My friends and I traveled to DC for our annual girls getaway and absolutely fell in love with Akwaaba--and the lovely innkeeper, Joanna. She is a jewel.
We occupied the Walter Mosley, Langston Hughes and Zora Neal Hurston (ZNH) rooms. I shared the ZNH room, on the 2nd floor, with one of my friends. It was ridiculously spacious and well appointed. It was like stepping back in time--in a good way. There were antique armoires, dressers, hardwood floors, etc. And the bed was super duper cozy! There's also a chaise lounge in the room if an extra person wanted to hang out. The bathroom had a jacuzzi tub with shower nozzle. There were some issues with the faucet but you can figure it out. And despite it being an old brownstone, the hot water was plentiful. Also, I'm obsessed with the cedar, thyme and rosemary glycerin soap!
You will be a block from DuPont Circle (there's a CVS right around there) and maybe a mile or so from the White House. I went on a roundtrip run on Sunday morning and stopped to take photos of the White House, Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial. I took a somewhat circuitous route and the trip totaled 6 miles. Honestly, everything is really close, especially if you can run/walk but if not, there is close Metro stop.
Besides the lovely neighborhood, great location and interesting building, the Akwaaba has Joanna. I've never experienced this kind of hospitality. This was only my third time staying in a B & B but Joanna was absolutely wonderful. She served us a delicious breakfast and snacks each day. Personally, that ALONE is worth the price but she did it with so much kindness and attention to detail. She is very sweet.
So, let me sum this up: breakfast and snacks are included, excellent location, spacious rooms with cozy beds and the best customer service you'll ever experience. If I had to mention a con, it would be the lack of elevator. I don't need an elevator and consider myself super fit but those stairs were "something else"! You need to be ready to haul your luggage and yourself up and down those stairs. I enjoyed the challenge but some may find them daunting. Keep them in mind but hopefully you won't have to miss out.
I love the Akwaaba and will definitely return with my husband.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Akwaaba DC is located in Dupont Circle at the heart of the Nation's Capitol. This 1890's historic townhouse is within walking distance of the White House, and the many fine restaurants, and shops of Dupont Circle. Access to the Smithsonian and National Monuments is a short ride on the Metro just 4 blocks (less than a 10 minute walk). Choose from 7 guest rooms, each with private bath or an apartment with accommodations for 6. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Akwaaba Dc Hotel Washington Dc