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“Wonderful place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cardozo Guest House

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Cardozo Guest House
13th and T. Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20009 (Capitol Hill)   |  
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Ranked #18 of 50 Washington DC B&B and Inns
Hampton Roads
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“Wonderful place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

The stay was wonderful and the accomadations were great. I stayed in the duxbury room (very clean and comfortable) If your looking for something in the heart of the city without the clutter and hassle of hotels and busy streets, this is a great place. It is very close to the metro and quite accessible and walkable in almost any direction. However, be aware that you are still in the city and there are still "tougher" areas in the surrounding area. I am not holding anything against the guesthouse but I parked my car in the ally parking spot behind the guesthouse and my rear window was shattered and multiple items taken from my vehicle. This really shouldn't be a deterrent to getting a room just, I would be cautious about what you leave in your car and where you are at all times, as I lost sight of that while there.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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East Palo Alto, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

My friend and I stayed in the 3rd floor (walk-up) suite for four nights away from work and stress. (Note: Be prepared for narrow stairs and no elevator, just as described.) The house is beautifully set-up with huge bedroom and even huger bathroom with jacuzzi (a super plus selling point) and just 2 blocks from the subway and U Street. The street was mostly quiet except for garbage pickup morning and some late night activity, but that is part of what is expected from a neighborhood home as opposed to a sterile hotel and only added to the charm. Probably the best part of staying at the Cardozo Guest House was discovering the U Street Corridor - this was a completly unknown area to me until now. The neighborhood has a rich history - which you can learn by visiting the excellent restaurant/local haunt, Busboys and Poets, just off U Street with lots of great eating and drinking spots just a few steps away. The Bohemian Cavern was another fabulous find; we visited on open mic night and had a fabulous evening as part of a community. All of DC is within 15-20 minutes Metro ride on uncrowded subway cars, but coming "home" after sightseeing was so much nicer than returning to a hotel. I will definitely plan to stay here again when I am next in the area - a truly unique experience that added substantially to my romantic getaway.

Room Tip: We stayed on the 3rd floor - totally private and secluded. Tons of space and mostly quiet. Jacuzzi w...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Brooklyn, New York
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

I'm not one for interaction with strangers, especially early in the morning. This B&B didn't come with the 'Breakfast', but given the U Street Cafe just around the corner whenever I wanted, that was fine. The subway was nearby, though most nights we walked through Dupont Circle to get back (not too long a walk for New Yorkers used to trekking 40 blocks at a go).

The neighborhood was exceedingly charming, filled with small, neat brick houses. Two blocks away on the main drag was all the nightlife we could've wanted, if we weren't worn out by walking all day.

I only saw another boarder once, and never formally met the owner. For me, that was an added bonus - once you get your key via the instructions, you're out and about on your own. Unlike most B&Bs, we didn't have to worry about check-in times or curfews.

We had the Pembroke room, the smallest available. With pleasant window views, this was plenty large enough for two. It had the benefit/downside of the bathroom being just out the door; as it's a shared bathroom we occasionally 'competed' with others for use, a minor annoyance.

This room sits just off the top of a long flight of stairs, potentially problematic for anyone with leg pains, but not too bad for us after a day of walking. Another potential issue for those with leg/balance problems was the steep shower with no slip guard. Not a problem for me, but something I noticed.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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usa
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

spent a week in DC, 1st time and stayed in the Norwell room which was magnificent. minute walk to Metro Plenty of restaurants walking distance for breakfast. Bens Chilis a must for breakfast or lunch. Secure neighborhood and with the Metro so close by were able to visit all of DC with no hassles driving or parking. Will return in the future!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Florence, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

We were in Washington for 3 days and the Cardozo Guest Houese was a very good solution to stay there. It is located in a very good area where we can find a lot of restaurants and bar, and the area is very safed. Very near from the subway station.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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montana
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We chose this Apartment rental in the Cordoza Guest House for convenience of it's awesome location, which was the only thing nice I can say about it. I do not leave a bad review unless deserving and this place was,as you can see by enlarging photos, fully deserving of this review.
I can't speak for rooms upstairs in guest house. The major factor in choosing the Apt vs a room was the kitchen, washer/dryer convenience.
As explained before our arrival, I have some trouble walking and questioned " a few stairs" w/ management company.They repeated " just a few steps." The steps were a semi circular staircase with very narrow foot room and no hand rails going down 7-8 of them making it someone with walking challenges of any kind, difficult.No where to hang on anywhere.
Upon entering unit, the smell of mildew, mold was present and was warm and stuffy, we opened two of the side windows behind bed to "air out" room. We did exactly what any traveler does, we looked around place expecting to unpack and start our weeks vacation!
We tried to familiarize our selves w/ kitchen and bath and were taken back by the dirty conditions and immediately phoned the management company who handles the property.
We explained the garbage left by other guests that hadn't been removed, dirty shower,dirty bathroom sink w/ leftover toothpaste spit and no clean area to unpack bathroom toiletries etc., because vanity shelves disgusting as even a dental pick was left behind.
The management company was not believing us, said they would get back to us in a few moments. Returning our call we were told housekeeper thought we were arriving next day and apologized, stated maid would come in and get it done. We agreed and went to dinner allowing time for her to complete.
When we returned from dinner and coffee approx 3 hours later, nothing had been touched.Even garbage was still there. They said they would credit us for the night and maid would be in tomorrow to make sure apt would get done. Okay, but gross to stay, at least bed linens were changed otherwise we wouldn't have.Took it upon self to clean shower, toilet and sink for use for the night while in tears.
Next day, went out sightseeing, came back at about 8:30 pm and were furious nothing was cleaned except trash emptied and new towels hung! They had questioned our integrity again and stated maid said it was completed.We sent him a few pics of what we were talking about. He stated he would gladly refund our money since they were not going to be able to "meet OUR standards", we should call him back and let him know if we were going to vacate.As it was nearing 10:00 pm, we were exhausted and frustrated beyond measure, we decided to sleep there one more night as we then had to scour internet to find new place to go.
The maid left us a couple notes as if we were stupid as to why we should shut the windows for more cool, but the smell of mildew was still overwhelming after a short time of being in room and had nothing to do with the room being "cool". Also, there was a metal trash can for use which we knew, but told US not to use garbage in the cabinet area, like the garbage was ours!
We kept the pics of what we sent management company to show "OUR STANDARDS" were not unreasonable,(approx.14 pics,hope they all loaded as this is the first time I have done this) and will let viewers determine their standards before booking here.
We moved out first thing in morning and this place cost us approx another $500.for last minute booking and no weekly rate since 7 night stay was impossible for any discounts.Travelers beware.You can tell by freezer door pic alone this place is never cleaned properly.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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bnbaccomDC, Manager at Cardozo Guest House, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
It is clear these guests were unhappy with their stay. We tried to work hard on addressing their issues, but in the end, the only remedy left was to let them find accommodations that met their needs and refund their full stay. There were more than a handful of reasons/ issues this guest expressed dissatisfaction with. Our first reaction was to offer a choice of several alternative accommodations or a full refund. Both of these options were turned down. We then offered to have the housekeeping return and correct the issues of cleanliness, and offered make to the first nights stay complimentary. Upon their return, again unhappy with the apartment, we again offered a full refund, or to move to one of the other units. This was turned down again. They requested the housekeeper return again to correct a new list of issues. When they returned at the end of the second day, again unhappy with the cleanliness of the apartment, it was clear we were not going to be able to satisfy them. We then recommended that they seek accommodations where they would be happy, and that we would provide them a full refund. Given the time (it was about 7pm) they were welcome to stay the second night and relocate in the morning if they needed this time.

Looking at previous reviews of the property, cleanliness is consistently rated at 4 or 5 stars. Of course the housekeeper is not infallible, which is how we approached this guests concern. It is true we were surprised to hear the apartment had cleanliness issues, but it did not prevent us from having the housekeeper return to attempt to correct the issues. Upon review, we have noted that over the 5 years of reviews, cleanliness concerns have happened in the apartment 3 times (2011 and 2009). The owner has reviewed this with the housekeeper, and implemented revisions to the checklists putting more scrutiny on the apartment. As the reservation service, we have also made adjustments to ask more specific questions of a guests needs with regard to the steps. There are exactly 6 stairs, and they do make a turn for the last 3. This guest did ask about the number of stairs, but did not indicate their level of mobility challenges, however, we could have asked for more clarification, and will in the future.
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We stayed at the Cardoza Guest House while visiting our son in Columbia Heights.
Great location to his place, the U Street stop on the Metro, restaurants.
The house is well maintained with an interesting African art collection.
It is our first experience at a DC B&B and we will certainly look forward to using this location again on our next visit.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 13th and T. Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Capitol Hill
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Ranked #18 of 50 B&Bs / Inns in Washington DC
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Simple and comfortable, the Cardozo Guest House may be the perfect accommodation for your stay in Washington. This Guest House offers four guest rooms or a small studio apartment. Three guest rooms are located on the second floor and share a hall bath. The fourth guest room on the third floor has a private Jacuzzi bath. The Studio apartment is garden or English basement level with a private entrance. The Guest House is two blocks from the Green Line U. Street/Cardozo Metro station. Many restaurants, shops and evening entertainment options are within easy walking distance. ... more   less 

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