Embassy Circle Guest House

Traveling to a major city for a weekend can be very expensive. So it was with a sense of utter joy that we recently found a marvelous B&B, the Embassy Circle Guest House, in Washington, DC that I wish the owners would clone all across the country. Located on stylish, quiet and safe Embassy Row and just steps from Dupont Circle and the Metro, the Inn was a former embassy that laid dormant for 20 years before innkeepers purchased it in 2003. After a meticulous renovation that uncovered lots of surprises, they opened the Inn in 2007.

My experience with city B&B’s is that they are often dark, laden with heavy old Victorian furniture and not always equipped with modern conveniences. Embassy Circle could not be farther from this profile. The first thing you notice is how well the exterior is maintained. As you enter the hallway, the parlor and dining room to the left are bright and airy, beautifully decorated with rich fabrics, Persian carpets and antiques. The walls are adorned with some amazing and colorful artwork, much of which has been painted by guests. How cool. Many of the things that make old homes special, moldings, floors and chandeliers have been retained and

The 11 guest rooms are spacious by any standard and are elegantly decorated in different styles with antiques, various furniture styles, unique colors and textures. Each room has hardwood floors and a Persian carpet as its centerpiece. Many rooms have retained some of the original brick walls. Beds are super comfortable with luxury linens and plump pillows. Windows actually open to let in the fresh air. Each room has a completely modern private bath with a stand-up shower, fluffy towels and high end toiletries. Rooms have a wireless network and phones with message and wake-up capabilities.

In the wonderful southern tradition of B&B’s the innkeepers host an afternoon wine and snack reception from 5:30-7pm each day and a delightful breakfast is served each morning in the dining room from 7:30am during the week and 8:00 on weekends. Coffee is available a half hour before, so you can enjoy a newspaper in the parlor. Breakfast includes pastries baked fresh daily, organic breads for toasting, hot and cold cereals, salmon with cream cheese and capers, a platter of assorted cheeses, hard-boiled eggs, yogurt, orange juice, and a selection of coffees and teas. The signature dish is a delicious fresh fruit salad, which includes at least a dozen kinds of fruit every day. In nice weather you can enjoy breakfast on the rear patio.

On occasion, owner Raymond, an avowed “foodie” will whip up something impromptu for his guests. in fact, on the day we arrived, he had prepared a steak salad to enjoy with some friends and they asked us to join them. we were on our way out…..but boy it looked good.

As if all this wasn’t enough, innkeepers Raymond and Laura make you feel as if you are old friends visiting for the weekend. Being in their presence makes you feel as if you have known them for years. They enjoy people, enjoy engaging their guests in conversation and love to share their knowledge of Washington and all it has to offer.

It is going to be hard to stay anywhere else when we come to town.

THE RATES: From $190 Peak Season Weekend

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