Luraloft / Entire Apt

Apartment - Entire home/apt · Illinois Ave, Washington, DC 20011, United States

The Space

Stay in this stylish basement apartment located in Petworth, just north of the lively Columbia Heights/Adams Morgan area of the city and only 5 miles from the national museums downtown. If you are looking for a place that's clean and affordable to stay on your next visit to DC, you've found it! Completely renovated, fully furnished with modern furniture, flatscreen TV, cable, Wi-fi, washer/dryer, kitchenware, queen bed, this space is a unique home away from home. Fresh clean towels, pillows and bed linens are provided along with microwave, coffee maker, toaster, hair dryer, iron & ironing-board. Unrestricted, non-zoned street parking is also available in front of the property. Enjoy your own private entrance, a full private European-styled kitchen, large private bathroom, private living room, and office niche. Warm up near the fire pit in the backyard in the early spring and autumn months. Relax on the patio, throw your favorite meal on the grill, or just enjoy a cold drink and a summer breeze under the shade of the popular Willow tree. The outdoor community swimming pool, within walking distance, is a great way to cool off on those hot DC summer days. Ideal place for summer internships and for U.S. or international visitors to the area.

Local stores, bars & restaurants:
Yes!Organic Market, Safeway, RiteAid & CVS pharmacies, RAS, Fusion, Meroni & Brothers, Sweet Mango Cafe*, HealthyBites. In nearby Columbia Heights: Giant, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Thai Tanic*, Chipotle, Five Guys, Wonderland Ballroom*, Meridian Pint*, Red Rocks Pizza, Room 11, Lou's Sports Bar, Tynan Coffee & Tea, Starbucks, IHOP (now delivers!), The Heights, Taqueria Distrito Federal, Pete's Apizza, Potbellys, Pho 14, Frozen Yo, Julia's Empanadas

Getting around:
If you are not driving, Metro trains (15-20 min walk away) will take you to all the great destinations DC has to offer in just minutes. Even closer, only 2 blocks away, are several Metro bus lines to take you anywhere in the city. The apt is in a quiet, residential part of the city, yet is close enough to all the action. NOTE: Please do not book the apt if the 15-20 min walk to the train is a challenge for you, you are not comfortable taking buses, dislike using public transportation in general, or your idea of easy access is having it all 'right at your doorstep'. Capital Bike Share system is also nearby for touring our bike-friendly city. Rated in the top 15 cities for biking, our nations capital boasts of a vibrant and diverse bike culture with lots of trails and dedicated lanes to keep riders safe from the, sometimes, hectic DC traffic. Bike rental can be arranged for a small fee (deposit required).

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $553 /week
Monthly Price: $1705 /month
Security Deposit: $150
Cleaning Fee: $45
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
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Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

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  • I really enjoyed my stay in Sakhi's apartment. Sakhi is very friendly and has a great place. It was the perfect stay and I would stop here again without hesitation.

    April 2014
  • Sakhi was an extremely great host. He was very responsive and easy to communicate with. When it snowed he made sure to thoroughly salt the steps and walkway leading to the apartment. Being in a basement apartment one obviously hears footsteps, etc, but I never had any issues with loud noise. The apartment looks exactly like the pictures with a very warm cozy feel. The neighborhood is exactly as described, quiet and residential with plenty of available parking right in front of Sakhi's house.
    It's a 20 minute walk to metro, which is very manageable in warm weather. I personally ubered to avoid the walk to the metro when it was cold out. However, there are bus stations that are much closer. At first I was a little worried that the mini fridge wouldn't suit my needs, but I was pleasantly surprised. It had enough space for everything I needed and the freezer stayed super cold. All in al it was a fantastic stay with an incredible host!

    February 2014
  • This lovely apartment was perfect for my needs during the week of Thanksgiving, 2012. My 17 year old daughter stayed with me and we were able to host my other daughter who lives near by for meals. We were warm and comfortable and had great access to public transportation. I would highly recommend this to anyone needing a place to stay for a week or two in the D.C. area.

    November 2012
  • The apartment is terrific, and exactly as described. It's comfortable, well-lit and cozy; it hardly feels like a basement apartment. The design and furnishing is very thoughtful, and anticipates all your needs, including some food and beverages to get you started (which was greatly appreciated!). The apartment is in a pleasant residential neighborhood, so it feels more like a temporary home away from home, not a sterile hotel (at twice the price). There are a few good restaurants in the area (Domku is excellent, El Torogoz is worth trying for Salvadoran specialities, and Fasika offers good Ethiopian if not great atmosphere) and a nice organic market. The Metro is a bit of a hike (which I enjoyed), but the bus is only a couple blocks away, if you'd rather not walk. And Sakhi was a great host, prompt and accommodating, and just a very nice person. All in all, it was a great place to stay for nearly two weeks, and I'd happily stay again next time I'm in DC. Plus, I got to play fetch with Patches, Sakhi's friendly dog, when I was missing my own.

    November 2012
  • It was a very nice apartment, modernly decorated, clean and with some basic and sufficient cooking equipment. As described by other reviewers, Sakhi was a great host; in particular, we found it thoughtful that he had left food for us when we arrived as we came in around 9pm. Definitely worth the stop !

    November 2012
  • Great place, nice and quiet. A bit of a walk from METRO, but bus line runs very near the Apt. Sakhi was a very considerate and responsive host. Coudn't ask for better....

    October 2012
  • Sakhi was a fantastic host and the apartment was lovely. I was alone but it would have accomodated 2 easily. I'd come back any time.

    October 2012
  • A really nice apartment. The design of the place is amazing, very good use of space. Everything was very clean when we arrived, and Sakhi even left us a bottle of wine and some food.

    Internet was reliable. He recently upgraded it.

    The floorboards above creak quite a bit, but you get used to it. Sakhi lives upstairs and is respectful and quiet.

    The neighborhood is residential and pretty quiet. Great for travelers with a car, as there is plenty of street parking. If you are carless, keep in mind that there aren't many grocery stores/restaurants around. You will need to rely on walking (many blocks) or the bus.

    My only real complaint is some of the area around the apartment, Georgia Ave, for example. One of the only buses nearby, the 70, runs here. It's not a nice street and you have people hanging out on the corners all day. They never bothered me much besides incoherent yelling/cursing. Just ignore them and you'll be fine.

    October 2012
    Sakhi
    Response from Sakhi:

    Georgia Ave is a busy commercial street that intersects several historic, urban neighborhoods along its five-mile route to the District line. The apt is located on a residential street a few blocks from Georgia Ave. Georgia Ave, which becomes 7th street, runs straight into downtown D.C. giving you easy access to the national monuments.

    As to the people hanging out on the corners along Georgia Ave, most people would agree that every major city has it's fair share of harmless vagrants wandering around. Anyone not accustomed to city life may feel disturbed at the sight of a homeless person. But if you have lived or visited NY city, LA, etc. you understand that this is just another characteristic of the city or city life.

    As a note, other buses besides the 70 run along the Georgia Ave corridor. There is the 71, 72, 79 express, the 63 buses to name a few. You can find the bus schedules in apt or go online. There is also the Metro train or subway just 15 - 20 minutes away on foot.

  • I've had good experiences with Airbnb stays, but this was my favorite experience. Sakhi's Luraloft is truly a gem. I was debating between staying at a nice hotel downtown versus the Luraloft, and I'm very glad I chose the Luraloft. The use of space in the Luraloft is exquisite. Everything is intelligently designed/placed to maximize the beautiful space. As soon as you walk in you feel a warm, welcoming vibe that feels like home. The place is *equipped* -- beautiful cork floors, a true spa bathroom/shower, fast wifi, directv with premium channels, a very comfortable queen bed, a modern kitchen, and even a washer/dryer round out a masterfully conceived unit. Also of great importance to me was the unzoned street parking directly out front of the unit. DC is a very difficult city to park in (without getting parking tickets assaulted on you) --- so if you have car, the Luraloft is ideal for you. Located just off of the heart of Petworth DC, the unit is perfectly located for my taste. That is, it's in a quiet, residential area but is a very short drive from the heart of the city where all of the action is. Finally, Sakhi was a very responsive/professional host. I like my privacy, and you will have ultimate privacy in the Luraloft, but it's also great to know that Sakhi is just a text message/phone call away in case you need anything. Can't recommend his place enough if you need a clean, modern, comfortable, and aesthetically dynamic custom unit that feels more like a home than a hotel. I hope to stay there every time I'm in DC, should I be lucky enough to have the place available.

    September 2012
  • Sakhi was very accommodating and flexible, easy going, friendly, resourceful and helpful. The space was wonderfully neat and clean, aesthetically pleasing, all your needs in one---and exactly what I needed! I would be sure to recommend this spot, and even return next time I'm around.

    August 2012
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