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Historical Traveler Reviews American Guest House Washington DC
We stayed for 3 nights in November. We arrived using our code and after phoning using the hotel phone we were told to go straight to our room where the keys were.
The next morning we got a telephone call to tell us the kitchen would be closing, so hurried downstairs for our breakfast and was then asked if we wanted to pay!
Some of the rooms are said to be best for single to stay, in which case I have no idea how little room they had because ours should have been a single.
We did raise our compaints, service, notices! and timetable on breakfast and was told they mainly dealt with business people who get up and go by 7.30am. So for business people this is fine, but not for a holiday, I fear.
We stayed in a B&B in new York prior to this and it was chalk and cheese., but then this is not a B&B but a guesthouse - but I still expected some staff to be on hand, and be wanting to help not rush us through.
A Relaxing Oasis in DC
Beautiful property - well maintained and very clean. I stayed for nearly a week in DC. Location is perfect and price can't be beat! Includes made-to-order omelet each morning. Owners and staff were very accommodating and readily available by phone. They took great care to make sure that I was comfortable and my needs were met. Only downside was a slow public internet connection.
We offer free secured (wep/network key required) wireless internet throughout the building however sometimes unknowingly our guests end up connecting with one of the several unsecured neigborhood networks instead of being connected to GUESTS which is our network.
This B&B deserves your attention: rooms are great, beautiful and cozy. Caring atmosphere and nice surroundings complete the picture.
Washington's Best Kept Secret
Why stay at a boring chain hotel? We had a wonderful time at American Guesthouse, an 1880s manion restored to perfection. Perfect location, near subway, upscale commercial district, & ethnic neighborhoods. Quaint parlor where we relaxed & enjoyed free internet. Big, homecooked breakfasts. Magnificent staff. Clean & quiet rooms. One caution: lots of steps.
Great Staff and Breakfast!
We ended up staying here on business because all the other hotels in the area were booked. What luck! It was cheaper than the chain we stayed at last time, and everyone on staff was helpful. They serve you breakfast, including eggs, cheese, fruit salad, bagels, toast, cereal, juice, coffee, tea, etc.... As is standard these days, they clean your room, make your bed, and change your towels daily. (If you do not want them to do this, please tell them so explicitly.) The place is quiet and elegant-great for families, weary business travelers, and tourists who want to be pampered and have a cozier relationship with the staff (the onus is on you to strike up a conversaiton, perhaps out of respect for your privacy, but the staff is undeniably friendly and willing to talk.) It is NOT a place for partiers/late-nighters. They are very strict about being quiet after 10:00pm and about not having guests in your room.
Cozy, Great Location, and Warm Staff
The rooms/bathroom were clean; the staff were personable and helpful, and the breakfasts were filling and tasty. (You can get eggs on request from Giane, the very pleasant hostess.) Her baked goods were wonderful and ever-present. (And plentiful enough to grab a few morsels for a quickie snack during the day!)
This was a homey experience, and the location was awesome, honestly a ~10min leisurely walk north of Dupont Circle, and steps from a bus stop.
The internet connection down in the lobby sitting area (free to guests) was also a big plus.
A Delightful Surprise - The American Guest House (Wash, DC)
This year I waited too long to make my reservation at one of the three hotels serving an international conference that I attend annually. In desperation, I looked up "beds and breakfasts" in the DC area hoping to find something close to the Washington Hilton, where most of my meetings were scheduled. I discovered that a place called The American Guest House was located directly across the street - and offering a room rate that was less than the conference rate! I wasn't sure what to expect when I arrived but was delighted to find a quiet and welcoming guest house decorated beautifully with warm wood floors and wainscotting and Early American antiques. My room, one floor up a winding staircase, had all the modern comforts: TV, phone, WiFi Internet connectivity, shower/bath, and even a small space heater, which came in handy in mid January. What a wonderful retreat from the daily DC hustle and bustle!
Elegant Late 19th Century B & B with a Homey Feel
We found ourself at the American Guest House because of "Hotel Sameness Fatigue" when looking for accomodations during a convention in Washington DC. The American Guest House is 1/2 block from the Washington Hilton - thus was very convenient for us, but it was a lot more than just convenient. The house is a 3 story townhome originally built in 1893 for a US Senator of that era. The owners, Lucia and Claudio Rosan, lovingly restored and renovated the inside of this house between 2002 and 2004. Filled with antique furniture, the walls lined with wood panelling and original mirrors, it has been repainted with bold interior colors, the wooden floors and panelling refurbished, and a secondary stairwell originally used by the household staff has been ripped out to install ensuite washrooms for the bedrooms. The living room, entry hall, and dining area appear from the original era, with the hardwood covered with area rugs. A complimentary PC with high speed internet is in the living room. Our bedroom was cozy but again decorated in that earlier period with a four poster bed, antique secretary's desk that also served as small dressor. The bed spread and curtains were of a lovely deep-colored brocade material that also echoed an earlier style of decorating.
Breakfasts were lovely, including different baked goods, yogurt and cereal, toast and different cheeses....and the owners would even scramble some eggs for you upon request. Coffee, tea, and cookies were available dayround - this made for a nice treat at the end of a day of conference sessions and in a much more peaceful setting than a hotel restaurant or bar.
The owners, Claudio and Lucia, are a lovely Brazilian couple who also operate another more modest guest house across the Potomac in Arlington. They are friendly, gracious, and helpful. The guesthouse appeared to bring in an international set of visitors - many of them attending conventions at nearby hotels like the Hilton - and we met other travelers from Italy, parts of the US, and Africa.
American Guest House is centrally located. We were able to easily walk to Dupont Circle, the Mall and museums in the Capital area, to downtown Washington, and the the National Zoo. Georgetown and Embassy Road are also nearby.
Our stay there had the feel of a visit at one's cousin's home rather than an impersonal hotel room. When we return to Washington, convention or not, we will definitely return to the American Guest House.
Great Little Find
I stayed here for 3 nights because all the hotels were either taken or overpriced for my time period. Easy walk to Metro, old building, very clean bathroom, comfortable bed, friendly hosts, adequate breakfast. This is a nice alternative to hotels.