Kimpton Mason and Rook Hotel, Washington DC

Kimpton Mason and Rook Washington DC

Kimpton Mason and Rook Washington DC

There are 11 Kimpton Hotels in Washington DC, and many fans of the brand love to try them out one by one. Mason and Rook, opened and welcomed into the Kimpton family a mere two years ago, can be found on a quiet side street – steps from DC’s zesty food and entertainment 14th Street District – with a nondescript apartment-like exterior that belies the customary Kimpton panache within.

First Impressions of Mason and Rook

On a residential street, the unassuming Mason and Rook has all the fantastic qualities of the Kimpton Brand, distinguished by a quirky, trendy sense of style, lots of art, eager and cheerful staff, and pet friendly – no matter what size your Fido or honey-bunny. “If your pet fits through the door, we will welcome them in.”

There are two distinct parlors on the main floor – a quieter one closer to the in house restaurant, Radiator, and the other, a “library” featuring shelves of books. The latter buzzes with guests from 5-6 each evening for the wine and popcorn (or other nibbles) hour.

Gold and Silver Chess Set Mason and Rook Hotel DC

Gold and Silver Chess Set Mason and Rook Hotel DC

A gold and silver chess set sits on a mirrored table ringed by plush chairs that are often occupied by competitive players. Apparently, the board’s “Rook” is one explanation for at least part of the hotel’s name.

Rooms and Suites at Kimpton Mason and Rook

Guestroom Mason and Rook Hotel Washington DC

Guestroom Mason and Rook Hotel Washington DC

 

Guestrooms in a palette of earth tones – heather gray and ecru punched up by shades of marigold and moss accents – feature beds with Irish-linen-crisp sheets and pinstripe duvets.

Large bathrooms are 20’s opulent, in black and white marble, dark walls and bright soaking tub in the suites.

Living Room in Guest Suite Mason and Rook DC

Living Room in Guest Suite Mason and Rook DC

One wall in the suite’s living room is blanketed with artwork, and the large grey sectional couch makes for a fantastic laptop retreat.

Food and Drink at Mason and Rook

Coffee Tea Service Mason and Rook Washington DC

Coffee Tea Service Mason and Rook Washington DC

Coffee and Tea is served, complimentary for guests, in the lobby every morning.

Kimpton Wine Hour Mason and Rook DC

Kimpton Wine Hour Mason and Rook DC

Kimpton Hotels are known for their popular wine and nibbles hour every day from 5-6 in the lobby. Meet your fellow travelers – it’s a very social event.

Radiator Restaurant Mason and Rook DC

Radiator Restaurant Mason and Rook DC

In-house restaurant, Radiator, serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner inside and, weather permitting, in a backyard garden patio.

In the summer, the Rooftop Bar and Lounge serves guest lounging by the small rooftop pool.

Amenities at Mason and Rook

Complimentary use of bikes

Small fitness room

Complimentary wine hour every afternoon

Complimentary tea and coffee every morning

Just the Facts

Rooms here are more expensive during the week than on weekends. Summer weekends start at $127, Spring weekdays at $400, and go up to $550. Includes wine hour, coffee/tea, use of bikes.

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Malerie Yolen-Cohen is the Author of newly released cross-country travel guide, Stay On Route 6; Your Guide to All 3562 Miles of Transcontinental Route 6. She contributes frequently to Newsday and New England Boating Magazine (formerly Offshore/Northeast Boating Magazine), with credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Yankee Magazine, Shape.com, Sierra Magazine, Porthole, Paddler and dozens of other publications. Malerie’s focus and specialty is Northeastern US, and she is constantly amazed by the caliber of restaurants and lodging in the unlikeliest places.

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