Things you should know about our 2 premier Washington DC B&B's
2 Newly Renovated DC B&B’s
Both Woodley Park Guest House and Embassy Circle Guest House are gorgeous old homes that have been extensively renovated and transformed into beautiful boutique Washington DC bed and breakfast inns.
When we purchased the Embassy Circle B&B in 2003 from the government of Taiwan, it had been abandoned for almost 20 years and had suffered both extensive water and fire damage, making it completely unfit for human habitation.
Woodley was a shabby but habitable DC bed and breakfast with a few exciting quirks when we purchased it in 2000. For example, when you plugged your hair dryer into the wall, you were likely to zap the electricity throughout the house.
Both B&B’s were renovated (some might say rebuilt) by Raymond and Joe, brothers-in-law and managers of Raycon Incorporated, the family construction company. Raymond and Joe are both visionary craftsmen and sticklers for detail, and both bed and breakfast inns were renovated to provide the maximum quality, beauty, space and comfort for our guests.
When we renovated the Woodley Park and Embassy Circle Guest Houses, we made a major financial commitment to the personal safety of all of our guests. We installed sprinkler systems throughout both houses, as well as hard-wired smoke detectors in every guest room and in all the common areas. Our Fire Alarm systems are state-of-the-art and are monitored 24 hours a day.
Green Building Technology
Our concern for the environment dictated many of our construction choices. High efficiency toilets, light fixtures, HVAC units, hot water heaters, and other appliances were selected to minimize energy consumption. We installed energy efficient and quiet windows. In fact, from inside the Guest Houses, it’s so quiet that it’s hard to imagine you are in the middle of a large city!
Our green commitment extends to the daily operation of the Guest Houses as well. We recycle paper, glass and plastic … and we buy local, organic foods for your breakfast!
A good night’s sleep is a blessing to the body, mind and spirit and we firmly believe that nothing promotes restful sleep more than peace and quiet. Enjoy the beauty of our guest rooms as you relax on a comfortably firm mattress dressed in silky linens, and experience the refreshing stillness rarely found in hotels, as you sleep deeply and peacefully without the background noise of television or radio.
Cleanliness is a hallmark of our inns in Washington DC and thousands of guests over the years have commented gratefully on our attention to this critical aspect of hospitality. Our housekeepers have worked for us since we opened Woodley in 2000, and they have set a standard of excellence that they continue to meet every single day. Each room is cleaned daily, and housekeeping is glad to do your laundry and ironing for a small additional charge.
If you agree that one of the greatest benefits of traveling the world is meeting interesting people, you will especially enjoy our charmingly cosmopolitan Washington DC bed and breakfast inns. It is not unusual for us to host guests from many different nations. Tourists and business travelers, researchers and educators, artists, writers, politicians and political activists gather around the breakfast table daily. The conversation is wide-ranging and spirited, and you may leave the table with a list of exhibitions to see, restaurants to try, books to read, movies to view – or new friends and new countries to visit!
We love good food, and we are committed to providing you with healthy, fresh, local choices. Both DC Bed and Breakfasts serve excellent coffee from a local roaster, delicious homemade breakfast cakes, breads, hard boiled eggs and yogurt from the local organic farmer’s market in Dupont Circle, a selection of cereals … and an amazing fresh fruit salad that includes at least a dozen kinds of fruit every day.
An expanded list of choices at Embassy Circle includes smoked salmon with cream cheese and capers, a wonderful platter of assorted cheeses, and a daily hot entree.
Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 9:30 am Monday through Friday and 8:00 to 10:00 am on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Whether you are staying at Embassy Circle or Woodley Park, owners and staff are always present at breakfast to introduce guests, answer questions, provide information, facilitate conversation, and generally get your day off to a good start.
Coffee, tea, cookies and DC’s very best brownies are served all afternoon at both Washington DC Bed and Breakfasts. Enjoy something warm and refreshing after a hard day’s sightseeing or conference-going.
Computers … It seems that it’s almost impossible to “get away from it all” anymore, so we have made it easy for you to stay in touch. Use our guest laptop and take advantage of our free, high speed internet access to check show times, or book a B&B in New York. Connect your laptop to our local area network to check the weather at your next destination or log on to your email account.
Phones and Wake-up Calls - Most of our guests seem to be traveling with cell phones these days, but every now and then, someone needs a land line. To help you stay connected by phone, and to help you wake up on time in the morning, all of our guest rooms have phones with voicemail and wake-up call capabilities. Checking in with family and friends shouldn’t cost you a fortune. At our guest houses, local calls are free and there is a minimal charge for long-distance and international calls.
Languages … It is so nice to be able to speak to someone in your own language. We don’t speak all of the world’s languages, or even most of them, but between the owners and staff of dcinns.com, we do speak several languages in addition to English, including Spanish, French and Arabic.
What … no TV’s? Yes, it’s true. As part of our commitment to peace and quiet, there are no TV’s or radios in our Washington DC Bed and Breakfasts. We do however offer newspapers, magazines, great books, games and conversation for your enjoyment, as well as a computer with free internet access to keep abreast of breaking news. This being Washington, DC, there is so much to do every day that you probably won’t have time to miss the television anyway.