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The William Lewis House

1309 R Street , Washington, 20009 USA (Show map)
39 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


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


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


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 room4.6
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.7
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Dining4.5

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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

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 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

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Location Type



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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Historic Inn, 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


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  • Check In:: By appointment
  • Check Out:: 11:am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Limited
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Suitable For Children: No
  • 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.



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!

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

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