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“Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Right” 5 of 5 stars
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Embassy Circle Guest House
3.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   2224 R Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20008 (Dupont Circle)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 37 Washington DC B&B and Inns
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“Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Right”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Mark Twain states the obvious with regard to Embassy Circle B&B -------"All Saints can do Miracles But few Can Keep Hotel". Laura and Raymond are the ultimate Hosts and they are ably assisted by Angela and Betty.Our room was at the very front of the house. Large and inviting and very well appointed. There isn't a television in the room. But there is a reason for this. Each evening, guests are treated to the hospitality of the owners, with savouries and drinks and the meeting of the other guests. On the first evening that we stayed, we were treated with Lebanese food prepared by the host from his home country. Absolutely delicious. Breakfast each morning was very tasty. Once again the conversation flowed freely with Laura and the other guests. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Washington and staying here was certainly a Highlight of our American visit. I would highly recommend the Embassy Circle B&B to all visitors of Washington and we cannot wait to return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We stayed here last year (2012) for 3 days and revisiting Washington DC again this year (2013) we stayed again, for 5 nights this time. Laura and Raymond, the owners, along with her great team of Angela and Betty, are so welcoming, friendly and helpful that it is better than any 5* hotel: Staying here spoils you for anywhere else, really. Set in a quiet suburb of DC but within easy and flat walking distance of metro, local restaurants and taxis, the location is ideal. The house is a haven of peace, comfort, sophistication and yet has a "homeliness" - you really do feel welcome. The hosts, Laura and occasionally husband Raymond when he hasn't rushed off early to work, sit at the large dining table at breakfast to engage guests in conversation, introduce guests to each other and keep an eagle eye on breakfast provisions which are always fresh and plentiful. They also host an afternoon "wine and nibbles" session every day, showing a genuine interest in their guests activities and interests. I always enjoy stimulating and interesting conversations with them. Laura, Angela and Betty are extremely helpful with any advice or assistance and will order cabs, tickets etc if asked.

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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

We stayed at the Embassy Circle Guest House for four nights during our anniversary trip to DC and I can't say enough about it. We loved it! We are not usually B&B people, but I wouldn't hesitate to book a room here again. The rooms were nicely furnished, bathrooms updated and anything you need could be found at the B&B. It felt more like staying at a home of friend then a hotel. No TVs in the rooms but we knew that before we left (and the conversations with other guest were much more entertaining!).

Breakfast, evening snacks and drinks were very tasty. Since we were there during the government shutdown, it was wonderful to have other guests and Raymond and Laura to talk with and find alternate plans during our trip. Every one of their suggestions was amazing (they know all the restaurants and best ways to get around the city).

Location wise-it doesn't get any better. Very close to the Dupont Metro station. Numerous restaurants and shopping nearby. A beautiful neighborhood for walking and seeing all the areas embassies.

We can not wait to return to this amazing B&B.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is our second stay at the Embassy Circle Guest House-my boyfriend and I absolutely love this place. I really can't rate it highly enough. There is a reason that this guest house is rated so highly. Researching the 'right' place to stay can be so time consuming, yet it is such an important part of your holiday and can either make or break your trip. Raymond and Laura have just got everything right with their guest house and the impeccable service that they provide. I am not the easiest person to please, as I travel often and expect a certain level of style, sophistication and service. Embassy Circle Guest House exceeded my expectation on all accounts and has now made DC one of my favourite weekend getaways. Raymond and Laura understand hospitality and deliver it to perfection. We can't wait to come back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Our 4 night odyssey with Laura and Raymond in October 2013 turned out to be the delight of the year. We are well traveled, discerning and knowledgable about hospitality. We think Embassy Circle Guest House could be #1 in America.
At least, one of our hosts was always present at either breakfast or happy hour to not only oversee delicious and extensive fare, but to introduce fellow travelers, suggest itineraries, and to bring about good old fashioned conversation and friendship into the mix.
I should note, that we were in Washington when the government had "shut down" all the museums and monuments, and none the less, our visit was rich and enjoyable because of the extra measures to suggest "things to do", provided by our hosts and staff.
The public rooms are open and inviting with art of interest and beautiful accessories. We stayed in the smallest room in the house, but it was thoughtfully laid out to give us ample space.
We saw some of the 3rd floor rooms that were beyond spacious. All rooms are attractively appointed with antiques, comfortable beds and a touch of whimsey. Everything is spotless.
If architecture and fine craftsmanship are important to you, this is your place. If location and convenience to public transportation and restaurants figure into your needs, this is your place. If an elegant and quiet neighborhood rings your bell, this is your place. Would we go back again? In a heartbeat! Like so many of our fellow "housemates", we will include time during our next trip to the east coast to return to the Embassy Circle Guest House. Thank you Laura and Raymond.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

My sister Anna and I stayed for three nights. The location is great ,near Connecticut Ave and DuPont circle subway. The staff Angela, Noel and Betty couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. Laura and Raymond were charming hosts. Raymond prepared a delicious Lebanese banquet one evening. Laura even kindly drove us to thee station when our cab was held up in traffic .
Highly recommend staying here! The rooms were roomy and immaculate and tastefully decorated. Lots of eateries close by too.

Stayed October 2013
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights in late September and all we can say is WOW!
We prefer to stay in B&B's while on vacation and Laura and Raymond made our stay at Embassy Circle feel just like being with old friends-comfortable, charming and just the "salt of the earth".
So what made this the most special B&B'S experience every:
~evening one after drinks, Raymond invited all the guest to partake in a traditional Lebanese feast that he and the staff had spent all afternoon preparing and cooking. Not only was it great food, he explained each dish and how it was prepared. All we had room for that night was to walk around the local cafe and buy a superb gelato.
~evening two was Raymond's follow up of a degustation of Lebanese deserts. We missed those delights as we were back late from sightseeing but all reports from the other guests were excellent
~ they are great conversationalists and have a good sense of humour. They or the staff always seem to be on hand to deal with any questions, helpful suggestions, organise cloths washing in house, book cabs/restaurants etc. nothing seems to be a trouble.
~ with 4 other guests we had dinner out with Raymond and Laura at a special restaurant they favour and it was an exceptional night on all accounts.
The house itself is situated in a quite leafy district along with many diplomatic missions. It's a great house, maintained to a very high standard with good decor.
The rooms are a touch on the smallish size but were big enough for our needs. Beds are top class and we slept soundly.
Dupont Circle district where the Embassy Circle is located is only a short metro ride into central DC, and there are numerous excellent cafes, bars and restaurants in easy walking distance.
If we ever get back to DC, we wouldn't consider staying anywhere else.

A 5 star experience and then some!

Room Tip: From our experience and discussions with other guests, all rooms are equally quiet
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Embassy Circle Guest House
Address: 2224 R Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20008
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Location: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Dupont Circle
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 37 B&Bs / Inns in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Embassy Circle Guest House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
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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