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Embassy Circle Guest House
2224 R Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20008 (Upper Northwest)   |  
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“An Exceptional Stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

What a great five night stay at the Embassy Circle Guesthouse! I was looking for an alternative to a big city hotel and found it in spades at this gem of a B&B. Some high points:
• Sense of place – the Guesthouse is a meticulously restored former embassy with fine traditional furnishings and hand picked artwork. The ambience is one of comfort and elegance.
• Friendly, warm hospitality – our hosts, Laura and Raymond, were fantastic in making guests feel welcome. There is a positive energy that emanates from their hands-on care; here are two people who genuinely enjoy being innkeepers.
• At breakfast and the late afternoon happy hour, guests would gather and discuss where they’ve been and swap stories. We met really interesting people from the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. The managers, Angela and Betty were also happy to assist with any reservations, directions or advice.
• My husband had a special dietary requirement and we really appreciated how they accommodated him. Breakfasts always had fresh fruit salad, juices, a hot dish, breads and salmon.
• Comfortable beds and well thought out rooms and bathrooms. We had a room on the third floor. It’s easy to get a good nights rest here!
• Immaculately clean.
• Reliable wi-fi.
• Location – easy access to the metro and many restaurants for dinner in the area. We loved walking around the immediate vicinity with the embassies and also the short walk to Georgetown.

There is no doubt that when we return to Washington, D.C., it will be to the Embassy Circle Guesthouse!

  • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

I must agree with other reviewers that the Embassy Circle is a truly unique place to stay. The hosts Laura and Raymond and the staff will do everything they can to make you feel welcome. Every morning Laura joined the guests for breakfast introducing new guests and getting the conversation going. One afternoon Raymond prepared delicious appetizers from his native Lebanon for all guests.
The house has a remarkable story as a former Taiwanese embassy. It was restored from ruin to perfection by Raymond’s building company. It was very interesting to hear Laura and Raymond tell about the history of the house and the renovation project. It is located in a quiet area near Dupont Circle with only a 10 minute walk to the Metro. Also the White House and Georgetown are within walking distance. There are plenty of nice restaurants in the area. Our favorite was the Osteria Sette.
We happened to arrive at the peak of the cherry blossom season and the weather was absolutely magnificent. Coming directly from a long cold winter in Europe it was really nice to just walk around in this beautiful city and enjoy the scenery. We will have to come back and visit the museums some other time.
I can only recommend that you stay in this remarkable place and experience it for yourself.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

This beautifully restored home is a fabulous place to stay when visiting DC. The owners, Laura and Raymond, are the warmest and most charming hosts that you can imagine. After our first stay with them four years ago, we felt like we had known them forever. The rooms are appointed with antiques and lovely oriental rugs, beautiful artwork, and comfy beds. The bathrooms are clean, sleek and nicely stocked with English shampoos and soaps.
The daily breakfast always has something made with the organic eggs that Raymond picks up at the local farmers market each Sunday morning. Several coffee cakes , fresh fruit, cheeses, salmon and capers, and wonderful breads compliment the delicious coffee and teas. The huge dining room table is always the center for wonderful conversation at breakfast with international guests. The living room is the setting for the nightly wine and cheese get together. There are cookies and brownies in the afternoon to nibble on after a long day of touring.
The location is great with many embassies around the B and B. Metro is close , as are many wonderful restaurants.
It is always a treat to stay here.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2013

We stay with Laura and Raymond at their beautiful and well-situated inn when we travel to DC to visit our daughter. All the superlatives voiced by other reviewers, including the practice of real conversation at the drawing room or at the breakfast table, are right on. One of the many plusses here. though, is the delightful staff -- especially Angela and Betty, who provide a special sense of hospitality to the inn. The gueshouse feels like "or place" now, and we'll look forward to returning to our "DC family" over the years to come. Simply put, a great place.

  • 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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013 via mobile

I was expecting high standards and that is what we got. After a nightmare of a journey caused by a BA cancellation and then 2 hours in US immigration, Raymond graciously waited up to let us in at 11.00pm. It was very kind. We had a beautiful room and excellent shower room; Laura and her staff looked after us for a wonderful 6 days. We enjoyed the conversations over breakfast and wine in the evening , the ever present coffee and snacks and any help that was needed was there. We loved the location slightly out of town and found it very easy to get in and out once we had mastered the metro ticketing machines. There are several restaurants within walking distance to try...our favourite was La Tomate. The only possible improvement I can think of is to have some fresh fruit available with the snacks but that is being picky. On Sunday morning if you are there then there is a great farmers market at the end of the road so you can buy some there, otherwise it seemed slightly tricky to find! Thank you very much to Laura and Raymond for a great week.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

We recently returned from a wonderful stay at the Embassy Circle Guest House. Beautiful, spotless, comfortable room, light but lovely breakfast (coffee perfection), brownies and cookies in the afternoon, followed by wine/beer every night and "AMAZING" appetizers on our last evening. Not to mention stimulating, funny, interesting conversations with other guests from all around the world. Easy access to the metro and many great eats and shops. Always someone there to answer any question we might have regarding the area, transportation,and touring suggestions. The title of this review sums it up. If you are in DC area, stay here and you will find yourself hoping you next travel destination has someplace to stay just like it.

  • Stayed April 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
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Piermont, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

This inn is absolutely wonderful! The house itself is just beautiful, the rooms are elegant and comfortable, the hosts are warm and friendly, the staff is super helpful. And the location is great - the neighborhood is beautiful and feels very safe, and there are tons of really nice restaurants within walking distance. Overall, I think this was the perfect place for us. We were able to get to the National Mall and the museums fairly easily by subway (the DC metro is clean and easy to use), and then every evening we would come back to the inn, relax at cocktail hour, and walk out later to a lovely dinner. Of all the inns and B&Bs we've stayed in, this one is without a doubt the best!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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Address: 2224 R Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20008
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Upper Northwest
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi )
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Ranked #2 of 49 B&Bs / Inns in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Visit our historic and elegant Washington DC bed and breakfast, steps to the metro, shops & dining in Dupont Circle. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, afternoon wine & snacks, parking & internet access at our Dupont Circle inn. Our Washington DC B&B is centrally located with easy access to the famed monuments and sights of our Nation’s Capital. If you are looking for the perfect bed and breakfast in DC, look no further than Embassy Circle! ... more   less 
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