My wife and I stayed three nights at Corcoran Street, run by a delightful lady of 91, Paulette Siegrist, and it was indeed a memorable stay.
Paulette knows a lot about the city, and is keen to share her knowledge with guests over breakfast.
The house is in a pleasant tree-lined street, only 30 metres from 14th Street, where buses to downtown are available for those who do not fancy the 25-minute walk to the White House area. The area appears safe, with many female joggers and runners pounding the streets even in the later part of the evening.
We had the upstairs room, which is a good size and overlooks the street to the front and 14th Street to the right. Paulette explained that she has so many possessions that many of the drawers in the guest rooms are full, but there was plenty of space for our possessions and a wardrobe (in the en-suite!) for hanging clothes. Nice touches include an umbrella for guests to use, a tray of pens and pencils, a hairdryer, etc.
We were the only guests for the first two nights, then the ground floor room was let from night three. We were offered a choice of breakfast on the first day, then had a different freshly cooked breakfast on the following two mornings without a choice being offered. Guests share a breakfast table, and Paulette joins you once she has cooked and served the breakfast.
The only downside to the delicious meals was the milk/cream for the coffee/tea, as this was not fresh from the fridge but was long-life portions which sadly had begun to curdle - Paulette explained that she does not keep fresh milk as it creates wastage.
Overall this was a very enjoyable and memorable stay, with a delightful hostess and a unique ambience - Paulette has a house full of treasures collected over many years, and a lifetime of memories to share with guests - our conversations included Syria (Paulette's father was half-Syrian), the Obama insurance plan, unemployment, visiting Britain, etc., etc.
If using public transport, Dupont Circle is around 15 minutes' walk to Paulette's and 13th Street is around 10 minutes' walk. Buses run regularly to downtown Washington, and the Metro is very simple to navigate.
The neighbourhood has a variety of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes within a few minutes' walk.
One slight issue for those visiting during the next three or four months is a construction site on 14th Street, which has access via Corcoran Street - during our stay the guys started at 07.00 and were still there at 18.30 for deliveries of cement, but the noise was at an acceptable level.
Enjoy Corcoran Street B & B - we did!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The house is just North of historic Logan Circle at 13th & Corcoran Street NW, about ten blocks North East of the White House. The Dupont Circle neighborhood is six blocks West of the home, or about a 12 minute walk. The Smithsonian Museums, the new Convention Center, the Verizon Center and all other major attractions are easily accessible by public transportation; and this B&B is only two blocks from the Metro, Washington's subway system. ... more less