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On Sunday, I arrived in Washington D.C. ! I am here for a work conference until tomorrow, and then I take off for Iceland!
I was here for the same conference two years ago, and at that time I got some sightseeing in. So far all has been going well. I've attended some good sessions and have connected with some potential speakers, which is …
Had a great breakfast again around the table. Got talking to a girl from LA, who recommended some 'hidden gems' to visit when we get to California. Packed up and checked out. With my back still bad, we decided to go to the movies! We went to a wicked old style movie theatre in the Adams Morgan area of DC. It was so cool. There was one huge curved …
17/09/2009 - Checked out (reluctantly) from East Village Bed & Coffee and jumped in a cab to Penn Station to catch the Amtrak down to Washington DC. Our stay in NY had been one of the most exciting and surreal experiences of our lives. We loved it, who wouldn't? Such a unique, wicked city. Back to the train...once on board (no reserved seating …
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... stop was Arlington House, which had been the home of Robert E. Lee. & his wife for a few years. As today coincided with the anniversary of his resigning from the Union to join the Confederates they had a few different things happening, old style dancing, lace making demonstrations & a musket firing demonstration. Back near the visitor centre was the Women in Military Service Memorial. If we were ever to come back to DC, Arlington is one place we would visit again. ...
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.