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“Don't go near it with a ten foot pole!”

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Otis Place Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #29 of 35 Washington DC B&B and Inns
Maryland
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
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“Don't go near it with a ten foot pole!”
Reviewed June 29, 2010

My husband and I booked this place online. It did not say it was on a second floor and I had written in my request that I had bad knees with arthritis. I was then called and told it was on a second a floor, and my husband and I agreed to try it.

No one answered the door when we arrived. After my husband let himself in, another guy who lives in the B&B (but not the person who runs it) came downstairs. He let my husband know that he did not like sharing his some with B&B customers. We were made to feel very unwelcome. My husband went to make a cup of tea and was told not to use the gas stove.
The Internet prewarned us and a sign in the bedroom warned us that without a parking pass, our car would be towed. There was no parking pass left for us, and the owner did not return any of our phone calls. After hours of worrying, we finally called the 800 number for the B&B office in Massachusetts (the B&B is in DC) and we were assured that a pass was not needed.
Feeling unwelcome combined with the lack of responsiveness of the owner, the difficult stairs and the awkwardness of the kitchen made it a terrible stay. We told Steve, the guy in the office that we wanted only to stay one night and would like a refund. The owner, Larry, was NEVER in touch wtih us directly, but he communicated through Steve that he would only refund 50% for the second night.
We paid in full for the first night, but given the circumstances, we feel we should have been given a full refund for the second night.
Do not stay here! Try the Bloomingdale Inn in DC instead! We had a great experience there.

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DCLarry55, Owner at Otis Place Bed and Breakfast, responded to this review, May 20, 2014
My co-owner has moved to be a permanent resident of Costa Rica. Honesly, he did not enjoy the BNB aspect of the home. All the best, Larry
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Additional Information about Otis Place Bed and Breakfast

Property: Otis Place Bed and Breakfast
Address: 10th and Otis Place NW, Washington DC, DC 20010
Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Columbia Heights
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Ranked #29 of 35 B&Bs / Inns in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Otis Place Bed and Breakfast is located in the newly gentrified Columbia Heights Historic District, in Northwest Washington DC. This Victorian townhouse was built in 1910 and completely renovated in 2002/2003, and offers a choice of 2 guest rooms, each furnished with a Queen sized bed and private bath. A self catered continental breakfast is offered daily. Please note: Guests with animal sensitivities, this lovely home does have a cat in residence. ... more   less 

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