Tranquility & Convenience in DC, 1

House - Private room · 5th St, Washington, DC 20011, United States
Your host, John
50 Reviews
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The Space

Come stay in Petworth at this well-located brick rowhouse is on a quiet residential street 3 blocks from the Petworth Metro stop and a Capital Bike Share stand, so the DC Convention Center, Smithsonian, monuments and downtown DC are easy to visit. There are three clean and comfortable rooms available for short or medium-term rental here -- this ad is for the smallest of them. The house has a front porch and back deck, an open floor plan and wood floors throughout – it’s been compared to a yoga studio or meditation center – and I like to think that those who stay here find a degree of tranquility while enjoying the city and the neighborhood.

I work as the technology for development guy at an international development nonprofit, so I’m often out traveling the world and may not be in the country for your stay. I like to cook, so if you do too, this is the place for you -- you'll have full access to the gourmet kitchen with an island cooktop, double oven, warming drawer and gas grill on the deck – along with most cooking implements you are likely to need. From time-to-time when schedules align and there’s interest among whoever’s at the house, we sometimes cook, drink or hang out together, but don’t worry – you can go solo too.

During your stay, be sure to treat yourself to breakfast at Qualia Coffee -- which filter brews fresh, micro roasted coffee a few blocks away. When night falls, explore the neighborhood's growing selection of bars and restaurants, including The Looking Glass, Chez Billy´s, The Mothership Connection (new at Georgia Ave. and Lamont!), DC Reynold´s, The Hitching Post, The Sweet Mango Cafe, Sala Thai, and more, or take a 10-minute walk to trendy Columbia Heights, where you can drink, eat and dance at The Wonderland Ballroom, or find locally brewed beer and delicious food served on outdoor terraces from brunch 'til late at Meridian Pint, Maple, the Kangaroo Boxing Club, Red Rocks Pizza, Room 11, El Chucho taquería, or The Coupe, a 24-hour café, diner and restaurant.

Want to go farther? Hop on a Capital Bike to sample adult beverages on 14th Street at the Red Derby rooftop, The Pinch or Ziba´s or to try the Mexican, Vietnamese and Thai restaurants along the way. If that’s not enough, you can always roll on down to nearby Adams Morgan, U Street, DuPont Circle or the museums and monuments.

Other Things to Note

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Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $400 /week
Monthly Price: $1500 /month
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Pros:
    -Great location-- safe neighborhood and a less than 10 minute walk to the subway station
    -Everything as described, no surprises
    -John was a friendly host, helpful too!
    -AC was on when it was hot outside
    -The room and bathroom were clean
    -Towels were provided for us

    -One bathroom shared with other guests, though usually not a problem

    I enjoyed my stay at John's and would recommend it to others! I stayed in the smallest room with my husband and it was fine for us for 2 nights, but if you have a lot of stuff I think the other rooms would be better for you.

    June 2014
    Response from John:

    It was great to have you guys at the house, Nina. I agree that the 1 1/2 baths are tight when the house is full, so I'm blocking off most of July and adding another full bath, so future guests can enjoy the "pros" without having to deal with that only "con".

    June 2014
  • No complaints... We enjoyed our stay, and John was an easy going guy. Room was a little small but it had Netflix, so that was cool. If you are a couple Then I would recommend one of his bigger rooms, and this isn't a complaint, just some advice. We had a nice stay at John's and would do it again.

    June 2014
  • We had a enjoyable treval in Washington DC.
    John is a kindly hoster.We were very glad to have dinner with him. and he teached me how to do steak .We do not forget his romantic kitchen and romantic music.
    THank you John .Thank you for all you do for us.Good luck to you.

    June 2014
    Response from John:

    Ha ha... I guess jazz always sets a great mood! It was great to have you both at the house. Happy travels.

    June 2014
  • We had a great stay, the location was really convenient, not too far from the subway. The room we had was a little small but there are large common spaces. John was really nice and made us some waffles for breakfast. We enjoyed talking with him about the life in DC.

    June 2014
  • My boyfriend and I had a great experience here. The room was exactly as described, John was a great host, very helpful, and overall we had a nice quiet stay there. DC is prone to insects and other bugs though and I was unprepared and got bitten, but as long as you're protected from that possibility, you'll be fine. Definitely a place I'd like to visit again.

    June 2014
    Response from John:

    Unfortunately, DC is haven to pretty vicious mosquitos during the summer. You can hole up in the air conditioned house but, when exploring the city, you'll need to bring your mosquito repellant.

    June 2014
  • We had a great stay in John's house, and had everything we needed. John was friendly and helpful during our stay. The house is also conveniently located, making travelling to visit the Smithsonian easy. It was a good stay overall, and I'll stay again should I visit DC in the future.

    May 2014
    Response from John:

    I hope you'll come back if you visit DC again. Eugene.

    May 2014
  • John was a charming, generous host who shared dinner with us twice. The house was in a good location for Metro access to the city. We had a clean, comfortable room. We had the small room which was small for two people for one week, but very affordable. Access to kitchen and laundry was a real bonus. Shared bathroom for four rooms could potentially be busy though not a problem during our stay. Need to allow two hours from JFK by public transport.

    May 2014
    Response from John:

    Thanks, Frank -- I really enjoyed having you both at the house.

    Normally, I don't have all 3 rooms busy, but I unexpectedly had someone who really needed a place to stay during the time you were here. Unfortunately, we didn't get it finished before you came, but the additional bathroom will be finished either next week or the week after.

    May 2014
  • Everything lived up to a good level. The house is close to the subway, in a quiet and very beautiful place. John was very friendly and sociable host. If I am again in Washington and John will be able to accept me, I will gladly stay at his home.

    May 2014
    Response from John:

    It was great to meet you, Fuad - and I hope we can indeed work together in Azerbaijan.

    May 2014
  • Great location. Great host.

    April 2014
  • My sweetheart and I went to DC for the first time to attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival. John's place was very affordable and was in a great location. Parking was never a problem even when we were there on the weekend. I'm just saying that is a plus considering if you decide to commute by your own vehicle you'll always have to pay for parking in DC so it was helpful that we didn't have to when heading back to home base. It's close to public transit as well even though we didn't use it. The place was spacious yet cozy. We had the pleasure to meet John before he went on his trip. He kindly made us homemade cranberry scones and coffee in the morning. We had great conversation, it was nice to know we were in good company. It makes the traveling experience even more enjoyable. John is very organized and helpful, definitely a place worth staying while in DC :)

    April 2014
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McQuaid Jesuit High School, Georgetown University (Literature), Georgetown University (MBA)
FHI 360, Zoltner Consulting Group
John Zoltner is a long-time resident of Washington, DC who made his home in the area after studying literature and philosophy (and then an MBA) at Georgetown University. John enjoys welcoming people from around the world to the two houses he rents out through AirBnB or (website hidden): one in the Columbia Heights neighborhood and one in Petworth. Both houses are clean and comfortably-furnished and are well-located and close to a metro stop. John knows the city and many of the bar and restaurant owners or operators in both neighborhoods, and is happy to give recommendations. Se habla español - John speaks fluent Spanish, which he learned while living in Santiago, Chile for six years. In his professional life, John is the Washington-based Director for the TechLab, an FHI 360 department dedicated to creating and implementing strategies that leverage information and communication technologies (ICTs) to improve development practices and outcomes around the world. His responsibilities include strategic planning, resource development, program design, staff selection and program management, so the TechLab can support FHI 360’s vision of providing all individuals and communities with the opportunity to reach their highest potential. FHI 360 is a 4,400-person international development NGO operating in more than 125 countries.
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