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“Feels like home!” 5 of 5 stars
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Akwaaba DC
1708 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009 (Dupont Circle)   |  
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Ranked #4 of 33 Washington DC B&B and Inns
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Austin, Texas
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“Feels like home!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This is my 3rd year back at Akwaaba, and I continue to love the experience, no matter which room I stay in. The decor of each room is unique, and the hospitality of Joanne, the inn keeper is exceptional. She is so warm and friendly, always willing to help, and makes the most wonderful breakfasts and snacks. It's also enjoyable to meet and visit with the other couples who were at the B&B at the same time as us. This is a great alternative to staying at the host hotel for my yearly conference. I'll be back again next year!

Room Tip: The Langston Hughes room is HUGE and has a lovely jacuzzi tub and small balcony. It's on the 3r...
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  • Stayed May 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

...was amazing! From the time we walked in, Joanna was there to help in any way. She prepared delicious, filling breakfasts each morning, was happy to accommodate a vegetarian diet, answered our questions about shops and restaurants near DuPont Circle, and prepared snacks each evening. She was always available but never intrusive. Joanna really took wonderful care of us! The Modern Classics room was small, but well appointed and very comfortable for the two of us. The location was close to the Metro and affordable restaurants. We felt safe walking the neighborhood, and people-watching outside the Inn sipping our wine. The whole Bed and Breakfast experience, including sharing meals and conversations of adventures with a handful of like-minded travelers from all over the world, is one we would highly recommend, especially at Akwaaba.

Room Tip: Lovely older building with no elevator, our room required climbing 2 flights of stairs. Occasional...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Ypsilanti, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

The food was wonderful - breakfasts and 5 p.m. snacks. Joanna was the perfect host - had great restaurant and tour recommendations and reserved a cab for us. A computer and printer onsite for airline and tour passes. Newspaper available in the living room with area restaurant menus.

Room Tip: Enjoyed the large suite (Zora Neale Hurston) with the Jacuzzi tub. The red room pictured on the home...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Boulder, CO
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We stayed at Akwaaba after a few days near the White House. What a nice break from the constant sirens and noise! Joanna is great, very friendly and helpful, and she makes great afternoon treats and tasty breakfasts. Just a short walk to Dupont Circle and the Metro, and lots of interesting restaurants. One morning we felt like walking, it's about 45 minutes to the Capitol and Supreme Court. Our room, Toni Morrison, was quiet and comfortable. HIghly recommended.

Room Tip: The Toni Morrison is one of the smaller rooms, but perfectly adequate for 2 of us.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Earlysville, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

Our experience at the Akwaaba DC Writer's Suite was absolutely perfect for the four of us. I traveled with my mother and two daughters (7 and 8 years old) for a 3 night stay in DC. The neighborhood, Dupont Circle, is very pleasant. It is hard to determine where to stay in DC with all of the choices out there. We had a short list of "needs" for our stay; safety, cleanliness, a kitchen, and two bedrooms. I hoped to come in under $200 a night but this was the best choice for just a little bit more. The Writer's Suite is a basement apartment underneath the Bed and Breakfast. I felt so comfortable knowing that an innkeeper was there in case we had an issue. Joanna, the innkeeper, was great at check-in and was helpful and reachable when we needed a question answered about the kitchen. The Dupont Circle metro was 4 short blocks away and the walk down Embassy row on New Hampshire was lovely to get there. We took three different routes home just for fun because we felt so safe. Also, we stumbled upon a public recreation park for kids just two blocks away. Our girls needed some time to be free! When reading reviews about rental places, I read for the notes on cleanliness. This apartment was so clean! Furnishings were not new but it didn't matter when EVERYTHING was so tidy. Huge plus for us! The kitchen was just what we needed. Big enough to cook and efficient enough to need for nothing. We ate a hot breakfast every morning, packed our picnic lunches each day, and came home to relax and sit around the table for a home-cooked dinner. A great way to save money! The Safeway is 2 short blocks away! We did explore the restaurants on 17th Street and had a fantastic pizza dinner our first night there. Lastly, having two bedrooms was fantastic! My girls could "set up camp" in the extra sitting room while my mother and I relaxed and chatted on the leather sofa in the main living area. So, for other travelers, this listing is exactly what Akwaaba says it to be. I will not hesitate to book this rental again and I will strongly recommend my friends whom may travel to DC to give this place first thought! Enjoy this gem!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
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East Orange
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

My daughter treated me to a calming stay at this location. The decor and service was outstanding. The breakfast and evening snacks were wonderful. One of the best things about our stay was the service that Joanna, the inn keeper showed. I have been talking about our experience to everyone I know here in New Jersey. Can't wait to try this location again...Keep up the good work..

Room Tip: All the rooms are good.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stayed in DC last year and decided to try somewhere new this year. AKWAABA was the new place, The atmosphere is very calming, the property is beautiful and employees are great. The food served was great also, hot breakfast was something to look forward to. We would defiantly stay again. AAAAA++++++

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  • Stayed March 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
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Address: 1708 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Dupont Circle
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Ranked #4 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Akwaaba DC is located in Dupont Circle at the heart of the Nation's Capitol. This 1890's historic townhouse is within walking distance of the White House, and the many fine restaurants, and shops of Dupont Circle. Access to the Smithsonian and National Monuments is a short ride on the Metro just 4 blocks (less than a 10 minute walk). Choose from 8 guest rooms, each with private bath or an apartment with accommodations for 4. ... more   less 
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Akwaaba Dc Hotel Washington Dc

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