Best Beds and Breakfasts in Washington

Romantic Rooms, Cozy Breakfasts Await At These Top D.C. B&Bs

Hotels can sometimes feel very impersonal – rooms are exactly alike and staff are serving a large number of ever-changing guests. For those who prefer to have a more personal and unique experience, bed and breakfast venues are a great place to feel pampered yet also know you are an important guest in a home. Washington, D.C. has a number of different venue located within walking distance to the Metro or must-see tourist attractions.


Several of our picks are located inside buildings dating back more than 100 years yet still offer modern conveniences like Wi-Fi. Dupont Circle's Swann House mansion dates back to 1883 while the Chester A. Arthur Bed and Breakfast home was built for the 21st president's undersecretary of the treasury in the 1890s.


Want a taste of the South Pacific right in the nation's capital? Try the Malolo Bed and Breakfast which offers a pick up and drop off service for area airports, Union Station and Metro rail. Joe and Courtney Lodico own two B&Bs in the district, Embassy Circle and Woodley Park guest homes, and both offer top notch service with a friendly atmosphere along with beautifully unique accommodations. 


Comfort yet elegant surroundings await at these top bed and breakfast venues in the nation's capital.







Ivy Mansion at Dupont Circle
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Showcasing three over-sized guest suites with private baths and a spacious apartment with a fully-equipped kitchen, this alluring B&B is just a three minute walk to the local Metro stop. Guests are treated to a continental self-serve breakfast menu including toast, cereals, English muffins, and yogurt. Two or the rooms are named for the proprietor's mother and grandmother with the other dubbed for the African American civil rights leader, Ella Josephine Baker. Extended stays are available so if you are in the district for several weeks, be sure to check out their rates. METRO: Dupont Circle

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: Monthly rates are available for those looking for an extended stay.

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Stone Manor Bed and Breakfast
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For those looking for a spot away from all the hustle and bustle of the district, the Stone Manor B&B located in the upper northwest neighborhood of Forest Hills is a great choice. Built in 1931, the home features two stories and a stone fireplace. The cozy green and white room offers a double sized iron bed while a queen-sized four poster bed awaits in the Deauville room. Both have private bathrooms. A continental breakfast is served daily with a brunch offered Sundays. Take note that children are not allowed at the hotel. METRO: Van Ness

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: Located in a quieter section of DC, this venue is a great pick for those looking for relaxation.

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Featuring 12 elegant, individually decorated rooms, the American Guest House offers relaxation for those looking to get away and a place for business travelers to rest while they are working. Wake up to homemade cinnamon rolls served daily or pick from other enticing menu items which change daily. Some dishes include French omelets, eggs Benedict served with a red-pepper chardonnay sauce and apple sausage cheddar quiche. If you have dietary restrictions, let them know when you reserve a room. For those on the go, breakfast to-go is available. You just have to give them notice. METRO: Dupont Circle

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: Cozy ambiance mixes well with elegantly decorated rooms at this Dupont Circle B&B.

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Taft Bridge Inn
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Aiming to bridge the old world elegance of the 19th century to the 21st century, the Taft Bridge Inn is located inside a historic Georgian mansion in the Kalorama district. Guests receive a complimentary breakfast, guest pass to a local sports club and a 10 percent discount card to local participating restaurants. For those planning a visit to the National Zoo, this hotel is within walking distance. Rates are subject to change but inquire about off season prices during off-season months – December, January and February. METRO: Dupont Circle

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: A masterful mix of old world elegance with modern amenities await at this charming B&B.

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Chester A. Arthur House Bed and Breakfast
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Furnished with Romanesque Revival and Eastlake designs, this pick makes you feel like you have stepped back into the early 20th century. Named for the 21st president whose undersecretary of the Treasury owned the home originally, the B&B features three guest rooms, complimentary Wi-Fi and cable television. Wake up early and grab a plate to enjoy a hot family-style breakfast. Starbucks-brand coffee, select teas and freshly squeezed orange juice will quench your palette. Children who are six and older are allowed. Two of the rooms have extra beds available for an additional charge. METRO: McPherson Square

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: Step back in time with this charming B&B featuring antique furniture and a delicious family-style breakfast.

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Embassy Circle Guest House
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Built in 1902, this B&B counts several embassies for neighbors and underwent an extensive renovation before opening in 2007. Featuring 11 different guest rooms, each offers its own personal charm. Each room features a private bathroom with stand-up shower and climate control. For those who love fresh air, feel free to open your room's windows. Make sure to check out the complimentary wine + beer buffet every evening featuring a selection of wines and microbrews or get up early and feast on the delicious breakfast buffet featuring local and organic selections. METRO: Dupont Circle

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: After undergoing an extensive renovation, this historic spot is a great place to relax and sample from their wine and beer buffet.

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Woodley Park Guest House
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Owners Courtney and Joe Lodico's first D.C. bed and breakfast (their second is Embassy Circle Guest House) is a winner thanks to elegantly furnished rooms and warm hospitality of the staff. The home dates back to 1907 and was used as a rooming house during World War II. The couple purchased the home in 2000 and renovated the property for seven months before reopening in May 2001. The B&B features 15 uniquely decorated rooms and a breakfast buffet with local and organic offerings. Be sure to check out their specials and packages available. METRO: Woodley Park

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: This B&Bs specials and packages are winners. Get deals on long weekend getaways or book a package with incredible extras.

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Malolo Bed and Breakfast
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Get a taste of the South Pacific right in the nation's capital at this delightful B&B located in the Marshall Heights neighborhood. Malolo means 'to rest' in Samoan and guests may take their pick from four charming rooms decorated with a South Pacific flare. Patrons are greeted with a friendly talofa (hello) and afio mai (welcome). Breakfast is served daily between 8 and 10 a.m. and you will want to try the Malolo's banana cake. Be sure to check out their pick up and drop off services which include Metro, Union Station and local airports. You also get a Metro Smart trip card to use during your stay. METRO: Benning Road

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: While many local B&Bs focus on the historic angle, this venue offers a different take focusing on South Pacific decor and modern amenities.

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Swann House Historic Dupont Circle Inn
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Located in the historic Dupont Circle neighborhood, the Swann Inn has transformed an 1883 mansion into a charming bed and breakfast that is right near must-see attractions yet makes you feel like you have escaped the hustle and bustle of city life. Each visit can be a different experience because every room is individually decorated. Look at their photo gallery to see which room appeals to you and yours. Select rooms feature wood burning fire places, whirlpool bathtubs and private decks. Check out their special packages including hot cocoa for two, floral arrangement, chilled champagne and massages. METRO: Dupont Circle

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: A historic mansion with uniquely decorated rooms makes this venue a must-visit.

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Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast
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An 1890s townhouse serves as the backdrop for this charming B&B in historic Dupont Circle. Decorations center on a literary theme and celebrate the works of several African American authors including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison. Take your pick of seven individually decorated rooms with a private bathroom or an apartment rental that can host up to 6 guests. Head down to the formal dining room in the morning for a home-cooked breakfast or stop by in the late afternoon when light appetizers and refreshments are served. Unlike other B&Bs, televisions are available in every room. METRO: Dupont Circle

Recommended for Bed and Breakfast because: Modern amenities join together with historic decor to form an unforgettable B&B experience.

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