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“A spacious apartment in a stable neighborhood” 4 of 5 stars
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3742 12th Street NE, Washington DC, DC 20017   |  
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Ranked #28 of 33 Washington DC B&B and Inns
Southbury, CT
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“A spacious apartment in a stable neighborhood”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

begins our review of the Brookland Inn. We stay here while visiting our niece who lives in the leafy Brookland neighborhood of DC. If you need a big lobby welcome, constant staff attention, a big view of the White House from the window, and an elevator and/or porter for your luggage, go somewhere else. If you want a clean, spacious place to spread out, precious privacy as you come and go, a VERY comfortable bed (in the 3rd floor 2 bedroom unit), adequate air conditioning, ample toiletries and towels, and the biggest little continental breakfast -- then come to the Brookland. The reservation is a breeze, the check-in is a little quirky, and wireless internet service is not a problem. Breakfast is apple/orange juice, coffee, teas, hot chocolate, sodas, oatmeals, cereal, milk, fruits, and reliable jumbo Costco muffins for all in your party. Your car is safe in the lot on the side of the building or if you are lucky enough to find a spot on the street out front. The Metro is nearby as is the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception. We walked to the church on 12th Street for a baptism on Sunday morning by the Yes Market, CVS, and the BCafe downstairs, which we hear has good food. This is an older apartment type building turned into a B and B with no sign out front. If you want a reasonable, roomy hideaway removed the bustle of downtown, where you can come and go like a native, and are a reasonably self-sufficient traveler/guest, then the Brookland is definitely for you.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2012

My stay at the Brookland Inn in DC was a great experience very friendly staff, clean rooms and a nice vegan cafe to suite your taste buds. Extremely comfortable mattress and bedding accesories were clean and relaxing...came into town for buisiness although my stay was just a few days "Brookland Inn" spoiled me with their service.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Only a short train ride into the centre of DC was great as well as the free parking. The one bedroom apt was clean and comfortable and 2 adults and 1 child were able to spread all their luggage around. Breakfast suited us - light but perfectly fine. Wasn't much around the area so ate downtown before coming back - it's not a full kitchen so it's really only take-out. Overall a pleasant stay in DC.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

We stayed at the Brookline Inn for four nights. On first glance the Inn seems spacious and nice, and has more of an apartment feel rather than a hotel, which we discovered has more drawbacks than benefits. Initially the window A/C unit was not properly installed (there was a large gap between the unit and the window allowing air & bugs to come into the room) when we went downstairs a very nice man helped us by covering the opening with tape. That solved the bug and hot air problem but then the A/C unit was super loud, likely due to poor installation. On the third night, around 1 am, the fire detector started beeping intermittently. Since there is no receptionist we had to wait until the morning to e-mail someone to have it fixed. We received a timely and nice response stating the problem would be taken care off. However when we arrived that evening the fire detector was, now, beeping constantly. Luckily the front door had a number listed to call if one experienced problems and a gentleman arrived to fix the detector within 30 minutes. However he fixed it by simply taking the batteries out, which we could have done ourselves but did not want to cause a fire hazard. When we voiced our displeasure with our stay and asked for a one night refund (remember we stayed four nights total), we were offered a complimentary stay for next time. Needless to say that offer is nice but worthless for us as we will not chance, even a complimentary, stay at this inn. Good luck to anyone who chooses to stay there in the future.

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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

We enjoyed our stay very much. The room, small apartment really, was beautifully and elegantly decorated, the kitchen well-appointed and refrigerator stocked with fresh fruit and other breakfast and snack items. The staff were efficient and responsive. The neighborhood does not have much around, but felt safe and the proximity to Catholic University was terrific. Parking was easy and, for DC, a real perk. We look forward to returning to the Brookland Inn.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bethesda, Maryland
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for 2 days because I had to take the DC Bar exams. Upon enterance, we were dismayed by the lobby because it was sparce, dark, and was not a good representation of the entire hotel. The lock in the main entrance doesn't give you a sense of security because the numbers used as lock combinations were worn out suggesting the four numbers of the code . However, the room was spacious and very clean but it is dated as well as the furniture. The wooden floors squeek so if you are booked on a lower floor, you would expect noise from the higher levels. The kitchenette was impressive because it was equipped with clean utelsils including wine glasses. Unfortunately, some windows are warped that prevented us from locking them. Unlike most hotels or B&Bs, there was no cleaning lady to clean the room during our 2 day stay, make the bed, and remove the garbage. Niether was there a front desk clerk whom you could talk to about immedaite concerns.

This hotel could have been a nicer place to stay if management would improve some of the defects/concerns we mentioned. Otherwise, everything was fine.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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New York, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

...from the standard-issue corporate hotel. What you get from the Brookland is an apartment. I stayed in a large space with large living and bedrooms, a bathroom, and a kitchenette. The rooms were clean, neat, and nicely decorated. The space is stocked with items you need (e.g. toiletries, a hairdryer, iron, etc.), as well as yogurt, muffins, coffee and other light items you can have for breakfast. There is a cute cafe downstairs, and a few simple restaurants within walking distance. There's also a good organic market just a block away from which you can stock the kitchenette and a drugstore where you can pick up any other items you might need. Finally, there is off-street parking and the Metro is just a few blocks away. The neighborhood is fine -- I'm not sure what others mean when they say they didn't feel safe there. You're just a hop, skip, and a jump from some of the city -- and country's -- major religious and academic institutions (e.g., Catholic University, Howard University School of Divinity, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, etc. If I had to say something negative about the place it would only be that it's near a hospital and that sometimes you will hear ambulance sirens going by, but to me that seemed a small price to pay for the pleasant surprise that was the Brookland.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Brookland Inn

Address: 3742 12th Street NE, Washington DC, DC 20017
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #28 of 33 B&Bs / Inns in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Brookland Inn welcomes business travelers to Washington, DC. We offer business travel related amenities at the inn, making your stay convenient and productive. Our location in uptown Washington, DC makes us a preferred place to stay especially since we are metro accessible.Located 10 minutes (3 stops on metro-rail) from either downtown Silver Spring (Metro) or Union Station (Metro), downtown Washington, DC. ... more   less 
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