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The William Lewis House

1309 R Street , Washington, 20009 USA (Show map)
4.6
33 Reviews
$84 - $174
per night

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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.

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: $164/$154

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: $144/$134

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: $94/$84

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: $134/$124

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

Nightly Rate: $124/$114

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: $134/$124

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: $134/$124

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

Nightly Rate: $134/$124

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

Nightly Rate: $134/$124

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: $124/$114

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Reviews

Overall
4.6

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  • Guest room4.5
  • Services4.4
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.5

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33 Reviews

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Home in logan circle

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.


Perfect save the fruit

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.


Loads of Charm & Missing the WOW

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...

Innkeeper Response
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.


Excellent value, great breakfast

4.4 on March 26, 2013

Nice room in good area


Great Place!!

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.


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Location

Location Type

Downtown

Airport

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

Directions to property:

We recommend taking a taxi so that you don't have to negotiate an unfamiliar subway while you have bags. To use metro from National Airport take a Yellow Line train going toward Mount Vernon Square. At Mount Vernon Square, step off of the train and wait for the next train, this should be a green line train. Step onto the green line train and take it to U Street-Cardozo. Exit the station at the 13th and U Street side. At the top of the escalator turn left. Go to R Street and turn right. We are the fourth house on the right.

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, Sight-seeing

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Bed and Breakfast, Urban 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

Sight-seeing

Check Dates

Policies

  • Check In:: By appointment
  • Check Out:: 11:am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No We have two loveable pets of our own to share with you.

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: A two night minimum is required for weekends and high demand dates
  • 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

2 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!


Details

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

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