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The William Lewis House

1309 R Street , Washington, 20009 USA (Show map)
43 Reviews
$84 - $174
per night

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Welcome to the Bed & Breakfast at the William Lewis House. Washington, DC's friendliest Gay Bed & Breakfast where everyone is welcomed and treated with dignity and respect. The William Lewis House offers ten beautifully furnished bedrooms in the Edwardian and Eastlake style, yet mindful of your comfort and convenience. We are located near tourist and Gay attractions alike, with easy access by foot, automobile and subway. The relaxed atmosphere in the houses and courtyard will enhance your visit to the nation's capitol. Each weekday morning enjoy a continental-style breakfast. On Saturday and Sunday mornings feast on a home-cooked breakfast. You may easily make reservations on-line and receive a confirmation within minutes or call to make a reservation in person. We look forward to your stay in our home.

Rooms & Rates

Ultra Deluxe Queen

Step back to 1877 when you enter this room. A very large and cozy room on the front of the house with historic papers and antique furnisihings. The ceiling over the bed is incredible! Antique family photos adorn the walls of this room. A large sitting area, a large desk and queen four-poster bed are included in this room. This room shares a bath with our Deluxe Queen room. The bath is just outside the door on the hallway.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $154 - $164

Deluxe Queen Room

This room is an amazing room with truly fantastic historic handmade wallpapers. It antique family photos on the walls. Handmade carpets on the floor. It has a large desk and is located in the back of the house away from the street. The bath is shared with the Ultra Delux Queen and is just outside the door.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $134 - $144

Economy Room

This is a small but comfortable room on the top floor in the front of the house. It is bright and sunny and contains one antique, handmade full sized bed.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $84 - $94

Queen Room 3-1

This room boasts a queen sized bed, arts and crafts furnishings, a desk, decorative painting and historic papers. This sunny room has a street view and shares a bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $124 - $134

Regular Room 3-2

This wonderful room overlooks the garden and has a full sized bed made in the owner's great grandfather's factory. It is furnished in antiques, handmade historic papers on the walls, and a desk. This room shares a bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

$114 - $124 Nightly Rate: $114 - $124

Queen Room 3-4

This beautiful room is decorated in rich colors and antique furnishings. It has a queen sized bed and a desk. This room is on the front of the house with a treetop street view. It shares a bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $124 - $134

Queen Room 3-5

This is another large queen room on the back of the house overlooking the garden. It contains a beautiful heavy-posted bed and antique furnishings. It contains a desk and shares a bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $124 - $134

Queen Room 2-1

This is a beautiful sunny room with a queen sized bed. It is bright and cheerful, overlooking the street view, and has a television.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

$124 - $134 Nightly Rate: $124 - $134

Queen Room 2-2

This is a beautiful room in the middle of the house on the second floor. It has an antique queen sized bed and antique furnishings and a desk. It shares a bath.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

$124 - $134 Nightly Rate: $124 - $134

Regular Room 2-3

This is a beautiful quiet room overlooking the garden. It is accessed by the rear staircase and is pretty much off to itself. The bed was made by the owner's great grandfather in 1886 for his wedding. Family photos adorn the walls. The room is furnished in antiques. The bath is shared.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $114 - $124

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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.5

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close to everywhere I wanted to go

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.

Last minute Convention

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.

The Best Stay in DC!

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!

Best deal 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!

The Best Place I Have Ever Stayed

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!

Splendid breakfast, comfortable room.

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.

Exceptional and Always Welcoming

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.

Charming getaway in big city

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.

Great Stay at The William Lewis House

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.

The Best Experience in B&B My partner and I havw experienced

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

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Location Type



Washington DC, DC (DCA-Ronald Reagan National) 5 miles

Directions to property:

We are located near the intersection of 13 and R Street, Northwest on R Street. The William Lewis House is very conveniently located. It is an easy walk to 17th Street and Dupont Circle as well as the U Street/Cardozo Metro station. City buses and taxis are frequent on 14th Street, less than a block away.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Gay attractions, Performing Theater, Religious Services, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Urban Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Copier, Fireplace, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, In-room internet, Desk, Internet Service

On-site activities


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  • Check In:: By appointment
  • Check Out:: 11:am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No We have two loveable pets of our own to share with you.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: A two night minimum is required for weekends and high demand dates
  • Accepted payments S, y, s, t, e, m, ., C, o, l, l, e, c, t, i, o, n, s, ., G, e, n, e, r, i, c, ., L, i, s, t, `, 1, [, S, y, s, t, e, m, ., S, t, r, i, n, g, ]
  • Deposit Amount Required: Reservations for more than one night require a 50% deposit. Reservations of only one night require one night's fee as a deposit.
  • Cancellations: Guest Agrees to provide us with an accurate arrival time within 24 hours of arrival via email and agrees to print and bring confirmation with them. Reservations for more than one night require a 50% deposit. Reservations of only one night require one night's fee as a deposit. Reservations cancelled seven or more days prior to the scheduled arrival date will receive a full refund minus a cancellation fee. Cancellations or changes made less than seven days prior to the scheduled arrival date will not be refunded unless the space is re rented. Cancellations or changes made after 12:01 AM one day before scheduled arrival day and "no shows" will be charged for their entire reservation unless the space is re rented. A processing fee of $25 will be charged for cancellations or changes. Cancellations must be made via phone and Email.



David Holder

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About the innkeepers

I am an avid old house restoration buff and I particularly love historic papers and restoring old gas lights. I also do some woodworking and lots of baking!

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 7:00
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Signature Dish

A variety of homemade items
Our weekday breakfasts always include homemade items made fresh that morning. These include one or more of the following each day: fresh berry muffins, fresh yeast bread for toast, cheesy quiche, Moravian Sugar Cake, fruit cobbler, coffee cake, and Southern Biscuits. All are homemade from old family recipes! Dave even makes the homemade jams and jellies. The Sour Cherry, Blackberry and Apricot are his favorites! The apricots are grown on-site!

Details Diamond Collection

1309 R Street , Washington, 20009 USA (Show map)

Property highlights

Free $75 gift card with a $250+ gift card purchase