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DUPONT CIRCLE RETREAT
DuPont Circle Retreat is a handsome 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment in the heart of DuPont Circle. The spacious apartment features full kitchen (with dishwasher) and its own laundry room. You will find gleaming new hardwood floors throughout and all new linens. Each room of this historic townhome has a full window so there is lots of natural light. The apartment has state-of-the-art electronics with wall mounted HDTV, DVD player, full cable service and WIFI.
From the back bedroom step out to your landscaped brick patio where you are invited to relax, enjoy an alfresco meal, or read a good book. The front bedroom has a queen sized bed and the back bedroom has a double bed. The newly refurnished living room also has a modern love seat and accompanying chairs (photos forthcoming). There is abundant closet space the length of the hallway.
•Full Kitchen with dishwasher
•Free WI FI
•DuPont Circle is one of the city's most vibrant, eclectic neighborhoods and is a great location from which to experience Washington, DC. In DuPont Circle (Park) itself you can play a game of afternoon chess, participate in group yoga or listen to the strum and hum of the various local musicians who make "the Circle" a meeting point. The neighborhood is filled with wonderful restaurants, shops, cafe's and grassy parks; plus the DuPont Circle Farmers Market is one of the largest in the city. You are just 2 blocks from the Redline Metro stop, and can walk to historic Georgetown, George Washington University, The World Bank, and IMF, Embassy Row, think tanks and museums among others points of interest.
•You won't need a car with the great access to public transit from this location, but if you do have one it is fairly easy to street park within a block. The Metro Red Line stop is on DuPont Circle at Connecticut, just 2 blocks away. GO to (email hidden) to plan your use of the metro system.
Patio, laundry room (free) and of course just outside your door the city itself!
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DuPont Circle is easily one of the most interesting neighborhoods South of NYC. Vibrant, eclectic, energetic - much to see and do, both traditional (tourist) and new; come see why young professional start-ups, not-for-profits, celebrities and athletes all flock to this neighborhood!
METRO, METRO, METRO!
Trash cans are numbered by unit, 1 - 4. Trash collection day is Tuesday and Friday, please place your trash can on the curb the night before garbage collection to ensure that it is emptied.
No smoking inside the building please.
Please turn down or off the air conditioning and heating whenever you leave the apartment.
Departure is 10am. If you have a late flight let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Please wash any dirty dishes and put away.
It would be very helpful if you would start a load of towels washing before your departure. (They take so long to dry!)
Turn off or down the heat or AirCon to conserve energy.
Ensure that the apartment is securely locked up and return the keys to the lockbox
when you depart.
Thank you for your consideration!
Booking and communication was quick and easy, but upon arrival, we weren't too thrilled with the cleanliness of one of the beds. It was clear the sheets weren't changed from the guests before (use your imagination what was there). Needless to say we had to complain. Charlotte and her team were quick to respond and offer a refund on that nights stay. For those wondering, the couch is decently comfy, but if you are over 5-8" be prepared to sleep in the fetal position.
For the next night the room was clean and the bed was great. While the situation was a bit of a downer, Charlotte was responsive, and did everything she could to make us happy. We know this was probably a one time thing, and we were just unlucky. I'd be willing to bet the cleaning crew won't be working for Charlotte after this incident.
Kudos to Charlotte for great customer service. Overall, the Dupont Retreat is a solid place in a great location, with a responsive host that I'd have rated 5 stars if it wasn't for the incident.
Thanks for the nice review Aaron, we aim to be responsive. New cleaning crew already in place (the supervisor was out that afternoon, will not happen again!).
Next time I return to The City I am renting your place in North Beach and looking into a boat rental through Boatbound. (Grew up in Oakland Hills.) :-)
Stayed here instead of in a hotel for just shy of 6 weeks during January/February with a colleague while we worked at the Kennedy Center. We are both from NYC.
Pros: Great location and neighborhood. Safe, quiet, convenient, close to trader joe's, walgreens, starbucks, restaurants, dupont circle. Laundry within the unit itself is great. The apartment has a very pleasant cozy feel, its just enough space. The layout is also very functional and private for two with the bedrooms at opposite ends of the apartment. You can turn the wall radiators on or off depending on your preference which was nice since there were some extremely cold days this winter. The open kitchen/living room is also very nice, cable tv too, we definitely enjoyed cooking and enjoying meals here. Also, as its a 1st floor/basement apartment, there are steel bars over the windows which you barely notice, but make you feel much safer in case you are worried about that kind of thing, being from nyc I'm used to first floors having bars so I was happy to see them there upon arrival. Overall the apartment is well kept, clean, updated, well furnished. There is also a really cute patio/backyard if you came in warmer months.
Cons: Not the hugest deal, but even though I double checked on my 3rd day in the apartment with the host that it was A OK to get mail sent to the apartment, we later found out that actually, you cannot get your mail sent here. I somehow had packages delivered successfully to the apartment, via UPS, but for unknown reasons the mailman would not or did not deliver personal letters to this apartment, and I wish I had known that upon arrival instead of waiting all those weeks for mail. I still don't know what happened to my letters, the host has not contacted me about them being found. Disappointed. Other con is the ceilings are very low, which was fine for me, but if you are taller or have taller guests over its a bit cramped for them.
Overall, I would recommend staying here especially for a shorter/recreational visit, and also for a longer one if you are ok with sendin(website hidden) elsewhere and prefer a more homey feel as opposed to corporate.
I rented this unit for the holidays for my wife and me along with my parents. The unit was exactly as pictured and suited our needs comfortably. The location cannot be beat in terms of being in the heart of DuPont Circle and within a few blocks of Metro. Both Charlotte and Kevin were a joy to work with in the weeks leading up to our trip and couldn't have been more prompt in answering our questions.
All in all, another great AirBnB experience and we wouldn't hesitate renting from these folks again, when we're back in DC.
This apartment's location is ideal for access to DC. My partner and I were traveling with his 11 year old daughter who had never been. We saw all the highlights during our week at the DuPont Retreat. The walk to the Metro was easy and we even walked back from the Lincoln Memorial one evening. We spent time browsing books at a few indie shops around the neighborhood, found the best coffee in DC nearby, and made use of the ample supply of guidebooks and maps we found in the apartment.
Unfortunately, this apartment just wasn't comfortable.
Upon arrival, we found only a few sheets of toilet paper and only two towels in the bathroom. We eventually found a fresh roll of toilet paper and a towel for our kid in a closet labeled "DO NOT OPEN THIS CLOSET."
The living room furniture was hard and spartan, the lone loveseat too narrow and the two chairs too formal. The room looked nice, but we couldn't actually get cozy to watch a movie at the end of our day. We gave our kid the better bed in the front bedroom and she slept well enough, but our bed in the back room was awful, lumpy and sagging in the middle with hard pillows. One night I woke to the sound of a bird trying to get through the window and realized that the screenless window was open from the top.
The footsteps above us sounded like they were in our own apartment. We woke up at least once a night thinking our kid was coming down the hall to our bedroom. Our apartment also had the water heater for at least one of the upstairs apartments; the noise from the old pipes woke us repeatedly.
Every time it rained, we had an infestation of ants inside around the front door. I had a conversation with Kevin about it the first time, but he never showed up with a solution and I couldn't be bothered to spend more time complaining on my vacation.
In that conversation, I also talked to Kevin about the issues with the trash system. The occupants of each apartment were responsible for taking their can to the curb. All of the other occupants left their cans at the curb until either irritated neighbors or the construction guys working right out front strategically placed the empty cans blocking everyone's path to and from the building. I put the cans upright and moved them out of the way, but even after Kevin sent an email to the other residents, the cans weren't put back in their proper place for two days.
Finally, other residents had a party in the backyard and didn't clean up after themselves. We went out back on the last night and found cockroaches on the table approaching the open food jars and dirty dishes left behind. This obviously wasn't Kevin's fault, but it was the nail in the coffin for us after a week without sleep.
Thank you for taking the time to write an honest and thoughtful review. Reviews help us improve our performance. Short-stay rentals require that tenants live autonomously and responsibly (directly referencing the garbage cans here and noisy neighbors) and this is something we are constantly trying to re-emphasize and fine-tune with future guests. We would love to have you back again (at this apartment or one of our many others) to show you the ways we have already improved the LUXbnb guest experience.
Kevin with LUXbnb
This was our first Airbnb experience and a good one. Customer service throughout with Charlotte and Kevin was beyond excellent. They were very responsive throughout booking and the stay itself. The property was as described on Airbnb and we found reading all of the other reviews to be very helpful. Below is as summary and the high and low points of the apartment itself:
•Location. Close to Dupont Circle metro, a very nice grocer, and many nice and reasonably priced restaurants, coffee shops, etc.
•Convenience - great to have full kitchen and laundry on site. Dishwasher, clothes washer, cooktop, toaster, and microwave were all very serviceable and handy. Most fit/finish/furnishings were 15-20+ years old and of very average quality, but all was reliable and reasonably comfortable. Not a luxury apartment for sure.
•Nice shower with plenty of water.
•All was clean and the unit was well supplied with laundry soap, dish soap, toilet paper, kitchenware and supplies, etc.
•The price was a fair value.
Minor nuisances to be aware of in the interest of full disclosure:
•As nearly all other reviews have said, this a basement apartment with low ceilings. 5’10” is about as tall as you want to be. Be prepared to duck/crouch a fair bit if you’re taller than that.
•We struggled with the HVAC. There is no central thermostat for this apartment and most rooms have their own window A/C or electric baseboard heater with local switch. Even in March with pretty cool temperatures outside, we were generally too hot. This is mostly because there is a largish utility room within the center of the apartment with appliances that service other units within the building. The hot water heater and furnace (furnace used by units other than this one) threw off a fair amount of heat and were noisy as well. More on noise later. I would imagine that even though this is basement apartment that it may have insufficient cooling during warmer months.
•Noise. This is not a quiet place for various reasons. Air and ground traffic was pretty noisy. There is a physical rehab place right across the street that had heavy diesel ambulances loading and unloading at all hours. They don’t use sirens, but the ambulance engines are loud. Either the furnace or hot water heater squeaked quite a bit and could be bothersome when sleeping. There is what I imagined to be an air conditioning compressor outside the bedroom window (for another building possibly) that cycled quite a lot.
•There is (as of late March 2014) heavy renovation/construction going on directly next door. Using-a-crane heavy. Any they like to start work early!
•Lastly – the trash bins for the whole building are directly outside the front door of this unit and they may not be regularly emptied. Luckily for us it was 30-40 degrees out for most of our stay but I imagine this could be unpleasant in warmer weather.
I spent almost six weeks in this apartment with a work colleague of mine in the second room--good for a long term stay. The apartment is cozy and very convenient to Dupont Circle or Foggy Bottom on foot. Internet was sometimes a problem, but it would get taken care of immediately when we notified the company. The only downside was that when my roommate and I arrived we only received one key and when I asked for second it took over a week to get it, which caused inconvenience since we were on different work schedules. Given that it is a two-bedroom, I didn't understand why a second key wasn't provided in the first place. The apartment is fairly well maintained. Because it is the downstairs apartment, sometimes our mail would go upstairs so it was a matter of checking in with people in the other apartments to see if they received our mail.
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