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Embassy Circle Guest House
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   2224 R Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20008   |  
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Ranked #2 of 33 Washington DC B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Lincoln, England
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“What a fabulous place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2008

This is a wonderful place to stay in DC offering stylish and spacious bedrooms and communal areas. The emphasis is on a congenial atmosphere in which guests can relax and feel at home with the hosts Laura and Raymond. Raymond is a fabulous source of information about the area.
The Embassy Circle is quite frankly a lovely place to stay in DC. Further comment is just not necessary. Go there!!!

  • Liked — The warm friendly atmosphere, and fabulous rooms
  • Disliked — Nothing!
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2008

My wife and I honeymooned at the Embassy Circle in September of this year, and it was without doubt the best guest house we have ever stayed in. Raymond and Laura are to be congratulated on their first-rate renovation of a truly lovely building. From the moment we arrived we were impressed. Returning to the house after a busy day of sightseeing felt just like returning home. Nellie and Ingrid are warm, friendly and attentive, and saying goodbye felt very much like saying goodbye to old friends.
The communal breakfasts are a great way to meet guests from every part of the globe, and Laura is particularly adept at getting guests to talk to each other, whilst invariably acting as the stimulus for many interesting and thought provoking conversations.
The house is located a short walk from the metro station at Dupont Circle, and is within easy of the many superb restaurants recommended by Raymond and Laura. Set in picturesque and tree lined streets, the local area is great for gentle strolls and we felt completely safe at all times. Many of the nearby properties are embassies, and I must admit that some of the countries flags were not immediately recognisable! In summary, what makes this place special is the attention to detail. Nothing is to much trouble, and on our last day Raymond and Laura even took us to the airport ! Thanks guys for a fantastic stay, we will most definately return.

  • Liked — The owners and staff
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2008

I would recommend Embassy Circle wholeheartedly and without hesitation. The rooms are beautifully decorated and always spotless, the free car parking is a real bonus for anyone visiting with a car, and the location is perfect – very safe, in a pretty and lively neighbourhood, and five minutes from the Dupont Circle metro (which is itself only a couple of stops from all the main tourist destinations). But the best thing about this guesthouse is the hospitality – I have never stayed in a guesthouse where the owners and staff are so warm and welcoming. You really are treated like a guest in their house! Every detail is thoughtful, and special mention goes to the delicious breakfasts – smoked salmon, fruit salad, fresh pastries and their house blend of coffee. Together with the lively conversations initiated by hostess Laura, I really couldn’t think of a better start to the day. Staying at Embassy Circle really made our week in Washington special.

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Perth, Australia
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2008

This is a top place to stay. The location is an experience in itself. R street is full of run-down embassies of tenth rate countries, (the kinds of countries you may not have even heard of) therefore, VERY interesting. Across the street is the Burmese embassy, but there were no demonstrations while we were there.

R street is really quiet, the neighbourhood is upscale and safe and very pretty. Handy to the metro at Dupont Circle. Many superb restaurants within a 5 minute walk, especially Mourayo.

Embassy Circle is a renovated mansion that most of us could only dream of living in. Words can not describe the superb design detail and outstanding quality of this elegant home. Each room is different, but all are spacious with individual touches. Our room was the biggest available and we really spread out and relaxed. Fabulous bathroom.

This was our first time staying in a B and B, we usually pick hotels. What is special is that you get to chat with other guests, who are invariably people just like you, from around the 'first' world.

Breakfast is ten or more around the dining table thrashing out the world's problems (which to most Americans, we found, means the US's problems)and being in Washington, it is a very politically aware place. Late afternoon (5 - 7 pm) is ten or more in the lounge with a glass of wine or beer and nibbles, debriefing the places visited that day. All the food and drink are complimentary, a quality breakfast, all day tea/coffee, late afternoon wine or beer.

We even had a dinner one night provided free to all of us, a great sushi feast with a dozen around the table, provided by our hosts Laura and Raymond Saba.

But all of this socialising is optional. It is possible to just revel in your elegant bedroom and be a hermit.

It is cosier than a hotel and really does feel like home, because you have access to the laundry and kitchen and to the same friendly staff members each day, so you can develop a rapport. Embassy Circle is not cheap, but it is a bargain for what you get, and, yes, it is a bit of an indulgence because it is so outrageously beautiful.

The lack of television was a postive as it meant it was a really civilised place to stay with only the sound of conversations between real people, not screen people. I would highly recommend this B & B, especially if you are travelling alone or in a couple, as you will have lots of contact with people.

  • Liked — spacious and elegant room and house
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2008

Stayed at this wonderful Guest House on 22 & 23 Sept 2008 while visiting Washington DC on a short break. Although, we expected the accomodation to be nice, it far exceeded our expectation. Laura, Raymond, Nellie and Ingrid made our stay one of the best. Their warmth and hospitality will not be surpassed anywhere. They made us feel part of their extended family and in fact welcomed relations livng in DC as if they were guests as well. We particulary enjoyed breakfast and the conversation we had around the table with Laura, Raymond and fellow guests.
If you ever decide to visit Wasington DC, the Embassy Circle is as much to be experienced as any of the sights. We recommend this as THE place to stay in DC.

Marie from Ireland and Jane from England

  • Liked — Hosts
  • Disliked — Leaving
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2008

According to www.bedandbreakfast.com, this B&B accepts their gift certificates. We had called to inquire about how to use these gift certificates. We were interested in one of their rooms that was listed on the website as being $190 per night, and when I spoke with the receptionist, she had confirmed that it was $190 per night. When I asked about using the gift certificates, she had questioned where I received the gift certificates. I had told her that I was going to get them from Costco and (stupidly) told her that I could get the certificates for $80 for a $100 gift certificate. Out of disbelief, she was unsure about this deal. She told me that they get $85 per $100 gift certificate from bedandbreakfast.com, so if this was the case, both them and bedandbreakfast.com would be losing money. I directed her to the Costco website, and before I could book the place, she said she would call bedandbreakfast.com to verify this and said she would call me back. However, I never received a call back, and the very next day, I checked their website and the price had gone up to $210 per night!!! It's been 1 week and I never received a call back from the B&B. Because they knew that they were going to lose $15 per $100 on my stay, they decided to raise their rates! It would be a kin to a grocery store raising the price of their milk if they knew that a coupon was in the paper that week. Disgusted with their practice of doing business, I was not going to give them my business and instead am writing to everyone to show you how to get a discount on their B&B.

For those that want to save $20 for every $100 and are a member of Costco, go to your nearest Costco or go to Costco online (search for "bed and breakfast") and purchase Bedandbreakfast.com gift certificates. They work just as good as cash (from what the receptionist told me), so just buy enough to cover the cost of your stay (including tax). I would just warn you not to tell them where you got your gift certificates as they'll raise your rates.

  • Disliked — Business practices
  • Stayed August 2008
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
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NativeWaashingtonian, Owner at Embassy Circle Guest House, responded to this review, September 4, 2008
Several days ago, the gentleman who wrote this comment called to inquire about booking a room at our guest house. He wanted to know if we would accept bedandbreakfast.com discount “gift” certificates purchased through Costco’s website as payment for his stay. Our answer was “no”.

We have always accepted gift certificates. Children pay for their parents' wedding anniversary trip to DC with gift certificates, or a sister buys a gift certificate for her brother’s birthday. Employers give travel awards to valued employees, or a bride gives gift certificates to members of her wedding party. Gift certificates have always been used in our industry as a way to say "I love you." or “Thank you!” or "Have a great vacation!" The purchaser has always paid the full value of the certificate, and we, as B&B owners, have absorbed the 10-15% handling fee collected by bedandbreakfast.com and others to provide this “gift”. We have never minded absorbing this fee because it has always been such a pleasure to be part of these celebrations. Celebrations are, in fact, one of the reasons that we are in the B&B business. We really enjoy our guests, and we really enjoy celebrating the times and seasons of their lives with them.

The gentleman who wrote this comment called with a very surprising and unusual request. He wanted to purchase bedandbreakfast.com gift certificates – not as gifts – but for his own personal use, to pay for his own stay. This proposed payment arrangement made no sense to me, so I asked why he wanted to pay with gift certificates rather than a credit card or cash. He informed me that he was planning to buy $100 bedandbreakfast.com gift certificates on Costco's website for $79.99 each.

As a property owner who has always accepted bedandbreakfast.com gift certificates, I was absolutely shocked by this response. I had no idea that bedandbreakfast.com was deeply discounting gift certificates – in effect turning them into bedandbreakfast.com discount coupons and not gift certificates at all - and selling them on Costco’s website. This is not a discount program that we were aware of, or that we ever agreed to honor as property owners - and it is not a discount program that we can accept. We have made our concerns and objections very clear to bedandbreakfast.com and we are no longer participating in their gift certificate program at our properties.

The gentleman’s accusation that we increased our prices as a result of his phone call and his attempt to use a gift certificate for payment is incorrect. Our rates fluctuate with the seasons. Our fall (high season) rates went into effect on September 2nd, and our winter (off-season) rates will go into effect on November 23rd. That’s just in time for one of those celebrations we enjoy so much - Thanksgiving with family in Washington, DC. It’s a great time to see the city, so please join us!

Laura Saba
Owner
Embassy Circle Guest House
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New York, NY
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2008

B&B's don't get better than this!! We stayed there for 2 nights this past weekend and I was sorry to leave...
Ofcourse the b&b is gorgeous..Raymond and Laura built and designed it themselves, but the hospitality and attention to detail is marvellous. We had booked 3 rooms and each one of them was just beautiful.
More importantly, our conversations at breakfast and late evenings were entertaining and insightful.
Raymond and Laura are wonderful hosts..and go above and beyond to make sure guests are comfortable in every way.
We're going back to DC just to stay here again.

  • Liked — Everything!!
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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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
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Embassy Circle Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 11
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, a Select Registry Property. ... more   less 
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