DC Hotel near the National Museum of African American History & Culture
In the heart of vibrant Dupont Circle, the Kimpton Banneker Hotel is ideally located for visitors who want to experience Washington DC like a true local.
With a distinguished address blocks from the White House on 16th Street NW, our boutique hotel is minutes from Washington’s iconic monuments and must-see museums.
Been there, done that? The Kimpton Banneker Hotel is walking distance from DC’s buzziest residential neighborhoods too, where you can explore the rich history, eclectic local arts and culture, and noteworthy nightlife of the Nation’s Capital.
Black History Hub
Minutes to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture and the U Street Corridor/Shaw, known as “Black Broadway” in the early 20th century, our DC boutique hotel is ideally located for learning about DC’s Black history and culture.
Visit the African American Civil War Museum and Memorial to learn about the 209,145 Black soldiers who served, then catch a show at the historic Howard Theatre or Lincoln Theatre, two important venues in Black Broadway’s heyday.
Meridian Hill Park
Our namesake Benjamin Banneker was the mathematician, astronomer, and almanac author who helped survey the land that would become the Nation’s Capital—including the Meridian Line, now 16th Street NW, where the Kimpton Banneker Hotel is located.
We love grabbing one of our complimentary yoga mats and taking the 20-minute stroll to Meridian Hill Park which the Meridian Line crosses. Dubbed Malcom X Park by many longtime residents due to its history as a meeting place for civil rights rallies, the 12-acre park has gorgeous views and plenty of space to stretch out.
Local DC Arts and Culture
There’s always something new to discover at the Smithsonian museums and galleries —but don’t skip the local arts and culture scene right outside our door:
- The Dupont-Kalorama Museum Consortium, five neighborhood cultural institutions, including
- The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art. (Hello, Picasso!)
- First Friday Dupont, when Dupont Circle art galleries open new exhibitions on the first Friday of the month
- DC Alley Museum, showcasing outdoor murals by DC artists in Blagden Alley.
- Capital Pride, DC’s annual LGBTQ+ pride celebration in June—the lively parade and street festival are just a few blocks away!
- Kramers, the Dupont Circle bookstore and café where you can pick up the latest bestsellers and books by DC authors and journalists.
On-Property Art + Events
You don’t have to venture off property to experience DC’s local art scene, because the Kimpton Banneker Hotel has curated works by DC-based artists others whose works are on display at museums in Washington DC and nationwide.
Plus, you can join us each month for First Fridays Artist Talk Series produced by Komuna Foundation and learn more about featured local artists.
Art you’ll find in our hotel includes works by: Tilt, Emon Surakitkoson, Ding Ren, Brooks Burn, Patty Carroll, Rob Matthews, Meg Biram, Susanna Raab, Jose Romussi, Lori Katz, Madeline Stratton, Annie Broderick, Victor Ekpuk, JCT Li, Claudia Aziza, Dina Dee, and Justin Solomon.