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Before and After: The Donovan House in D.C. Get Kimpton-ized

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  Site Where: 1155 14th St Nw [map], Washington, DC, United States, 20005
June 23, 2014 at 5:21 PM | by | ()

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

The Donovan House in Washington, DC started life as a Thompson Hotel (and before that, a Holiday Inn) but now, under the Kimpton Hotels flag, the hotel has gotten well, Kimpton-ized.

Above is how the Donovan House looked at the height of its Thompson times. Pretty standard, but still rico suave. Now, click below to see what the rooms look like today after a multi-million dollar renovation of all rooms and suites.

Whoa. Futuristic canopy beds!

Boston-based design firm, CBT, handled the ultra-modern makeover and kept business travelers in the front of their mind when redoing the rooms. Apparently, only some rooms had desks in the Donovan House. Now, every room as a dedicated workspace with flip-up out outlets and USB sockets. On each desk is also a Humanscale Horizon LED task light, which is a part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. And remember, you get free WiFi when you join Kimpton's InTouch loyalty program.

But it's not all work and no play at Donovan House. Here are some other "fun" design details:

Travelers can relax in canopy beds swathed in Kimpton's signature zebra print Frette sheets and topped with a decorative rust throw pillow while watching a new 55-inch inset television. The décor is minimalistic and adorned with a single circular black and white print of the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.

So does anything from the Thompson days remain? Yes, the cocoon spiral showers are still keeping it sexy in each room.

Rates for this weekend start at around $200. That's actually the same price you'll pay over Fourth of July weekend as well. Boom!

[Before Photo: The Flying Mermaid; After Photo: Kimpton Hotels]

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