We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Quaint and Quirky” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Tabard Inn

We can't find prices for this hotel
Our online travel partners don't provide prices for this hotel, but we can search other options in Washington DC
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Tabard Inn
Save Saved
You added Tabard Inn to your Saves list
1739 N St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)   |  
  |  
Hotel website
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #97 of 130 hotels in Washington DC
Knoxville, TN
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Quaint and Quirky”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

The Good:

Nestled among small embassies on picturesque N Street, the Inn is ideally located near Dupont Circle, providing easy access to the Metro, shopping and eating. (In fact, the restaurant on the premises is a huge draw for locals and tourists, too). The furnishings in the rooms and throughout the structure are an eclectic assortment of antiques, or in the shabby chic style. Interesting posters, paintings, and old photos adorn the walls of the two lounges, the hallways and the rooms, giving the whole environment a well-worn and welcoming feel (like an old, favorite leather coat).

The complimentary breakfast is excellent.

The Bad:

Four floors (around 50 stairs from lobby to the top) with no ability to designate the exact room you want. According to the website, you choose the category of room and they'll choose the room number. We got room #44, with two windows giving a view of the alley behind the Inn and the parking lots for associations, committees, embassies, etc.

The bathroom had two features worth mentioning: First, the shower head that came directly out of the ceiling and the only thing to keep the water from splashing all over the bathroom was a curtain that did not reach to the floor. The result was a watery mess that necessitated the use of a squeegee to help the floor dry if you later needed to use the sink or the toilet; second, if you do need to use the toilet and are particular about privacy, then it might be uncomfortable since the bathroom walls do not reach the ceiling, and so the space is more of a small, fancy stall rather than a room (see pics).

After 5pm, this Inn is constantly packed with locals and the meeting rooms are filled with groups who have reserved private parties. The lounges and the restaurant are big draws working hours, so if you want dessert in one of the lounges or dinner, get there early or make a reservation (dinner service begins at 6pm). The food is worth the trouble. If you love constant company, then the crowd is not a bad thing, but if you are looking for solitude, this ain't the place.

The Ugly:

Our location at the back of the Inn meant that we heard the occasional garbage truck come to empty the dumpsters constantly being filled with bottles and trash from the very popular restaurant. Also, either very late Friday night or very early Saturday, we were awakened by an impromptu and premature Mardis Gras celebration in one of the lots below. I thought they might scream, shout and dance until Fat Tuesday, but after an hour or so they broke up and dissolved into the night.

No television or coffee maker in the room.

All in all, the Inn is enjoyable and would be perfect if you can pick your room (I heard that the rooms over the small lounge are best for privacy).

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 4
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

197 people have reviewed this hotel

Traveler rating
    67
    59
    35
    23
    13
See reviews for
25
60
22
43
Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (49)
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2011

Hotel is wonderful, with gorgeous rooms, good old fashioned feel, excellent restaurant, in the middle of everything one needs in DC. I was in DC for two nights for conference, and decided to stay away from convention hotel. Room was spectacular, antique furniture, clean, great bed, huge bathroom with a great shower. Room doesn't have TV, and I am glad for it, but the wireless internet is there and it is free. The restaurant has a complimentary continental breakfast. I would recommend house made granola. We also had a dinner in the restaurant, and it was packed. Furthermore, although I didn't try, Sunday weekend brunch seems to attract a lot of crowd as well. Minor inconvenience was that guests who took 6 available irons and boards did not return them to the front desk. Would recommend to hotel keeper to keep the track of who takes irons and remind guests to return these asap. Nothing more to complain about this hotel, it was a quite impressive stay.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 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
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Portland, Maine
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

Another wonderful two nights in the Tabard. Got upgraded to a lovely quite room in a corner, spacious and dark. If you are looking for bright lights, traditional hotel, this is NOT for you. If you like something a bit historic and eclectic furniture in your room - you are home. Ate a great meal at dinner and of course the granola and yogurt breakfast is included. All perfect this time.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Winston Salem, NC
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2011

What a great find, recommended to me by a colleague. I needed a place to stay convenient to Dupont Circle to attend meetings. Staff were welcoming, always ready to help. The added convenience of having breakfast in the restaurant(included , but in price) was very nice. The eclectic decor adds to the ambience, and the cozy lounge right outside the restaurant gives an added touch and makes you feel like you are in a small European hotel.

No frills(no TVs), but if you are in Washington, DC, why would you really want to spend time watching TV in a hotel room?

Room Tip: You must call for reservations, just ask attendant
See more room tips
  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Clayton, California
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

Stayed here for business. Its not really a business hotel. The room is great for someone looking to stay in an old studio apartment with hard wood floors and crown molding, and there's free wifi. But there is no TV in the room, the bed was not all that comfortable and frankly too short for my not so long body. The free continental breakfast in the restaurant was good but nothing memorable. The real reason to stay here is that its right in the heart of Dupont and all of its restaurants, bars, and its just a few blocks away from the Dupont Circle metro station.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Foley, Alabama
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2011

The Tabard Inn is a great place to stay in the city, but be far away from the cookie cutter chain hotels. It is the place to stay for a unique and quaint experience. Hospitality is great, food is excellent and atmosphere very welcoming! This was a ladies long weekend trip to experience the city and The Tabard Inn fit the bill.
However, this may not be the place for everyone. If you want a quiet romantic restaurant, it's not for you. The restaurant is small and noisy with an eclectic clientele that creates a warm and boisterous experience. The food was fantastic, and don't skimp on desert. You will walk it off the next day anyway! If you want elevators and pampered luxury, it's not for you. We found brownstone charm but no elevators, only winding staircases which took you to your room, each unique from the next. If you want Jacuzzi tubs, you'll find small bathrooms with charm instead of miles of marble. And if you have to have a TV in your room, it's rumored they have one that can be taken to your room but why watch TV when you can find someone famous in the restaurant?
All in all, a great experience and a very memorable stay!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Pittsburgh, PA
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2011

This Inn is so perfect. In Dupont Circle on a charming street you are always welcomed to a wonderful setting and friendly staff. The rooms are all so different and comfortable that you never know what's in store once you check in. I have not had the opportunity to eat at the restaurant other than the continential breakfast included in the room but I understand the food is excellent. The place is always bustling with people and the bar and restaurant are always packed. I think that speaks for itself. The cozy sitting room is a gathering spot for so many that you feel surrounded by new friends. There's a Metro stop not far from the Inn but it's a great walk to the memorials and Smithsonian if the weather is nice. This was my second visit and I'll be back.

Room Tip: Some of the room have a shared bath. Make sure you request what you need.
See more room tips
  • Stayed October 2011, 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
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Price Your Stay

Been to Tabard Inn? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Tabard Inn

Address: 1739 N St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
Phone Number:
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Dupont Circle
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #97 of 130 hotels in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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 

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Tabard Inn, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.