On a residential block, in a neighborhood full of places to hangout at (eat, drink, etc.). And - other areas are in reasonable walking distance (e.g., Adam's Morgan). We even walked down to the National Mall one day. And for non-walkers: it's near the Metro and buses to everywhere. We had the top room; plenty of space. Cleanly kept. Quiet. Very fairly priced.
So why not five stars? Well, it's five stars for anyone who arrives without a car. But, if you have a car, you park it in the back of the house, via an alleyway. The space is deigned for two cars - but it's extremely EXTREMELY tight. And there is very little room to maneuver, as the alleyway is narrow. One of the two parking spaces was occupied when we arrived. It was so difficult to get our car into the space without hitting the other car or the stone wall that's alongside the property. In fact, I'm convinced that the only reason I successfully parked the car was that the parking space on the property on the other side of the alleyway was vacant at the time - allowing me to first pull a bit into their property, and then back up into the Inn's spot.
We didn't use the car the entire time. Went to check on the car a few days later and there was a long scratch on the side of the car that was facing the other car. Didn't tell anyone, because, firstly, I was still on vacation and didn't want to get more upset. Secondly (and mostly), there was no way of undoing it. And, I didn't feel I could blame the owners because I saw some other properties in that alleyway, just as small, with two cars squeezed in that same sized space. I honestly don't know how they do it - they must be used to it. But the first car that was in the parking space surely hit my car when they pulled out.
I related this story just to warn anyone who goes here with a car. Apart from that, it's really a pleasant place.
Well, maybe one more little caveat - as a previous review may have mentioned - the bathroom window curtain is quite flimsy - and there are windows/houses across the way. It's quite likely that they could see in if it's night time, and you're walking around butt naked with the bathroom light lighting up the place. But, if that doesn't bother you,... enjoy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Simple and comfortable, the Cardozo Guest House may be the perfect accommodation for your stay in Washington. This Guest House offers four guest rooms or a small studio apartment. Three guest rooms are located on the second floor and share a hall bath. The fourth guest room on the third floor has a private Jacuzzi bath. The Studio apartment is garden or English basement level with a private entrance. The Guest House is two blocks from the Green Line U. Street/Cardozo Metro station. Many restaurants, shops and evening entertainment options are within easy walking distance. ... more less