My significant other and I recently stayed here for three nights. Upon arrival we were greeted by Angela who put our bags in the elevator and then walked us up the stairs to room 121 on the second floor. The room was bright and large with a ceiling fan, king bed and ample space for the sitting area. Angela showed us how everything worked, then left us to get settled.
The room: Very nice decor, the bed was firm without being hard and the layers of sheets and blankets were very comfortable. You can't control the temperature in the house, but there is a ceiling fan (one setting) if you want to move the air around. No TV, but I knew that before arriving and there was a rather loud desk clock (I'm a light sleeper) that I had to put in drawer at night. There is plenty of space to hang clothes and put them away in a dresser. The bathroom is a little tight. While nicely updated, there's only one sink and a shower stall. The shower water temperature can be a little touchy and I agree with another poster that said the pressure isn't quite as strong as I would have liked. I appreciated the low flush toilet which works well. The room is fairly quiet but you can hear traffic, sirens and trash trucks that are typical of city lodgings. The windows are not double paned or insulated, but you can open them for a nice breeze.
Breakfast: Mostly continental with fruit and yogurt, a few cereals, cheeses, breads and usually a quiche or other small hot item, like pancakes. While this was a decent breakfast offering, many B&B's that I have stayed at typically offer more in terms of a hot entree and I just felt like this breakfast fell slightly short of expectations. Also we tended to come down closer to 9am and it appears that some choices are not refreshed if you come down later than everyone else so rise early if you want the full offering. One of the awesome things about this B&B is that they provide special requests items. My SO drinks almond milk and I drink soy and they stocked both for our visit which was very nice.
Location and Staff: The number one reason to stay here is the awesome location. The beautiful tree-lined streets offer shade on a warm day and a pleasant walk to Connecticut Street where there are great restaurants and its an easy stroll to the Metro Station. Don't bring a car, you will not need it. If you are looking for a reasonably priced meal, I recommend Sette Osteria and if you are looking for an upscale delicious dining experience, I would get reservations at Nora's. The staff is wonderful helping with check-in and check-out, taking bottles for recycling and showing you where all the snacks are. Laura also put together an awesome list for the guests so we could see what attractions were open during the government shutdown.
A few housekeeping items: The only item I wish had been covered upon arrival was the prompt payment of the bill. I didn't read the details in our arrival packet as I was rushing out the door after check-in, but unlike most accomadations you pay up front the day you check-in. It makes check-out very easy but I got the feeling that I didn't pay it fast enough (next morning) and it made me feel uncomfortable. I would have paid the second I walked in if it had been told to me directly. So to save you any misunderstanding, take your invoice downstairs after you check-in. Make sure you leave the room by noon so they can freshen it up for you. I would have liked one more trashcan in the bedroom but this is only a minor issue.
Overall this is a nice, clean B&B, with a warm staff, a spacious room and an excellent location for restaurants, the metro and sightseeing in general. I would stay here again rather than in a hotel should my travels bring me to DC again.
- 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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