New TripAdvisor Award Recognizes Establishments That Have Received the TripAdvisor
Certificate of Excellence for Five Consecutive Years.

TripAdvisor AwardEmbassy Circle Guest House and Woodley Park Guest House announced that both Washington DC Bed and Breakfast inns have been recognized as TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence “Hall of Fame” winners. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honor businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years.

Embassy Circle Guest House and Woodley Park Guest – both DC INNS properties – are owned and managed by sisters Laura Saba and Courtney Lodico, along with their husbands Raymond Saba and Joe Lodico. The two Guest Houses have been providing warm, personal hospitality for 8 years (Embassy) and 15 years (Woodley).

Both properties have consistently held top positions in Trip Advisor’s Washington DC Bed and Breakfast listings, together receiving more than 1,000 reviews.

Embassy Circle Guest House, located in Dupont Circle, offers 11 spacious and elegantly decorated rooms, as well as beautiful public spaces. Owners and hosts, Laura and Raymond Saba, take a personal interest in their guests, sharing breakfast, conversation, and an evening glass of wine (or two) with travelers from around the globe. The incredibly convenient downtown location, surrounded by embassies and close to Metro, restaurants, shops and DC attractions, makes Embassy Circle Guest House the perfect place to enjoy all that Washington DC has to offer.

Embassy Circle Guest House

“We are so excited to win this new Trip Advisor award. We have spent 15 years hosting guests from around the world- about 45,000 people between the two B&B’s – and we have had an absolutely wonderful time doing it! Our guests have clearly enjoyed the experience as well, posting great reviews and recommending us to friends, family and colleagues. What an incredible way to make a living – entertaining fascinating people from the US and abroad. People come back over and over again, and many of our guests have become lifelong friends” said Laura Saba.

Woodley Park Guest House

The Woodley Park Guest House has been the go-to-favorite bed and breakfast in Washington DC for the value minded traveler for the past 15 years. Staying at the Woodley Park Guest House is an experience in personal, world-class hospitality. Owners and hosts, Courtney and Joe Lodico, enjoy meeting and introducing their many first-time and repeat guests, as they join the daily breakfast conversation or share a cup of coffee or a glass of wine on the inviting front porch. The Guest House offers 15 urban-sized rooms that are all individually furnished for comfort and convenience. Located in a beautiful and historic neighborhood, the Woodley Park Guest House is just a 90 second walk to Metro. Because of its close proximity to two of DC’s busiest conference hotels the Guest House hosts a diverse and interesting group of business travelers and tourist from around the world.

“We are really thrilled to win TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame Award. We love being innkeepers and we have a very distinct style of hospitality that is pretty much in contrast with every other accommodation in DC. We favor conversation and generosity over TV’s and transactions. The Trip Adviser Hall of Fame Awards confirms that our brand of genuine, personal hospitality is understood and appreciated by our guests. That is very gratifying” said Courtney Lodico.

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.” When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

Half Price Sundays When you Stay 3 Nights

We’re celebrating!  Both Embassy Circle Guest House and Woodley Park Guest House have won TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the 5th consecutive year and have been inducted into the TripAdvisor “Hall of Fame.” Experience the warm hospitality and excellent service that our guests have been raving about and take advantage of our long weekend special!


Check In Friday, Check Out Monday, and get Sunday Night 1/2 Off

* Specials cannot be combined with other offers or 3rd party gift certificates.

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And the Winners Are…

Congratulations to our second three winners in our DC INNS 15th Anniversary Giveaway!

June Winners:

  • C. Needham – 1 night at Embassy Circle Guest House
  • G. Powers – 1 night at Woodley Park Guest House
  • M. Hirshmiller – 1 night at Woodley Park Guest House

May Winners:

  • D. Malin – 1 night at Embassy Cirlce Guest House
  • T. Loot – 1 night at Woodley Park Guest House
  • C. Goodwin – 1 night at Woodley Park Guest House


DC Museums you shouldn't missPlan an incredible DC weekend getaway at our top-rated Washington DC bed and breakfasts, surrounded by world-class attractions and fabulous restaurants. It’s amazing how much there is to do in DC – start planning now so you have enough time to see it all!

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Book Your Long Weekend Getaway and Get Half Price Sundays

There’s so much to do in DC! Discover hot new restaurants, catch a concert, take a guided tour, or explore the iconic attractions of Washington, DC. And while your here, take some time to just relax and unwind. You really need an extra day to take it all in!


Check In Friday – Check Out Monday

Looking for an excuse to extend your next weekend break? Check in Friday, check out Monday and get Sunday night ½ off.

* Offer valid year round. Specials cannot be combined with other offers or 3rd party gift certificates.

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Things to Do in DC

Memorial Day Washington DC
Face it, the beaches will be crowded and the water is still too cold for swimming. Washington DC is the place to be for Memorial Day Weekend, after all, this is where the Memorials are. Join us for one of our nation’s most patriotic celebrations and enjoy a weekend full of events and tributes.

Memorial Day Flash Sale : May 22 – 31

$75 off 2-night stay + Free parking* ~ book with promo code: MM2

$100 off 3-night stay + Free parking* ~ book with promo code: MM3

$125 off 4-night stay + Free parking* ~ book with promo code: MM4

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5 Reasons You’ll Want to be in DC for Memorial Day Weekend



Washington DC Memorial Day1. “Burgers and Beers” at Woodley Park Guest House

After taking in the moving Rolling Thunder Run, head back to the Woodley Park Guest House for “Burgers and Beers” courtesy of the owners. Sunday night Joe will fire up the grill while Courtney serves up beers from DC Brau, the premier craft brewery of the Nation’s Capital. With great names like Corruption, Smells Like Freedom and the Penn Quarter Porter this beer is as diverse and interesting as the city it’s from, and it’s also delicious!




Rolling Thunder Washington DC 2. Rolling Thunder Run

Rolling Thunder is an incredible Memorial Day event that is unique to Washington DC. If it’s not on your Bucket List, it should be. It doesn’t matter of you like motorcycles or not, this is an incredible sight to see. Tens of thousands of motorcyclists from all over the country will participate in Rolling Thunder on Sunday, May 24 at noon. The mission of the parade is to draw attention to POW’s and MIA’s and to support America’s veterans. Come feel the rumble of the street, see the incredible motorcycles and be touched by the raw emotion these veterans display as they remember their buddies whose whereabouts are still unknown.



Arlington National Cemetery3. Arlington National Cemetery & the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

While you’re down on the Mall for Rolling Thunder, make sure to visit all the beautiful war memorials. Visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Find the name of a friend or loved one on the Wall at the Vietnam Memorial. Feel the movement of the haunting Korean War Memorial and be inspired by the grandeur of the World War ll Memorial.




Jazz Fest Washington DC4. 14th Annual Jazz in the Garden

If you’re in town on Friday evening, don’t miss the kickoff of the 14th Annual Jazz in the Garden concert series. These fabulous, free concerts are from 5:30 – 8:30 PM in the outdoor sculpture garden at the National Gallery of Art starting May 22 and concluding on August 28. Great sandwiches and refreshing Sangria are available at the Pavilion Café as well as pizza, draft beer and wine by the glass. This is a really fun way to spend the evening.




Memorial Day Parade Washington DC 5. National Memorial Day Parade

For a very traditional celebration make sure to attend the National Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 25 at 2:00PM. Wave your flag to the sounds of marching bands and the sight of active duty and veteran service men and women on parade. This quintessential American pastime is the perfect way to wrap up a very fun Memorial Day Weekend in Washington DC.


Don’t spend another Memorial day weekend at the beach when you can have a really enjoyable and unique experience in Washington DC. There are wonderful, interesting and FREE things to do all weekend long and at we’re happy to help you plan your perfect Memorial Day Weekend.


Fun and laughter at the best B&B in Washington DC

On April 10, 2000, we purchased the Woodley Park Guest House.  We’ve loved hosting guests – and we’ve hosted a lot of them.  Here’s a couple of fun things we’ve learned and experienced in 15 years.


How Many Pots of Coffee? – 5 Fun Facts

  1. 27,500 guests hosted; 10,000 guests hosted multiple times
  2. Guests from 6 continents; 118 countries; LOTS of Australians, Brits and Canadians!
  3. 5,250 breakfasts served; 26,000 pots of coffee brewed
  4. 4 Inaugurations – 8 years of Republicans and 8 years of Democrats
  5. 15 Cherry Blossom Festivals – 5 years early, 5 years late, 5 years on time


Start to Finish – 5 of the Major Changes We’ve Experienced

  1. Shabby but habitable rooming house to full gut renovation to stately old home with beautiful new interior
  2. Reservation book with sharp pencils and many erasers to streamlined online bookings
  3. Phone calls to email to intro website to an elegant new website (or two)
  4. Guidebooks to Google; Professional reviews to guest reviews; Fodors to Trip Advisor
  5. Carbs to protein to gluten free to vegetarian to vegan. Don’t worry.  You can still get carbs!


So You’d Like to Own a B&B – 5 Lessons Learned

  1. The greatest guests in the world come to B&B’s.
  2. There are people who should stay in hotels. They’re happier there.
  3. Getting up early doesn’t get any easier. Coffee is your friend!
  4. Change is not an option. Even a tiny little B&B needs an IT department.  (Ughhh!)
  5. We still enjoy meeting you at breakfast every morning – even after 15 years.

We really want to say that we are serious about this last item.  We really love our guests.  You guys have been a blessing to us in so many ways.  We’ve enjoyed your company, your stories, your family celebrations, and your career successes.  We’ve enjoyed shared laughter and more than a few shared tears.  We can’t wait to see you all again. Come on back!  Try out that new streamlined, online booking system we just mentioned.

Stay at Woodley Park Guest House for the National Cherry Blossom Festival

There is no question that Washington DC is beautiful when the Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom. If you’ve always wanted to see this sight, but haven’t quite gotten around to it yet, 2015 is your year! Because we had such a cold winter, the Cherry Blossoms are blooming much later than usual. The National Park Service has predicted that Peak Bloom will be from April 11 – 14, so you still have time to arrange a trip to DC to enjoy the Blossoms and the Festival that celebrates them. Plan to stay in DC a couple of days so you can spend an afternoon or two strolling the Tidal Basin and the Memorials while enjoying this natural spectacle.

But after you’ve seen the blossoms, what else you can do while you’re in town? LOTS! Check out these great activities.

Rites of Spring – 5 Reasons to come to DC for the National Cherry Blossom Festival


  1. Washington Nationals:  What else shouts out the arrival of spring? Baseball, of course! See the Washington Nationals take on the New York Yankees at the Blossoms and Baseball exhibition game on Saturday, April 4 at 1:05 PM. It’s an easy commute to the National’s Park from either Woodley Park Guest House or Embassy Circle Guest House. Once there. enjoy a craft beer and a crab cake sandwich or the more traditional hot dog and peanuts.  Click here for tickets.
  2. Southwest Waterfront Festival:  Not a baseball fan? No problem! We’ve got options. Check out the Southwest Waterfront Festival on Saturday, April 4 from 1:00 to 9:00 PM. Enjoy live music on three different stages including country, jazz, funk, bluegrass and choral music along with traditional Japanese music and dance.
  3. Fireworks:  Stay late at the Waterfront and watch the amazing fireworks display that closes the Festival. Jump on Metro and be back at Woodley Park Guest House or Embassy Circle Guest House just minutes after the final Boom! Check out details here.
  4. National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade:  If the following week works better for you, come stay at Woodley Park Guest House and Embassy Circle Guest House for the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. On Saturday, April 11, from 10:00 AM to noon, watch marching bands, floats, balloons and dancers take over ten blocks of Constitution Avenue. General Admission is free and grandstand seats are available for $20.00. Click here for more information.
  5. Performances at the Tidal Basin:  Looking for something a little more subdued. Take advantage of Performances at the Tidal Basin. Enjoy six different live music performances daily, now through the April 12. All performance are free and they are presented hourly from Noon to 5:00 PM. The Tidal Basin stage is in the heart of the Cherry Blossoms.

If you’re coming in from out of town you’ll need a place to stay while you are enjoying Cherry Blossoms, baseball, parades, and other fun spring activities in DC. Woodley Park Guest House and Embassy Circle Guest House are your perfect home base for all the great special events that are part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

DC INNS Anniversary


Laura and Raymond Saba and Courtney and Joe Lodico are celebrating 15 years hosting the world’s best guests!

We are celebrating our 15th Anniversary at DC INNS, and to say thank you to all our wonderful guests over the years we are giving away 15 free nights between now and the end of 2015. There will be five chances to enter and win, so be sure to watch your email. Enter below to be in the running for our April drawing when we will announce the first three winners!


DC INNS Prize Package Includes:

One night stay at Woodley Park Guest House or Embassy Circle Guest House

Delicious Breakfast Buffet featuring a variety of tasty, local and organic options

Coffee and tea available all day: cookies, brownies and other sweets available all afternoon

Complimentary evening wine and microbrews

Complimentary high-speed internet access throughout the house

Free parking


Book your favorite room today and if you win, your free night will be applied towards your stay!*

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Best B&B in Washington DC

Hi!  My name in Laura Saba, and I’m the owner of Embassy Circle Guest House, an incredible bed and breakfast inn located downtown, in the heart of Washington, DC.  My husband Raymond and I, along my my sister Courtney Lodico and her husband Joe, have been innkeepers for 15 years.  We’ve hosted about 50,000 guests during that time.  That’s a lot of people.  Over the years, our online reviews have highlighted a number of reasons guests choose our incredible Washington DC B&B.  Here are the top ten!

Top 10 Reasons to stay at Embassy Circle Guest House

Embassy Circle Guest House in Washington DC

1. Magnificent house – A beautifully renovated former embassy with elegant rooms and public spaces.

2. Stunning renovation – Superb quality and attention to detail.  A 3 1/2 year labor of love and lunacy.

3. Highly desirable neighborhood -Safe, convenient, European in style and charm.  Walk to restaurants, shops, Metro, sites – everything!

4. Awesome hosts – Warm, funny, serious, available, interested, and involved.  Well connected in the DC restaurant community.

5. Incredible staff – Helpful, professional, knowledgeable and fun.  Willing to do anything to enhance your stay.

6. Elegant Rooms – Spacious, well furnished,  incredibly quiet and luxuriously comfortable rooms – each with individual charm.

Washington DC best rated Bed and Breakfast

7. Delicious food – Organic, local, healthy, and sometimes decadent.  Always delicious!

8. GREAT wine – “There’s absolutely no excuse for bad wine.”  Laura Saba, Owner

The Wine and Beer Buffet at Embassy Circle Guest House Bed and Breakfast Inn

9. Original art – Gorgeous paintings by guests and a sprinkling of works from Laura & Raymond’s personal art collection.

10. World-class hospitality – A B&B with a warm heart and a generous spirit.  A place to come back to again and again


Embassy Circle Guest House is, without a doubt, a special place.  People not only come to visit once, they come over and over again – from all over the world.  In fact, as I write this blog post, more than half of my rooms are filled with happy, repeat guests.

We want you to experience the comfort, warmth, and hospitality of Embassy Circle Guest House – so please come visit us.  We’re sure you’ll enjoy yourself so much that you’ll come back again the next time you’re in Washington DC!

Relax on the front porch at Woodley Park Guest House

Greetings from Washington DC.  My name is Courtney Lodico and I’m the owner of the Woodley Park Guest House, a fantastic – and fantastically popular – bed and breakfast inn in the most beautiful area of downtown Washington DC.  My husband Joe and I, along with my sister Laura Saba and her husband Raymond, have been innkeepers for 15 years.  In fact, April 10, 2015 is our 15th Anniversary!  There’s no questions that we love being innkeepers.  In the last 15 years, we have met tens of thousands of incredible guests from around the US and around the world – guests from all professions and walks of life, guests traveling for vacation, for special occasions, to visit kids at DC universities, for conference and for routine business.

Guests choose to stay with us for all sorts of reasons, but the conversation around our breakfast table and the content of our online reviews consistently focus on the most important reasons to stay at our DC B&B.  Here are the Top 10 reasons to stay at Woodley Park guest House B&B.

Top 10 Reasons to Stay at Woodley Park Guest House B&B


1. Highly desirable neighborhood – Beautiful.  Safe.  Convenient.  Upscale. Great restaurants. Close to the National Cathedral and the  Zoo.

Places to stay near the National Cathedral in Washington DC

2. Perfect for leisure travelers – Your “home” in DC.  Comfortable.  Friendly.  Convenient.  Interesting.  A GREAT value!  Lots of fun!

3. Perfect for special occasions – Birthdays.  Anniversaries.  Honeymoons.  Baby-moons.  Weekend escapes.  Romantic.  Intimate.  Cozy.  Relaxing.

Romantic DC Getaway at Woodley Park Guest House

4. Perfect for business travelers –  Comfortable rooms. Delicious breakfast.  Great WiFi.  Convenient to Metro and popular conference venues.

5. Elegant city home – Beautifully renovated.  Sunny, bright and cheerful.  Relaxing front porch for reading, wine-sipping and people-watching.

6. Awesome hosts – Warm, funny, interested and engaged.  Delighted to host you and committed to making this your best DC trip ever.

7. Incredible staff – Helpful, professional, knowledgeable and fun.  Willing to do anything to enhance your stay in DC.

8. Relaxing rooms – Quiet and well furnished with wonderfully comfortable beds and luxury amenities. Work productively and sleep well!

DC Romantic Bed and Breakfast at Woodley Park Guest House

9. Delicious food – Local, healthy and organic.  A buffet with plenty of options.  Great conversation to accompany breakfast.

10. World-class hospitality -You have friends in DC – and a place to come “home” to again and again!


Staying at the Woodley Park Guest House is a wonderful experience in what hospitality can and should be.  Hospitality is warm, genuine, and personal – and that’s the hospitality you will receive at our beautiful Washington DC bed and breakfast inn.  We are glad you have chosen to stay with us, and we will do whatever we can to enhance the pleasure and productivity of your visit.  We hope your travels will bring you back to Washington DC often and that – like many of our guests – you will stay with us every time!

At DC Inns, we’re celebrating Valentine’s the entire month of February and we want you to celebrate with us!

Remember the early days of your relationship and the exciting dates you planned? Revamp your romance and break out of your routine with our list of fun and romantic D.C. date nights. Planning a romantic dinner for two in one of DC’s great restaurants? Take a look at our Washington, D.C. Restaurants guide to choose the perfect setting for a romantic evening! And when you get back to the inn, enjoy our Valentine’s gift to you – a box of delicious artisan chocolates from our favorite Belgian chocolatier!

Celebrating Valentine’s solo this year?  We’d love to celebrate with you. Come stay with us and enjoy fun activities, great restaurants, and awesome chocolates!

2-night stay required.


6 Unique Date Ideas Washington, D.C.

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date ideas washington dcArt Jamz

Take a couple’s art class and discover your inner Van Gogh! Have fun while creating your own unique masterpiece and enjoying great beverages from their bar.

Details: $18.00 – $36.00 per person, depending on canvas size and drinks ordered.



Fine dining cakeDC Metro Food Tours

Sample local and regional specialties from neighborhood restaurants, or discover the district’s famous public market on their “The Foods of Eastern Market” on Sunday afternoons.

Details: $30.00 – $55.00 per person, depending on tour selected.



cooking classes washington dcCooking Classes in Old Town Alexandria

The best way to a man’s heart… book Sur La Table’s Date Night Cooking Class and enjoy laughing and learning while preparing a special menu of chef-inspired dishes.

Details: $79.00 per person, “Date Night Cooking Class” available Friday and Saturday 5:00 -7:00 PM or 8:00 – 10:00 PM



dancing lessons washington dcDance Sport at Dupont Circle

Learn to dance or polish up your favorite steps at this fun and welcoming dance studio. Friday night private lessons are available by reservation or drop in to their dance-&-learn parties.

Details: $12.00 – $75.00 per person, private lessons require reservations



washington dc spasCouples Massage at Touch Studio of Massage

Enjoy a therapeutic and romantic one hour Swedish massage together!

Details: $150.00 per couple, reservations required




ove Songs The Beatles at The Hamilton Live“Love Songs: The Beatles” at The Hamilton Live

We all have a favorite Beatle’s love song, see if they play yours at this special Valentine’s concert!

Details: $25.00 – $35.00 per person, Saturday, February 14th at 8:30 PM



 Long Weekend Special

With such a great list of things to do to celebrate your Valentine, two nights may not be enough. Why not make it a 3-night weekend?

Stay Friday, Saturday and Sunday Nights and Get Sunday 50% Off

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