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“Avoid at all costs until constructionis finished!” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Corcoran Street Bed and Breakfast

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13th and Corcoran St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20009   |  
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Ranked #25 of 49 Washington DC B&B and Inns
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“Avoid at all costs until constructionis finished!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

This was a sorry experience altogether. Whatever the hype, it is now a construction site from before 7am and in any case gets the noise from 14th Street. It was clean, we were lent a metrocard and breakfast was passable (actually rather a strain as service was only by a 91 year old with hip problems). Having run a B and B myself, I think she should gracefully retire rather than complaining about the cost of everything and not considering valuefor money for her guests. How she makes the beds beats me! The place is also a fire hazard - the smoke detector in our first-floor bedroom had been taoed over and the entrance grille gate coud only be opened with a key (would one remember it in caseof a fire...) Rather far from everything too. Try elsewhere... ps bed a small double...

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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bnbaccomDC, Manager at Corcoran Street Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, October 21, 2013
We thank this guest for taking the time to write about their stay at the Corcoran St. B&B. It is unfortunate they did not enjoy their stay. Construction is seemingly ever present here in the city, and this guest is correct, there are several projects happening in the neighborhood including essentially next door (across the alleyway). In efforts to minimize the effects of construction on neighborhoods, the city of Washington restricts construction hours to between 7am and up to 5 pm, for most projects. As the B&B is located in a residential neighborhood, this is true for the project closest to the B&B. This guest contacted us, B&BDC the reservation service this B&B uses to secure all reservations on the morning after their first night. They were offered alternative accommodations away from the noise, or a refund for the remainder of their stay so they could seek accommodations more suited to their needs. They declined both offers and decided to stay. Since this guest’s departure, we have alerted each guest to the nearby construction. We have not had any other guest’s remark that it has inconvenienced or disturbed their stay. Most guests have commented they were more interested in getting out to enjoy the city and appreciate a delicious breakfasts prepared by Paulette. They were also correct about tape on the smoke detector; it was missed when the room was painted in the late spring and agree it is very important to have the unit functioning correctly for everyone’s safety. It has been removed and the detector tested to be sure it is functioning properly. Paulette; at 91 has not given us any indication that she plans to retire. She truly enjoys meeting guests from all over the world and has for more than 25 years. She has a wealth of information to share with guests regarding the usual tourist stops and more importantly the off the beaten path sites that many have no knowledge of.
Respectfully submitted by BedandBreakfastDC.com, as one of the more charming characteristics about Paulette—at 91, she has no use or desire to use a computer.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

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!

Room Tip: The upstairs room is a good size and well equipped - suitable for two guests for whom one flight of...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Winnipeg, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

Wonderful experience. The room and washroom was clean and tidy. The bed was comfortable Paulette was amazing, good person better personality. Great knowledge of the DC area and excellent host. Location is in a safe neighborhood ( even walking at night) and is in 25 minute walking distance from the white house. Neighborhood has tone of restaurants, fitness center and a grocery store in a 2 block ( 3 minute walk). Breakfast was eggs or pancakes with toast/biscuit/ fruit, juice and tea.

  • Stayed September 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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Madrid
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

This is a very nice place located in a very convenient neighboor close
to the subway (green line). The person in charge is so nice and funny,
we had very nice conversations at breakfast time. The house is pretty,
with even a piano in the living room. The street is also vey nice, with
those houses french-style, red briks, flowers ahead, and the trees
dancing in the wind. A lot of nearby restaurants and jazz clubs, with so
kind people! In summary, highly recommended!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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King City, Ontario, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

Paulette's breakfasts are great: fresh fruit, light pancakes one day and eggs to your liking the next! Room & bath are clean; there is alot of clutter in the room but its all dusted and unique.
Nice a/c for those humid Washington evenings. Neighbourhood is perfect: safe & beautiful with all the late 19 C architecture. Walking distance to excellent restaurants in both Dupont and Logan Circles. 2 min. walk to bus which goes down to the mall near the National Art Gallery. Subway 15 min walk away. Would definitely stay again with fortunate enough to be back in Washington.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

It was good experience. The rooms/toilets are not cleaned on daily basis. For the six nights I stayed not even on day the toilet was cleaned. For the cost involved, I thought perhaps rooms/toilets need to be cleaned regularly.

Room Tip: There are only two rooms. I would say the one on1st floor as the 2nd room is in basement.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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København, Danmark
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Paulette was the perfect host. She was very helpful, friendly and she cooked the most amazing breakfasts. She really made us feel at home!

The B&B is situated in a residential area within working distance from The White House (and if you do not feel like walking, the bus stops almost right outside the house). There are loads of places nearby to get a good meal; 14th Street right next to Corcoran Street is lined with restaurants, so it is not even necessary to go into the city center for dinner.

We would definitely stay with Paulette again!

  • Stayed May 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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Address: 13th and Corcoran St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC
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Ranked #25 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Washington DC
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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 

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