near major attractions and nightlife.
  2. Modern Amenities: Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.
  3. Exceptional Service: Staff noted for their professionalism and warmth.
  4. Striking Design: Aesthetic appeal in both common areas and accommodations.
  5. Comfortable Rooms: Rooms praised for their comfort and cleanliness.
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Area for improvement

Bathroom

Air Conditioning

Accessibility

  1. Limited On-Site Dining: Few dining options available within the hotel.
  2. Parking Issues: Challenges with parking availability and cost.
  3. Noisy Environments: Some areas are prone to noise, affecting the tranquility.
  4. Additional Fees: Concerns over unexpected charges for amenities and services.
  5. Room Size: Some guests find the rooms smaller than expected.

Amenities

Breakfast available

Breakfast available

Pool

Parking available

Parking available

Pet friendly

Pet friendly

Air conditioning

Air conditioning

Restaurant

Bar

Free WiFi

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Total 8,567 Reviews

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RateScore is average rating from most popular providers

Blended Web Rating

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4.2/5

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4.5/5

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agoda

65 Reviews

8.2 / 10

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booking

482 Reviews

7.4 / 10

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expedia

1,002 Reviews

8.2 / 10

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google

1,801 Reviews

4.2 / 5

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tripadvisor

5,217 Reviews

4.5 / 5

Reviews

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Words are aggregated from hotel reviews across the web and listed by the most mentions.

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Property was mentioned 592 times

13% Negative82% Positive

Reviews based on Property

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Christopher A1 month ago

Key was welcoming, efficient, friendly, and very accommodating. She coolly handled a rush of guests ahead of me and got us all checked in without delay. She’s a great first impression to a new brand for me. The property has done a great job of updating the number of hotels that used to occupy the space.

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Jovonne Ngwu1 month ago
2/5Google icon

Preface: I stayed at the new Royal Sonesta on Capitol Hill and had such an amazing experience and figured I’d stay here for my next work trip since it’s the same chain. DuPont Circle and Capitol Hill are like two entirely different worlds. Service: I was visibly struggling with my bags when I arrived and there wasn’t a bellhop on site nor did the people that checked me in offered to call one. When I arrived to check in, the two people continued their conversation, never greeted me and simply asked if I was checking in or out. I’ve never felt so insignificant and it was completely different from the warm welcome I received at Capitol Hill. I had dinner at the Capitol Hill location and attempted to change hotels but it was too late and the wonderful representative hugged me because she felt so bad and could attest to the horrible customer service here at DuPont and I’m stuck here 5 more nights. Room: It’s spacious, the bathroom needs a facelift and the lights flicker. Layout is a little funky as the closet doors must be closed in order to get out my room. Sliding doors would be better if they intend on updating. The huge mirror is nice too. Amenities: The hotel is old, but many are in DC so it’s never an issue for me. The gym was fairly well equipped although it was dark and they called it “The Sculpting Room” - weird. I only had breakfast at the restaurant and the options were eh. I settled on avocado toast and the avocado was browning. You’re not gonna serve me brown avocado for 18$. Overall, I’m dreading the remainder of my stay all because I assumed there would be consistency in the level of service and consideration I received at their newer location and that couldn’t be further from the truth. And it truly sucks because DuPont Circle is a great area with many things to do. Honorable Mentions: - front door doesn’t work - handicap door inoperable - Ty is sweetheart (worked Sunday night -graveyard shift?) - gym towels in cooler look and smelled ancient and water dispenser had seen better days Update: I was contacted and spoke with the director of rooms, Miguel, and I specified that the level of service here was not consistent with their sister and namesake property. I was promised two nights stay worth of points (I still down have them as of 12/19/2023) as I really just wanted to stay at the other location but he told me that wasn’t possible. His solution was providing a “tune down” which consisted of someone coming in after housekeeping to provide Voss water, treats, and rearrange my pillows. I just wanted the people upfront to not look like they hated their jobs so it didn’t move me much. It seemed like the only thing that mattered was me changing my review. Update 2: Tunde Sodeeq reached out to me and helped me get what I was originally promised- two nights at any Royal Sonesta by way of points to my Travel Pass account. Additionally he did offer to ensure my stay is more comfortable the next time I visit, however I assured him I won’t be staying at RS DuPont Circle because it shouldn’t take a bad review to fix a known problem within an organization. As I found out a couple of the employees allegedly no longer work there. Thank you to Tunde and his manager for their willingness to rectify the situation far after my visit.

Hotel Quality

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General Info

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Total number of rooms 335

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Number of buildings/towers 1

WiFi Quality

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Idle

13

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213

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34

Wifi Speed Is Good For

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web browsing

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HD online movies

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group video calls

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4K online movies

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Location Area Map

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What's nearby

Dupont Circle

280 m

George Washington University

1.33 km

Smithsonian Institution

500 m

Kennedy Center

1 km

White House

1.5 km

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Getting around

Dupont Circle Station

280 m

Alexandria Station

7 km

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Airports Nearby

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

9 km

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Restaurants

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

350 m

Starbucks

350 m

The Admiral

210 m

Fred & Stilla

210 m

Sweetgreen

280 m

Street View

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Daytime safety

63 out of 100

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Nighttime safety

36 out of 100

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Washington safety index

Safety

Crime

76

Overall Safety Index

Safe

An average rating of the six safety categories

76 out of 100

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Women safety

Risky

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Likelihood of inappropriate behavior against women.

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53

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Physical safety

Safe

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Likelihood of injury due to harmful intent.

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62

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Property safety

Safe

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Likelihood of theft.

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74

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Political safety

Safe

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Potential for infringement of political rights or political unrest.

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64

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LGBTQ safety

Very Safe

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Likelihood of harm or discrimination against LGBTQ persons or groups and level of caution required at location.

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100

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Medical safety

Very Safe

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Likelihood of illness or disease, assessment of water and air quality, and access to reliable medical care.

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100

61

Overall Crime index

High

An average rating of the crime categories

61 out of 100

Property crime severity

High

65

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Mugging or robbery  59/100

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Car theft  53/100

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Car break-ins  66/100

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Home break-ins  54/100

Violent crime severity

High

65

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Physical attacks  59/100

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Racism or religion motivated attacks  46/100

Other crime severity

High

71

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Insult or harassment in public  62/100

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Corruption or bribery  57/100

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Drug problem  66/100

Prices Around Property

Average Daily Costs Per Person

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Bottle of water 1.5L

$1.4 - $3.5

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Coffee

$3.7 - $8.2

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Beer 0.5L

$1.6 - $4.6

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Meal, inexpensive restaurant

$18.3 - $45.8

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Public transport, one-way ticket

$1.8 - $4.1

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Taxi 1km (normal tariff)

$1.7 - $2.8

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Meal for 2 people, mid-range restaurant, three-course

$73.3 - $229

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Bottle of mid-range wine

$11 - $27.5

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McMeal at McDonalds

$8.2 - $13.7

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Coke/Pepsi 0.33L

$1.8 - $4.6

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Public transport, monthly pass

$64.1 - $164.9

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Gasoline (1 liter)

$0.8 - $1.2

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Mobile phone monthly plan

$39.4 - $100.8

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Fitness club, monthly fee

$55 - $182.3

Weather In Washington

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Air Quality

Moderate

PM2.57

PM1015

42

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Slight concern for sensitive groups. Most can continue outdoor activities.

Drinkable Water Quality

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Fair

Water may have some problems, not recommended for daily consumption.

Traffic around property

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Heavy

Potential slowdowns and congestion, expect delays during peak travel times.

House Rules

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Check in after 16:00

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Check out until 11:00

Children welcome

Pets welcome (restrictions apply)

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