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Fodor's Expert Review Woodley Park Guest House

2647 Woodley Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20008 See on Map Fodor's Choice

Guests return again and again to this cheerful, friendly, exposed-brick and pale-yellow-walled house dating from 1906. They enjoy chatting around the table after a homemade breakfast, the coziness of the 14 individually decorated rooms, and the convenience to the surrounding Woodley Park neighborhood (including, for conventioneers, the colossus Wardman Park Marriott across the street). You may not have all the amenities (including TVs), but this adds to the retreat-like quietude. Original artwork hangs throughout.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Children under eight are not allowed.

Room 122
Photo: Room 122


The fourteen rooms, located on three floors including an English basement, are each uniquely decorated from the Persian rug up, with antique furniture, accent pillows, original artwork, and most with armchairs to feel as homey as can be. Sizes range from tiny (just large enough to fit a twin bed) to a suite with two beds, ideal for a small family.

Be sure to check the website to ensure your individual travel needs, budget, and tastes are met. Each room is beautifully described, down to who painted the artwork on the walls.

Room 122
Photo: Room 122
Room 136
Photo: Room 136


Bathrooms are on the small side, with stand-up showers. Three rooms have shared hallway bathrooms, and one has a half-bath with shared shower down the hall.

Room 136
Photo: Room 136


The lobby is merely a functional space, albeit a friendly one, with a reception desk in the middle and a little seating area. Lots of tempting books fill the bookcase. Guests will find complimentary baked goods, tea, and coffee in the adjacent dining room in the afternoon, wine and beer in the evening.

Breakfast is included in the rate.
Photo: Breakfast is included in the rate.


There is no restaurant; only breakfast is provided.

Breakfast is included in the rate.
Photo: Breakfast is included in the rate.
Room 123
Photo: Room 123


There is no bar; happy hour wine and beer are offered.

Room 123
Photo: Room 123


Getting Around

The Woodley Park Guest House is located in the bustling Woodley Park neighborhood, just steps from restaurants, bars, and shops. The inn has several parking spots, though taxi and metro are easier options to getting around. The Woodley Park-Zoo Metro station is a three-minute walk away.


Lebanese Taverna (3-minute walk)is a longtime favorite for Mediterranean fare. New Heights: (5-minute walk) is an Innovative New American fare amid stylish arts and crafts decor; it's the sort of place where everyone from VIPs and dignitaries to locals return to again and again.


Nanny O'Briens (15-minute walk) is a fun Irish pub with live music. Locals flock to Cleveland Park Bar and Grill (16-minute walk), a buzzy neighborhood sports bar, for its immense beer list and outdoor patio.


The Woodley Park Guest Home is a friendly, small-town kind of place in the big city. We come here to feel welcome and to retreat in what's got to be the quietest rooms in town. The innkeepers are brilliant at reading our minds as well; whether we don't wish to be disturbed, or require advice for visiting the newest D.C. museums, they just seem to know.


Gay and Lesbian
14 rooms
Breakfast yes
Lunch no
Dinner no
Bar no
Cafe no
Room Service no
Parking Lot


Phones: 202-667–0218;866-667–0218

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