This year marks our 31st year working with the bed and breakfast community of Washington D.C. 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 D.C.
Washington D.C., 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 have off-street reserved parking for a nominal fee. Other homes in our system can obtain a temporary parking pass which will allow you to park under the same rules as anyone 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 memorable vacation.
The primary sightseeing area in Washington D.C. 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 Gardens located in this area of the city. Plan to do a lot of walking and remember to bring your most comfortable shoes. It is possible to walk a mile inside just one of the museums.
Washington enjoys a fairly temperate climate. Spring and fall are the most comfortable times to visit. We recommend that you bring comfortable layers of clothing so that you can easily adjust to the times of the day, in addition to 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.
Breakfast options generally fall into a few short descriptions. Here are some options of what you can expect from homes offering breakfast.
Hot cooked breakfast:
B&Bs offering this type of breakfast generally serve breakfast that is made fresh each morning. Depending on the size of the home, breakfast times may be a single serving at a set time or based on your schedule.
This is the simplest breakfast served, usually consisting of cereals, toasting breads, English muffins, bagels or the like. Coffee, tea and juice are also customary.
Similar to the continental breakfast, though expect fresh baked muffins or specialty breads, seasonal fruit and perhaps yogurt.
This 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 own.
Some properties, especially the furnished apartments in our system, do not include breakfast at all.
City regulations do not permit owners to allow you to cook in the kitchens of the B&Bs. Many homes have provisions for access to refrigerators/microwaves.
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&Bs that allow guest 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. Limited homes in our system have elevators. If stairs are difficult for you, please let us know. We can suggest homes 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 that were 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.