One of the owners met us at the house after we’d phoned ahead letting him know that we were en route from the airport. About a 10 minute walk from U-Street / Cardozo metro station, the house was also only The house was a mix of old and new. Deep red and brown brick on the outside, the interior of our room was decorated in brighter blue/grey and beige tones with modern as well as traditional furnishings and accents. Before ascending the grand staircase to our room we were shown the kitchen, dining room and lounge area stocked with newspapers, magazines, tourist leaflets and city maps. We were invited to store perishables in the fridge but asked not to use most other appliances, which were reserved for breakfast preparation purposes only. By happy accident, we were "upgraded" to a bedroom with en suite bathroom. The bed was high but big and comfortable and there was a small lounge by the windows with a sofa, television and fireplace. The bathroom was also a good size and came with an assortment of soaps, towels and a hairdryer. In addition, the B&B offers free Wi-Fi so in some ways it’s also quite well set up for business travelers. The only complaint I did have was that the door to our bedroom was a thin frame with glass panels and the curtains covering the glass obviously didn’t do much in the way of sound insulation. On Sunday morning we were awoken earlier than we would have liked by a rather loud group having breakfast in the kitchen. I imagine that if your room is on one of the upper floors then this is less of an issue but it was quite apparent that glass doors are not the best option if you want total peace and quiet. The breakfast served was simple but healthy with an assortment of tea, coffee, fruit, yogurt and cereal and you could help yourself to toast and jam. The house we stayed in is one of two bed and breakfast properties in the area run by the owners. The prices of all their rooms are quite reasonable, especially when compared to some of the more centrally located hotels and if you opt for a room with shared bathroom the price is cheaper still.
London, United Kingdom
April 6, 2008
From journal The Two-Day Tourist in Washington DC