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International Guest House

1441 Kennedy St NW , Washington, DC 20011-6824 USA (Show map)
34 Reviews
$45 - $90
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A HOME AWAY FROM HOME. Operated by the Mennonite Church, an historic peace church. Good rates. Clean, friendly, homelike atmosphere. The International Guest House is in a safe, quieter neighborhood away from the busier part of the city. The three story house is attractively remodeled. Located 4 1/2 miles north of the White House and less than a block from two bus lines. As many as ten different nationalities have been represented among guests at one time. Conversation with people from around the globe at breakfast and evening tea is a highlight for many guests. All nationalities and faiths accepted. Many return for the second and third time. Wireless internet available.



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  • Guest room3.9
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.2

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Decent and Lovely.

3.4 on August 22, 2014

I had an awesome time at IGH. I received a very pleasant welcome; much more pleasant than I expected. The rooms are neat and I found the staff to be friendly. It is the perfect place for you if you're visiting Washington DC on a limited budget. I would recommend IGH anytime anyday.

Didn't want to leave!

5 on March 27, 2013

A friend and I recently stayed here on a brief visit to DC, and it was by far my favorite place I have ever stayed! The staff (volunteers) were very friendly and instantly made us feel at home. Evening tea and breakfast each morning were a wonderful opportunity to mingle with the hosts as well as other guests and hear about their experiences in the city... we ended up visiting places we hadn't even heard of based on their recommendations, and were very glad we did! Though these were not an issue for us (many were a "plus" in our opinions), there are a few potential downsides: -11pm curfew. Because the front door is always locked, you have to be back to the house by 11pm or there will not be anyone to let you inside. -slight religious component. It is run by Mennonite volunteers, so there is a brief devotional and prayer before breakfast each day, but there is nothing stopping you from coming late to breakfast; and you are obviously not required to participate, just be respectful and quiet at this time. -reserve by # of beds rather than # of rooms... if you are traveling alone, you will likely end up with a roommate! They have 2-bed and 3-bed rooms, so if you are traveling in a group, this should not be an issue. All rooms have twin beds. -Diverse guests. As the name suggests, it attracts many international travelers as well as those from the U.S... if you do not like meeting people from different cultures, this place is not for you! Overall, it was a wonderful stay! It was truly a home away from home, and I already want to go back! In the words of the friend I was traveling with "There have been plenty of times that I went on a trip and didn't want to leave the place, city, etc... but this is the only time I have ever not wanted to leave the accomodations."

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3.4 on June 23, 2012

A great stay for us, close to downtown. Andy & Dirk were most helpful helping us get aquainted with the city & the transportation system. Breakfast was simple as was evening tea but gave you a chance to meet people from other cultures/countries. Great location, close to buses & a clean environment. Sharing bathrooms not a problem at all. If you are looking for a good value, this is it.... Danny & Martha - fulltimeRV'ers Sioux Falls, SD (currently in Elmira, NY)

Lovely and safe.

4.2 on April 13, 2012

The International Guest House is a lovely place to stay while visiting Washington DC. The most outstanding feature was the tea served at 9 pm. As many guests as possible would gather in the evenings for tea and cookies. We shared our days' adventures and discussed many other topics. My husband and I would rush back every evening to enjoy the company of the other guests. Pros: Evening tea, great variety in guests, safe location, knowledgable staff, very clean, price (very good value!), quite close to transportation Cons: Small beds, shared bathrooms only

A warm home for visitors coming to washington

4.2 on October 22, 2011

Andy and Anita take great care to make their guests feel confortable and at home. They convinced us that also in America kindness and good personal relations are more important than the dollar. We enjoyed especially meeting people of different countries and cultures every evening.

A nice place!!!

4.6 on July 30, 2011

I stayed at the International Guest house during my visit to Washington DC, this is a bed and breakfast located in a safe neighborhood, just 20 minutes away from the White House, transportation is easy, and the hosts are very polite. Rooms are very clean, the price is cheap, just 40 dollars per night, taking into account that hotels in Washington are very expensive. The breaksfast and the tea at night are enough and delicious. I strongly recommend the IGH , if I have to go to DC again I`ll stay there for sure!!!


4.8 on June 01, 2011

I am so thankful that I cancelled my booking at a pricey hotel near the Convention Center, and found 8 nights available at IHG! It was a 'home away from home' experience. The staff could not have been more cordial, accommodating and helpful in every way. A lovely older home in a genuine tree-lined neighborhood, safe to boot, and only a few miles from the center of Washington, the IHG offers complimentary breakfast [yummy fresh muffins!], thrice-daily teas, Wi-Fi Internet access in each room, a general purpose/recreation room, quiet, comfort, caring and care, cleanliness. The bus to downtown is only half a block down the street and operates every 5-15 minutes from early morning to late at night. It connects to the Metro, according to one's wishes. There are 2 single beds in each room, and a singleton often will have a roommate. Bathroom is shared and impeccably clean. Particularly enchanting is the astonishing variety of guests from all over the world, each with 'a story to tell'. Although run by Mennonites, other than a brief meditative reading and prayer at the communal breakfast, religion is not discussed unless one wishes to do so. I plan to stay there 'next time' in DC, and I will steer my friends to the IHG, even coercively! 'Such a deal/steal'!

Best deal in DC!

4.4 on May 30, 2011

I can't say enough nice things about this place. It's on a quiet street, has public transportation nearby that takes you to the National Mall, and you simply cannot beat the price. For only 4O bucks a night I got a comfy place to sleep, breakfast, and home baked cookies at tea time. It's by no means luxurious, and you may have to share a room and bathroom(it was not busy during my stay so I had a room to myself), but at that price, you'll have no complaints. Best of all were the lovely volunteers at the guest house. They create a warm, family atmosphere and go out of their way to help you figure out how to get around, what to see, ect. I had a great time and will stay there anytime I happen to be in DC


5 on November 05, 2010

both the place and the people are very nice, they impressed me.

The best bargain EVER!

4.6 on November 01, 2010

This charming home is a bastion of safety, comfort and care. The staff is splendid - I wanted for nothing. Public transportation is very close; the breakfasts are plentiful and good, the rooms clean and charming.

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Location Type

Near Carter Barron Amphitheater, Pleasant, quiet, residential area., 4 miles North of White House, Near 16th Street bus stop, Across the street from Rock Creek Park, City


Washington DC, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan National) 6 miles

Directions to property:

495 Beltway-Exit 31B at Georgia Ave., South. Go for 1/2 mile and take a right exit onto 16th St. Take 16th St. to Kennedy St. (about 3 1/2 miles) and turn left. The Guest House is 3 houses from the corner of 16th and Kennedy.

Area Attractions

Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Museums, historical sites, Rock Creek Park & Carter Barron Amphitheater, the National Mall, ethnic restaurants, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Ceiling fans, Computer, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Parking, Piano, TV, Telephone , Smithsonian Museums & Washington Monumen 30 minutes away by bus, wireless internet, guest computer, hair dryer, refrigerator, microwave, ironing board, laundromat 1 block away

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Desk, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Golfing, Hiking trails, Concerts, theater, art shows, museums, sight seeing in Washington DC,, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Table Tennis, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:00 - 10:30 pm
  • Check Out:: 10:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes 0 - 5 yrs only $5 per night; children 6 - 12 years at $20
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: VISA,Master Card number, or money order required to reserve room
  • Cancellations: Cancellation must be received at least 48 hours prior to reservation date or one night fee will be charged. For groups or families reserving two rooms or more a two week cancellation is required or a two night fee will be charged.



Orv & Cleta Gingerich

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About the innkeepers

international travel, camping, hiking and climbing, biking, reading

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family style

  • Time Served: 8:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

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Innkeepers: Orv & Cleta Gingerich


  • Nightly Rate $45 - $90
  • Reviews (34) 4.5
  • Rooms 5
  • Phone 1-2027265808 1-2027265808
1441 Kennedy St NW , Washington, DC 20011-6824 USA (Show map)

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