This year marks our 31st year working with the Bed and Breakfast
community of Washington DC. We sincerely, make every effort to
represent all of the homes in our system honestly and match guests to
environments to ensure an enjoyable stay. Below are some details we
hope will help make your stay a comfortable and trouble free while here
in Washington DC.
Washington DC , like any
large city, is a challenging place for parking. If you are traveling by
car, we recommend you stay at a home that can provide parking for your
car. Some of the homes in our system can offer off street parking for a
small fee. Other homes in our system can obtain a temporary parking
pass, which will allow you to park under the same rules as any one who
lives here. Washington's public transportation is excellent, and we
recommend you make extensive use of these services when moving about
the city. If you do take your car, please be very vigilant about
reading the posted parking signs. The city is very efficient at
ticketing and towing-both actions that will quickly dampen an otherwise
The primary sightseeing
area in Washington DC is the National Mall. This roughly 3-mile stretch
of green space is the location for the Smithsonian Museums, and the
majority of the monuments. Visitors will also find the U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, and National Botanical Gardenslocated in this area of the city. Plan to do a lot of walking. Please
remember to bring your most comfortable shoes. It is possible to walk a
mile inside just 1 of the Museums.
Washington enjoys a fairly
temperate climate. Spring and fall are the most comfortable times to
visit. We still recommend that you bring comfortable layers of
clothing, so that you can easily adjust to the times of the day, and
moving in and out of buildings. It is not a bad idea to plan to bring a
small umbrella, or lightweight packable rain jacket, just in case.
Almost every B&B
provides guests with the ability to make and receive calls. (Long
distance calls require a calling card or credit card) This is different
at each home, so if you have any specific needs, please let us know
before you make your reservation. Cellular coverage is generally
excellent anywhere in the city (except the subway of course) so if you
plan to travel with your cellular phone, you are generally off to a
Again, each home
is different; if you have a need to have internet access or check
email, let us know. This is part of the benefit of using our service; we
can answer these types of questions, and provide you with a list of
B&B's or Apartments that can meet your needs.
options generally fall into a few short descriptions. Which one is
right for you is of course your decision. Here is what you can expect
from homes offering breakfast.
offering this type of breakfast, are generally serving a breakfast that
is made fresh just before being served. Depending on the size of the
home, breakfast times may be a single serving at a set time, or based
on your schedule.
is the simplest breakfast served. Usually consisting of cereals,
toasting breads, English muffins, bagels or the like. Coffee, tea and
juice are also customary.
to the continental breakfast, though expect fresh baked muffins or
specialty breads, seasonal fruit, and perhaps yogurt.
breakfast generally involves a little work on your part. In most cases,
the owner is not present, or able to prepare breakfast for you, but
will show you where to find items for you to prepare breakfast on your
properties, especially the furnished apartments in our system, do not
include breakfast at all. If you are staying in an apartment, you
likely have an equipped kitchen allowing you the ability to make
breakfast, or even other meals on your own.
regulations do not permit owners to allow you to cook in the homes
kitchens. This does not apply for self-contained units such as
furnished apartments. Many homes have provisions for access to
All of the homes in our
system are non-smoking. Most will allow guests to smoke outside the
home. If you require accommodations that allow you to smoke inside, we
can offer a few hotel options.
Some of the homes in our
system may have family pets. If you have allergies to pets, or prefer
to stay at a pet free home, please be sure to ask. We generally try to
identify homes with pets in their descriptions. Unfortunately, we do
not have any B&B's that allow guest pets. The Dupont Circle hotel
can offer accommodations where guests can bring pets.
First floor guest rooms
were virtually non-existent in the day most of our homes were built.
Bedrooms are very likely to be located on the second, third and
sometimes even fourth floor. Additionally, many homes have a flight of
stairs to reach the front door. We do not have any homes in our system
that are equipped with elevators. If stairs are difficult for you,
please let us know. We can suggest homes or apartments that offer the
least amount of stair climbing possible, or if an elevator is a must,
perhaps suggest a hotel.
Many homes offer guests
private baths, though there are still options where shared bathrooms
exist. In addition, many bathrooms were not present at the time of
original construction of Historic homes. The bathrooms added, may be
small, and may not have both a shower and tub. Please be sure to ask if
a large bathroom, or bathtub is important to you.
Please ask! If it is
important to you, we want to know. We would like to help match you up
to a home that can meet your needs. The more we know, the better
recommendations we can make.