Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast

16th and R. Street NW Exact address provided with reservations, Washington, DC 20009 USA (Show map)


Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast Enjoy your stay at Akwaaba, Washington’s literary themed Bed and Breakfast at the heart of Washington’s treasured Dupont Circle. This 1890's historic townhouse mansion is located within walking distance of the White House, and the many fine restaurants, and shops of Dupont Circle. The city’s Metro is a 10 minute walk for the Red line at Dupont Circle. This literary themed home features 8 spacious guestrooms, plus a garden level efficiency apartment, dedicated to world renowned African American Authors or genres. The home is conveniently located just east of Dupont Circle. Guests will find easy access to the National Mall, Smithsonian Museums and Monuments. The city’s Metro system is a short 10-minute walk, and additionally a major bus line passes directly in front of the home, taking you to the White House in less than 10 minutes. The business traveler will find quick access to Washington’s new Convention Center, MCI center, and conference hotels- the Hilton Towers, Marriott Wardman Park and Omni Shoreham. All are a short metro ride, or even walking distance as in the Hilton Towers. All guests, with the exception of apartment guests who have their own kitchen, are treated to a Southern hot cooked breakfast each morning, served 8am weekdays and 9am weekends in the bright formal dining room. Limited, reserved off street parking is available for $20 per night



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  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.2
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Pleasant & Personable

5 on February 12, 2014

This was our first experience with a bed and breakfast, and we were impressed! We initially wanted to book a stay at the Pennsylvania location but we waited too long and all of the rooms were booked. The owner personally called my boyfriend and I to apologize and inquire about reservations at the other locations. She even upgraded us to the Langston Hughes suite and free parking. The pm inn keeper called us along the way for our ETA and to ensure that we were able to access the home, as we were running an hour and a half behind (we live 3.5 hours away). Unfortunately we missed the inn keeper, but a delicious cheese and pastry platter and wine was left for us! The next morning we went downstairs for breakfast and were greeted by homemade banana nut pancakes, Turkey bacon, yogurt and fruit. We also had a really good conversation with the am inn keeper about the home and attractions in the area. The home was beautiful and maintained in all of its historic charm. The room was just as beautiful with its own bathroom and balcony. The neighborhood was walkable with many shops and restaurants. The location is also a 15-20 minute walk to the White House. I will definitely be staying there again as well as making reservations at the other locations. The staff were very personable and made us feel like we were family.

Pleasantly unique experience

3.0 on May 29, 2012

We just spent 2 nights 3 days at the B&B. It was a truly relaxing time. Our Innkeeper Marvi was wonderful! She went above and beyond to ensure that our every need was met with satisfaction. We did have our car broken in to on their lot. I suggest parking on the street if you're visiting on a weekend. There are plenty of spaces available. Breakfast was very tasty and elegantly displayed. Sitting and talking with the other guest over breakfast was a real treat. Overall we were satisfied with our first B&B experience and would definately recommend visiting. Now I'm anxiously awaiting her grand opening of the new B&B in Penn.

An absolute pleasure

5 on November 21, 2011

What can I say, everything about my stay was a pleasure. The house was beautiful and felt like a home. The room was wonderful. The breakfast was always varied and contained plenty of fruit, and took note of my being vegetarian. There were Evening refreshments, that allowed one to unwind and talk with fellow guests in an excellent atmosphere. The location was excellent, really close to a bikeshare station which was a wonderful way to get round DC. I have to make a special mention of Joanna, the Innkeeper, who was always happy to help with every detail and who always made one feel completely at home! 'Outstanding' exactly sums up my stay!


4.6 on October 25, 2011

My husband and I spent three nights at Akwaaba and didn't want to leave! The room was gorgeous and the service was superb. The housekeeper was super helpful and always a pleasure to talk to. The food was fantastic. Would recommend to anyone looking to spend sometime in the city--easy access to Metro and a lot of interesting things in the neighborhood.

Wonderful stay

5 on September 22, 2011

We have stayed in many B&Bs but never have I had such a superb expereince. The rooms, service, hospitality, food and friendliness of satff was excelent. I would never stay anywhere else if I returned to DC.

Wonderful DC Accommodations!

4.0 on August 06, 2011

During a visit to Washington DC this July we were fortunate enough to book a two night stay at the Akwaaba Inn. As fellow innkeepers we were not disappointed. At our small B&B in Charleston, SC, we make every effort to treat our guests as family with true Southern hospitality. Akwaaba Inn afforded us the same experience. It is well maintained and personal. Its small size makes one feel right at home and the price was a bargain for its convenient location near DuPont Circle. Our room was clean and comfortable as was the entire facility. Perhaps the best part of our stay was the hostess, Joanna, who greeted us warmly and went out of her way to always prepare our choice of a sugar-free breakfast. We learned that she has special hospitality and culinary training which accounted for the delicious quiches she crafted each morning as well as her fabulous homemade afternoon delights. We especially enjoyed sitting at a dining room table enabling us to become acquainted with the other guests. The camaraderie was infectious! We plan to make Akwaaba Inn our second home on any future visits to DC and highly recommend it to anyone who appreciates a warm, friendly, comfortable, and economical B&B type experience. Kudos to proprietor Monique Greenwood, wonderful Joanna, and their competent staff. Our sincere thanks to all for an enjoyable stay. Jack & Annelise Simmons 15 Church Street B&B Charleston, SC

Wonderful DC weekend!!

3.4 on July 08, 2011

Overall, my stay at Akwaaba was wonderful!! The staff was friendly and very accomodating. The shower in the bathroom was a bit to small for my preference but, served its purpose!! Breakfast was delicious and the Happy Hour was refreshing. I certainly would revisit Awaaba at this location and the others throughout the Northeast. Overall, the Poetic Suite was lovely!!

Enjoyable Stay because the Inkeeper Joanna was special

3.4 on June 20, 2011

We booked the Inspiration Room for our anniversary. The B&B architecture is beautiful. Our room was a 4th floor walkup which we were informed of in advance. The inkeeper's conversation and knowledge of the area were also very helpful. Our room was light and airy. The 5 pm social hour was great. It too was somewhat dusty, and the area rug really needed to be shaken or vaccumed. In the evening, the room was beautiful as the innkeeper turned the clawfoot tub into an oasis and treated us to rose petals, and a warm bath, with a linen turndown. Candles were everywhere and there was a trail of petals to the bed and on the bed also. I have two small issues with our stay. Maybe its a pet peeve but the B&B is far to beautiful to have dust everywhere. The carpet was spotty in the dining area also. Additionally, the airconditioning unit in our room was so very noisy we had to turn it off. The attic fan which was in the skylight was also noisy. We will definitely look at other Akwaaba locations for our next getaway.

Our anniversary stay at Akwaaba

4.8 on June 15, 2011

Joanna is a wonderful host. We loved her. Her cooking was marvelous; all the extra touches were great; she was so kind and gracious. And she surprised us on Saturday night when we returned from a play. In honor of our anniversary, she decorated our room with rose petals, candles and soft jazz! What an awesome surprise!

Great service, great location, top-notch innkeeper!

5 on May 27, 2011

We just enjoyed a five day stay at Akwaaba in DC. The house is charming, the location terrific for walking to major DC sights/attractions and the innkeeper, Joanna, is gracious, friendly and a terrific cook. Breakfasts were hearty and late afternoon snacks and drinks were a treat after a busy day. The dining area is set up to eat with others or sit at a table-for-two. The house is in a lively neighborhood, but it was very quiet at night. We highly recommend Akwaaba for your DC stay.

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Rooms & Rates

Writers Suite

Writer's Suite: Akwaaba DC has a furnished apartment with accommodations for up to 6 guests. The apartment is furnished with a King sized bed, Queen bed and Double sized Futon sofa. There are 2 baths and a fully equipped galley kitchen. Wireless Internet and TV with cable are provided. AS a vacation Rental Apartment breakfast is not included for apartment guests.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $225 - $300

Langston Hughes

The Langston Hughes Suite is located on the 3rd floor of the house. This over-sized room offers a King sized bed, decorative fireplace, small private balcony and private bath with two person Jacuzzi tub and shower. A full southern style breakfast is served each morning, 8am weekdays and 9am weekends. Wireless Internet access, TV with cable, private line telephone and a personal refrigerator are included.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $190 - $265

Zora Neale Hurston

The Zora Neale Hurston room is located on the 2nd floor of the house. Guests will find a comfortable King sized bed, large sitting area including sunny bay window, decorative fireplace and private bath with 2 person Jacuzzi tub and shower. A full southern style breakfast is served each morning, 8am weekdays and 9am weekends. Additional amenities include wireless Internet access, TV with cable/DVD, and personal refrigerator.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $190 - $265


The Romance guest room offers a 4 poster canopy Queen bed on the second floor of the home. Guests enjoy a private bath with double sized shower with dual shower heads. Room amenities include wireless Internet access, TV with Cable/DVD and personal refrigerator. A southern style hot cooked breakfast is served each morning, 8am weekdays and 9am weekends.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $165 - $225

Inspiration Suite

Get inspired. This guest room is located on the 4th floor of the home and features a King sized wrought iron bed, large skylight and antique claw foot soaking tub. The private bath also includes a traditional shower. Amenities include wireless Internet, personal refrigerator and TV with cable/DVD. Guests are treated to a full southern style breakfast, served 8am weekdays and 9am weekends.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $175 - $250

Toni Morrison

The Toni Morrison guest room offers a Queen sized bed and private shower only bath. This guest room is located on the 2nd floor of the home. Amenities include wireless Internet access, TV with cable/DVD and personal refrigerator. Guests are served a full southern style hot cooked breakfast each morning, 8am weekdays and 9am weekends.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $150 - $215

Modern Classics Room

The Modern Classics guest room offers a Queen sized bed and private shower only bath. This guest room is located on the 3rd floor of the home. Amenities include wireless Internet access, TV with cable/DVD and personal refrigerator. Guests are served a full southern style hot cooked breakfast each morning, 8am weekdays and 9am weekends.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $155 - $225

Walter Mosley Room

The Walter Mosley room is on the third floor of the home. The room offers a queen-size bed, and twin daybed for up to 3 guests. The room includes a decorative fireplace, writing desk and private bath with oversized shower including dual shower heads. All rooms include complimentary WiFi, TV with cable and DVD player and a small refrigerator. A hot cooked breakfast is served each morning in the dining room. Well behaved children 12 years and older only are welcome at Akwaaba DC.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $165 - $225

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Location Type

16th and R. Street NW, Dupont Circle neighborhood, 4 blocks to Metro, Close to National Mall and Smithsonian, Close to Washington Convention Center, Downtown


Washington DC, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan National) 7 miles

Directions to property:

Directions are provided with reservations.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, White House, Smithsonian Musuems, Monuments, Washington Convention Center, Embassy Row, MCI Center, Performing Theater, Religious Services, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

, Hot Cooked Breakfast, Spa and Massage packages Available, Romantic Packages Available, Easy access to the Metro- 5-8 minute walk, Limited off street parking available, Wireless Internet access

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Horseback riding, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway, Convention Center- Business Meetings, White House, Smithsonian Museums, Art Walks and Gallery's, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: Flexible to 10p
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: No
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children 12 and younger are welcome in the Writers Apartment
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Mimimum stays may be required depending on travel dates. Please inquire
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservations made more than 2 weeks prior to arrival, require a non-refundable deposit of $50. Full payment is due 2 weeks prior to arrival. Reservations less than 2 weeks require full payment.
  • Cancellations: A minimum of 2 weeks prior to arrival is required for cancellation. Cancellations made less than 2 weeks prior to arrival can result in a refund only for night able to be resold.



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  • Time Served: 8am wkdys 9am wkends
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Special Meals with, advanced request