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Chester A Arthur Bed and Breakfast, Logan Circle NW Washington DC
General Logan room at the Chester A Arthur Bed and Breakfast
Cinnamon room at the Chester A Arthur Bed and Breakfast
Highland room at the Chester A Arthur Bed and Breakfast
Magnolia room at the Chester A Arthur Bed and Breakfast
General Logan room at the Chester A Arthur Bed and Breakfast

          Logan Circle NW (13th & P Street NW)

In the Heart of Washington, D.C., Victorian Splendor, Modern Comfort

Make your stay in the Nation's Capitol unforgettable at this large, elegantly restored, 19th-century residence on historic, leafy Logan Circle. This friendly house with stylishly appointed, over-sized guest rooms lies within walking distance of the best Washington has to offer: the National Mall, the White House, National Archives and other major government buildings. Also Washington’s world-class Smithsonian museums, art galleries, theaters, upscale restaurants, nightclubs, the Convention Center and the fabulously popular Spy Museum and Newseum.  For those traveling to Washington for work, its right at the edge of the city’s main business district.  Feel entirely at home in rich surroundings for less than the cost of a moderately priced hotel.

The Location

The Chester A. Arthur House is located eight blocks from the White House on historic Logan Circle, one of city designer Charles Pierre L'Enfant's "special places."  It is within easy walking of the Washington Convention Center and convenient bus or Metro-rail access to the world-famous Smithsonian museums and galleries on the National Mall, the Reagan Conference Center, and the George Washington, Georgetown and Howard Universities.

The House

The house was built in 1883 for a wealthy Undersecretary of the Treasury in President Arthur's Administration. It was made for entertaining in grand style and has, in fact, been the venue for many National Geographic Society Christmas parties, among other special events. It's been featured on the Logan Circle Victorian Christmas House Tour and was the location for a Discovery Channel Thanksgiving special.  Among the architectural  features are 11-foot ceilings with ornate plaster crown moldings, fortress-thick walls, matched gas-lamp style crystal chandeliers, gilded pier mirrors and a sweeping, three-story, mahogany-and-oak-paneled staircase. Oil paintings and antiques from the Romanesque Revival, American Empire, and Eastlake periods grace the generously proportioned parlors and guest rooms. Christmas season visitors see the home decorated as lavishly as the original owners would have done in their day.

The Accommodations

Choose from four spacious guest rooms, all with private en-suite baths, cable TV and a writing desk.   Guest rooms are located on the second and third floors, and are walk-up only.  Free wireless Internet is available throughout the home.  Limited off-street, reserved parking is available by reservation for $15 per night.

Your Hosts

Award-winning Washington journalist and author Donald Smith’s articles have appeared in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic and Rolling Stone.  His historical murder mystery novel, The Constable’s Tale (Pegasus Books, 2015) has been widely praised in the New York Times Review of Books and other major review venues.  He is a former National Geographic senior staff writer and executive co-producer of the acclaimed National Geographic-NPR Morning Edition feature "Radio Expeditions.”   Before that, he was a White House correspondent for Congressional Quarterly, managing editor of the Washington Post Magazine and longtime host of “Report on Congress,” heard weekday evenings on Washington’s classical music station WGMS-FM.  A world traveler himself, Don knows the importance of lodging in a friendly, welcoming environment.   By staying here guests are helping Don achieve his goal of preserving the original historic interior of this building, one of only four now remaining on Logan Circle that have not been demolished inside to make condos. (Unfortunately, historic preservation laws apply only to exteriors.)  In the meantime, Don and staff innkeepers/chefs Eric Green and Carl Cox are devoted to making each and every guest’s stay a pleasurable and rewarding experience.

A Neighborhood for Strolling

The Washington Post has called Logan Circle “Washington’s premiere neighborhood for Victorian homes.”  Just a few doors away from this B & B is a residence originally owned by Ulysses S. Grant Jr., son of the 18th president, just one of a number of prominent figures who have lived here.  The Circle itself is a U.S. National Park and Category II National Landmark honoring the memory of General John Alexander Logan, a Civil War hero who later lived on the Circle while serving as a U.S. Senator from Illinois and later ran for vice president.  A bronze statue of Logan astride a prancing horse sits at the center the Circle – our front yard – amid park benches and lofty old oaks.  Residents are an eclectic mix of professionals, artists and writers who care passionately about their unique neighborhood of restored manses.  They are also proud of the neighborhood’s thriving theater and nightclub district, fine restaurants (40 in a ten-block radius) and one-of-a-kind boutiques.  The Logan Circle Victorian Christmas House Tour, held every year on the first Sunday in December, has been a signature event for more than 40 years.

President Chester A. Arthur

Though he never slept here, this home was named for him partly because of the original owner’s connection and partly as a way of drawing attention to one of America’s “forgotten presidents.”  It turns out that Arthur was not only an estimable 19th-century gentleman; he was a courageous politician as well.  Turning his back on the patronage system of political appointments and defying many prominent members of his own party, he signed into law the act of Congress that created the modern civil service.  The house is dedicated to helping restore Chester A. Arthur to his rightful place in American history.

A Healthy Start To Each Day

A sumptuous chef-cooked breakfast is served by candlelight in the formal dining room each morning at 8:00 a.m.  The menu generally alternates between sweet and savory: an egg-based dish (quiche, frittatas and original creations by our two chefs) and a pastry-based dish (crème brûlée stuffed French toast, blueberry pancakes, and more).  Juices, a choice of teas (available 24-7) and limitless cups of premium dark roast coffee are also served, along with decaf coffee on request.  For early risers, sack breakfasts are available consisting of fruit, orange juice, yogurt and a granola bar.  Guests with special dietary needs will be accommodated—please let us know when you make your reservation.