The Bull Moose Bed and Breakfast in Washington, DC is a basic bed and breakfast accommodation which calls itself a "city inn" and has a friendly, very warm, helpful manager. It is located at the corner of 5th and A Street, NE. Be sure to note the "NE" since Washington is divided into four quarters, so there is a 101 5th Street in each of the NE, NW, SE, and SW quarters.
The rooms vary greatly, ranging from a tiny single room without bath at $89 to a roomy triple room with bath at $189. We stayed in Room 6 (The Rough Rider Room), which lists at $169. It was spacious and clean, with a very comfortable queen-size bed, it had its own bath, and was complete with ceiling fan, air conditioner, chest of drawers, one chair, radio alarm, and bottled water. The bathroom had a full set of towels, soap, shampoo, hair conditioner, and Q-tips. There was no closet (there were hooks on the wall with hangers), no phone, no hair dryer, and no TV. One disadvantage: this room was on the 3rd floor, and no elevator. The other rooms are on the 2nd and on the 3rd floor.
The entry door to the B&B is locked and you will be supplied with a code number which you have to enter on the lock to gain access. You also will be given a parking permit so that you can park on the street in the neighborhood. Either the manager or the housekeeper is on the premises from 7am to noon. If you arrive later, there will be an envelope waiting for you, complete with room key and instructions which are comprehensive and helpful in locating services, using the phone, etc.
On the first floor there is a comfortable living room with arm chairs, newspapers, magazines and books, many of which include useful information on Washington. There is a dining room and a kitchen (you have full use of the kitchen), and a closet where you can store your luggage before or after checkout, if you wish. The dining room also has a telephone from which you can make local calls at no charge (!), and long-distance calls using a credit card.
The breakfast, included in the price of the room, is help-yourself in the dining room and includes coffee, tea, orange juice, coffee cake, bread, cheese, prosciutto (!), butter, jam, honey, several cold cereals, and fruit. Throughout the day, coffee is available as are cookies, candy and nuts on the shelf--these goodies convey a feeling of generosity of spirit in the hearts of the management.
The location is fairly central. It is a 15-minute walk (8 blocks) to the nearest Metro station which is Capitol South, a bit longer to the one at Union Station. The Mall is within walking distance, requiring about 30 minutes to the museums, the Washington Monument, etc.