1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW
COST: More than $250 per night
A pop art property that isn’t afraid of block color schemes, neon cabinetry, Barbie-doll throw pillows, and even bunk beds, this Kimpton property caters to fans of retro-chic, teenagers, and the young at heart, especially those who enjoy that they can buy Twizzlers in the minibar.
The place is sassy, but the service is anything but: The staff is attentive and ensures that newcomers feel welcome and know about the hotel’s perks, including a champagne hour in the afternoon and movies on the back patio.
As with many Kimpton properties, Hotel Helix features some specialty guest rooms—a few with in-room exercise equipment, some with kitchens, and others with platform beds and bunks for families.