A HOME AWAY FROM HOME. Church operated. Good rates. Clean,friendly, warm and homelike atmosphere. The International Guest House is in a safe neighborhood nestled away from the hustle and bustle of DC. The three story house is attractively remodeled. IGH is located 4 1/2 miles north of the White House and 3 houses from a bus stop. As many as ten different nationalities have been represented here at one time. Chatting with folks around the globe at breakfast and evening tea is the highlight for many who stay here. All nationalities and faiths accepted. Many return for the second and third time. Wireless internet available.
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."
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)
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
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.
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 miles North of White House, Across the street from Rock Creek Park, Near 16th Street bus stop, Near Carter Barron Amphitheater, Pleasant, quiet, residential area., City
Washington DC, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan National) 6 miles
Take the Yellow Line Metro towards Mt. Vernon Square. (During rush hour you may need to transfer to the Green Line Metro). Get off at the Columbia Heights station. Exit the Metro to 14th Street Northbound. Take the number 52 or 54 bus to Kennedy Street. Walk west 3/4 of a block to 1441 Kennedy Street.
Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Many museums and historical places, Rock Creek Park/Carter Barron Amphitheater, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Golfing, Hiking trails, Concerts, art shows, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Table Tennis, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental
Other, Bed and Breakfast
Board games, Ceiling fans, Computer, Internet Service, Piano, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Desk
Access to wireless internet, Washington Monumnet 30 minutes by bus, Hair Dryer,Fridge,Microwave,Ironing Board on site, Smithsonian only 30 minutes away by bus
Orv & Cleta Gingerich
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