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“Great alternative to chain hotels in Dupont Circle” 5 of 5 stars
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American Guest House
2.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   2005 Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC, DC 20009 (Adams Morgan)   |  
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Ranked #12 of 33 Washington DC B&B and Inns
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Atlanta, Georgia
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“Great alternative to chain hotels in Dupont Circle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

Really enjoyed staying at the B&B while at a conference in the Hilton (right around the corner). I enjoyed the unique details of this B&B over another boring conference center. The breakfast was really delicious and convenient and the rooms were well stocked with the amenities you'd expect at a hotel.

The street noise was substantial in my room facing the street on the second floor (not too much you can do about that in DC). You may want to ask about a room at the back or just bring ear plugs.

Room Tip: Higher floors or rooms at the back of the building may be quieter.
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  • Stayed October 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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Bern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Our stay at the American guesthouse was more than great. The house is old and beautiful, lots of old furniture/antiques, interesting paintings... Our room on the top floor was very pretty, and the location is very convenient. The breakfast was very, very good and fresh. We stayed there for five nights and got a wonderful culinary surprise every morning! Highly recommended!

  • Stayed November 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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Fullerton
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

American Guest House is the perfect blend of B&B and upscale vacation rental. The breakfasts designed by Lisa, the house's Chef, were the highlight of each morning. During our 7 day stay, each breakfast was unique and a culinary masterpiece. Staff are warm and friendly with many tips on exploring DC during the financial shutdown ...enough alternatives to let us forget about it.

For evening life, there are plenty of unique restaurants of every ethnicity and type in the area - bistro, asian, mid-eastern, etc. Plus, a short walk to DuPont Circle metro gets you to the White House/congress/mall effortlessly.

Location is everything in a large city, and these accommodations met the prefect blend of city and small town flavor. It IS the place to stay. We will definitely return on our next trip to DC.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

This was our first visit to Washington DC and I would higlhy recommend staying at The American Guest House. The staff went out of their way to make our two night stay perfect. We could not have asked for a more central location than this. Our room was extremely comfortable and clean with an old world charm. Breakfast was good and plentyful with something different each day. I also was very impressed that one morning we had a very early morning start with a tour, when we came down stairs that morning our breakfast was packed to go which made us fell very welcomed..

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

On my first visit to Washington DC for business and a little sightseeing thrown in, I was torn between booking a corporate chain hotel, which I knew would be efficient but bland and impersonal or to take a risk and try something more individual.

I'm glad I took the latter option, because I booked a couple of nights in the American Guest House and was delighted with my experience.

The room I had was gorgeously Victorian with the most comfortable bed I ever slept in (including my own dammit!) I loved the elegant and creaky floorboards, which I must confess I walked over sometimes just for the fun of it!

Breakfasts were a delight with the Sunday Shrimp and Grits reason alone to stay in Washington for the weekend.

The bathroom was spotlessly clean, water as hot as you would like and if you needed it ,the television large enough to gather a small village around.

The American Guest house is easy walking distance (10 minutes) to Dupont Circle Metro and from there all the city is accessible.

All in all a lovely an unexpected escape. I glad I took the risk.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Highly recommend!!! Spent two nights at American Guest House while in DC for a conference. The conference hotel, 1/2 block away, was $100 more per night and no tasty breakfast or wonderful conversation with Lisa. My room was very comfortable and clean; the tone of the entire place was welcoming and homey. That's something I don't experience at even the most comfortable hotels–and I've stayed at many of those! As others have noted, it's walking distance to many restaurants of all price ranges, the Metro, Zoo, etc. Two notes: 1) from the Dupont Circle Metro, it's an uphill walk. So, if you have heavy bags, are tired, or just don't want to walk, take the bus (#42, I think) which stops just a few steps from the front door; 2) AGH does not have an elevator, so be prepared to cart your luggage up (or down) stairs. Lisa was very accommodating in helping me with my mega-ton bag (which I don't normally travel with). And as strong a lady as she is, I'd rather she save her arms for mixing up those fabulous muffins, tarts, and fluffy morning eggs. :-)

Room Tip: I stayed downstairs in Room 114. Very comfortable, quiet except for morning when breakfast was serve...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled on business
    • 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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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

I'm not a regular visitor to B&B's so I don't have too much to measure this place by, but if the American Guest House is the norm for B&B's then I regret not having discovered B&B's earlier. The staff were delightful, always willing to help. Waking up each morning, the daily special at breakfast was something I looked forward to... though I did miss breakfast one morning because of a late night the previous night. Afterall, this place is only a block away from the trendy restaurants and bars on 18th St and Florida Ave in Adams Morgan, so there's no excuse. It's an easy walk to the shops and metro station in Dupont Circle. The bedroom was very homely and comfortable - though, if it had been any warmer, I'm not sure the ceiling fan would have been able to keep the room cool enough. It is an old building, so sound does travel through the walls a little bit and I was always conscious of the creaking stairs at 2am in the morning. Wifi strength was good but speed wasn't always great.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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AmericanGuestHouse, Owner at American Guest House, responded to this review, November 15, 2013
I am so very grateful for the fact that our guests take time out off their busy schedules to write a review, especially one that is so complementary.

I would like to mention that we do have central air conditioning in the guest house and also ceiling fans in each bedroom. Sometimes all it takes is to open (or close) the walls and/or floor registers in each room to either get more or less air flow. I encourage our guests to always let us know of any issues while they are staying with us so that we have a chance to fix right away.

The house was built in 1898 and we have preserved the original look even though we continually renovate and update but unfortunately the beautiful wood floors does squeak a bit.
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Address: 2005 Columbia Rd NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Adams Morgan , Dupont Circle
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — American Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
American Guest House is a 12 bedroom with en suite bathrooms Washington DC Bed and Breakfast Inn located in a historic 1893 Venetian Gothic building near the Washington Hilton Hotel. Within a 10 minutes walk to Dupont Circle Metro, and 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 neighborhood. Bed and breakfast is located near the White House (about 1 mile) northwest of the White House(about 25 minutes by foot) and about 2 miles from the Smithsonian Museums and Monuments. We are located in a trendy, upscale, safe and beautiful neighborhood in the heart of DC. 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 
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