5 on June 21, 2016
I always feel like I am stopping in at home.
5 on May 24, 2016
The William Lewis House is in a charming and central part of DC; most of the good stuff is within walking distance, there is a Capital Bikeshare rack at the end of the block, buses and Metro nearby. 14th and U streets are full of life. Dave is an utterly charming (if occasionally gruff) host. The weekend breakfasts are a treat. The weekday breakfasts are a surprise... really good. The rooms are luxe and restful. This is not beige, square and anonymous lodging. A great base for play and work.
4.4 on April 08, 2016
I had an amazing stay at the William Lewis House. The actual house was beautiful and very homey. Breakfast served on the weekends was very nice and it was fun meeting the other guests. Located right near many local bars and night spots and easy walking distance to the other sites in Washington DC. I would definitely stay again.
4.0 on November 10, 2015
Nestled on a lovely street not far from the attractions. Really good food, beautiful houses. Would definitely return.
3.8 on October 16, 2015
What a pleasure to be welcomed at The William Lewis House and enjoy this so charming place. An amazing address
4.4 on September 16, 2015
My girlfriend and I had a relaxing weekend at the house. We can to DC for the Madonna concert. The house was beautiful. The dog was a great pleasure. She loved to play and get pet. The owner was very nice
3.6 on August 19, 2015
nice convenient pleasant historic home with antique furniture. Note that are no TV's if that is a concern. Sneaky floors so not quiet if people are walking around. Not disability friendly as it has steep stairs.
5 on July 29, 2015
We were excited to find a place close enough to the city's main attractions and with onsite parking. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised that the owner had thought of every detail. From a water cooler to ibuprofen (just in case). From ever available snacks to happy hour wine on the porch. I'd highly recommend the B&B
3.6 on July 20, 2015
A lovely old house situated less than a mile due north of the national mall with secure parking. Take a step back in time but with modern conveniences. Reception was a little chilly but we were served a hearty breakfast and had a nice chat while eating. Lots of rules about this and that, but really, for a place so conveniently located, it's worth a bit of fuss. We would gladly stay here again.
5 on July 20, 2015
Not only is the owner hospitable, but the guests that stay at his establishment are friendly as well. My spouse and I had a great experience here, and we would definitely stay here again in the future.
4.6 on June 01, 2015
The William Lewis House was the perfect place for our entire family to celebrate our son's graduation from GWU. Dave was the PERFECT host. He and the staff more than met our every need. Hospitality, amenities, breakfast, coffee, teas, instant hot/cold water, snacks, common areas were wonderful. The rooms were very comfortable with plenty of space for clothing and luggage to be stowed away. Bathrooms more than fully stocked with "little extras". You won't be disappointed in this B&B. I would definitely return and I haven't even mentioned the $$ value!!
3.2 on May 30, 2015
Enjoyable and relaxing, perfect for peace and quiet. The dog (the welcoming committee) is a sweetheart to guests.
4.8 on May 25, 2015
We enjoyed four nights (5/6/15 thru 5/9/15) in the downstairs apartment. The apartment has a comfortable queen size bed with ceiling fan overhead. The bathroom is not large, but it is nice if you prefer to have your own private toilet and shower. Apartment has a refrigerator and table, as well as a couch and two televisions. Also has a washer and dryer combo, which definitely came in handy. David and his sister Terri were cordial hosts, and the breakfasts were truly outstanding. Wine in the afternoons. Would definitely look to stay at The William Lewis House again.
4.4 on May 13, 2015
David is a wonderful host, the house is lovely, in a good safe area,walking distance to the White House and the Mall. Already the breakfast (every day fresh homemade croissants,bread,granola..high quality, most organic) is amazing..U enter the house and feel being a member of family. A very well behaving dog welcomes the guests. A great oh Ave to stay and spend the holiday
4.2 on May 01, 2015
Dave is an outstanding host,the area is safe and close to all attractions of Washington.. Best place ever to stay away from home
5 on April 27, 2015
We had a great stay and met some wonderful people from Brussels, England, and Sweden!
3.4 on April 24, 2015
My husband and I enjoyed this b&b while visiting our son whose apartment is nearby. The room was very nice, and the breakfast was a nice spot to chat with an array of International guests. The fresh fruit and homemade croissants were great, but the cappuccino machine was terrific! Our only complaint was that we had a shared bath, and since the inn was full, we did have to wait for our morning showers.
4.8 on March 22, 2015
I had to attend a conference in DC for just one night and unfortunately, the hotel I normally stayed at was sold out. I did a search online and came across the William Lewis House. It seemed like a great value and a great location. So, I decided to make a reservation. I was very surprised. The place was very well decorated, comfortable and was well worth what I paid. I would definitely come back. Next time, I'd love to stay longer.
4.8 on February 16, 2015
I loved staying at the William Lewis House due to the beautiful atmosphere. The breakfasts on the weekends were outstanding too.
4.8 on February 15, 2015
I am a frequent guest at The William Lewis House. It is a wonderful place; I am always warmly welcomed, and always stay there when in Washington DC for business or personal pursuits. Thank you so much.
3.6 on December 08, 2014
Lovely B&B, very good location. I'll probably be back!
4.0 on December 05, 2014
4.2 on November 23, 2014
This is a great place, especially for a somewhat self-sufficient guest as there is no 24/7 front desk. David and the staff are quite helpful and always give me a warm welcome. I have been staying there for many years.
5 on October 06, 2014
A very cute atmosphere that goes with the D.C. area. Loved the dogs also. They made the stay like home.
4.8 on October 06, 2014
Opted for B&B over typical hotel room for conference at the convention center. Only a 15 minute walk or 5 min to Metro. Very convenient and quiet. Fantastic Breakfast.
4.8 on September 24, 2014
I have stayed at William Lewis for many years now and plan on returning anytime I'm in DC!
4.4 on September 21, 2014
I've stayed at the Wm Lewis House several times. It's the first place I check when I'm arranging a stay in Washington. Location, comfort, and the personal touch of David and his staff make this an unbeatable value!
4.8 on August 27, 2014
Everything about this place was phenomenal. The location, the price, the service, the food (mostly the food) were all incredible. The William Lewis House is about two blocks away from trendy restaurants, bars, and little shops. Also nearby is a Metro Stop and the Convention Center is about a 15-20 minute walk away. The staff at the B&B were friendly and very welcoming; they made us feel like we were a part of their family and we were staying at their home. The price is quite affordable for being in such a great location and receiving such pleasant service and delicious food. The breakfast and snacks they leave out for guests are INCREDIBLE. Almost everything is homemade and and absolutely delicious. In all honesty, I would go back just for the food alone. You must stay here!
5 on August 21, 2014
I was only able to spend two nights here. Wish it could have been more because I would have taken more advantage of the backyard and the sitting room and taken walks in the neighborhood, which is charming. The breakfast was delicious, beyond compare.
4.6 on August 02, 2014
I've been staying at the WLHouse for well over a decade; primarily on business trips (in from NYC and now Los Angeles), but for personal holidays, as well. Clean, ever-friendly international guests, wifi (important in getting work done), light breakfasts and after-work wine.....ALL go along way to why I continue to recommend this gem in R Street. David is also the most gracious and accommodating proprietor.
4.0 on July 01, 2014
The William Lewis House was an unexpected delight since I've always stayed at large hotels in Washington DC. My very affordable room was small but delivered big value. My bed was comfortable and the room was totally charming. It was hot outside but my room stayed a comfortable temp. Even though I didn't have a private bath, it turned out not to be an issue since the other room sharing wasn't occupied. I love the relaxed atmosphere with a glass of wine available in the dining room. My coworker and I sat in plump Victorian chairs in the period decorated living room for a chat with other guests and one of the resident dogs curled up in my lap for a snooze. Breakfast on the back porch was delicious. The only thing I would have wished for was some help with my luggage. It was difficult to get it through the tightly parked cars, over the sidewalk planter, up the front steps, then up the curving staircase to my room. I highly recommend The William Lewis House and would gladly stay again.
5 on June 23, 2014
Our studio room was very comfortable, clean, and private. Easily accessible, we were able to come and go at will without any problems. Extras in our room that made our stay more comfortable were two televisions, washer and dryer, and very fast wireless internet. Our bed was most comfortable. Having access to the main part of the house worked extremely well. The owner was very friendly and cordial and made us feel at home. Breakfast was superb, and the coffee/cappuccino machine was accessible most any time. If we travel back to DC, we will definitely book The William Lewis House again.
5 on June 23, 2014
Don's sister Terry was a fabulous Hostess. It was more than we expected. The bed made me feel I was sleeping on a cloud. So approximate to everything. WE LOVED IT AND WILL STAY THERE AGAIN. IT WAS THE WEE OF OUR NUPTIALS AT THE JEFFERSON MEMPRIAL. THANKS
5 on December 15, 2013
Dave and Maggie make you feel very much at home. No fuss, no bother, just relax and unwind. It was very heartwarming to find a homey feeling in a strange city. It made the stay not just bearable, but fun. the other residents were nice to meet and get to know too. Strongly recommended.
4.2 on August 20, 2013
Given how extraordinary my visit was, I feel confident the rotten fruit on the buffet was more fluke than anything. The house is just beautiful. Warm, welcoming, I could have stayed and nestled in the nooks and crannies of home all day and never explored the city! The evening wine and snack was a lovely touch. I slept like a baby in my third floor room. Quiet and comfortable even with another person sharing the floor and sharing the restroom. I never knew she was there until I met her at breakfast. An overall wonderful stay. I hope the stay at the William Lewis house again on future trips.
2.2 on July 07, 2013
This was our first venture to a gay-exclusive B&B for a long wknd. get-a-way, the house was quiet and our room was very comfortable showcasing an era of gracious living . Maddie the house mascot was charming playful & aways around to offer a "welcome back home". The location allowed easy access all the D.C. sights the local flavor of restaurant's and night life options. The over all experience fell short of a true B&B WOW! there were a few missed opportunities...in-room amenities (TV/DVD,clock-radio..etc), clutter in the outdoor common areas, guest services details (availability of ice, towels in bathrooms), and in my opinion the real disappointment was the use of convenience foods in the place fresh ingredients in the breakfast menu....WLH came up short in the WOW factor...
Thank you for taking the time to post your review. We are not exclusively gay. We are a gay owned B&B that is open to all. It is impossible to end discrimination by discriminating against others. We want everyone to feel welcomed and safe. We want guests to get a great night’s sleep so we have a TV room that is open to everyone and each room has an alarm clock that is automatically set to the correct time. These are listed on our website. This is Washington and it is so full of adventures and experiences to keep one busy from sunup to sundown that few people want a TV or have time to watch it. Ice, made with filtered water, is available to guests 24/7 near the dining room. We place clean in your room. When a fresh towel is needed, simply drop it on the floor inside your door and it will be changed when the room is serviced. If you need one sooner, simply ask and we will get it for you. The garden can seem cluttered as we have moved all of our indoor plants outdoors to take advantage of the summer sun. The hot tub is treated daily and changed regularly. We use fresh ingredients for all of our guest offerings. While we do purchase pre-made English muffins and small bagels, our bread is homemade from a family recipe, croissants are baked daily and there is usually a fresh made and baked breakfast egg dish daily. We also bake our own muffins, biscuits and a variety of other goods. The fruit salads are made from an assortment of fresh berries and other seasonal fruit. I personally spend several hours in the kitchen each morning and evening preparing for a great breakfast. With advance notice we can meet special requests. We get rave reviews of our breakfasts all the time. We understand that every B&B is different . We work very hard to be what we advertise. Our website is constantly updated to reflect changes and give visitors an accurate picture of whom and what we are. We want the surprises to be good ones. We work diligently to exceed guest’s expectations.
4.4 on March 26, 2013
Nice room in good area
5 on January 11, 2013
We live in Alexandria, Virginia and wanted to do something special for our anniversary. I was fortunate to find the William Lewis House and read a lot of positive reviews about this place, except for a VERY few negative reviews. I was concerned, as for anyone, was for the absence of locks on the doors. The owner, David, assured me that it is completely safe and hasn't encountered any theft in over 10 years and that the house boasted a "family" atmosphere. I was doubtful until I got there. There is a safe in the room if you have valuables. David greeted us and we had a great conversation who has lived in D.C. for almost his entire life, so his brain would be great to pick if you are a visitor. The next morning, everyone sat at the table and we got to meet one another. The food was delicious. The price was right and comparable to a hotel in the city, but I would chose this place over a hotel any day!! The rooms were personalized and immaculate. The bathroom on the floor was next to our room and was very clean. I truly felt at home here and the owners made us feel welcome. I would recommend this place to anyone and definitely return! Great place and Great location.
4.8 on October 03, 2012
I was only there for one night but I will return in the future.
4.0 on August 13, 2012
Charming 19th Century houses with period decor. Comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. Close to everything, nice little back garden. Friendly host, good food. A+
5 on July 26, 2012
Wm. Lewis is my home away from home. It offers quiet and Victorian warmth. Breakfast is varied and ample. A great place of rest at day's end.
5 on July 25, 2012
Very clean, great breakfast, quiet & comfortable.
5 on July 25, 2012
My partner and I were here for the Cherry Blossom Festival -- we missed the blossoms but were treated to a memorable stay at this lovely other B&B -- impeccable Service and wonderful breakfasts -- friendly, helpful staff!
4.8 on July 18, 2012
I stayed at this B&B about a year ago. It was beautifully decorated and the brunch was delicious. Every corner of the home had detail and beauty. It was exceptionally welcoming. It is made up of 2 buildings, and I entered through the back and went to the next building over. I stayed on the top floor, in the room that faces the street. When I woke up at night I thought I saw my white dress hanging on the dresser, but then I realized I didn't own a white dress. There was someone standing at the foot of my bed. I turned the light on hoping it would go away, but I could see through it. I was so scared I just rolled over and hid under the covers. In the morning the light was still on and the thing was gone. The door was still locked from the inside. I don't believe in ghosts and never really told anyone what I saw. When I went to brunch in the morning no one mentioned anything of the sort. I've often wondered if anyone has seen anything similar.
5 on July 15, 2012
I came with my son to go to a Coldplay concert at the Verizon Center. William Lewis House was a perfect choice for this, given its clean rooms, impressive old world charm of its decor, terrific breakfast and having the very amiable Dave as host. I would strongly recommend it for anyone having a short stay in Washington to see the sights or on a business trip.
4.0 on June 17, 2012
- Close to Dupont Circle - Great walking distance from many attractions - Very friendly staff - Beautiful home!
4.4 on May 06, 2012
We were totally at ease. We will return here.
4.6 on April 14, 2012
The most amazingly renovated house I've ever seen. I felt like I was walking into a Victorian living museum: every corner is decorated with period furniture and antiques including the bathrooms. There are tons of nice touches - cookies jars, the hottub, the extensive common areas. The system of picking up your key from a lockbox at the front-door works very well. I only met the host briefly on my visit, but it didn't matter, everything was laid out. Breakfast was superb and like everything else delivered with class. An experience - highly recommended!
4.6 on March 05, 2012
Our third visit to this welcoming Victorian B&B reinforces our evaluations of past stays; this is the perfect place to stay in our nation's capital. The staff is excellent, the rooms are comfortable, and the food is outstanding. We will be back!
5 on January 23, 2012
Comfort and convenience are the watchwords here, even the continental breakfast is abundant, a computer terminal with printer (working!) for guests. Just superb.
5 on January 23, 2012
A very friendly atmosphere and hospitality, like under good friends.
5 on January 23, 2012
The Inn is a very friendly & homely place. Comfortable places to sit besides your room. Tea & coffee available at all times and fruit and afternoon tea. You can make yourself right at home.
4.8 on June 27, 2011
After staying for just a few days at the William Lewis House I feel like I have a home in DC. Everything about the place is charming and well thought out, and the neighborhood is great. Add to that the fact that it's Metro-accessible and we have a winner! Oh and breakfast, even on weekdays, is wonderful.
5 on May 12, 2011
Excellent services by our host, Patrick, made our trip memorable. Patrick regularly assured our room was cleaned and fresh, his breakfasts are an undiscovered treasure, and the attention to personal details and needs of all guests is highly commendable. Although the directions to the residence could have been easier achieves via a single Yellow route from National airport, we were able to follow the Internet instructions. The photo on the Internet does not accurately reflect the quality of the residence. The back porch, yard area, and living room sofa added a relaxing atmosphere to our visit. Local residents have probably under utilized or ignored this opportunity. If DC is your destination, we strongly recommend Lewis House, especially with the services of our host, Patrick. Thank you again.
4.8 on May 11, 2011
My boyfriend and I stayed here and we absolutely loved it! The Decor of the house is antique and there is a lot of really interesting design features to look at. The family style breakfast was a great way to start the day and the food was healthy, fresh and well cooked. The inn keeper Patrick was a delight, very generous and friendly keeper and hosted a great happy hour. All of the guests were hanging out and chatting. Was a great time. The neighborhood is safe, historical and there are a ton of really interesting bars, restaurants and some stores to wonder around. Overall, I highly recommend this location and we are staying here again when we visit DC.
4.6 on April 30, 2011
Really a pleasure to stay here. The bedrooms and bathrooms were clean and comfortable. A very well kept period home filled with style and unique antiques. Lounging on the back porch overlooking their garden was a real treat in the warm evening. I know where I'll be staying the next time I am in DC.
5 on April 18, 2011
This house is like home. David and Patrik are nice guys to talk to. The room looks more spacious than it appears in the pic and you get pretty good wifi. Exquisitely decorated dinning room and breakfast is better than average hotels. I would come back next time and definitely would recommend to all my friends who's travelling to D.C.
4.8 on April 05, 2011
The William Lewis House was a pleasant surprise. Located within striking distance of the city's major locations, the inn provides a comfortable alternative to the cold sterility of hotel chains. Comfortable beds, gorgeous furniture, and the best continental breakfast you'll ever have, all for a fraction of the cost of a room at the aforementioned chains. If you don't mind sharing a bathroom, check this place out. Will stay here again.
4.0 on April 04, 2011
We really enjoyed our stay at the William and Lewis house B and B. We made some friends and the place is a very authentic Victorian restoration. We hope to stay again when in DC.
4.0 on March 29, 2011
If you want to stay in a unique Victorian house, this is your place. I didn't see much of the owners but the breakfast was delicious and had a lot of different variety. The hot tub was nice but watch your shoes while you are out there, otherwise the owner's dog might eat them :-p The decor is nice and gives the place a very authentic feel. I would recommend it to anyone that wants to have a chance to stay in a unique place. Two things to remember: You are in a house so you share a bathroom (it was modern) and you can basically hear anything that goes on the floor (since it is in an old house). They do everything they can to keep quiet hours but sometimes you will have people there who won't abide by those rules. All in all though, it was a very nice place to stay and experience a different kind of travel.
3.6 on March 15, 2011
the WL house was very good, I was happy with everything, except I wish there were locks on the doors. This made me feel like I couldn't leave anything in the room, and there was no lockable bureau or anything like that in the room. Other than that, it was definitely a good value and within a reasonable distance of downtown.
4.2 on October 23, 2010
I recently traveled solo to DC and was looking for a friendly, affordable, and hospitable place to stay, close to the metro. The William Lewis House was all this and more, being located close to the thriving Dupont Circle/Adam's Morgan areas of town, in a charming neighborhood. The hosts and other guests were very welcoming and helpful. My room & shared bathroom were neat and comfortable and living areas were charming and relaxing. The architecture of both buildings is beautiful and the hosts have done a great job of caring for and restoring the victorian character of the place. I highly recommend this house for anyone interested an a non-cookie cutter approach to travel.
4.8 on September 27, 2010
I can not say enough good things about my recent weekend at the William Lewis House. This B & B is located on R st. which is about 10 blocks from downtown. On a nice day you can walk just about anywhere, grab the Metro at U. St. or a Metrobus to Downtown. The location is also conveniently located to many cafes, restaurants, and shops with Dupont Circle and Georgetown not far away. This B & B is comprised of two three floor buildings(it was not all that bad walking up to the third floor room.) which is connected by a back porch with a beautiful small backyard with a goldfish pond and much solitude. You can sit back there in the morning and sip your coffee while listening to the birds sing or in the evening reading a good book. David, the innkeeper was very gracious and accomodating. On Saturday evening there is a happy hour and on Sunday morning he makes a great breakfast and are able to talk with people from all over the world. Upon returning one evening there was a freshly baked mixed berry crisp for any of the guests to partake in. As I was leaving for the airport he packed up some of the crisp to have while I was waiting for my plain. These houses have been renovated to the period with many antiques. Each floor has a bath to share with the other two rooms on that floor. I never had to wait to use the bathroom on our floor. The bed was very comfortable and the a/c was set so as not to be overly chlly. This was my second stay at this B & B and I plan to return next time I am in DC. I can't wait to go back and see how big Mattie, Dave's five month old puppy has grown.
4.8 on May 13, 2010
Don't be scared off by the "gay" designation. This B&B welcomes all, and you certainly won't find a bathhouse atmosphere! This is a gorgeously restored pair of townhomes in a neighborhood that reminds me of upscale parts of London. Rooms are gorgeously decorated, and the public areas are like a wealthy relative's home--lovely antiques, 19th century family photos, fine woodwork and art glass abounding. As a renovator myself, I know how much work has been done here, and it's phenomenal. A very upscale, mixed clientele, most of whom were professors! Shared baths (usually between two rooms), but plenty of half-baths for those sudden must-go moments. And the breakfast! Quiche, cereals hot and cold, homemade baked goods, fresh fruit salad, a wide array on the two antique buffet tables...Perfect! Just don't all you readers take up all the rooms, right when I travel next to DC! Garden, roofed deck seating for nice days, easy walk to the Metro. And the price is amazingly in-bounds, too.
3.8 on March 02, 2010
The B&B is in two restored Victorian houses, which means the place is charming but if anyone is making noise, you will hear it. Fortunately, while I was there everyone was very considerate. The B&B is advertised as gay, but as a non-gay I found it perfectly hospitable. If you need a less expensive place to stay in this neighborhood, and want a clean non-dive place, I highly recommend the William Lewis House. If you want cement walls that will block sound from other guests, you will have to go to an expensive hotel.
5 on January 24, 2009
Great rates and accomodations!