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Fodor's Expert Review Embassy Circle Guest House

2224 R St. NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice

Built by a French architect as a private home in the early 1900s (and later the Taiwanese embassy), the inn’s 11 sunny guest rooms are uniquely decorated with antiques, original artwork, and Persian carpets. But it's the innkeepers, Laura and Raymond Saba, who make it so welcoming. You see them in action at the complimentary wine and nibbles every evening, as they mingle and make sure guests get to know one another. Conveniently located near Dupont Circle’s restaurants and bars, this tucked-away inn is beloved by oft-repeat businesspeople and tourists alike—and locals seeking a romantic getaway.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There are no TVs--very possibly explaining the amazingly good night sleep that guests enjoy.

Room 111 - Red Kashan
Photo: Room 111 - Red Kashan


Four different levels of rooms offer a mixture of sizes and shapes—though each one is beautifully decorated “from the Persian rug up,” with yellow walls and white trim, light-wood floors, antiques, original artwork, and plantation shutters. Some have exposed brick.

Study the rooms on the website to see which one best suits your needs.

Room 111 - Red Kashan
Photo: Room 111 - Red Kashan


Black-and-white-tiled bathrooms have plush towels and Gilcrest & Soames bath products. All have stand-up showers.


As an inn in a historic house, the lobby is the former living room with all the trimmings. Sofas, armchairs--and the fireplace--encourage good conversation with fellow guests. There are plenty of books and games to sit down and make an evening of it.


There is no restaurant on the premises; only breakfast is served to guests.


There is no bar on the premises.


Getting Around

The Embassy Circle Inn is located on a quiet street near Dupont Circle. If you drive, you can try to find parking on the street, though spots are restricted and enforcement is strict. The inn has a few parking spots; be sure to reserve in advance. Your best bet for public transportation is the Metro, with the Dupont Circle metro station just six blocks away.


Check the blackboard of Hank’s Oyster Bar (14-minute walk) to choose from at least five different kinds of fresh oysters, all of which can be fried, raw or broiled with butter and hot sauce; New England seafood, including lobster rolls, along with southern-style specialties are also available at this lively fish restaurant.

For classic French bistro fare, head to Bistrot du Coin (5-minute walk) a buzzing bistro offering buckets of mussels, onion soup, and, bien sûr, steak frites.


For walls and walls of whiskey and bourbon (and five different tasting rooms), Jack Rose Dining Saloon (12-minute walk) is making waves on the national scene with a stunning array of whiskeys.

Russia House (5-minute walk) is a popular spot for vodka and caviar. For walls and walls of whiskey and bourbon (and five different tasting rooms).


This tucked-away inn truly feels like our home away from home, down to the enticing selection of books lying around for anyone to read. The breakfast has got to be one of the best in town, with all ingredients coming from the local farmer’s market or health food store. There are four different kinds of coffee! And that’s the kind of amenities to expect in this beautiful inn. No wonder guests are known to return again and again. We are already plotting our next weekend getaway.


11 rooms
Breakfast yes
Lunch no
Dinner no
Bar no
Cafe no
Room Service no
Free Parking,Valet Parking


Phones: 202-232–7744

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