We recently spent a week at the Chester A. Arthur house and really enjoyed our stay. The location is very convenient to the major attractions in DC. 1 1/2 blocks to two different bus lines that go directly to the Smithsonian/Mall, a quick couple blocks through Logan Circle to P Street full of restaurants and a Whole Foods, and a reasonable quick walk directly down Vermont St. to the Metro & the front of the White House. Also, much to my relief, though we were never out very late, we felt safe in and around the house/neighborhood at all times during our trip.
We got caught in the rain and we able to quickly catch a cab to the Capitol from the intersection in front of the building and our cab rides to the Capitol & Union Station were never in excess of $10. Only on those rainy days though did we take cabs, we took a couple bus/metro rides but were able to walk to most of the attractions we hit.
The house is a little old and shows its age but it has been well kept by the owner, Carl & Eric (the innkeepers). We didn't spend any time in the parlors but they were always available and well stocked with books & games. It was very quiet inside, we spent our time between two different rooms on the 2nd & 3rd floors and never heard any of the other guests. Both of our rooms were on the front of the house and the traffic noise from Logan Circle was a little noticeable but for us was just a factor of being in the middle of a city. Expectedly a little louder than our suburban home but it didn't interrupt our sleep.
Breakfasts were always good and we never had any issue with portion sizes. Every day we were there, there was enough for seconds if one so chose. My request for a differnt type of juice later in the week was also accomodated graciously. The meals alternate days from sweet to savory and it really broke up the sometimes monotonous eggs for breakfast routine. Eric is a little more hands-off and doesn't join guests for breakfast, Carl sat with all the guests. Both are easy to talk to and have good tips for what to see, where to eat and how to get to places.
We didn't notice that our bed wasn't made daily until reading some of the other reviews but appreciate the privacy of the innkeepers not entering our room. They tell you when you arrive that the standard practice is to replace towels every 3rd day but they were very accomodating and would, I'm sure, be able to either service the room daily or meet whatever reasonable requests any guest made.
We would stay again at this B&B in a heartbeat. The location is enough but the service that went with it and the personal touch of breakfast makes this better than any hotel in DC could offer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy old-world charm with modern conveniences at 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. Washington's Convention Center is a 10-15 minute walk. There are 4 guestrooms, each with private bath. Some rooms can accommodate extra guests. Well-behaved children welcome, and off-street parking is available. Daily maid service on request. ... 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