About this listing
We are a traditional bed-and-breakfast offering five rooms, all listed on Airbnb. Room #4 is spacious and has a private bath. A healthy breakfast is provided daily. We are in a great location for sightseeing with excellent access to public transport.
Private room and bath, 5 blocks from Columbia Heights Metro! This lovely, partly renovated 100 yr old Victorian home with a big garden and wrap-around porch can be your urban retreat! 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 town. Bike rental and lots of ZipCars nearby, too. .
Breakfast buffet is included in your room rate -- see description below -- you'll love the pear and peach preserves made from our own fruit trees!
This cheerful north- and east-facing room is freshly painted and furnished with vintage French provincial cherry wood furniture; hot water radiators keep it warm in winter and individual adjustable air conditioners cool the room in summer. The queen bed is always made with good sheets, extra pillows and a down comforter. It has in-room cable television and wi-fi. There is an attached private bathroom with a very good double-head shower and two sinks. We provide high quality hotel-type towels and bath products.
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, hair-dryer 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!
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 (website hidden) 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. It's non-fat but tastes like the rich high-fat version. 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 (website hidden)
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 from 3:00 PM until 10:00 PM, 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.
Our main floor double parlor has plenty of seating for gathering, reading or resting.
It's such amazing place to stay,Joe is so nice that make us feel like at home.Breakfast is fresh and plentiful.The location is close to Columbia height subway station about 10 minutes walk.There are so many restaurants nearby.We will stay here next time.
A cozy place in a lovely area of Washington D.C.. Leslie and Joe are great hosts and very helpful. They prepared a delicious breakfast every morning. The bus to the city center is nearly next door, the metro just 10 minutes away. I can recommend this place 100 per cent.
First words out of Joe's mouth when we met eachother at the intersection of the corner of his property: "You walk with a cane. What's wrong with you?" Joe was socially offensive and had no business grilling me about the specifics of my health!
We were outside on the sidewalk and weren't even aware he was our host. Taken aback by his rude observation my husband started with... "Hello. You must be Joe. We are...."
Joe's response: "What is your health issue, and do you walk with that cane all the time?"
We are 60 years old, by no means dead, and Joe and Leslie knew in advance we had just traveled overseas for the past 6 weeks. We walk very well through 500 year old castle ruins, the Alps, and yes... I use a cane. We have two very small suitcases and I doubt there is much in DC we can't manage physically. We were off to a coldly received reception in Joe's home.
We have stayed in dozens of airb&b homes, and this is the only home where we found lead based paint falling off the bathroom ceilings, previous guests hair on the bathroom rugs and shower stall, and socially offensive host from the get go.
Nice and Clean Accommodation. The host prepare hearty breakfast for us every morning. Good suggestions for traveling.
We really loved our stay at Joe and Leslie's B&B. Joe was soloing it at the time we were there and he provided us with all the comforts of home. He heroically set out a wonderful breakfast each and every morning and was helpful in providing important information about navigating DC. The house is gorgeous, in a remarkably pretty neighborhood and perfectly situated for getting to the metro and the zoo. Our room was delightful and the bed was very comfortable. We hope to return to this B&B for another visit!
This is the second time staying here. We enjoy the homey feeling and great breakfast.
Very beautiful house, really enjoy our stay there. location is good , you can take a bus to white house directly. it's also quiet and safe even at night.
Our room is very spacious, clean. the bed is comfortable too.
Joe is kind and easy to talk. We had a pleasant chatting. breakfast is good (website hidden) Pity we didn't see Leslie but she always keep us in touch via Email.
Would recommend MT.pleasant shabby chic to everyone.
Their dog Sophie is cute!
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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.