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Kalorama Guest House - Woodley Park
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   2700 Cathedral Ave. NW, Entrance on 27th St., Washington DC, DC 20008 (Upper Northwest)   |  
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Ranked #10 of 49 Washington DC B&B and Inns
Portland, Maine, United States
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“Just what we were looking for”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Jack made us feel welcome immediately—we arrived early in the morning following an overnight train ride, thinking that it would be helpful to at least drop off our luggage, but Jack invited us to have breakfast before heading out for the day—an unexpected, but very much appreciated gesture. He made it very clear that we should settle in as if we were in our own home and that he was more than happy to help out in any way he could should we need something. Breakfast was described as Continental, so we were pleasantly surprised to find the inclusion of scrambled eggs, bacon, and French toast. And true to what we look for in a B&B experience, there was a warm atmosphere of camraderie and plenty of good conversation available around the table and in the parlor—a tone certainly engendered by Jack. We chose the smallest room in the place (in the basement, with a shared bath which was recently redone, beautifully tiled)—it was everything we needed. We enjoyed the cheer of the morning sun coming through the blooming azalea in front of our windows and the beautiful cherry tree and plants on and surrounding the patio. The Kalorama's convenient proximity to the metro station, the zoo, restaurants, and peace made it a welcome respite at the end of our daily explorations. Our next trip to DC will definitely find us returning to enjoy Jack's hospitality at the Kalorama Guest House.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
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San Antonio, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed here April 30, 2013 - May 2, 2013. Kalorama is in a great location, beautiful neighborhood, and only a few blocks from the Woodley Park Metro stop AND the National Zoo (which is free and a great morning stroll since they feed the animals in the morning!). When we arrived (3 hours earlier than check-in) Jack was there waiting for us. Even though we weren't supposed to be there until that afternoon to checkin, he let us come in and eat breakfast as well as leave our luggage so we could tour DC. When we got back from a day of touring around 8pm he had freshly baked cookies waiting for us along with drink of choice (beer, wine, milk, water, coffee). Jack has a way of making you feel like you're at home yet a guest at the same time, an amazing concept. He constantly emphasized that "this is your home. Use whatever you want." He has a stocked refrigerator that has drinks and snacks, and bakes cookies nightly for guests. If you're looking for a typical hotel where you don't interact with anyone, this isn't for you, but if you're looking for a really great location to meet people all over the world and be treated like family you CAN'T go anywhere else. We met people from all over, enjoyed breakfast daily at the dining table with them, and came home to fresh cookies and conversation every night. The room was cozy, newly renovated, and clean. I can't think of a single negative thing to say about Kalorama, and we will never stay anywhere else!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Calaveras County, California
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

This was my second visit to DC that included a stay at the Kalorama Guest House. My second visit in March/April of 2013 was every bit as comfortable and pleasant as my first visit was in 2012. Jack, the proprietor could not be more friendly, accommodating and helpful. The location is very convenient with easy access to the DC Metro System and close proximity to many popular sites to visit as well as restaurants and shops. One block off of Connecticut Avenue, there is minimal traffic noise. The rooms are clean and comfortable and have a pleasant character lacking in hotels run by the chains. Best of all, the price. What a great value compared to other DC hotels. And, a very good full breakfast is included as well as wine and cookies in the afternoon.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Miami, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

We spent a really good time at Kalorama Guest House. Jack is awsome and made us feel like at home. And the breakfast was really good! I definitely will be back at this place if I go back to Washington. :-)

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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

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Bayside, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Drawn to Washington DC at least once a year for business, I grew tired of the large chain hotels with their excess of amenities and excessive pricing. The Kalorama guesthouse on Cathedral Avenue offered the perfect blend of proximity and homeyness that allowed a quick trip in and out of our nations capital to be productive, efficient and cost-effective. The owner, Jack, has done a fantastic job in remodeling a century old building. The rooms are spacious, very clean and comfortable. The prices are reasonable and Jack adds a flavor of paternalism that is not found in large hotels. He takes care of everything and makes sure that everything is taken care of. I sincerely suggest that you give the Kalorama guesthouse a good looksee on its website and even give Jack a call. I think that you will come away surprised and happy! Monte

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  • Stayed April 2013, 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
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Very pleasant, clean, and friendly guest house in a lovely neighborhood near the zoo. Jack, the owner, is the most friendly and accommodating host you could want. His refrain of 'this is your house' is genuine. Most amazing, he remembers everyone's name and preferences.

Each room has a private bath. No phones or TVs in the room, just pleasant furniture and a comfy bed. The living room has a computer, TV, snacks, and coffee/tea. There's a hot breakfast each morning with eggs, potatoes, breakfast meats, fruits, and breads. You don't go away hungry.

The location is terrific - two blocks from the Woodley Park Metro stop on the Red line and lots of great restaurants within a short walk. The Kalorama is my choice when I'm in DC.

Room Tip: My favorite room is the one on the main floor. There's also a nice room with a balcony on the s...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

My girlfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed our two nights in the Kalorama Guest House. We were clearing out my my mother's house and needed to a place to stay when the house was close to empty. It is conveniently located near the Zoo and the Metro and the rooms are quiet, clean and reminder of the old-style DC. Jack, the owner is so nice and accommodating. We had tried to find a room at the nearby Marriott but that was full and twice as expensive. I recommend this place very highly!

Room Tip: I loved our room which was on the second floor with a view of 27th street.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Address: 2700 Cathedral Ave. NW, Entrance on 27th St., Washington DC, DC 20008
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Upper Northwest , Woodley Park / Zoo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Kalorama Guest House - Woodley Park 2.5*
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