My wife and I stayed here over a long weekend (2 nights), in order to be close to the main sights of DC. In this we were not disappointed - the American Guest House is absolutely close to everything. We were but a 15 minute walk to the Capital, to the Memorials, to the museums - perfect for our needs!
But looking over these gushing 5 star reviews, I feel a moral obligation to stay something. We've stayed in many, many B&Bs. It's a thing we love to do - in fact staying in B&Bs is a large part of why we travel - nothing beats the care, comfort, and local knowledge of a B&B ran by a caring inn keep. So, these are our qualifications - nothing professional, but certainly not our first rodeo.
All that said - this B&B was luke warm, at best. It gets a three star, instead of the two we had wanted to give, if only because the location is so ideal. First of all, the inn keeper Bernardo was not friendly. I don't know how else to say this. He just...didn't care. Bored? Burned out? Who knows? If he wasn't "about to step out" and obviously hassled that we turned up 30 minutes early, or correcting a lady at breakfast that "actually coffee is not a food" (no, he wasn't playing along - that little nugget dropped an awkward blanket over the whole table), or my favorite, interrupting our conversation with another guest to "invite us to take the conversation to another room" because "the dining room was closed". The "dining room" is a room that sits open and unused during the day, just FYI. He just wanted us out of his way so he could clean (or have the maid clean).
So, beyond the unfriendly inn keep, this B&B has "honor system" boxes planted all over the place. They ask you to pay for snacks from the dining room. Bread (or whatever) from the refrigerator, and yeah even money for pieces of paper when you use their printer.
Really? Here's an idea. Bump the rates up a hair and just go ahead and makes these services free. We don't mind paying a little extra - we aren't looking for rock bottom rates.
Which leads me to the accommodations themselves. These rooms are like stuffy little closets. Seriously, the pictures make them look exotic, old-time-y, even adventurous. They are all of these things - and they are also cramped and poorly furnished. The bathrooms are decorated in so uninspiring a fashion as to have been modeled from a Motel 8, and the towels? Yeah, the towels did not match. At all. Seriously? Even Motel 8 can match their towels. Best of all? Those used books you read about on their web site? Honor system box. $1 a book. Not "give a book take a book" - nah, straight up "give us more money". WTF?
Anyway, I could easy go on but the fact is a B&B experience is a personal thing. You will have your own experience, and perhaps it will be amazing. We hope it is - nothing beats staying at a B&B you love. And maybe this B&B represents the best of what's available - in DC? Or maybe we just caught this B&B at a low point?
In any case we hope you enjoy your trip, no matter where you stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- American Guest House is a 12 en suite Washington DC Bed and Breakfast Inn located in a historic 1898 Venetian Gothic building near the Washington Hilton Hotel and 10 minutes walk to Dupont Circle Metro. This Washington DC Inn is within a 10 to 15 minute walk to Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham Hotels. We are located near Dupont Circle in the historic Kalorama Triangle 1 mile northwest of the White House(about 25 minutes by foot)and about 2 miles from the Smithsonian Museums and Monuments. This DC B&B is located in an upscale, safe and beautiful neighborhood. Great area to stroll around and enjoy the beautiful old mansions. Within walking distance you'll also find several of Washington DC's best restaurants, as well as the Phillips Art Gallery, Embassy Row, specialty shops, and even Rock Creek Park with its beautiful cycling and hiking trails. Culture is plentiful in DC with its majestic theaters, shows, ethnically diverse dining options, and local resident hang outs. You will not only stay in a prime area of Washington, DC, but you will also be served the best breakfast in town and will be helped by the friendliest people around. Come and see for yourself - you will be glad you did. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- American Guest House b&b
- American Guest House Hotel Washington Dc