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Woodley Park Guest House
Ranked #3 of 35 Washington DC B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Canada
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131 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Love the personal touch”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

I was attending a conference across the street at the Marriott Wardman and wanted something close and convenient. The Woodley Park Guest House was a great find. It's located in a great area with shops and restaurants nearby. It is conveniently located near the Red Metro Line making it easy to get around town. The owners and the staff are wonderful. They make a point of learning your name and getting to know you. Breakfasts always provided interesting discussions as you heard the stories of the many guests, both from the US and abroad. The staff have a great knowledge of things to see and do in DC, places to eat and how to get there. Unlike some of the other more expensive hotels in the area, an excellent continental breakfast is included as well as free wifi throughout the building. Coffee and tea are available throughout the day and each afternoon, a variety of sweets (brownies, cookies, loaves, etc...) are available. One night while I was there the owners had a spontaneous 'cocktail hour' where guests got together in the lobby for a glass of wine or bottle of beer and good conversation. If you are sick of impersonal rooms and want to have a little something more like home, then I strongly recommend the Woodley Park Guest House. I know I will definitely be back the next time I'm in the DC area.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled on business
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Summerville, South Carolina
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105 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2013

I recently returned from spending 5 nights at the Woodley Park Guest House. Having stayed in many DC hotels I can honestly say this place is definitely a find. The house is in excellent shape, my room was pristine, the staff is amazingly helpful and considerate, the location is practically perfect. The metro red line is just about a block away and there are a number of neighborhood restaurants and stores. Breakfast is billed as continental plus; make that a lot on the plus side with two types of coffee – both excellent – and afternoon goodies as well. My room was small but for one person it was just right. Good closet and drawer space and the lighting was excellent, both natural and by the overhead fixture and two 3-way lamps. I was on the street side but at night it was quiet. There is a street light out front though so if light at night bothers you I suggest a room away from the front. There is no formal living area in the house so the dining room is where people congregate. The (international) guests were all very interesting, from all backgrounds and with all sorts of reasons to be in DC. The owners came to sit with us from time to time and both seemed to love to get to know their guests. The staff is exceedingly helpful and accommodating. Many places were closed while I was there due to the government shut-down but the staff had Plan B suggestions and was more than willing to search the internet to check transportation or arrangements and/or make bookings. Overall, a wonderful experience.

Room Tip: To avoid street light at night choose a room away from the front.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled solo
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 20, 2013

I was traveling on business for a conference and could have not had better luck than the conference hotel being booked. Courtney, Kelly and Ingrid were absolutely marvelous hosts and the service was exemplary (as was the brownies they left out repeatedly which I devoured with gusto). The rooms were clean, spacious, and cozy. The breakfast was light and delicious, which you shared with guests at the dining table which spurred serendipitous and interest conversation with fellow travelers.

The location was excellent, less than a block away from the Metro and very close to the Washington Zoo. Being somewhat removed from the hustle of the more central and downtown districts provided for a nice respite and it was never too hard to get back into the action when the whim arose.

My only hope is that your stay can emulate mine. Thank you again Woodley for the warm and generous hospitality.

Room Tip: The downstairs room looks drabby at first glance but they are spacious and have a private bathroom.
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled on business
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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Reviewed October 12, 2013

We selected this Guest House on the basis of the favourable Tripadvisor reviews. When we arrived we noticed with mild amusement the yellow sticker notes on such places as handrails and skirting boards simply saying "paint here". But despite the interior of the House looking slightly more time-worn than it does in the online photos, we were not disappointed with our choice.

There is so much to see in DC, especially for the first time visitor. The Guest House is conveniently situated a minute's walk from the subway, making our exploration of Washington's main attractions easy. It was also just a couple of minutes away from a good choice of restaurants and take-aways for our evening meal (we usually had our lunch in the city center while we were touring around).

Our room was clean and attractive. We were on the uppermost floor under the eaves. I had never occupied a room under the eaves of a house before but found this novel experience to be quaint and charming. The decor is in immaculately good taste. I should say, however, that being situated on the upper floor meant that we had to walk up and down two flights of stairs. There is no lift and we had a couple of large heavy suitcases with us and some smaller hand luggage when we arrived. We managed OK, although if you have even a bit of arthritis in your knees, you might want to request a room on the ground floor.

I don't think our upstairs room was quite as large as those on the lower levels. The room was such that I had to sleep at one particular end of the bed to avoid the possibility of hitting my head against the low sloping ceiling at the other end. In fact, both ends have low sloping ceilings but there is a greater surface area of slope at one end of the bedroom than the other. That meant a greater chance of me, being the taller of us, making unwanted contact with it. My wife got that end and so we managed it well enough. But I'd suggest that if you are quite tall you might want to consider an alternative room.

Sleeping in what felt like a tastefully renovated attic was a novelty, but I think next time I'd request an equally charming ground floor room.

The bed was very comfortable and we slept well.

The continental breakfasts were ample, delicious and healthy. Courtney and the staff were helpful, amiable and welcoming. There is a washing service whereby staff will do a full load and then nicely fold your cleaned clothes for $10, which was exactly what we needed at the time.

On balance we heartily recommend Woodley Park Guest House. It's a most agreeable alternative to an impersonal hotel.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

We took three rooms there in September. The family included two couples and two children. They had put the two children into a twin room next to their parents on the ground floor and my wife and I had a lovely room on the next floor up. Courtney made us all feel very welcome and the property was clean and spotless. The breakfast was continental but best quality produce.

The location is fantastic with the entrance to the subway a minute or so walk away.

Room Tip: Check the web site for details of their rooms. No kids activities or pool
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Koloa, Hawaii
2 reviews
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Well run, very hospitable staff, especially owner Courtney who facilitates introductions and conversation among all guests at delicious breakfast. Very helpful visitor tips and info and located steps from Metro station NW section of city. Great value.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 7, 2013

This is an excellent guest house, in a super location. The owner, Courtney, and all her staff are very friendly and exceptionally helpful. We really enjoyed the hospitality at breakfast when we were able to chat with other guests and the late afternoon hospitality of cookies, coffee and, on one evening, a glass of wine. If we visit DC again we will definitely stay at Woodley Park.

Room Tip: Basement room much better than expected, bright and airy.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Woodley Park Guest House
Address: 2647 Woodley Rd NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-4105
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Upper Northwest , Woodley Park / Zoo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Woodley Park Guest House 3*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Woodley Park inn is located in downtown Washington DC, convenient to everything you want to see and do in the Nation's Capital. Just steps to the Metro, and a short walk from the National Zoo and Adam's Morgan, in safe and historic Woodley Park, our bed and breakfast in Washington DC is ideally located for business or leisure travelers. Relax in comfortable and beautifully furnished rooms at our Washington DC B&B and enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast, newspapers and Internet access. If you are looking for an outstanding District of Columbia bed and breakfast, come experience world-class accommodations and hospitality at our Woodley Park Guest House! ... more   less 
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