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“Wouldn't reccommend staying here” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Chester Arthur House B & B at Logan Circle

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Chester Arthur House B & B at Logan Circle
13th and P St., Logan Circle, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Logan Circle/ Shaw)   |  
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Ranked #15 of 50 Washington DC B&B and Inns
Melbourne, Australia
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“Wouldn't reccommend staying here”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We stayed here for two nights in early April 2013. The location is good but apart from that, this place has nothing to recommend it. It was overpriced (US$245 with taxes per night for one room) and under-serviced.
We were greeted by Carl (or Eric?) when we arrived and then saw no-one until we checked out. We were not given a phone number to call should anything go wrong.
The decor was tacky - dolls propped up on chairs, kitsch Edwardian framed posters and plastic flowers gathering dust. Although we didn't see anyone else in the b & b, there was music playing constantly which gave the whole place a kind of creepy, sinister feel.
All in all, the place looked sad and unloved.
There were no additional towels provided other than those we were issued with on the first day and the toiletries were of the cheapest type which made our skin itch. And instead of a drinking glass in the bathroom there were disposable plastic cups. We found nothing stylish or genteel or nice about this place (contrary to what they say on their webpage).

We came down to breakfast on the first morning to a table set for a crowd that never arrived (shades of the Mary Celeste)– we were the only ones in the breakfast room and there was no sign of Carl or Eric or any other guests. Aside from that the breakfast was inedible. A fruit salad that appeared to come from a can, some cheap supermarket bread for toasting with some dubious-looking jam, a soggy tasteless bread & butter pudding type thing that made us gag and some cold scrambled eggs. Urgh!!! We left and went out for breakfast that morning and the next as the food here was so awful.
Of the seven hotels and b & b's that we stayed at during our trip across the US, this was the second most expensive and the only one we had any issues with. (We loved everywhere else we stayed in the US).

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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1883, Owner at Chester Arthur House B & B at Logan Circle, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
We always look negative reviews over carefully and ask ourselves what we can do to improve our offerings. But this one is so out of line with the vast majority of our other reviews that it makes us wonder. A few facts: (1) Their per-night rate was about half what a typical hotel room in downtown DC would have cost for the time they were there – which was the peak of high season in DC. (As there were three adults staying in the room, it worked out to $81 per person/night.) (2) This is an actual residence, not a hotel, so there is not a lot of foot traffic in and out, which these guests seem to prefer. (3) All guests are given a list of five phone numbers, including Carl's and Eric's, the house phone, the booking agency, and our personal cell, in case they need something and they don’t see anyone around at the time. (4) There is an authentic late 19th century porcelain doll sitting in the authentic late 18th-century Bishop’s Chair of Italian provenance in the front parlor. We don’t believe it is tacky in the slightest. (5) The room they stayed in has three framed, intact Washington Evening Star Sunday Magazines (not posters) dating to c. 1890-1918, with “Gibson Girl” portraits by Charles Dana Gibson himself on the covers. These are souvenirs of Don’s first newspaper job (though Don worked at the Star considerably later than the 1890s). (5) Our house music is Baroque and Ragtime, both of which we believe fit the settings. We don’t find Vivaldi a bit creepy. (6) The only toiletry we provide, and have for years, is Lord & Mayfair soap, which is not at all cheap, and, according to their website, is “made with essences of chamomile, henna, apricot, orange and aloe vera – nature’s sweetest balms. Mildly formulated to cleanse, invigorate and soften the skin.” (7) They had a full compliment of toweling for their two-night stay, and could have had more if they had asked. (8) Although we were 100% booked during the time these folks were here, by their own account the first morning they took a look around the dining room and left before either Carl or Eric emerged from the kitchen, or the other guests arrived, and didn’t return the next morning. Which is a shame, because the breakfast conversations around our candle-lit table can be quite fun. (Btw, the French family staying with us during the same period left an extravagantly nice thank-you in our guest book.) (9) The food review is surprisingly detailed seeing that they didn’t stay to eat. It is completely at odds with all the praise we’ve received over the years (and request for recipes), for which we are most grateful. We put out a variety of fresh breads each morning, the jams are choice, hot food is kept hot on a hotplate, and the fruit cups are always from scratch made every morning – never canned! But, as the saying goes, you can’t please all the people all the time.
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

I wanted to like this place, so I will give the pluses first -- it is conveniently located (on Logan Circle), the house is very attractive from the outside, my room was large, and the two men who are there on alternate days are very friendly. Breakfasts were good, although the quantity of food available was modest. However, the negatives clearly outweigh the positives. The inside of the house is rather dilapidated -- I appreciate the challenges of renovating and maintaining an old house, but much of the renovation is of poor qualiy (poor paint jobs, uneven walls) and there is peeling paint almost everywhere that you look. The place REALLY needs a good cleaning -- there was a thick layer of dirt/dust on the window frames in my room. And...they never did any cleaning or room maintenance during the four nights that I was there -- they didn't even make the bed! I have never stayed in a B&B before with so little service. There is also tremendous traffic noise (trucks, buses, horns, car alarms) that begins around 5:30 every morning -- the rooms have sound machines to mask the outside noise, but the outside noise overwhelms the machines. Given the price point (nearly $200 per night). I expected more charm and more service, and will look elsewhere in the future.

Room Tip: If you decide to stay here, book the room in the back (away from the street noise).
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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1883, Owner at Chester Arthur House B & B at Logan Circle, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
We are sorry we did not live up to this guest’s expectations. We’ve read this review over several times in hopes of finding something we could fix on our end. In our 18 years of operation this is the first complaint we’ve had about the amounts of breakfast food served. We prepare more than enough for the guests attending our served, family-style breakfasts (not buffet), and always can make more in a jiffy if requested. “Rather dilapidated” is in the eye of the beholder, and is certainly at odds with comments we have received praising the grandeur of the house. “Peeling paint almost everywhere that you look” is simply not true. We seriously doubt there was a “thick layer of dirt/dust on the window frames in my room,” but we certainly will redouble our efforts to make every room “my mother’s-house clean,” as one previous guest put it, and which is our goal. We will make up beds on request, but do not employ a fulltime housekeeping staff to do this on a regular basis, which would force us to charge significantly higher rates, putting us into the realm of comparable commercial lodgings in downtown-area hotels.

By the way, a look at this guest’s history as a reviewer on TripAdvisor indicates that he/she tends to stay at hotels and motels (nine of eleven reviews) and gives them the highest ratings. The only two identifiably authentic B&Bs (two reviews, including us) received the worst. The other recipient received the comment, “A little weird to be there for business.“ Although we welcome business travelers and have gotten good reviews from them, our conclusion is that this guest probably would be happier sticking with motels.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

We travel to DC a couple time per year to see our college student son. Have stayed in various locales, but not this one. We stayed 3 nights. This was very convenient for going downtown to the "sites" or getting to the metro to go elsewhere. Use the bus system! It gets you a lot of places the train doesn't. And the stop is right on Logan Circle. Nice choices of bars/restaurants to walk to from the B &B. The accommodations and breakfast were basic B&B, but that translated to very affordable lodging for DC! Thanks to the hosts for a pleasant stay.

Room Tip: We stayed in #4 which is the owners room, with king bed. Nice big room. The mattress is pretty har...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1883, Owner at Chester Arthur House B & B at Logan Circle, responded to this review, April 28, 2013
Thanks for all the good words!
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2013

What an amazing house. Really a step back in time. The house was very comfortable, we loved all the period furniture, and wow! those pocket doors. Terrific view out the 1st floor window of the 'circle'. Eric and Carl were very helpful and cooked some wonderful breakfasts. The house was very close to the Metro subway and bus lines. Used both, worked very well. Would come back.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Magnolia room,comfortable bed,clean bathroom,quiet room
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  • Stayed March 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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1883, Owner at Chester Arthur House B & B at Logan Circle, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Thanks aceeman. Much appreciated!
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New York, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

I came here with my boyfriend for two nights in late March. We had never stayed in a bed and breakfast and now I'll never stay anywhere else! The house is a beautiful, authentic Victorian with much of its original structure and furnishings. The host, Carl, knew so much about the house's history and the area, and he was very sweet and funny. Breakfast was delicious and definitely worth rising early (8 am sharp!). We stayed in the Magnolia room, which is the quietest room as it faces away from the street, and I slept like a baby. Everything about the room was clean and it had everything we needed, including a firm mattress. The neighborhood is charming and adorable, like being transported back in time. We went to two of the suggested restaurants/coffee shops and both were fantastic. We went during the off-season so the room rate was lower, but even the peak-season rate is completely worth it! Private parking was a huge plus. My favorite part about the house was all its little quirks - original gas lamps (they aren't operational of course), the scent of old carved wood, the dumbwaiter in the dining room, the step-down bathroom. I visit D.C. somewhat often and I'll definitely be coming back to the Chester A. Arthur House!

Room Tip: The Magnolia Room is the quietest room and has a private bathroom.
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  • Stayed March 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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1883, Owner at Chester Arthur House B & B at Logan Circle, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Your review made our day! It’s such a joy to have guests who like what we’re doing and take the time to let us know.
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

My stay at the Chester A Arthur B &B was everying I hoped it would be and more. Our hosts Carl & Eric were very helpful and gave great insights to areas to visit. Breakfast was wonderful! The house was built in 1883 and has so much charm. The website photos are very true. Love having a private bath and the mini fridge was very welcome. Wonderful neighborhood, can walk to so many places, which I did. I look forward to staying there again

Room Tip: My stay was in the Magnolia Room, in the rear of the house.
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  • Stayed March 2013, 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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1883, Owner at Chester Arthur House B & B at Logan Circle, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Thanks so much. It was a pleasure having you.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is a lovely B& B, a victorian home built in 1883, so if you are looking for alot of modern furnishings and appliances presented within the shell of an older home, this is not the place for you. We stayed here for a conference at the DC Convention Center which is only a few blocks away and the location was great. In addition, parking was provided behind the house. Standing in Logan Circle at night (when there is little or no traffic) is like stepping back in time. Walking up to the B&B is also like stepping back in time - the wooden staircase, the beautiful moldings, the pocketdoors to the parlor and the furnishings in the public areas are all period-perfect. The hosts, Eric and Carl, are friendly and gracious and prepare delicious breakfasts. Our bedroom was large, and the queen size bed was comfortable. The steam heat in March was loud and heated up the room so much that we turned on the air-conditioner (the vents needed a good dusting). The bathroom was old (not from the 1880s - but old) though everything worked fine. We were a little surprised by two things: the TV in our large room was tiny and across the room. Watching it as you lay in bed, you could only see your toes. Although the room decor was of the period which is part of the ambiance of the house, a larger TV would have been nice. Secondly, the only thing provided in the bathroom was soap - there was no shampoo, conditioner, or body lotion. Its a little thing, but something that makes a guest feel a bit pampered when they are traveling. These things aside, staying in the B& B felt like we were experiencing a little bit of Washington DC history.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1883, Owner at Chester Arthur House B & B at Logan Circle, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Thanks for your nice comments. We chose the TVs in the guest rooms (17" diagonal flatscreens) as a compromise between providing cable TV, and trying not to take too much away from the Victorian ambience. We've also always been concerned that setting out shampoo, conditioner, etc., would make us look too much like a motel or commercial hotel - something we go to some lengths to avoid. In everything we do we try to recreate the 19th-century houseguest experience, with modern conveniences. We do have the amenities you mention on hand in case they are requested, though we've found most guests prefer their own shampoo, etc. However, your comment has given us cause to look at this in a new light. We certainly DO want our guests to feel "pampered;" so we have decided to start providing these amenities. Thanks for your suggestion and persuasive way of putting it.
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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 #15 of 50 B&Bs / Inns in Washington DC
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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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