I stayed at the Kalorama Guest House twice in the last fortnight, while attending a conference in D.C., and would recommend it to anyone thinking of staying there. Because I booked at relatively late notice, I stayed in three separate rooms in the space of two visits. All were clean and tidy, with modern, high-quality bathrooms and with excellent wi-fi signal (even in the basement), but there is a clear increase in the size and attractiveness of rooms in the higher price brackets. What remained a constant was the unfailing hospitality of the owner, Jack, and his staff. Jack welcomed each and every guest personally, baked fresh cookies on a regular basis for the guests, and introduced everyone at breakfast, with apparently perfect recall for names, occupation and places of origin. He also provided freshly cooked breakfasts each morning (bacon, eggs, and french toast, with bagels, croissants, toast, cereal and fresh fruit also available), and was always willing to offer help or advice. Coffee, tea and fruit were constantly available in the pleasant communal lounge area, which was also provisioned with a television, computer and printer (all free for guest use).
Basement Room (shared bathroom):
The basement room I stayed in for two nights was comfortable, although small - which might be a problem if two people were using the room, or you were staying there for any length of time. The decoration was a little shabby in places, but the room was perfectly clean and adequate for my purposes, as I was out for most of the day. There was little or no noise from outside, despite the basement location, and the shared bathroom was spacious and beautifully appointed. There is also a second bathroom (with W.C. and shower) on the ground floor, so essentially there is a bathroom apiece for the two rooms without en-suites.
3rd Floor Room (en-suite):
On my return to the Kalorama after the conference, Jack upgraded my basement room booking to an en-suite room on the top floor. This was a much larger room with a good view of the surrounding area, and a well-appointed en-suite. Water pressure was excellent at both basement and top floor levels of the house. For those individuals with mobility issues, I would recommend a ground floor room - there is no lift in the Kalorama. That said, I enjoyed the view from the top floor, so no complaints!
Street Level Suite (en-suite):
As the guest house was not fully booked, Jack upgraded my second booking to the Street Level Suite, which was absolutely beautiful - very spacious, attractively decorated, with built-in bookshelves filled with a wide and eclectic selection of texts. I would guess that this room was redecorated at the same time that all of the bathrooms were remodelled. I'd highly recommend it to anyone staying in the Kalorama for any significant length of time. Very much a case of 'you get what you may for' - or, in this case, a much-appreciated free upgrade!
Location and surrounding area:
The guest house is conveniently located five minutes walk (2 blocks) from the Woodley Park Metro station and a wide selection of excellent restaurants (Italian, Greek, Afghan, Lebanese, Indian...). The area is quiet and attractive, with a mix of residential and business properties, interspersed with a few hotels and B&Bs. I was visiting for a conference at the Marriot Wardman hotel (where I also stayed), which is 2 minutes walk away - and while rather shinier and more modern than Kalorama, was over-priced and soulless (an identikit hotel that could be found anywhere in the world). Overall, I would definitely recommend the Kalorama Guest House to anyone thinking of staying there - thank you!
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