When I had to be in Washington for a friend's husband's burial at Arlington, with full military honors, I flew there alone, and needed a place to stay as she drove up from another state. The occasion was solemn, I didn't look forward to time alone there, but my welcome at the Tabard Inn helped so much!
If you like inns and B&B's, the more personal, and smaller, unique places to stay, this is a very special place. It's a townhouse near DuPont Circle, and convenient by Metro to everywhere you need to go. I first stayed here in the 1970's, when academics and people traveling on business with non-profits, and international visitors spread the word about the Tabard Inn. And on my return in 2011, I found it still a unique and welcoming place.
The breakfasts (included with your room) are in their locally famous dining room, lunch can be on the bricked patio just outside. And I invited a friend's daughter for dinner, and we talked and had a glass of wine in the tiny library, then dinner in the dining room. It was almost like entertaining at home. A young Washington executive, she had especially wanted to come to the Tabard for dinner. Their Sunday brunch is also celebrated here - among the best in DC, critics say. And on Sunday nights, there's an excellent small jazz combo in the library, where guests can feel very comfortable, alone or with friends.
I'd recommend the Tabard for a relaxed stay in the capital - and at a relative bargain rate for the area. Rooms come either with or without private bath, and even with my private bath and breakfast in May, my corner room, with windows on two sides, was well under $200. It was perfect for my quick trip to Washington and helped make this a memorable few days.
- Also Known As:
- Tabard Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tucked away on quiet side street only five blocks from the White House and steps away from Dupont Circle, Tabard Inn is an old and charming hotel for anyone seeking a European-style oasis on American soil. Our eclectic yet refined atmosphere is the perfect compliment to our award-winning restaurant and bar, weekend jazz sessions, and beautiful, intimate special events. ... more less