Staying at Celia's place was to experience what it would be like to live in the area. It's a 2 story, narrow historic brownstone and you are literally a guest in Celia's home. Celia herself is a smart and charming host with a fascinating history of her own! Her beautiful cat Maggie will greet you from time to time. The breakfast is continental, with toast, yogurts, fruit, cereal, coffee and tea offered. The stairs to second floor bedroom are narrow and old so be prepared to navigate your bags up. The small bath is in the hall and right by bedroom door. Being an older house, there are a few quirks with locks, door knobs, lights etc. but this is all workable. The bedroom is quite small and bed is a double/full bed but seems smaller. Really a tight fit. Small TV with cable is on dresser. Attached to bedroom is a sitting room with loveseat and chairs and lots of windows and plants and books. Eye masks are available if early morning light bothers you. Wifi here was slow but worked best downstairs in main sitting room. Very few plugs are available to charge electronics. When Celia was traveling we were given access to main room with a lovely bay window in front.
Lots of personal history in the photos and books decorating the home. You let Celia know what time you would like breakfast ready and it's served in large dining room. No additional service like beds being made or bathroom towels changed, but if you have a request she seemed very accommodating.
Best part of this stay is the location. It is right behind Library of Congress so you can easily walk to Library, the Capitol building, and many museums on that end of the mall. Just 3 or 4 blocks to Metro and churches, and 1 block from many restaurants, shops and a Starbucks. Very close to Eastern Market (highly recommend) with great food and shopping (open Saturday and Sunday).
Staying here lets you live the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Only room for 2 people though. Squeezing in a third person is just not possible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Celia’s Place offers the closest access to the National Mall, the Smithsonian and the Monuments. Located at 3rd and Independence Ave SE, for tourists or researchers the home is literally across the street from the Library of Congress. Visitors can walk there or to the U.S. Capitol, Supreme Court, Folger Shakespeare Library and Theatre, the National Gallery of Art, Botanic Gardens, Air and Space Museum and the new American Indian Museum. ... more less