This former Taiwan Embassy residence is nestled among other diplomatic corps buildings and private homes on a very quiet block just around the corner from Embassy Row (Massachusetts Avenue). The owners and hosts have created a lovely retreat just a short walk from the bustling Connecticut Avenue and DuPont Circle. You can spend the day site seeing, relax over wine with other guests then journey by foot to some of Washington's best restaurants of every taste. There's even a popular tea house - Teaism - on the same street. Location in spades. And it's just a 20-minute walk to the heart of Georgetown through picturesque back streets along Rock Creek Park.
The house features a small living room with plenty of comfortable seating where guests gather starting at 5:30 p.m. to share their experiences.in our three-day stay, we might folks from all over the country as well as Europe, New Zealand and Australia. We shared a good breakfast (a hot entree, cereal, fresh fruit and baked goods - plenty to get you started for the day) at a long dining room table.
Our room was plenty big for two, with a very comfortable queen bed with a mattress on the firm side, two wing chairs, a large closet and a small bureau. Natural light and the view were limited in our "garden level" room. But it was cheerful, suffered no basement musky smell and was quite quiet. We had good reading lamps on both sides, a small desk and sufficient plugs for charging phones, laptops and iPads. (It would be nice, though, if the power strip, which was a bit hard to reach under the edge of the bed had been on the desk). also, being a big baseball fan and visiting during the playoffs, it would have been nice to have even a small TV in the room - although I got by fine listening via Sirius on my iPad. (Wifi is everywhere in the house.)
The only disappointment was the bathroom, which featured a stall shower - I would have definitely used a bathtub to soak after at the end of days filled with walking on the Washington Mall and art museums. Moreover, the lighting was harsh and the ventilation underpowered, making shaving tough in the mirror. A shaving mirror would be a nice tough, as would a nightlight so you wouldn't need to turn on the bright lights for a middle of night visit.
Service couldn't have been better, starting even before we arrive, when the hostess, Laura Saba, called to verify our reservation and to chat me up about whether we knew someone from our town who is a regular guest of hers. (We did.) laura cheerfully agreed to meet a special need of mine for distiller water, a gallon of which was waiting for me when we arrived. She and her husband, Raymond, an architect, who live in the house - Raymond would be on hand to say goodnight to you from the living room where he was catching up on the day's newspapers. Together they gutted and re-did the home in excellent style that is comfortable but formal enough to convey the feeling of being an embassy residence. They're not formal at all, however; they are warm as they share personal experiences and take an interest in their guests. All of the staff was very friendly and eager to help, from taking care of bags to seeing if you need anything from the kitchen to suggesting dining, The house offers an excellent list of restaurant suggestions, by the way, but you well might want to consult with Laura by phone ahead of time on your tastes so you can make reservations in advance of your arrival to be sure you get a seating at the time you like. My daughter, who lives in D.C., called ahead for a table at one of the best Italian places, Philomena's in Georgetown, and still was offered only 6 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.
Our room was $269, not cheap but comparable to hotels in the same area. (The Sabos own a less expensive B&B in beautiful Woodley Park, a neighborhood with plenty of dining a couple of subway stops from DuPont Circle.)
If you want the B&B experience whether on a business or pleasure trip to D.C., i recommend Embassy Circle Guest House.
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