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Embassy Circle Guest House
Ranked #2 of 36 Washington DC B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Washington State
1 review
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“Our Inaugural Haven”
Reviewed 26 January 2009

We stayed at the Embassy Circle for 5 nights during the recent Inauguration of Barack Obama. The guest house was a wonderful haven during our exciting visit. The endless hospitality shown by the owners and staff, the comfort of our spacious and lovely room (Electric Blue Tabriz), the tasty breakfast fare, and the delightful company of the other guests all made our experience a joy.

The unique timing of our visit added an extra element of excitement to each day. The daily wine hour was well attended by all (and soon became a festive tradition for the week), and a spontaneous dinner for the guests was a celebration as well.

We will definitely be back again!

  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 January 2009

Our stay at The Embassy Circle Guest House exceeded our already high expectations. The inn itself is beautiful, with immaculate, large rooms, as well as a beautiful dining room and parlor with wonderful artwork done by former guests of the inn. The location in DuPont Circle, where wonderful restaurants, shops, and galleries are all within an easy walk, was ideal. However, the best part of our stay were the owners and staff of the Embassy Circle, who welcomed us with a genuine warmth and went out of their way to make us comfortable, even cooking dinner one night and driving us to our destinations in the morning. By the time we left, we felt as if we had spent a wonderful time with good friends! We can't wait to come back to D.C. and stay here again! In the meantime, we're telling all our friends about Embassy Circle.

  • Liked — The warm and welcoming owners and staff
  • Disliked — the same breakfast food each day - However, it was really acceptable, especially the fruit salad
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 January 2009

The Embassy Circle hits the big three of accommodation with ease - it excels in comfort, hospitality and location. When my fiancee and I reflect on our travels in the U.S, the Embassy Circle is the accommodation which stands out the most. Since staying there last year, we continue to talk about our memorable stay there.

We spent 4 nights at Raymond and Laura's guest house on our first visit to DC. We loved our room; it was quiet, spacious and elegant with ever-so-comfortable beds. The house itself is wonderfully restored and welcoming. We were quite content to sit awhile and read the newspaper or chat to our hosts and other guests before or after a busy day of sightseeing. Breakfast and coffee were also great, as was the evening wine and conversation.

It would also be hard to find more hospitable hosts. As well as their valuable insider knowledge of DC, Raymond and Laura are great conversationalists who enjoy interacting with their guests from around the world. At the same time, guests feel free to have our own space if they choose. Nellie and Ingrid also made us feel welcome and very well looked after.

The location in Dupont Circle is also superb: great restaurants (of which Raymond and Laura know inside-out so ask for recommendations), close to Georgetown, easy access to the Metro and a great neighbourhood for simply strolling and looking at the residences.

Ben and Louise, Sydney, Australia

  • Liked — Beautiful house, great room, warm hosts and staff.
  • Disliked — Nothing negative.
  • Stayed November 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 6 January 2009

They say that "theres no place like home".Well Embassy Circle Guest House is as close as you get to Home.From the welcome we received from Ingrid to the hospitality shown by Laura and Raymond the proprietors, you as a guest are made to feel so welcome.The decor the ambiance,and the food add up to "Theres No Place L[ke Home . Thanks Laura,Raymond,Ingrid and Nellie

  • Liked — location,ambiance
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed January 2009, travelled with friends
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Warrington
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Reviewed 28 December 2008

We arrived at the Embassy Inn having spent 2 weeks travelling around New England. Our intention was to sample Washington for 2 days before going down to Florida. We arrived earlier than arranged but we were greeted and warmly welcomed as old friends with coffee and cookies and encouraged to start our exploration of Washington but advised to return around 5-30 for "Drinks and Nibbles". Intrigued we came back as intructed to meet our hosts Raymond and Laura entertaining some other guests (Raymond had prepared some Labanese canapes) so we joined them and enjoyed the conversation and banter for
1 1/2 hours before receiving more advice regarding the restaurants in and around Dupont Circle.
The next day following an excellent Embassy Inn breakfast we set off to discover Washington, again returning for drinks around 5-30pm. Before we knew it time had passed and it was getting late for dinner. Raymond invited us to stay and dine with them and some other guests - he would cook for us! What a delightful surprise and what a lovely evening we enjoyed. We can't thank Raymond and Laura enough for making our sample stay in Washington so special. Of course the taster of Washington was so wonderful we can't wait to repeat the experience and of course we will be returning to the Embassy Inn.

  • Liked — Location and our Hosts.
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank philip1379
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 29 November 2008

The Embassy Circle Guest House in Washington DC has consistently received high praise from reviewers. And now we know why. As two Australian travellers who prefer the sociability of the B&B option over the anonymity of big hotels, we were attracted to the Embassy because of the opportunity it seemed to offer to meet and interact with a wide variety of people. We were not disappointed. The owners, Laura and Raymond Saba go out of their way to create an environment where guests can converse in a friendly and relaxed manner. Whether it’s around the table at breakfast, or over complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres in the evening, everyone is welcomed, introduced and included, without being pressured to participate any more than suits them. In this setting we learned so much, from guests who came from all corners of America and from the many visitors from overseas. The eclectic mix of the passing parade was indeed stimulating.

That’s the sociable side. But even if that has no appeal, the Embassy accommodation has plenty of attributes – elegance and style, comfort and cleanliness, location and convenience, as well as Ingrid and Nellie, the friendly, attentive and caring staff. In restoring what was formerly the Taiwanese embassy, Laura and Raymond seem to have spared no expense or effort. The common dining and lounge areas are elegantly furnished, yet retain the warmth and comfort of a home. The guest rooms are both delightful and functional. They are spacious, beautifully furnished and extremely comfortable, and the bathrooms are not only attractive but also immaculate. And, most importantly, the rooms are well soundproofed. As we had reserved a room on the same level as the living area, we were a little concerned about noise but we never heard a thing, either from the street, the living area or the adjacent room.

The location of the Embassy is also a plus. There are many attractions in the immediate area, including the numerous embassies, the Phillips Collection, the Woodrow Wilson house and neighbouring Georgetown. Great restaurants are abundant around Dupont Circle and just a short walk away from the Embassy. It’s also a short, and easy, walk to the Dupont Circle metro station. And if that’s not enough, Laura and Raymond are genuinely concerned about their guests and always ready to provide helpful information and advice about where to go and how to get there. Raymond even drove us to Union Station when we were leaving. Add to all this the fact that Washington DC is an enormously interesting city – not the grey bureaucratic town we thought it could be – and you have all the ingredients for a fantastic travel destination.

Jan and Graham, Sydney, Australia

  • Liked — Elegance, comfort and attentive owners
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Aussiesabroad101
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Melbourne
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Reviewed 24 November 2008

After seeing the website and reading other reviewer's reports we knew that Embassy Circle was the only place we wanted to stay at whilst in Washington DC. In fact we ultimately changed our entire itinerary of our first trip to the USA in order to ensure we could stay there. After staying in New York and Boston for three weeks our last week in the USA was spent in Washington DC at the Embassy Circle and we were certainly rewarded for our efforts.
As we discovered, Embassy Circle is conveniently located to the subway which gives you easy access to all major sights. Also within walking distance are restaurants and shops of Dupont Circle. The neighborhood is absolutely beautiful with its tree lined streets and exquisite old buildings. The Embassy Circle itself has been lovingly and painstakingly renovated and is truly spectacular. The entire place is filled with beautiful antiques, persian rugs and artworks. The rooms are bright, very inviting and the beds are extremely comfortable. All the bathrooms are well appointed and are immaculately clean. We are very fastidious travelers when it comes cleanliness and comfort. The staff were very friendly and courteous.
Laura and Raymond - the owners - are gracious and are truly generous hosts who make all of their guests feel very welcome. It feels as if one has gone to stay with close friends for the weekend. Whether you are having breakfast or having pre dinner drinks with the other guests, Laura and Raymond are always there bringing us as strangers together to create a lively and friendly atmosphere. This Bed & Breakfast establishment is truly unique for this reason. Laura has lived in Washington for all of her life and her knowledge of the the greater area is invaluable.
The continental breakfast offered every morning as a part of your stay is lovingly prepared, is very delicious and filling - no need to go out. We were fortunate and privileged to have an impromptu dinner hosted and prepared by Raymond and Laura. This evening was indeed a highlight or our trip. We cannot thank Laura and Raymond enough for their generosity and hospitality. We look forward to visiting them again in the near future.

James & Tina from Melbourne, Australia.

  • Liked — Ambience, Comfort, Cleanliness, Hospitality, Location
  • Disliked — Nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Tinjam
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Property: Embassy Circle Guest House
Address: 2224 R St NW, Washington DC, DC 20008-4035
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Region: United States > District of Columbia > Washington DC > Dupont Circle
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Washington DC
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Embassy Circle Guest House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Visit our historic and elegant Washington DC bed and breakfast, steps to the metro, shops & dining in Dupont Circle. Enjoy complimentary breakfast, afternoon wine & snacks, parking & internet access at our Dupont Circle inn. Our Washington DC B&B is centrally located with easy access to the famed monuments and sights of our Nation's Capital. If you are looking for the perfect bed and breakfast in DC, look no further than Embassy Circle, a Select Registry Property. ... more   less 
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