It’s cherry blossom season in Washington DC, and for families looking for a place to stay, I recommend Kimpton Glover Park Hotel. Close enough to the National Mall, you can gaze at the monuments from your room, but perched atop a hill adjacent to a tree-lined neighborhood bordering Glover Archbold Park allowing you to escape the craziness of the city. And for our family, visiting our daughter at American University, the Kimpton Glover Park was less than two miles from her campus, perfect! Continue reading for more photos and details from our spring break getaway to the Kimpton Glover Park – a back-to-nature retreat in the heart of Washington DC.
Lobby and Living Room
For those coming to Washington DC for the cherry blossoms, the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel is perfect for nature lovers and gardeners. The inviting lobby and front desk area greets guests with organic art created by artist Michele Oka Doner made from or representing the natural world. Of course you’re coming to a hotel for rest and rejuvenation, and the friendly staff at the front desk quickly checked us in and directed us to our room.
The lobby serves as the “living room” for the hotel where guests can relax, grab a book from the shelf, or sip infused water or the signature custom iced tea blend from Capital Teas. The green tea is a blend of organic sencha with cherry, jasmine blossom and rose notes, and can only be found at the Kimpton Glover Park.
In the morning visitors will find coffee during the complementary beverage service, and each evening there’s a hosted wine hour with complimentary glasses of white and red as well as the custom tea for those looking for a non-alcoholic option. On Wednesday’s the hotel brings in local jazz musicians for an intimate Live at 5 performance and on Friday afternoons families can enjoy quality time together with kid-friendly refreshments, games, and perhaps a caricature artist ready on hand.
The boutique hotel has 154 large, spacious guest rooms, and our deluxe king room on the 8th floor overlooked the National Mall and Potomac river. Some of the rooms are even furnished with in-room telescopes, to enjoy the city skyline, or get a close look at the neighbor’s golden retriever who entertained our family with his antics on the porch. Our room featured a king-sized Tempurpedic bed, desk, minifridge, and comfortable couch. In the closet we found robes and a yoga mat to use with the in-room on-demand yoga channel.
Our room was large, approximately 400 square feet, with a calming color scheme of whites and greens, full of natural woods that continued the botanical feel from the lobby. Our view of Washington DC from the room.
While the room was equipped with a Keurig cofee maker, because I’m an early-riser, I trekked down to the lobby in the morning for the complimentary coffee service. Once the family awoke, I brought up coffee for my wife, and complimentary hot chocolate for our teenage daughter.
The fitness center at the Kimpton Glover Park was designed by local DC trainer and gym-owner Graham King. They created a branch of his Urban Athletic Club to serve as the fitness center for the hotel and local community.
The Kimpton Glover Park Urban Athletic Club contains all the usual cardio machines including Precor treadmills and ellipticals, but also strength training equipment you might not expect at a hotel such as squat racks and bumper plates. There’s also a 50′ long turf floor with sleds and ropes. The other unique feature of the Kimpton Glover Park Urban Athletic Club are daily fitness classes and personal training. Including Graham King’s signature Urban Athlete Class, which combines strength, cardio and core into a comprehensive, total body workout. On Friday mornings Graham King and the hotel’s general manager even host a morning boot camp to energize guests for the weekend.
For our family, the highlight of the Kimpton Glover Park stay was its Casolare Restaurant. The restaurant was created by Chef Michael Schlow, named “Best Chef in the Northeast” by the James Beard Foundation. The intimate space focuses on home-style Italian cuisine, specifically from the coastal regions of the country. The menu includes antipasti, wood-fire pizza, and seafood. Casolare was convenient, uncrowded, friendly service, and delicious food!
The kitchen gifted us with Polpette “meatballs” – meatballs in quotes because they were meatless made with peasant bread, pine nuts, and sauce. You would never had guessed they were meatless. We dined on fresh, homemade ravioli, pizza, and seafood before ending our meal with the most delicious pastries filled with a chocolate hazelnut sauce. It was a wonderful, relaxed family meal with good food and good company catching up with our college-girl.
Recreation and Activities
The Kimpton Glover Park wants its guests to get outside and explore the green spaces and surroundings. There’s a complimentary shuttle to the Smithsonian National Zoological Park (i.e., the National Zoo, less than 2 miles away) or the Woodley Park Metro Station that can take you anywhere in DC. And every Kimpton Hotel features complimentary custom PUBLIC bikes you can hop on for a ride around the city.
And if you get lost on the forested trails Glover Archbold Park during your bike ride, just look for the map of Rock Creek Park on the Kimpton’s eight-story façade.
Kimpton’s tenth Washington DC hotel was perfect for getting to and from our daughter’s dorm room at American University, but it’s also handy to Georgetown and all the attractions downtown. Our family loved the smaller boutique hotel, signature Kimpton features (wine hour and bikes), and the fantastic Casolare restaurant. Yes, I think we’ll definitely be back for future visits.
DISCLOSURE: Dave Parfitt was hosted by the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel and received a media rate for accommodations, dinner at the Casolare was paid for by the author. All opinions expressed are also those of the author. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on instagram, twitter and “like” our facebook page too.