Smack In The Middle of DC

House - Private room · Bates St, Washington, DC 20001, United States

The Space

Two immaculate rooms--bedroom and living room with private bath in 115 year old rowhouse 5 blocks from New York Ave Metro (red line), also within 2-3 blocks of multiple bus lines can get you all over the city fast. Quiet, civilized atmosphere; no kitchen privileges but your living room comes with microwave, small fridge and coffeemaker.

Most of our guests are here for internships, rotations or fellowships, and in the area from a few days to 3 months. We prefer hardworking, sweet-natured mature individuals here for work, who have lives elsewhere and just need a safe, clean, civilized and private place to come and crash. We discourage couples and guests in the house, although significant others or family are welcome to visit for a short visit or two.

The house is occupied by two polite, busy professionals; we'll expect guests to be largely self-sufficient but we are friendly and want to ensure your comfort. There's also a large, well-behaved dog (Rhodesian Ridgeback) on the property but she is not allowed back into your part of the house.

Walking distance to downtown (about 15 minutes to Convention Center) Chinatown or Penn Quarter, 15 minute bike ride to Dupont ot Capitol Hill (bike rental negotiable) and less than 10 minute walk to red line (NY Ave, 1 stop up from Union Station) and near multiple bus lines.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $550 /week
Monthly Price: $1000 /month
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $20
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • For an extended stay in Washington, I can't think of a better place to stay. With my own bathroom and living room (plus fridge & microwave) it felt more like my own space than a room in someone's house. I really appreciated the privacy and ability to spread out how I liked in any of the spaces.

    February 2014
  • Beulah's home is a nice place. Everything is clean and comes with everything you need during your trip. The space is more than adequate for one person as you have one bedroom and an additional room with a sofa, refridgerator, microwave and a small TV. You also can use the washingmachine and the dryer which was very helpful for me as I stayed there 5 weeks. Walking to the metrostation takes about 5-10 minutes. It is a red line stop, so you only have to drive 4 stations to get to downtown. You don't have to drive a long time and it is cheaper because fare is calculated by distance. You also have a seveneleven next to the metrostation so you can by something to drink there in a pinch. Beulah herself wasn't at home during my stay but her friend Rhonda. Interaction with her was little but she always helped in case of problems and run me through everything when I arrived. Beulah' s dog is a nice one in general but you may think about that she is a big one and you may have to handle her in case you arrive when nobody else is at home.
    All in all I enjoyed my stay at smack in the middle.

    November 2012
  • Beulah has a very nice home on a lovely block of colorful row houses. It is indeed central, and a good jumping off point to go most places in the city, especially by bicycle (if you're so inclined... i was.... it was awesome.). The NoMa stop of the red line is the most reasonable metro to walk to, but the green/yellow is walkable (though further) as well. I also liked that I could roll right out of bed and get coffee and breakfast at a great little place, literally right around the corner (like a minute walk). It's also quite close to the Big Bear Cafe.

    As far as the accommodations go, they were more than adequate for me. The room with the bed is on the smaller side, so don't expect a hotel room or large bedroom, but for me it was totally fine. In my opinion, it's best suited for one person. Two is possible, but it would be cozy.

    There is another room with a couch, TV, coffee table, mini-fridge and microwave that you can hang out in if you want to which gives you some extra space and a place to sit if you don't want to set up shop on the bed. The bathroom was fine/average. Nothing special about it, nothing wrong with it. It was very clean when I arrived and that's the most important thing, right? In fact, the whole house was very clean.

    Beulah herself was very friendly, gave good advice, quickly addressed any questions I had, and is easily approachable. My expectations were exceeded.

    This was my first airbnb experience and I wasn't sure how it would go exactly. I really couldn't have asked for much more and if I end up using this site again, I hope my next experience is as good as this one was.

    July 2012
  • I had rented the guest suite but everyone was away when I was there so I had access to the whole house. Although the neighborhood looked a bit dicey on arrival, the taxi driver assured me it was fine. And by the way, take a taxi from the airport. It's very close and a $20 ride. It's a neighborhood in transition but it was green and quiet. The house is an old DC row house, completely renovated and comfortable with central air conditioning. It's very close to all the major sights, even walking distance I'm told , but it was a record breaking 100 plus degrees when I was there so I took buses (stop 2 blocks away) and taxis everywhere. The metro and a major supermarket is 10 minutes away but it was way too hot for walking there. I took the bus 3 stops to Busboys and Poets which just happened to be next door to a Safeway which is where I did my shopping. Because it was so hot, I did not explore the neighborhood much, but there is a great cafe and farmer's market about 6 blocks away. It was a great place to spend a week exploring DC and would be even better under normal weather conditions. I even experienced the storm of the century but luckily we didn't lose electricity so had continuous air conditioning and TV.

    July 2012
  • Beulah's place was clean and comfortable. I did not have much interaction with her, but she was very pleasant and professional. I would definitely stay there again.

    June 2012
  • I had a great time and really enjoyed my stay "smack in the middle". Beulah's place is beautifully maintained and really comfortable. Thanks so much for hosting me!

    April 2012
  • I stayed with Beuhlah for a month. Nice clean space. It felt very private and was a short 10 minte walk to the metro. The host was helpful and pleasant. I would stay again if the need arose.

    February 2012
  • The room and bathroom correspond exactly with the description and are perfectly adequate for one person. The bed is comfortable and there is easy access to the Metro station, where connections are good.
    The hosts expect you to be self-sufficient and independent, and interaction with them is minimal.
    If you are not afraid of big dogs, then Chloe the three-legged Rhodesian Ridgeback is definitely nothing to worry about - she is very sweet and loses virtually no hair (unbelievable but true), so you needn't worry about dog hairs on your clothes, in your room, or anything.
    I would suggest you arrange to be met in person (by the hosts or someone else) when you arrive for the key hand-over. Although my instructions as to how to get into the house were very clear (lockbox in which the keys were to be found, codes for the alarm, etc.), I felt extremely uncomfortable fiddling with lockboxes, keys and alarm systems at ten at night (my flight was late), with all my luggage with me, passports, documents etc. on a dark street in a capital city (and dare I say it: renowned for being unsafe in parts) of a country I had never been to before...
    Apart from that, my stay was pleasant and the accomodation was perfectly adequate for the purposes of that stay (i.e. business).

    December 2011
  • I stayed 6 nights in the apartment and it was great experience. The host was really nice and considerate. The rooms are quite spacious, and the neighborhood are quiet and wonderful. It is located very close to the Convention Center and those historical sighting-seeing spots.

    November 2011
  • I had the opportunity to stay here from October 20 to November 2, 2011. Beulah was away herself during this time but between her effective communication and arrangements with her partner my stay was a very nice and comfortable one.

    The place is approximately a 20-25 minutes walk from the Convention Center, where I had to go for my conference. The neighborhood was actually nice so for those like me who enjoy walking this is a very viable option. Public transportation by bus is literally half a block away, and their train system station within 5 minutes walk. If you prefer to grab a taxi main avenues are close so in the same place where you would grab a bus, you can easily grab a cab as well. They do offer a bike and helmet for rent if you wish.

    The place is nicely decorated and the area that you will have available is simple but clean. You will have a private room with a full size bed, a nigh stand, drawer, small closet with small size iron board and iron. Another room with a TV, a futon, microwave and small fridge is available for use as well. Your assigned bathroom, even not inside your room is for your exclusive use and a washing machine and dryer are in the same floor, available for free if you need to use it. If you are a book worm you have a feast of books available, from several dictionaries, to books about traveling, history and even a book about comics. I was buried with school material so even I did not read any of their books it was nice to see their great selection. They have a dog that I saw just once, but if I didn't see the dog bed and the bowl they keep in the kitchen I won't even notice they have a pet, but always good to know if you happen to be allergic to dogs. (I am not).

    Communication with Beulah was efficient. She will email you right away with instructions and descriptions for your arrival, including recommendations for shopping and eating in the area, including neighborhood jewels like Big Bear Cafe (which I personally think is a must go). If you, like me, sometimes miss emails because they land in your junk mail she will call you. She is very nice and friendly as well as her partner so you will have all the attention you need yet you will enjoy your privacy. This is a fairly busy couple so this place is excellent for those who have their own schedule and need a place to simply sleep and relax during their busy time in DC, but they will be friendly and chatty if they happen to coincide with you.

    Overall, a very nice experience in a cozy place to stay for a very reasonable price (you will notice DC is not cheap at all) so for the area and location, not bad at all.

    November 2011
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We rent two properties-- a guest room and bath in our private home in the middle of Washington DC, and a award-winning lakehouse we built on the shore of Lake Bomoseen in central Vermont. My girlfriend and I are busy professionals who work in politics and journalism. We have family in Vermont who manage the property there for us. What follows is applicable exclusively to our DC property, but I am happy to supply tons more info about Vermont. In DC, we're looking for sweet-natured, self sufficent guests for our spare room, which comes with its own living room and private bath . Most of our renters are here for internships, fellowships, rotations and so on. Our house is perfect for a short-term situation for people whose lives are elsewhere. But we are happy to accept renters who are here just for a day or so. Our own bedroom/ bath is at the front of the second floor; in the back are two bedrooms, a private bath, and a washer dryer. We sometimes rent out the two rooms in the back. That includes all utilities except phone. Your space has a small refrigerator, coffeemaker and a microwave, which our renters use instead of the kitchen. Rent also includes fast wifi, premium cable/ satellite television including HBO, a DVD/VCR, and a cleaning lady who comes every two weeks. The back of the second floor is basically your space and you can use the larger of the two bedrooms more or less as a living room. The room comes with bed, all linens including towels, iron and ironing board, hangers, dresser and a bookshelf. The living room has a futon, TV and coffee table. The setup is designed so that you need only show up with your suitcase. We also have a bike, lock and helmet --it's incredibly easy to zip downtown, U St, H St, Dupont Capitol Hill, wherevever, on the bike, and most of our renters have enjoyed having it. You're of course also welcome to bring your own bike, or a car -- let us know if we'll need to get you a temp parking permit. There's also a Capital Bikeshare docking station just two blocks from our house. Robin and I are quiet, private, hardworking professionals in our early 40s. I am a journalist, she works in politics.We prefer to rent to similarly quiet, private people who are respectful of our space. We have a very well-behaved dog who never enters the back of the second floor. Street parking is ample and safe. The neighborhood is in transition, as they say, but it’s very central and friendly and we don’t know anyone who has ever had a problem. I walk/bike to work downtown every day and although there are not a lot of amenities, our house is very close to the superlative Big Bear coffeehouse, a terrific, inexpensive yoga studio (the Bloomingdale Yoga District) and a great, delicious neighborhood pizza joint called Rustik. Additionally, there is a Harris Teeter supermarket and resteraunts right by the NY Ave metro, a Subway franchise and a so-so pizza place around the corner from our house, and an excellent Thai resteraunt on the corner of 3rd and New Jersey. Plenty of places deliver and there are menus for them in your room. On the whole our renters have been on hectic schedules and just need someplace clean, quiet and civilized to come home and crash. We look for renters who have lives elsewhere and won't be bringing people over. You must be comfortable with our no-guests rule. (I know it sounds strange, but in Washington, there are plenty of people here just for the short term for whom it's not a problem.) We're friendly and want to ensure your comfort but expect you'll be capable of manueuvering around the city and letting yourself in and out on your own. Gay friendly a must.
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