Enjoy this two-room suite with a private bath, located on a quiet residential street, and very close to restaurants, cafes, shopping and public transport. Your hosts have been named airbnb "super hosts." Thanks airbnb!
Our house is in the heart of vibrant Columbia Heights. Note we've replaced the orange doors since this photo; they're now dark brown.
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 double bed, coffee maker and tea kettle, and overlooks a lovely garden in the back of the house. (Note some guest reviews refer to a mini fridge that we no longer have in the suite.) 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 our basement for longer-term stays and another bedroom and bath upstairs. Check our profile for those additional listings.
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.
All public areas of the house except the kitchen. The back porch and garden are favorites of our guests during the warmer months. The suite includes coffee pot and tea kettle. Cable tv and wifi are also available. Please note that, beginning July 2014, we are rarely booking both our two airbnb guest rooms at the same time: most guests will be our only guests at the time of your stay, with few exceptions.
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!
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.
Other Things to Note
Check in is between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 pm weekdays, and flexible on weekends. We can arrange with a friend to meet you for early check-in; a $20 early check-in fee can be paid directly to him upon arrival to compensate him for his time and transportation. Because we are early to bed, we greatly prefer no check-ins after 9:00 pm.
Please check out the amenities tab for more information. Strike-through amenities are not available
Just be courteous, and keep the noise down after we've gone to bed. We tend to go to bed early, especially work days, as we're up early in the morning.
For your convenience, your den/office has a mini refrigerator/freezer and a few glasses and dishes. We ask that you use this for beverages and breakfast items. The neighborhood has many great affordable restaurants for lunch and dinner.
If you are driving, we will need to get you a temporary parking permit, with 15-day maximum. If you are staying more than 15 days we may not be able to obtain a second permit. (Technically, we can't, but we can always try)
Charming hosts plus fabulous house plus a charming neighborhood equals a wonderful experience! Jay and Mau were perfect hosts on every level, with detailed welcome notes (including a heads up about the cherry blossoms and you won't get that at a Starwood!) a warm greeting and a wonderful guide to the neighborhood. The suite is immaculate, with comfy bed, workspace, storage and coffee/tea set-up. Great amenities including blow dryer/iron et al.
As we were leaving, our Uber pulled up and I just had to smile about how the travel/hospitality business is evolving and what a great experience this had been! Cannot recommend them highly enough!
Both Jay and Mau made me feel welcome at their house. They are very nice and relaxed. The bedroom was just as in the picture and I enjoyed the attached "solarium?"with lots of light, a table, chairs, coffee maker, enough space to set up my computer, eat breakfast, or a late snack. It was like having a suite. Although I had the run of the house if I wanted, there was no need. The house is beautifully decorated. Four blocks away from a main street with plenty of public transportation. Only two blocks away there are plenty of bars and pizzerias so coming back at night felt safe for a woman alone. Several times during the week I stayed at J & M's house I passed neighbors walking by and again it felt very safe at night and during the day. Lots of families taking the kids to school, or people going or coming back from work. I enjoyed very much my time at their house. They were also very helpful at providing me with touristic advise, where to go and how to get there.
Fantastic place in a great neighborhood. Jay and Mau were helpful and welcoming. Highly recommended.
Overall, I had an incredible experience with Jay and Mau, and would stay again!
The room: The whole home is gorgeous and clean. The room was comfortable, and spacious. It includes a large office and a private bathroom. The bathroom is accessible in the adjoining hallway with a privacy door. There were ample linens, clean sheets, warm blankets and comforters, towels and more. The room has a coffee maker and all the amenities you could need! It felt like a hotel suite experience with a fraction of the price. The bed was extremely comfortable. Jay and Mau also provided a SmartTrip card for using on the Subway and Bus systems, and a pitcher of water by the bed. So nice!
The neighborhood: Columbia Heights is a beautiful and diverse neighborhood, and Jay and Mau are located near two Metro stops. I came from Reagan airport and its Metro stop, so I could take the Metro to within 4 blocks of the house. It is a really diverse neighborhood, with plenty of shops, and once I got the lay of the land (using the provided guide from Jay and Mau), I felt comfortable walking the major streets alone at night--there were always people walking around. Well-connected, great food options, and very walkable overall!
The hosts: Jay and Mau were a joy to stay with. They met me at my comfort level and completely respected my privacy. They are a very friendly couple, always open to conversation and suggestions. I was really grateful for how flexible they were (such as holding my bag on my last day). They know DC so well, and I really contribute the success of the trip to their suggestions. They provide a DC guide (9 pages!) detailing neighborhoods, where to eat, and where to go. My best experiences in DC came from the guide. My traveling friends were always stunned by how much information I had and all the suggestions I could provide--but I had just read their guide book! Jay and Mau both provided me with suggestions when I asked, including answering questions via text message with really quick turnaround. Similarly, there was a large box with brochures and DC guidebooks to suggest even more options.
Easily one of my favorite AirBnB experiences. Thank you for having me, Jay and Mau!
Wonderful place in a great neighborhood! More comfortable and nicer than a hotel, and Jay and Mau always available for questions and help. Nice work space attached to the bedroom, which made it ideal while I was doing research at Library of Congress (easily accessible via Metro with one transfer). Great restaurants and shopping nearby.
Jay and Mau were great hosts. Helpful and informative while letting us do our own thing. Great experiences.
I had a great stay with Jay and Mau.
The room was spacious, clean and as well equipped as any hotel. There was a coffee maker and basic kitchen utensils so I could prepare lunch at the house. All in all the suite exceeded my expectations and I felt more like I was staying at a hotel than at a private home. The only thing missing from a, in my opinion, five-Star hotel, was a minifridge. Jay and Mau respected my privacy and were excellent and helpful hosts. The location is close to everything and the neighborhood houses a lot of great restaurants that Jay took the time to show me around to when I arrived.
I will absolutely recommend staying at Jay and Mau's place to anyone planning a trip to Washington DC.
Thank you for a great stay!
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Jay (on the right) is from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and works in international public health. 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, and then our second guest room in 2014. 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 Australia, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the Netherlands, and the United States. We love movies and traveling, and between the two of us have been to more than 40 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.