Private suite in prime location

House - Private room · Otis Place, Washington, DC 20010, United States

The Space

Perfect combination of central location and quiet seclusion near the intersection of 11th and Otis. Spend your day down town sightseeing or on business and return in the evening to a thriving neighborhood and a warm, welcoming private room with a den and private bath. Your bedroom and private office/den have lots of closet and drawer space for your things, a mini fridge/freezer, dishes and silverware, a double bed, and overlooks a lovely garden in the back of the house. Come downstairs to the screened porch for sipping wine you purchased at the local wine store. Located on a quiet, one-way street, our large, fully renovated row house is just two blocks to the bustling, high-quality restaurants, bars and cafes of 11th and 14th Streets. Two blocks more and you're at shopping, restaurants, cafes, banks, Saturday farmer's market, urban mall (with Target, Best Buy, Bed Bath & Beyond and more) and Metro station of Columbia Heights. Three blocks in the other direction are the Georgia Avenue Metro station and more restaurants. Your hosts are an American who works in international development and an architect from Mexico. We also rent a third bedroom and bath occasionally on another short-term rental site.

If you are looking for a longer stay, consider the one-bedroom basement apartment (with private entrance in the same house) that we also list on airbnb. Or check out our third listing, the private room at the front of the house that has a queen bed and large private bathroom.

We are eager to share advice about things to see and places to go, and we provide our own map of the neighborhood and beyond pointing out our favorite restaurants, shops and more. For more on our neighborhood (website hidden) "New Columbia Heights" blog. Just ask.

Guest Access

All public areas of the house. The back porch and garden are favorites of our guests during the warmer months. The suite includes a kitchenette with mini fridge, coffee pot, tea kettle, dishes and silverware. In our kitchen downstairs we ask that our guests not use the stove, but feel free to use the microwave oven, sink and dishwasher. Cable tv and wifi are also available.

Interaction with Guests

Regarding interaction, we take our cues from our guests. Some prefer their privacy and stay to their rooms, while others reach out to chat, go out to dinner at a local restaurant or share a glass of wine at the house. We also enjoy sharing our knowledge of the local community and DC. Just ask!

Getting around

Our house is between two Metro stops and close to several bus lines. By Metro you're 15 minutes to China Town and the convention center, 20 minutes to the Smithsonian museums, 25 minutes to the White House. Many buses are also available close-by, or take advantage of Capital Bikeshare. You can plan your trips by going to the trip planner feature of the DC Metro website.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 4 nights
Weekly Price: $450 /week
Monthly Price: $1600 /month
Check In: 5:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Had a wonderful stay with Jay and Mau. Located a nice walk from metro stop made it great for sightseeing. Our space was ideal-sliding door to close off our area which included a bathroom, bedroom and sitting/kitchenette area. Home is beautiful and hosts made an effort to make us feel at home. Many restaurants in walking distance too!

    April 2014
    Jay And Mauricio
    Response from Jay And Mauricio:

    We're so glad you enjoyed your stay. And thanks for mentioning the privacy door. It was part of our renovations last summer.

  • Beautiful, clean room in a perfect location, close to the metro with lots of good food nearby! Jay and Mau were extremely helpful, even letting me borrow their phone when my bank blocked my card. Would recommend this room and stay again.

    March 2014
    Jay And Mauricio
    Response from Jay And Mauricio:

    Thanks for your nice words, and we're glad you enjoyed your stay!

  • We had a wonderful time in DC. We definitely recommend staying at Jay & Mauricio's place. The room is clean, very spacious and close to the center of the city ( 3 metro stops).
    Jay and Mauricio were very helpful and friendly. A great airbnb experience.

    March 2014
    Jay And Mauricio
    Response from Jay And Mauricio:

    Thanks Daniela, we enjoyed hosting you too.

  • A lovely, quiet, convenient and comfortable location :) I had a few changes and additions to my itinerary and really appreciated how accommodating Jay and Mau were. They have put a lot of love into their home and it definitely shows!

    March 2014
    Jay And Mauricio
    Response from Jay And Mauricio:

    Thanks for the kind review, Catherine. The changes to the itinerary were no problem at all!

  • If all AirBnB places are as good as this I'll rarely stay in hotels again. I arrived late after a very long flight and was warmly welcomed. I really appreciated the chance to chat before I fell into a deep sleep. The warmness and hospitality continued throughout.

    The bedroom and sizeable ante-room were well equipped, warm and light. The bed was very comfortable. Everything immaculately clean. The ground coffee was fresh and strong. I lacked for nothing.

    It was great to stay in a regular neighborhood, rather than somewhere more airbrushed. Good food, beer, coffee and all that you could wish for are close by. It was definitely my kind of district, with street art and a bit of grunge.

    All this was made all the more easy to navigate with a 3 page local guide that Jay hands to every guest on arrival.

    I'd love to visit again, but suspect I'll be lucky to get a bed as the is likely to be a queue at the door. Thank you Jay and Maurice, my stay in Washington DC got off to a great start with your hospitality.

    March 2014
    Jay And Mauricio
    Response from Jay And Mauricio:

    Thanks for the lovely review, Stephen. We hope you'll visit us again. With two bedrooms and our basement now all listed on airbnb changes are we'll have a space you the next time you're in DC, in spite of the queue. :-)

  • What a fun place to stay. Quaint, cosmopolitan, and peaceful. Far enough away from the center of town to feel homey, yet close enough to get there in a moment if needed. Jay and Mauricio are super helpful with everything you need -- from a pre-written guide to the area to perfect AM coffee and even a card for the metro! I can't recommend this place enough.

    March 2014
  • A great room with gracious hosts in a fanactic location, Columbia Heights. Jay and Mauricio were very informative and gave me lots of tips about living and getting around in Washington, DC. I am looking forward to returning some day.

    March 2014
  • We had a lovely time at Jay and Mauricio's. Our bedroom and the other room were great, the bed was lovely and we had all we needed for our morning coffee/tea. The bathroom was fully equipped, with fluffy towels and toiletries. The location of the house is convenient; within walking distance to two metro stops and the Circulator, which we highly recommend. Jay and Mauricio are great hosts, gregarious and pleasant to talk to. :) We'd definitely stay there again! //
    La pasamos muy bien en la casa de Jay y Mauricio. Nuestra habitación y la sala anexa fueron muy cómodas, la cama era genial y teníamos todo lo necesario para desayunar. El baño es muy completo y tiene los artículos de baño necesarios. La ubicación de la casa es muy conveniente, ya que está a unas cuadras de dos estaciones de metro y del Circulator, muy recomendable para moverse en la ciudad. Jay y Mauricio son muy buenos anfitriones, amables y sociables. :) Sin duda, volveríamos a quedarnos en su casa.

    February 2014
  • This place was my first book through Airbnb. The suite was very nice and clean. The room was very cozy and equipped with everything that might make your stay convenient. The hosts are out of description and they will try to make your stay even more convenient. My stay couldn't be any better. Thank you guys for everything.

    February 2014
  • I had a chance to stay at Jay and Mau's abode in D.C. It was located in the hip area in walking distance to the restaurants and shops of Colombia Heights. The room was more than expected which included a private area with bathroom, bedroom and a sunroom. Glad to have stayed here during my recent visit to the nation's capital and I would recommend others traveling to check out their listing. They communicated in advance and made the arrival and departure process very smooth and easy.

    February 2014
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Jay is from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and works in international development. Mauricio is from Mexico City and is an architect. We have lived in the vibrant Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC since we bought our 100-year-old row house in 2007. After a great experience renting our guest room on airbnb in 2012, we decided to list our basement apartment as well in 2013. But our first experience with airbnb was as guests when we rented a flat in the center of Paris, and we've stayed with airbnb hosts in Germany, Mexico and the Netherlands as well.
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