The story behind our luxury DC hotel
A free Black man born in the 1730s, Benjamin Banneker was a man of many talents: almanac author, farmer, advocate for civil rights, mathematics enthusiast, and more. Today, he is largely remembered for using astronomical observations to help survey the land that would become the nation’s capital — particularly the Meridian Line, now known as 16th Street NW, where the Kimpton Banneker Hotel is located.
Located just above Scott Circle on a historic street in downtown DC, our 10-story building draws in passersby through the ground-floor French bistro, Le Sel, whose energy spills onto the sidewalk. Adjacent to this day-and-night hub of the hotel, the lobby living room radiates an elegance-meets-urban vibe, anchored by edgy artwork, bold design statements, and rich materials. Upstairs, a rooftop bar known as Lady Bird offers unbeatable views of the White House and Washington Monument.
For service that exudes warmth, spacious guest rooms, inviting design, and a location ideal for exploring the city, a stay at the Banneker is written in the stars.