This is the perfect base from which to explore DC and its environs. Situated between the White House and Georgetown, it is a two minute walk from the permanent line of taxis outside the Fairmont hotel and therefore all the major attractions, museums, memorials are at most just a $15 ride away. This is infinitely preferable to bringing one's own car into the nation's capital. And returning to one's own Foggy Bottom front door at the end of a day soaking up living history is an unbeatable feeling.
This was, as promised by the owner, a terrific location. My husband and I like to walk, and the apartment is an easy stroll to Georgetown. It was also within walking distance to the museums and monuments. The place is as lovely and bright and open as depicted in the photographs and nicely appointed. There are outside steps to the entrance and this main floor has the living room and the master bedroom. There is very nice bath off the master bedroom. The 2nd smaller bathroom is also on the main floor off of the living room, but to reach the 2nd bedroom, you go down a staircase, where the kitchen and a closet with a washer and dryer are also located. Both bedrooms are roomy with a TV, although we never turned them on. The kitchen has all of the essentials and there was coffee and biscotti. There was a small eating counter in the kitchen with 2 stools and no real dining area anywhere, so a family might want to consider that aspect.
In any event, the only thing we weren't pleased about was the parking issue. I specifically emailed the owner about parking before booking and he indicated there was street parking. However, it was zoned parking, as much of DC is, and he did not provide a parking permit, so I feel this was deliberately misleading. I previously rented an apartment in the Eastern Market District and although parking spots were always at a premium, we were provided a permit. When I texted the owner about no permit, his response was that the permit requirement was rarely enforced.. Well the first morning we were gone for 3.5 hours and when we returned, we had one $35 ticket on the windshield and there was an enforcement officer writing us a 2nd one. The parking garage across the street that the owner then directed us to did not have public parking and so the 3 days we stayed were spent juggling parking. For some it might not be an issue, but to my husband and I, the advantage to being in a city is being able to park your car and walk or take the metro. Even if you park in a parking garage all day, you need to add on another $35 per day to your cost of the trip.
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