I'm an active 26 year old male traveling with a 24 year old female.
I made a reservation just 48 hours before my arrival. This was a rather late request, but the keepers/owners accepted my reservation and allowed us to stay.
Location: I read over many of the review about this place and I must disagree about the location. I felt we were right in the middle of DC and within walking distance to everything. As a matter-of-fact, we walked to every monument and museum in the area. From the White House, around everything at the Mall, and spent an entire day in the Air and Space Museum. Logan Circle is a beautiful area in a nicer side of DC. Walking wasn't a problem, especially since I loved to walk through the city and see the sights!
Parking: We stayed two nights and did not have any problems with parking. While we opted to not pay for the the provided parking, we parked half a block away from the house the entire weekend and into Monday morning. In the morning of departure, we moved the car to the house, packed it, then left. While we didn't the optional parking, I feel it would have been worth it if we weren't vacationing on a budget.
House: First of all, let me start with the allure of a 1800's Victorian was enough in its own for me to be interested. I wasn't looking for a high-end modernized hotel. A house built in the 1800's and is still being kept in that state?! I expected cracks. I expected creeky stairs and old doors. That is the point; to immerse yourself into an era. It's old! Our room was beautiful. High ceilings, vintage wood, and an original bed.
Now, I will say the street outside was a bit noisy at night. I don't think this has anything to do with the house, and more to do with buses and the occasional siren. Luckily for me, I usually sleep with a fan on, so I just turned on the fan to the window AC unit and it drowned out the noise with consistent fan hums. :)
Keepers: The staff, Eric and Carl, were delightful and more than willing to go out of their way to accommodate any requests/needs (girlfriend can't eat red meat). Eric greeted us when we arrived, gave us a tour with history, and offered to carry our bags. He had some great suggestions about places to visit that were off the touristy visits as well as some places to eat (I absolutely loved Pizzoli's Pizza, right behind the house). Carl prepared us breakfast and had it ready on the table by 8am; it smelled delicious! Blueberry pancakes, coffee, orange juice, yogurt, fruit, toast, and bacon. More than I expected and exceptionally tasty. Carl sat with us while we ate and we all chatted about everything. Very cool people.
Overall, this was a great place and will definitely stay here again when I come back to DC. The atmosphere, the staff, and the location are all excellent and were key in providing a great stay while on vacation. This place exceeded my expectations. I recommend the Chester Arthur House to anyone staying in the area and will appeal to young and old alike.
- 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
- Also Known As:
- Chester Arthur House Bed And Breakfast At Logan Circle
- Chester Arthur House b & b At Logan Circle Hotel Washington Dc