About This Listing
Beautiful Historic Capitol Hill apartment with view of the Capitol Dome. One block from Capitol South Metro, Library of Congress, Capitol, Washington Monument, Smithsonian, Penn Ave bars and shopping and four blocks from Eastern Market.
Modern kitchen w/ stainless steel appliances, gas range stove/dishwasher and granite countertops comes with breakfast fixings for guest use.
Location, location, location! This apartment is located on a quiet historic district of Capitol Hill. Walk two blocks to Pennsylvania Ave for fine wine, dining, theater, bars and shopping and to the heart of the city, the U.S. Capitol.
Guests will be provided a cool, urban apartment complete with all kitchen amenities and breakfast fixings. Guests with cars will be provided with a guest parking pass (entire Capitol Hill area to include H St, Eastern Market and Union Station) and high speed internet.
I also provide a copy of Lonely Planet for Washington D.C. and a laminated street map.
Interaction with Guests
I will almost always be in the area or available by cell phone if guests need assistance. I will usually be available to turn over the key and show the place. If not, the key will be left in a lock box and guests can see themselves in. Check in and check out times are usually very flexible.
There are very few neighborhoods like this: It has the quiet feel of a family neighborhood where folks from all walks of life (and both sides of the aisle) take the time to say "hello" and "good morning".
Because of the location's proximity to the U.S. Capitol and large number of neighbors who are members of the House and Senate, there is a constant and visible police presence in the neighborhood at all hours. This is by far one of the nicest and safest areas of D.C.
This neighborhood is convenient to the Orange/Blue metro lines (Capitol South), bus routes, and taxi cabs are plenty one block away on Pennsylvania Ave. Union Station is approximately 1 mile/km walking (15 minutes).
Other Things to Note
**Please note this is a historic building and a walk-up (no elevator). May not be suitable for people with limited mobility or for people who have trouble climbing stairs.
++We now have internet!
The neighbors are friendly. If asked, just say you are a friend of Elisa. Also, no loud noises or parties after 10pm.
Elisa was a great host! She had very clear instructions for check in and check out. She was also very accommodating and welcoming. After staying in a hotel for several days prior, I got the best night of sleep of my whole trip in Elisa's soft and cozy bed. We loved staying in her sweet little apartment!
Elisa's apartment was immaculate and inviting. We enjoyed our stay and when we return to Washington, we will definitely try to book this apartment again. The neighborhood was quiet and so close to everything.
Elisa was accommodating and very helpful. She emailed us a link to events that were occurring the weekend we were in DC and a link to local restaurants. This was our first experience with Airbnb and we are more than pleased!
Overall this is a decent value in a good neighborhood, but it has some problems.
Very close to the subway; 10-minute walk to Capitol Hill; great air conditioning :); secure, quiet building.
I've stayed in quite a few Airbnb places (mostly with my girlfriend), and unfortunately this one had more issues than I am used to. First, the washer/dryer was running when I got there (for more than an hour). It was loud and I really wanted to take a nap because I was tired from traveling. Second, the hot water was not working in the bathroom sink. I consider this unacceptable, especially because the host said it had been that way for a while. Third, there are no curtains on the windows. Hope you like waking up early! Fourth, the bed is turned sideways in the room, so your head will not be next to a wall. Strange. Fifth, the wifi is very slow. Hard to get work done if you are dependent on the internet. Sixth, there was no soap anywhere! I had to go buy some so I could wash my hands and take a shower. Totally unacceptable. Seventh, there were no tissues or paper towels.
So as you can see, quite a few cons, which left a bad impression. Additionally, when I texted the host to ask about a few of the issues, she did not offer any kind of an apology.
I'm surprised that this place is rated so highly by everyone else.
We had a lovely stay in Elisa's apartment! We found it exactly as described, it had a homely feel with Elisa's arty and quirky style. Apart from the bed being a little soft for my liking, we had a good nights sleep. It's a very quiet area, definitely the absolute best location for a stay in Washington, D.C. ! Classy, beautiful street so close to all the attractions-,we walked everywhere while our car was parked right outside thanks to Elisa's permit. Eastern Market and Union station are both close walking distance. The washer/ dryer in the apartment was an added bonus, while the air conditioner in the hot humid conditions worked very well. Thanks for having us Elisa
Lovely apartment in a great location. Highly recommended!
About the Host, Elisa
I am recently separated from the Department of Defense. I will be attending Georgetown University in January as a pre-med student and will be attending medical school in Fall 2015. Profits from Airbnb will be used to augment student loans and to buy text books.
I think Washington D.C. still suffers from a bad reputation earned in the 80s and 90s as a dysfunctional city with a high crime rate. So much has changed! I want people who would ordinarily not be able to stay in downtown Washington D.C. because of prohibitively expensive hotel fees to have an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful historic architecture and diversity of our nation's capitol. I love Washington D.C and I hope you will too!