About this listing
We are a traditional bed-and-breakfast offering five rooms, all listed on Airbnb. Room #1 is spacious with a queen bed and shared bath. A healthy breakfast is provided daily. Great location for sightseeing with excellent access to public transport!
Great location convenient to downtown and only 5 blocks from Metro! Mt. Pleasant Shabby Chic BnB Room #3 is an affordable room option, with breakfast included, in our relaxing Victorian bed and breakfast.
This is a spacious guest room with big windows, high quality linens and a shared bath down the hall. Room # 3 is furnished with a luxury-class queen bed, as well as a sofa, desk and cable TV. Fun, colorful art and curios in an "animal theme" create an ambiance of charm and tranquility and make this a satisfying and economical in-town choice for your visit to DC. Breakfast buffet in our Victorian dining room is included in your room rate -- see the description below -- you'll love the pear and peach preserves made from our own fruit trees!
Our lovely, partly renovated 1907 Victorian home with a big garden and wrap-around porch can be your urban retreat! Convenient to downtown with great bus service right out the front door and a short walk to Metro, our location in hip Mt. Pleasant connects easily to any part of DC. Bike rental (Capital Bikeshare) and lots of ZipCars within a block of our house, too.
Three other bedrooms are available for additional charge. Please see "My other listings".
There's lots to do in our Mt. Pleasant neighborhood, with shopping, restaurants and bars a short walk away. Close to Columbia Heights (more great shopping and restaurants!), Adams Morgan (nightlife!), National Zoo (free!) and 2 miles to the White House. We have a good supply of guides and maps to assist you.
Soap, shampoo and other bath amenities are provided. WiFi is available in the bedroom and throughout the house at no additional charge. A clothes washer and dryer are available for a fee. We have a dog and two friendly indoor cats, but guest rooms are kept pet-free!
We are quick to respond, so write us with any questions!
ABOUT GETTING AROUND
We are very accessible to Metro -- Get information about using MetroBus and MetroRail (subway) online at the WMATA website. Also, there are at least 8 different bus lines that serve our neighborhood, including the frequent 16th Street buses, the famous "42" line and the DC Circulator. Use the online tool to plan your trip to specific destinations with DC Metro Trip Planner -- just Google it!
AIRPORTS: Columbia Heights Metro, our closest station, is only 5 blocks away and is on the line that serves Reagan National Airport. The same line serves L'Enfant Plaza Station where you can get the 5A Express Bus to & from Dulles International Airport. Baltimore-Washington International Airport can be reached easily from our Metro Station as well; just take the Yellow Line a few stops to Greenbelt and connect to the express B30 bus for a quick trip to BWI.
TRAIN: If you are arriving at Union Station, getting here is a breeze. The Red Line Metro will carry you two stops to Brookland / Catholic University Station and from there the H4 bus will bring you across town directly to our doorstep.
PARKING: Parking is on-street and free; it is generally easy to find during the day, but does become more scarce at night.
ABOUT OUR BREAKFASTS
Each morning -- 7:00 to 10:00 weekdays, 8:00 to 11:00 weekends -- we offer a cold buffet with a variety of items with an emphasis on healthy choices, carefully selected. In addition to bagels, croissants and muffins from our local bakery, homemade preserves and jams from our own fruit trees are a highlight. There's a good selection of cereals (some gluten-free), including the BEST ever pumpkin seed granola. For those looking for a high protein, low carb alternative, there is rich, creamy Greek yogurt that is delicious with walnuts and almonds and a touch of honey. Our organic milk is delivered to us from South Mountain Creamery, our local dairy. A variety of fresh-cut fruit rounds out the selection. Of course, we have orange juice, good coffee and a nice variety of teas. Bon Appetit!
Besides a comfortable bedroom, guests are welcome to enjoy the main floor double parlor, the spacious old-fashioned porch and the sunny dining room.
Interaction with Guests
We respect the privacy of our guests. Leslie and Joe both have full-time careers and, while we try to be available to help with guests' needs and answer questions, we stay busy and out of the way.
Mt. Pleasant is a quiet, tree lined neighborhood nestled alongside Rock Creek Park and the National Zoological Park, about three kilometers (2 miles) due north of the White House and city center. One of Washington's first streetcar suburbs, Mt. Pleasant was developed from a small 19th century village just outside the old city. Most of the homes, apartments, and storefronts were built in the early 20th century and the neighborhood has preserved that historic "village in the city" flavor.
Today the neighborhood is an exciting but cohesive urban area that is home to a wide range of people from all walks of life and from many different parts of the world. It's four block long shopping area is a model for small, independent merchants.
There’s no lack of places to grab a cup of coffee. Heller’s Bakery has been around since 1928. Dos Gringos, a vegetarian coffeehouse, and Flying Fish gourmet grocery are more recent additions to the neighborhood. Many restaurants cater to Central and South American cliental; Don Juan and Haydee’s are two of the more popular. We also like Corado’s, a Guatemalan restaurant. The Raven Grill, which has been around since the 1930s, Marx Cafe and Tonic are neighborhood hangouts with good food at reasonable prices. On Saturdays, eight months a year, an organic farmer's market is open on the plaza one block from our house.
We have more than 8 different bus lines and 2 subway stations that serve our location. The closest Metro station is Columbia Heights, only 5 blocks or a 10-minute walk away. Almost all DC attractions are accessible in about 30 minutes by public transportation from our neighborhood. Uber and UberX car service is usually available in less than ten minutes at our location and offers a cheap and easy way to get around. Also, you can learn about and sign up for the Capitol Bikeshare bicycle rental station one block away by visiting capitalbikeshare.com
Other Things to Note
Parking is on-street and free, but certain blocks require a visitor's permit. We have one permit available on a first-come, first served basis. Parking spaces are generally easy to find during the day but become more scarce at night. Many of our guests who drive to get here leave their cars parked and use public transportation during their stay.
Regrettably,we cannot accept guests arriving in DC by bus or motor coach. If you are travelling in the northeast corridor, especially from New York or Philadelphia, we suggest you take the Amtrak train service.
Guests come and go through the front door, which must be kept locked at all times. There is a $50 charge for lost keys.
Check-in is 3:00 PM and after, unless other arrangements are explicitly made with host; check-out by noon.
Continental breakfast buffet is available in the dining room between 7:00 AM and 10:00 AM weekdays; 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM on weekends and holidays.
Please be aware that, for liability and insurance reasons, we do not provide kitchen privileges. Also eating is not allowed in bedrooms but you are welcome to use our dining room or porch dining area.
Our house has many stairs and all bedrooms are on the second floor.
Sheets, towels, hair dryer and bathroom amenities (soap,shampoo, conditioner, etc) are provided.
Use of laundry must be scheduled with us in advance and carries a charge of $10 per use. Fees are reduced for monthly guests.
About the Host, Leslie & Joe
Leslie & Joe are 50-something professionals and long time DC residents. Joe's an architect and Leslie is a government relations consultant. We like to garden and cook and hike, and since we aquired this big old house, we spend all our spare time trying to fix it up.