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“Cold times in an old house in DC” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Chester Arthur House B & B at Logan Circle

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13th and P St., Logan Circle, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Logan Circle/ Shaw)   |  
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Ranked #14 of 49 Washington DC B&B and Inns
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“Cold times in an old house in DC”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2012

Check in 01/19/2011, eight nights, almost a year ago
We thought the location was pretty good, if one heads towards the Whole Foods area, about 5 -7 short blocks away. The subway is about the same distance, maybe further. We walked to the mall and everywhere else. The building is old: it looked and felt old. but it had its' charm. We stayed upstairs in a large room overlooking the circle, noise was not an issue. It could have been a bit more clean, though I am not saying it was dirty.
Breakfast was an odd situation for us, in that it was served promptly at 8AM, with very little wiggle room.

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2011

The Chester A. Arthur House is a grand old Victorian beauty with lovely architecture and some fine antiques. We liked the diverse neighborhood, and we were within walking distance of the stately mansions, museums, and embassies along quiet streets in Kalorama and Georgetown. A long walk along the Potomac to the Kennedy Center for a fascinating tour was a highlight. Our host suggested several restaurants in the direction toward Dupont Circle; also there's a huge Whole Foods market close by. Bus service and taxis from Logan Circle are handy; the Metro is about six blocks away.

As a B&B, some repairs and upgrades are due in the room where we stayed. As an example, the worn bed linens should be replaced; housekeeping could be better. We wanted separate beds, and chose the room with a pull-out bed. The regular bed was quite comfortable; the old pull out was not. Street noise is definitely a factor if you choose a front room. The closed drapes and blinds don't cut it, thus we turned on the air conditioner fan which ameliorated the problem. Breakfast was good, and the camaraderie with the hosts and guests was fun. The winter rate was a bargain. This B&B has amazing Victorian ambience, but the basics could be improved.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
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1883, Owner at Chester Arthur House B & B at Logan Circle, responded to this review, January 1, 2012
We’re very grateful for the compliments. We are steadily upgrading and restoring, while trying to retain the ambience of a 118-year-old house. We agree some of the linen sets were eligible for replacement when they were here, and we have done that. The pull-out bed is actually not old, is in like-new mechanical condition, and others have remarked on how surprisingly comfortable they found it. But a pull-out will never be as good as one of our regular beds with their thick premium mattresses.

The street noise is normal for a house located in downtown DC. Different people have different tolerance levels for city life. But we have just installed a “white noise machine” in that room for use if desired. For those who request it, we can also supply disposable earplugs. As this guest noted, our rear bedroom (Magnolia Room), which faces off the street, is quieter, as is the front room on the third floor (Highlander Room) because it is further off the street than the original master bedroom these folks stayed in.

We are planning a round of freshening-up throughout the whole house in January, when the traffic slows down a bit: some repainting and a bunch of small maintenance jobs. The house should be sparkling (in a Victorian way, of course) for the spring rush.
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Mount Pearl, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2011

We stayed at this B&B for three nights in Sept, 2011 and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Carl and Eric were very friendly and helpful. The B&B is an old restored Victorian home, beautiful if showing its age a little. We had a large spacious front room overlooking the street, however if you are a light sleeper I would not recommend this room as it can be a little noisy with the street traffic. Breakfasts were delicious. The home is approx a 25-30 minute walk from the National Mall.
The cost was less than staying in a hotel in downtown DC especially when you consider breakfast. And the ambiance of a old home and conversation with other guests preferable to a hotel. Would certainly recommend Chester Arthur House B&B.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2011

I recently had the opportunity to stay at this B & B. It was great! Even though this is a large Victorian home, it felt very cozy. The rooms are all decorated with period furniture and each room has a private bath; a bonus in the B & B world. The hosts were very gracious and welcoming. I was treated as a valued guest, but felt like family. Eric and Carl were very personable and friendly; eager to share their knowledge of the DC area. The breakfasts were delicious and it was wonderful talking to the other guests. I have often stayed at a hotel during my visits to DC, but the only thing that would entice me to stay at one again would be the availability of a pool. It is located within walking distance of many points of interests as well several good restaurants. I really enjoyed this experience and felt it was a great value!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

After shopping around for a hotel located in walking distance to the National Mall, we chose to stay at this B & B. The nightly rate for this B&B was about the same as the no-thrills, one and two star hotels, and much, much cheaper than the nicer brand-name hotels.

We stayed for 6 nights in October 2011, and we would recommend the Chester Arthur house.

Our hosts, Eric and Carl, were friendly, informative, accommodating, cordial, and fantastic chefs. Each breakfast was delicious, perfectly prepared, and would rival the best D.C. restaurants. The fresh blueberries over French toast, the Eggs Lorraine and other dishes were fantastic, and my wife’s special dietary request was met and served to her every morning.

The house is an old, beautiful home. While some guests may be turned off by the older, worn furnishings, or the squeaky floors and doors, we found the house to be full of charm, beauty, and character. Most of the decor, hard-wood floors, light fixtures, and furnishings are original to this 125-year-old home. Yet, our room had the modern comforts of cable TV, wi-fi, air-conditioning, a small refrigerator, hair-dryer, iron and ironing board. You have to realize that this is not a modern hotel, rather it’s somebody’s home--a very old home.

We felt like welcomed guests in this house, and we found all guests to be quiet and respectful of each other. At first, we thought it may be uncomfortable to share a dining room table with strangers each morning, but we met some wonderful people from across the U.S., Canada and Germany. Each morning we all shared our previous day’s adventures and exchanged sightseeing tips and ideas with each other.

Our hosts also accommodated our special request regarding towels, as fresh towels are provided on every third day. We, however, asked for fresh towels each day, and each day our host graciously left a set of fresh towels in our bathroom.

The home is about a 20-25 minute walk to the National Mall, and there are some great places to eat near Logan Circle and around Dupont Circle, which is only a 15 minute walk from the B&B. Luna Grill in Dupont Circle was our favorite.

The area felt safe and appeared to be safe when walking at night.

This was our first time staying in a B&B, and our hosts made our stay very enjoyable and pleasant.

  • Stayed October 2011, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2011

We stayed for three nights in DC in late August and decided to try a B&B; we are not experienced B&B people, but do like old houses and thought this was a good way to learn more about the history of this area of DC. The hosts were very nice and helpful and the breakfasts were also very tasty. We wound up spending more time in the room than we had expected after realizing that trying to see all the historic sites in DC in three days wasnt practical. It's easy to feel comfortable there, especially since we were the only ones there after the first day. B&Bs seem to attract people who love people and want to interact, so what you might imagine would be an awkward breakfast sitting at a table with strangers actually turned out to be delightful. The transoms over the doors were very neat as well as the bay windows overlooking Logan Circle. We would recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2011

All in all, a good experience. We stayed 5 nights. We had some concern about street noise that others reported (although the neighborhood is not all that loud), so we asked for the quietest room and got Magnolia and had no noise problems at all. That room is small but comfortable in bed, decor and atmosphere. However, maybe in the effort to maintain the vintage look, the owners have let things become a little grungy - the closet area was pretty antiquated, wiring along the floor, decrepit paint in places. As others have said, the downstairs parlor is quite elegant. Wi-fi internet worked fine. Breakfast was typically good mixed fruit, toast, and a hot dish, usually of eggs. We did request an alternative once and the next day got cereal and excellent pancakes. The hosts were courteous and helpful, though not visibly around very much. One demerit - the bed was never made up during our stay. Also, the room card says towels are changed every 3 days, but this never happened until one of us got them from the linen cupboard in the hall. The location turns out to be good, but it takes a little exploring and figuring. We found the local bus lines 2 blocks away to be much more useful than the nearest Metro for getting into the major tourist areas like the Mall. We felt no concern about the neighborhood -- Logan Circle has evidently come up a great deal in just the past few years, and there are lots of restaurants a couple blocks away.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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1883, Owner at Chester Arthur House B & B at Logan Circle, responded to this review, September 13, 2011
We much appreciate the good words. We agree that their closet, while it is always kept rigorously clean, could use some sprucing-up, including fresh coats of paint and varnish, and we are doing that. We sincerely apologize for missing their towel changes. That should never happen, and the staff has been so advised. We do wish they had mentioned this at the time, and it would have been taken care of right away. Regarding local travel options: all of us are experts in that field, and are always happy to advise when asked. There are better options than they discovered on their own.
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Address: 13th and P St., Logan Circle, Washington DC, DC 20005
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Logan Circle/ Shaw , Upper Northwest
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Ranked #14 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Washington DC
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Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy old world charm of our Victorian Bed and Breakfast. We are centrally located 8 blocks north of the White House, at Historic Logan Circle. Metro access is a 10-minute walk, or 10-minutes by bus to the Smithsonian and National Mall a block from the house. Washington's Convention center is a 10-15 minute walk. There are 3 guestrooms, each with private bath. Some rooms can accommodate extra guests. Children welcome and off-street parking is available. ... more   less 
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