I care about the following things when staying on a business trip:
My summary on this place: OK for three nights, but only because I know and am comfortable in DC.
Location was fine - I was working near Dupont Circle so the commute was about 30 minutes via Metro. The neighborhood is "recently gentrified" - it has a diverse ethnic mix and is all beautiful old houses. It felt perfectly safe to me, but people who are used to living in a homogenous middle-class suburb may feel uncomfortable. There are loads of stores and restaurants within a 10 minute walk. I especially loved the Ethiopian Market on 14th, which has an amazing mix of foods, including lots of organics and healthy snacks.
Sleep: I was in the Blue Room. Good solid bed. Very quiet, which is quite important to me. The curtains are not heavy, so I was sorry that I did not have eye cover on Saturday when I wanted to sleep in - it was light at 6 a.m.
Shower: Plenty of hot water and good pressure. But terrible, thin, small towels (although there are lots of them). It is a clawfoot bathtub, which means the shower is quite narrow and hard to climb in and out of.
Breakfast: Poor. There's a coffee maker in the room but supplied with the lowest-grade coffee/creamer packets and only on Day One (not resupplied). Coffee maker in kitchen has to be jiggled with; there was some old coffeemate liquid packets that curdled and some dry creamer packets. When working I really need a cup of real coffee and real creamer from the frig. There are dried foods like oatmeal and snack bars in the cupboards, and supposedly breakfast bowls in the freezer (but there weren't any). I could not find any microwaveable bowls for oatmeal so had to use a mug; the dining room table was fully set but with glass dishes which seemed strictly decorative.
Amenities: The wifi was very weak and had a needlessly complicated password. My iPad kept dropping the signal. There was also no place to work anywhere - no desk in the room, no place that I could sit in the living room to work, and the dining room table covered with plates.
This brings me to the decor: Eclectic would be a kind description. Remember, this is someone's HOME, so it is not generically furnished. I really liked some of the artwork, but, overall the house is very cluttered. It is hard to find places to put your things.
Oddly, although there is the owner, a cat, and two permanent tenants, in addition to the two guest rooms, I never saw ANYONE else, except for another guest in passing. I saw signs of them, but never spoke to anyone. This suited me fine as I don't like to waste time on polite chit-chat when I'm on a business trip, but at times it was a bit spooky. Especially the cat - how is it that I never saw him?
The owner does respond to email or phone questions / requests, though.
The best amenity here is the back porch, which is open to the sky. I sat out there every day to get fresh air because the house itself is a bit stuffy. The AC is a window unit and works fine; there's also a ceiling fan.
Price/value: It was $100 a night and for DC that is a very good price. I don't expect perfection for that, so I can't complain about the price.
But, on balance, I am not sure if I'd stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Otis Place Bed and Breakfast is located in the newly gentrified Columbia Heights Historic District, in Northwest Washington DC. This Victorian townhouse was built in 1910 and completely renovated in 2002/2003, and offers a choice of 2 guest rooms, each furnished with a Queen sized bed and private bath. A self catered continental breakfast is offered daily. Please note: Guests with animal sensitivities, this lovely home does have a cat in residence. ... more less