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.
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.
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.
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.
There is no restaurant; only breakfast is provided.
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.
WHY WE LIKE IT
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.