Chester A. Arthur House B&B

13th and P Street, NW (Logan Circle) , Washington, DC 20009 USA (Show map)


The Chester A. Arthur B&B is located on Logan Circle, NW, walking distance to the White House, Walter E Washington Convention Center and many of the sights on the National Mall. The home offers a choice of four guest rooms, each with a private bath. Guest rooms are located on the second and third floor of the home. The home was built at the turn of the century and celebrates its rich Victorian History, a rare Washington DC Rowhouse that has not been divided into multiple condominiums or commercial office space. Guest are treated to a homemade, hot cooked breakfast each morning, served in the formal dining parlor on the first floor. Our central location offers a great walking neighborhood, with many restaurant options close by, the Studio Theatre, the Walter E Washington Convention Center, and easy access to public transportation (Metro, Bus, Circulator Bus, and Capital Bikeshare stations). You can get there from here – almost any location in the city easily.



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  • Guest room4.1
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining4.4

We really enjoy the Chester A Arthur House

5 on May 23, 2018

If you are anything like my wife or me, with a predilection for historic lodgings and a robust, loquacious breakfast table, you are likely to treasure the Chester A. Arthur House in Washington D.C. Did I mention the reasonable price? The house was built in 1883 and reflects the era honestly, without extra fussiness. If you need luxury, like linens changed every day, exotic chocolates decorating your pillow, this is not your place. The breakfast, however, is quite sumptuous, prepared by a couple of real chefs. The owner Donald Smith, a long-time Washingtonian, is an author and retired National Geographic journalist with a wealth of stories. The house is exactly on Logan Circle, near 14th and P Streets. A two block walk to a ten minute bus or cab ride to the Mall.

Oustanding B&B

5 on November 25, 2013

I was delighted to stay at the Chester A Arthur House while in DC for a conference. The host and two chefs were phenomenal. The house has historic charm, within walking distance to the convention center, and located near some wonderful restaurants. I would highly recommend this B& and look forward to staying again when travel takes me back to Washington DC.

Had a wonderful stay

4.8 on February 19, 2013

It is a beautiful house. Breakfast was superb. The hosts were interesting and attentive. The bed was very comfortable. I will be back!

Inviting place to stay in DC

3.4 on November 18, 2011

I would definitely come back, but would request a room that did not overlook the main street -- very noisy all night long. Fortunately, I was so tired at night it didn't matter all that much. Wonderful hosts, delicious breakfasts, convenient location, and beautifully historic home. It was like staying at a relative's cozy home, which I much prefer to hotels.

Eric and Carl are terrific!

5 on September 09, 2011

The home is beautiful, full of Victorian antiques and interesting books that reflect well on the owners. The location is great, easy access to all you want to get to - the best part is the care provided by the hosts, Eric and Carl. They are the best. I can't wait to visit again, and hope to soon.

A great location and friendly staff

3.4 on April 07, 2011

Rooms are beautiful and the owners and hosts are very friendly and accomodating. Location is great, within a short walk of good restaurants. The only glitch we had was a slow-draining shower, but not atypical for an old house.

A very enjoyable stay

3.4 on March 23, 2011

We had an excellent stay at Chester Arthur. Eric and Carl were good hosts, each taking a couple of days. The location was very convenient to the Mall, museums and galleries, and right around the corner from a good dining and theatre area. Breakfast was enjoyable, and the decor in the home was inviting. We would certainly stay there again.

Why stay in a characterless hotel?

4.8 on November 11, 2010

A truly outstanding B&B - more like staying in an extremely comfortable museum. Antique furniture throughout, but beds as good as any hotel. I stayed in Room 3 which came with very attractive on-suite bathroom and a kitchenette. Huge room. Very reliable wifi. Very welcoming yet non-intrusive hosts. The only problem with my stay was that the conference I was attending started early each morning so I only got to have the wonderful breakfast on one day. Very highly recommended.

A great weekend

4.8 on August 31, 2009

Everything was wonderful at our B&B. The only complaint would be the mosquitos on the deck :(

Wonderful Old Victorian

4.0 on August 28, 2009

Victorian lovers will delight in this old charmer ( a little worn in spots but non-the-less delightful. The staff could not have been more friendly and helpful. All the breakfasts were over the top. Looking forward to a return visit--SOON.

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Rooms & Rates

General Logan Room

The General Logan room is located at the front of the house on the second floor overlooking a major traffic circle.Guests who are noise sensitive should choose the Magnolia room at the back of the house or the Highland suite on the third floor. This room features an en-suite full bath, antique hand carved queen sized bed, pop up twin sized trundle bed, writing desk, and TV with cable, and complimentary wireless internet. Amenities include a delicious hot cooked breakfast served daily in the dining room. Limited off street, reserved parking is available for $20 per night plus DC tax.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $125 - $225

Magnolia Room

The Magnolia Room is located on the second floor of the Chester A. Arthur house on the quiet backside of the building. This lovely room features an antique, hand carved, queen-sized bed, private full bath, writing desk,cable TV and complementary Wi-Fi. Enjoy a hot cooked breakfast served daily in the dining room and a variety of activities nearby including easy access to Washington D.C. sightseeing, shopping, and more!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $250

Highland Suite

The Highland Suite is a spacious, over-sized third floor room offers a romantic hand carved, queen-sized bed, full size sleeper sofa and private bath. This room can accommodate up to three adults or two adults with two children. Amenities include a writing desk, private sitting area, small kitchenette with microwave, cable TV and complementary Wi-Fi. Enjoy a hot cooked breakfast served daily in the dining room before venturing out to experience the variety of activities in the area including sigh-seeing, museums, biking, shopping, and more!

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $135 - $250

Cinnamon Room

The Cinnamon Room is located in the rear of the house on the second floor. This room is furnished with a large King-sized bed, private shower only (no tub) bath, writing desk, cable TV and complementary Wi-Fi. Enjoy a delicious hot cooked breakfast served daily in the dining room from 8-9:30 A.M. Off street, reserved parking is available for an additional fee of $20 per night.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $135 - $250

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Location Type

6 blocks to the Washington Convention Center, 10 blocks to the Smithsonian, Monuments, 8 blocks to the White House, 6 blocks from Dupont Circle, Metro 6 blocks-Dupont Circle, McPherson Sq + U. St, Bus to Mall 1 block, 10 minute ride, Airport, Downtown


5 miles

Directions to property:

The Chester A. Arthur House is located on Historic Logan Circle, 13th and P. Streets in Northwest Washington. Detailed directions along with the exact house number are provided with reservations. Reservations required; we are not able to accommodate walk in guests.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, White House, Mount Vernon, Library of Congress, Smithsoinan Museum, Washington Convention Center, International Spy Museum, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Ironing Board, Parking, Walk to mass transit , Reserved off street parking, Decorative Fireplace, Antique Beds

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Hairdryer, Kitchenette, Microwave, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Boating, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Smithsonian Museums, National Monumets, Private Art Galleries, Arlington National Cemetary, Washington Convention Center, Kennedy Preforming Arts Center, Sailing, Sight-seeing, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: Flexible to 10p
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Smoking permitted in outside areas
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children 6 years and up please are welcomed.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No We are unable to accommodate guest pets
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Advanced reservations require 2 nights
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks
  • Deposit Amount Required: A non-refundable deposit of $50.00 is required at the time of reservation
  • Cancellations: We take a $50 deposit at the time of reservation which is part of your total, however is non-refundable. The home requires the balance to be paid 2 weeks prior to your arrival. Should you need to cancel, please give us a minimum of 2 weeks notice. If you cancel within the 2 weeks prior to your arrival, we will only be able to offer a refund for the nights that we can resell.
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About the innkeepers

A former Washington Post editor and White House correspondent for Congressional Quarterly, he is author of several books and is executive coproducer of the National Geographic Society National Public Radios award winning Radio Expeditions, heard on NPR's Morning Edition.

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  • Time Served: 8:00 am
  • Serving Location: Private tables available, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Vegetarian We are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions. Please let us know ahead of your visit

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