A Washington DC Bed and Breakfast with luxurious amenities
We love art! Since we opened the Embassy Circle Guest House in 2007, we have been building a collection of original works of art, including paintings, pastels, hand-blown glass and decorative ironwork. This is not the fastest way to fill the walls and niches, but we have always felt that it was better to take the time to find original works of art than to choose corporate art, which is sort of like SPAM in your inbox in our opinion.
What is unusual about Embassy’s collection is that almost all of our artwork is done by our guests. The Embassy Circle collection includes works by Beto Rossi, Justina Selinger, Louise Link Rath, Maria Consoli Ianzito, Shoshanna Ahart, Vinnie Nardone, Mada Leach, Michael Gore and Dean Evans. Additional pieces from Laura and Raymond’s personal collection, including a glorious painted cape by Washington DC artist Sam Gilliam and pottery by renowned ceramist Harvey Sadow are also part of the Embassy Circle collection.
Architecture & Furnishings
The Embassy Circle Guest House is a beautiful home. Built in 1902 by French architect Louis Meline, the rooms are gracious and elegant, with exquisite details. One of our favorite features is the elegant main staircase with three different balusters for each stair, an intermediate landing with arches and capitals that look like they were copied from the Library of Congress, and the beautiful 2nd floor landing with its multiple arches and niches.
A great building deserves great furnishings. Embassy Circle is filled with antique Persian carpets with color palettes that rival the rainbow … in fact, our rooms are named for the carpets that adorn their floors. Beautiful Murano glass chandeliers, fine hand-crafted furniture, vibrant fabrics and fanciful decorative ironwork all contribute to the unique experience that is Embassy Circle Guest
Staff & Concierge Services
Real hospitality is one of the greatest differences between sterile hotels and world-class B&B’s. It’s not possible to provide real hospitality without hosts and hostesses, which is why Embassy Circle Guest House is staffed – all day, every day. Do you want to arrive at 11 AM? 3 PM? 7 PM? There is someone here waiting for you. Do you have a question? There is someone here to answer it.
At Embassy Circle Guest House owners and staff are present morning to evening to greet you, introduce you to the other guests, answer your questions about the city and the sites, and recommend great itineraries, fun shopping areas, and exquisite restaurants. We really want you to get the most out of your trip to Washington DC and we are all willing to share our best insights and favorite places with you.
Our Bed and Breakfast in Washington DC is one of those rare old buildings that has an elevator, so we can effortlessly transport your luggage to your room and you can get your exercise by walking around our beautiful neighborhood instead. The elevator is also available for transporting guests who, for whatever reason, are not comfortable using the stairs. Since our elevator is a residential elevator, and it functions a bit differently than a commercial elevator, we ask guests to use the elevator only with staff assistance. Just give the desk a call. We will be glad to help you.
Dupont Circle is located in the heart of Washington, DC and parking is at a premium. We will park your car for an additional fee, subject to the following restrictions: 1) We DO NOT offer in-and-out parking. We will park your car when you arrive and bring it to you when you leave. 2) We cannot accommodate oversized vehicles. 3) We cannot accommodate vehicles with standard transmission. Because of the limitations of our parking accommodations, parking reservations MUST be made in advance. If you will need parking, please call us to discuss the parking situation in greater detail.
Cleanliness is a hallmark of our Washington DC B&B 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 the Woodley Park Guest House 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.
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 District of Columbia Bed and Breakfast. 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.
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 at our Washington DC Bed and Breakfast, we do speak several languages in addition to English, including Spanish, French and Arabic.
Free High-Speed Internet Access
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. Borrow 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 network – available in every room and throughout the public areas of our Washington DC B&B – to check the weather at your next destination or log on to your email account.
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 District of Columbia Bed and Breakfast, local calls are free and there is a minimal charge for long-distance and international calls.