We were a group of 4 couples who traveled to DC to see my teenager's marching band perform in the National Memorial Day parade. We enjoyed the apartment - it was decorated nicely, fully equipped kitchen and a good floor plan for us to gather in the evenings to chat and eat. Eva (the owner) was very responsive in advance of our arrival to questions. She had thought of everything as far as the little "needs" you have when traveling: Soaps, dish detergent, laundry detergent, etc. She was also readily available by cell phone for a couple of questions that arose upon arrival. She is very courteous and attentive and lives down stairs/next door.
We had one of our group break her foot just prior to our visit. I was a little surprised upon arrival by the number of steps based up on an inquiry to the owner once we learned of the injury. The age of the steps made the access even more challenging as they were inconsistent in depth and the handrail was a litte shaky from the sidewalk to the unit. In all, there were14 steps to get to the apartment and another 10 steps to get to the main floor. We managed with everyone pitching in to help her, but it was a little overwhelming at first.
The main floor (2nd floor from the street level) of the apartment has one bedroom, one bath, kitchen with an open living/dining room. On the next floor (3rd floor from the street level), there are 3 additional bedrooms and one bath.
Parking is on the street which was only a minor issue. Eva obtained parking permits for us in advance of our stay. We only had trouble locating a spot a couple of times and generally was able to park near the apartment (on the same block) most of the time. We did have to move the car from one side of the street early one morning for street cleaning in order to avoid a fine. Eva was kind enough to make sure we were aware of the rule as we did not notice the signs posted.
You use an access code to enter the apartment, rather than a key. This was very handy as we didn't have to keep up with who had a key each time we left the apartment.
All of the bedding was extremely comfortable. We had more than adequate towels/linens for our stay. Wi-Fi was available.
The location of the apartment is Columbia Heights. The street itself has a mix of property types - some very well maintained and refurbished and a few that looked somewhat neglected. To walk to some of the nearby restaurants, you did pass some apartments/areas that were a bit seedy, but as we were with a large group, we did not feel unsafe.
We only used the metro a couple of times due to our friend's injury. It is just under a 10 minute walk from the apartment.
We enjoyed several of the neighborhood restaurants. Columbia Heights is not on the mainstream for most tourists, so we got the real DC neighborhood experience. One waitress told us that they rarely if ever saw tourists. The food at all of the restaurants was excellent. (Red Rock Pizzaria, Room 211 and Meridian Pint) One evening when the weather turned bad and we were tired from a long day of sightseeing, we ordered in Chinese and it was very good as well.
I would recommend this apartment to others who do not need to be in the immediate downtown/Capitol area. (I would not recommend it for anyone who walks with a cane/crutches, uses as wheelchair or otherwise has issues with stairs)
Owner's responsiveness; neighborhood restuarants; location off the beaten path; historic feel of the apartment, yet nicely decorated.
Accessibility for our injured party member.
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