Embassy Circle Guest House

A Spectacular SELECT REGISTRY B&B Offering World-Class Hospitality

Top 10 Reasons to stay with us

Trip Advisor 2015 Hall of Fame award – recognizing “one of the very best in the business”.  This award, given by Trip Advisor in response to reviews posted by travelers like you, recognizes “Excellence in Hospitality”.  A Hall of Fame accommodation has received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 5 years in a row – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015!  We would like to say Thank You to all the incredible guests who made this award possible – and please enjoy reading our 500+ reviews on Trip Advisor!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Innkeepers - Raymond and Laura Saba

Raymond and Laura Saba never thought they would be proprietors of two of Washington DC's favorite B&B's. Raymond spent years at the World Bank while Laura worked in the retail and aerospace industries. Eventually they both quit their corporate jobs to own their own construction company, Raycon Incorporated, which has completed many interesting projects in the Washington, DC area - including some GREAT restaurants. It was through their construction company that Raymond and Laura became owners of their first Washington DC bed and breakfast, the Woodley Park Guest House, leading a team of friends and family in the purchase, renovation, and ongoing operation of this beautiful, popular DC INNS B&B.  In 2003 they purchased an abandoned embassy property owned by the government of Taiwan, and after extensive renovation, they opened their second bed and breakfast in DC, the gorgeous Embassy Circle Guest House, in 2007.

Entertaining guests comes naturally to Raymond and Laura. Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Raymond embodies the Lebanese tradition and spirit of generous hospitality, while Laura adds the all-American, native-Washingtonian welcome.  In addition to their love of entertaining, Laura and Raymond love politics, books, independent film, great restaurants, good wine and lively conversation.

The World's Longest Renovation Project: A Labor of Love and Lunacy

Couple Opens Dream Business After Nightmarish Renovation
"In September 2003, their $1 million bid for the house at 2224 R St. NW was accepted. That’s when the complications began to mount. “We soon realized it was a much bigger project than anticipated and before beginning any renovations, the building needed to be stabilized because it was in danger of collapsing,” Raymond Saba said. Fire had almost disintegrated the rafters supporting the roof, but the extent of the damage had been disguised by covering the rotted timbers with plywood."

Dupont Circle - An Incredible Neighborhood

It’s not hard to figure out why people love Dupont Circle.  Our vibrant, cosmopolitan enclave, with its walkability score of 98, will remind you of your favorite European cities: everything you need is close by. 

Walk to the Metro and great Washington DC restaurants along our beautiful neighborhood streets.  Cross the bridge to Georgetown for shopping or dinner. Enjoy coffee and gelato on your evening stroll.  Spend an hour – or an afternoon – in one of our bookstores.  Plan some time to sight see in our gorgeous neighborhood and enjoy the splendid architecture of our many embassies, art galleries and grand private residences – or catch them as they fly by on your morning or evening run. 

And when you have finished enjoying DC, curl up in our comfortable beds at our beautiful District of Columbia bed and breakfast and sleep like a baby until it’s time for breakfast!

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Matthew Saba - Tribal Blues

OK.  We admit it.  This is shameless promotion.

If you have stayed with us before, you have probably heard the story of the musician in the family.  Our son, Matthew Saba, lives in LA, where he is a composer, singer/songwriter.  As Laura likes to say, that makes his parents "patrons of The Art!"  Matthew recently released his first song, "Tribal Blues".  It's an indy-rock anthem with a powerful and timely message.  We love this song, although we admit to being just a wee bit prejudiced.  It has a great beat and a melody that will stick in your head for days.  It's perfect for dancing around the kitchen, running on the treadmill or rockin' out in the car.  We hope you enjoy it!

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