The William Lewis House

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

About

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.

Reviews

Overall
4.5

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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.5

convenient affordable

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.


Attention to every detail and then some

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


A gem in a quiet neighborhood close to downtown

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.


Superlative Experience and Stay

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.


More than wonderful

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!!


Wm. Lewis B&B Review

3.2 on May 30, 2015

Enjoyable and relaxing, perfect for peace and quiet. The dog (the welcoming committee) is a sweetheart to guests.


Private apartment at The William Lewis House - very nice

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.


great home away from home

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


a wonderful place to stay with extraordinary breakfast

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


William Lewis House rocks!

5 on April 27, 2015

We had a great stay and met some wonderful people from Brussels, England, and Sweden!


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Rooms & Rates

Queen -31

Large, very nice room with one queen sized bed. Furnished in antiques. Shared bath with room 21 and 32. Located on the third floor of this wonderfully restored home.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Full -32

A very nice room with a single double bed. Nicely decorated with antiques. Quiet. Comforatable. Cool. Shared bath with room 31 and 21. Located on the third floor of this wonderfully restored home.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Queen -21

Large, very nice room with one queen sized bed. Furnished in antiques. Shared bath with room 31 and 32. Located on the second floor of this wonderfully restored home.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Queen -22

Large, very nice room with one queen sized bed. Furnished in antiques. Shared bath with room 23. Located on the second floor of this wonderfully restored home.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Full -23

A very nice room with a single double bed. Nicely decorated with antiques. Quiet. Comforatable. Cool. Shared bath with room 22. Located on the second floor of this wonderfully restored home.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Insuite Queen 13

This is our former English Basement apartment. It has a private front entrance and a private bath. The room is equipped with a Queen bed and full size pull out sofa bed. The room sports two tv's and while it is equipped with a kitchen, the kitchen is not available to B&B guests due to city regulations. Insuite Queen guests have access to the remainder of the property thru the front door of the house. Breakfast is included upstairs in the main portion of the house as listed elsewhere on this website. Guests must email us 48 hours in advance of arrival for arrival instructions.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

ULTRA Delux Queen -24

ULTRA DELUX QUEEN. A very large room with a single queen sized bed and a fireplace, a sleeping alcove and a deluxe shared bath. Impecably decorated with handmade wallpaper and carpets. Antique furnishings and prints. Our largest and most beautiful room! Located on the second floor of this wonderfully restored home.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Delux Q 25

DELUX QUEEN A large room with a queen sized bed overlooking the garden. Second floor of the house with a delux shared bath. Impressively decorated with handmade wall paper and carpets. Very Historic. Shares a bath with room 24.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Economy -33

Our smallest and least expensive room. This room contains a single double bed. It is very nicely decorated with antiques. Shared bath with rooms 34 and 35. Located on the 3rd floor of this wonderfully historic home.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Queen -34

Large, very nice room with one queen sized bed. Furnished in antiques. Shared bath with room 33 and 35. Located on the third floor of this wonderfully restored home.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Queen -35

Large, very nice room with one queen sized bed. Furnished in antiques. Shared bath with room 33 and 34. Located on the third floor of this wonderfully restored home.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Insuite Queen 09

This is our former English Basement apartment. It has a private front entrance and a private bath. The room is equipped with a Queen bed and full size pull out sofa bed. The room sports two tv's and while it is equipped with a kitchen, the kitchen is not available to B&B guests due to city regulations. Insuite Queen guests have access to the remainder of the property thru the front door of the house. Breakfast is included upstairs in the main portion of the house as listed elsewhere on this website. Guests must email us 48 hours in advance of arrival for arrival instructions.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

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Secured Parking

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Secured Parking

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Rollaway

  • Maximum Capacity: 1

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Secured parking with manual gate and limited access

  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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  • Maximum Capacity: 2

Taxable Apartment Rental 09

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

Taxable apartment rental 13

  • Maximum Capacity: 4

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  • Maximum Capacity: 2

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Location

Location Type

Downtown

Airport

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, Desk, Internet Service, Wired internet

On-site activities

Sight-seeing

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Policies

  • 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 AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks
  • 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.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

David Holder

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Dogs

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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Meals

Breakfast

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!