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... as we were only a half hour walk away from the main square and attractions. Perfect. On our walk to the natural history museum it was very clear DC was a very nice city it is incredibly clean and the buildings are impressive. A lot of old style buildings give the city some good character. We spent a good few hours in the museum as we do love natural history museums and there was a lot of floors to explore. By the time we left it was ...
... is almost all of them, with free entry. There are 19 Smithsonian museums including National Art Gallery, Gallery of American Art, The Natnl.Portrait Gallery, Hirschhorn Museum, African Art Museum.....the trick is to choose just a few so we have decided on the National Art. Gallery (today), the Hirschhorn for really modern and contemporary and then African art museum and hopefully the planetarium in the Science museum and definitely the Vietnam Vets Memorial (Wall).
... a relatively short taxi ride (longer in the queue) we got to our hotel & checked in. After unpacking, we headed out for a wander. It is like a ghost town - on a Friday night! Not many people and even fewer establishments of any description open! After a lengthy period we find a little pub, have tea, head home and try to get some sleep - we have a big day planned tomorrow ...
... ward to this day.
Back to the hotel to get our bags, then a walk in the heat to the train station to tackle that elevator again. Two trains later, we were relieved to find that our hire car was still sitting right where we left it, so it was back on to the i95 for the drive back to Philly. A short meal stop, back to Patti's to reclaim our suitcases, then wearily back to our hotel to check in and fall into bed. a long, but thoroughly enjoyable day.
... 8230; hard!
Anyway, there is so much to see, so much to do and so many people to meet! And on top of that, I have class on Monday nights, an internship, a civic engagement project and a portfolio to put together! All of these things in classy business professional attire of course 'cause this is not college anymore… so, bring it on D.C.!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bloomingdale Inn Washington DC
The Bloomingdale is an incredible value. I was surprised at how nice it was for the bargain price.
The accomodations are lovely, the location is good, and the staff is friendly and helpful.
My fiance' and I traveled by car and found that we could get to Union Station in 5-10 minutes! Yet, the "off the beaten path" feel of the Inn helped us to feel like we retreated at the end of a long day of sight-seeing.
I would highly recommend the Bloomindale Inn!
Lovely with acceptable location
My wife and me stayed in the Bloomingdale Inn for four nights in September 2005. It's a lovely place with great rooms, a good breakfast and really nice house keepers. I will recommend it to all my friends.
In some other review someone complained about reachability and location. I cannot agree on that. There is a bus station just around the corner (3 min walk) which takes you in 10 minutes to the union station and in 15 to 20 min in reach to the mall. So everthing is reachable by bus and the ticket takes 11$ per week (to be bought in the central bus station!). Therefore, there is no problem with the location at all.
It's great place, I recommended it.
A GREAT B&B in Washington DC
WOW... If you want a Great Experience while in Washington DC; start your day at the Bloomingdale Inn.
The bedroom was large and comfortable. The internet connection was very handy. The large bathroom was clean. The spacious TV/Den area was comfortable. The parking was FREE and easy.
The Breakfast (Oh the BREAKFAST) was sumptuous and plentifully. Coffee and all kinds of tea available all day. Fresh Fruits, Large Bagels, Waffles, Jams, Milk and all kinds of Cereals all served with a smile from a staff that wants to be helpful and helping.
This 9 room B&B is run like a business, but feels like home. A great place to unwind from the hectic pace of Washington DC.
Located on 1st Street. Very close to downtown and near all the transportation routes.
We chose to come here (Bloomingdale Inn) after a horrible referral by HOTELS to a lousy hotel where we chose to leave (did not stay there) where we did not feel safe. We (my business associate and I) called my wife who found this great B&B for us.
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This is a nice inn and the price is about right for DC. My room was very clean, large, well-appointed, and comfortable. There was also a large sitting room on my floor and some basic kitchen facilities (a fridge and sink).
The Innkeeper was very helpful and made me waffles with blueberries for breakfast.
The location of the inn is its only major problem. The immediate area is quite nice and slowly gentrifying. However, to get to the metro you must cross Howard University and then walk through a depressed area. I did not encounter any problems, but I can see why some people would be hesitant to do so at night.
There is reportedly a bus stop nearby, but I never used the bus.
I would stay at the Bloomingdale Inn again.
Good place, poor location...
This B&B is lovely in all honesty despite what some previous reviews said. We never found the staff rude at all, more over friendly to be honest. The rooms are beautiful and clean, some slight safety concerns like no fire alarms and stuff but nothing too major. Bit of noise at night as well but no more than a few shouty people on the street. The maid service was excellent as well and we stayed 4 nights. The food is good if you don't need a small countries worth of food for breakfast. If you like toast and cereal then you are fine.
Not a good location though, in fact a very very bad location. The area is not an area which I would want to walk through anytime after 6pm. Also getting out isn't easy at all, you have to take a bus for quite a stretch to the nearest Metro station past areas you will not want to walk. All in all it is a lovely place but we would not come back just because of the location which is a real shame as it has so much to offer.
We booked our stay on the internet without prior knowledge of this B&B or its location. Not a great place to stay if you are using public transport.
The staff of the hotel are very inconsistent in their courtesy and care, the innkeeper handling our enquiries was not very accommodating or helpful. The quality of the room we stayed in was tatty: although the aircon was efficient and the bed comfortable enough. Sadly a flying roach woke us in the night and the shared bathroom (although very clean) for the price we paid is not brilliant. It's not just the quality and location of the accommodation that would stop us returning but the pathetic quality of care demonstrated by the staff-member that 'handled' us - welcome or greeting were absent here.
An allright B&B for budget traveller
The reason I picked Bloomingdale Inn was for its good deal, as a long-term traveller in DC (for nearly two weeks) I just couldn't afford the prices of other B&Bs and hotels downtown. I think the room is allright, it's a bit small, but is comfortable, it got reasonably cleaned and has a cable TV on, so not much complaints there. I have some complaints about the staffs, though. They're helpful allright, but not as courteous as they should be. Breakfast menus allright, standard continental breakfast menu. The neighborhood could be better, but it is in the process of gentrifying, so within a few years it would be a much better neighborhood. Overall, I would recommend it if you are a long term traveller on a tight budget like me. But I would suggest other B&B's closer to downtown DC if money is not an issue for you or you are staying only for a few days.
A very nice place to stay
I traveled to DC on business during the high season, and had to find a place for less than $150 a night. Good Luck! Finding nothing on that kind of budget among traditional hotels close to my target area, I noticed the Bloomingdale Inn listed at orbitz for, I want to say $89 a night. I gambled, and definitely came out a winner.
I concur with the earlier review that remarks on some of nearby areas, but this place is close to a University, and the immediate environs seem to be undergoing a nice gentrification. Lots of older homes undergoing heavy renovations at the time I visited (Oct. 2004).
The Bloomingdale is like all the others in the area, a big old row house that has been nicely modernized and tastefully decorated. My room was gorgeous with tall windows (although not much of a view -- the back alley) gauzy purple drapes over a canopy bed. Equipped with high-quality linens and towels. The bathroom (which you must share) is thoroughly modern and was always spotless, with scented candles burning, and a basket of great toiletries to help yourself to.
I seem to remember being told I could park out back, but always found plenty of on-street parking out front (being from NYC, I know about alternate-side-of-the-street parking, so if this is unfamiliar to you, learn what it means so you don't get a ticket or worse). The one time I did drive around back, I didn't see an available space, so if this is a concern for you, you may want to inquire beforehand.
The hosts were very nice, although they did tell me they had recently put the place on the market. I hope the new owners continue to operate this wonderful inn in the same manner that the current ones do.
A great place to stay!
we stayed at the bloomingdale inn for 2 nights and we had a great time. Although the area could be better (I wouldn't walk alone outside in the evening & streetnoise in the night) it is okay. The staff is very friendly and helpfull, you can use internet and carparking for free, and the rooms are beautiful, large and clean and it is cheap!. Breakfast is good. There are two cats (I wish I had known since I am allergic to cats) walking through the hotel. I really recomment to stay at this hotel...it is good!
Loved the bloomingdale inn
although you travel through some run down areas to get to the bloomingdale once you get there the area is ok and the bloomingdale is welcoming and freindly. i couldn't find any fault with the bloomingdale