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Back at The Donovan D.C.

December 9, 2015

No fly nöel is not all it’s cracked up to be this year. No airplanes is nice, but local meetings fill the agenda. After one whole week, we’re back in DC, this time at the Donovan. The Donovan is a Kimpton property run by GM Steph Vogel.

1010 at Night

1010 at Night

View from the Donovan

View from the Donovan

No time this trip meant showing up at midnight. Dang. After dinner at Tabard Inn and a nightcap of Japanese Hirsch 16 bourbon at Jack Rose, the water was pretty much essential.

Thank goodness for sparkling water

Thank goodness for sparkling water

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Some of our favorite Kimpton things (thanks Steph): a glass shower, water, and power by the bed.

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Five showerheads for the Donovan and a wish that this trip to DC were not quite so rushed.

General Thomas

General Thomas

Located on Thomas Circle in NW Washington, The Donovan is a Kimpton property in the midst of transformation. Apparently, General Thomas was a Union general.

View from 1010

View from 1010

A warm Kimpton greeting was in store (Steph Vogel runs a tight ship). Room 1010 is very nice.

Have a seat in 1010

Have a seat in 1010

Sitting room with a view

Sitting room with a view

Bedroom 1010

Bedroom 1010

View from the glass shower

View from the glass shower

Not plastic

Not plastic

The rooftop bar has real potential. Ditch the pool and improve the bar selection a notch and this place could cook.

Big plans (spun by Derek himself) to visit Southern Efficiency were thwarted by Monday. What? Eat the Rich was also closed. Because the Derek buildings are all situated next door to each other, Mockingbird Hill became the destination.

The Derek Complex in Shaw

The Derek Complex in Shaw

Ultimately, it was nice to ride the sherry bandwagon for a short hitch. Barman Phil made a delicious Old Fashioned with PX that carried chocolate overtones and reminded us of the Old 48. The pork was delicious.

Our next ill-fated Monday night move was to shlep over to Hank’s Oyster Bar for a bite to eat. Maybe it was an off night, but Hank’s was awful. Service was bad. Food was tasteless. Wine was unavailable. Even the oyster order was flubbed by the waiter (who frankly has no business working the front of the house). The storied bar upstairs was improperly staffed. Done with Hank’s. Cross it off the list.

The night ended on a great note thanks to Jack Rose. Fantastic selection of bourbon. Brittney Roberson was an excellent host.