The William Lewis House

1309 R Street , Washington, DC 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
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.5

November Stay at The William Lewis House

3.8 on November 27, 2016

I was in Washington DC for two nights visiting friends and site-seeing. The location was amazing, and it was very reasonably priced compared to other accommodations near the centre of the city. The two houses were lovely and had a great atmosphere. Breakfast was included and the food/selection available was very good.


Historic B&B

4.0 on November 11, 2016

In DC for business and pleasure. Enjoyable stay. Look forward to returning. Thank you.


Excellente adresse

5 on September 10, 2016

It's a real pleasure to stay at home, in this guest house, with Mary (the kind dog), in an armchair, or in the garden. The breakfast is also amazing. David and his assistant are both very welcoming


Such a great pleasure to spend time in this house !

5 on August 24, 2016

it was the second time, I came in the William Lewis House, And I'm always very satisfied. We feel as if we were at home, in this beautiful and comfortable house. The David's welcome is warm and very cordial. Alain from Paris France


Beautiful place!

4.6 on July 26, 2016

My fiancée and I spent a wonderful weekend at William Lewis House. The interior is gorgeous, the food was great. So many thoughtful touches, starting with an awesome espresso machine, home made trail mix and granola mix, and ending with the butt wiggle of the friendliest dog in the world, Mattie.


Perfect Washington Experience

4.0 on July 21, 2016

Great place to discover Washington from. House emanated Washington history. Room and bed were great. Breakfast was amazing. Always nibbles and drinks available at all ours. Ideal location for exploring Washington on foot. Highly recommend


A wonderful place to stay in Washington, DC

4.8 on July 01, 2016

I have stayed at The William Lewis House many times and have always been quite satisfied. It's not for everyone - guests must be somewhat self-sufficient - but the warm welcome, from hosts and guests, easily addresses any questions. I look forward to continued wonderful visits to Washington, DC. Thank you.


nice people and welcoming

5 on June 21, 2016

I always feel like I am stopping in at home.


Great location and genuine hospitality

5 on May 24, 2016

The William Lewis House is in a charming and central part of DC; most of the good stuff is within walking distance, there is a Capital Bikeshare rack at the end of the block, buses and Metro nearby. 14th and U streets are full of life. Dave is an utterly charming (if occasionally gruff) host. The weekend breakfasts are a treat. The weekday breakfasts are a surprise... really good. The rooms are luxe and restful. This is not beige, square and anonymous lodging. A great base for play and work.


Wonderful stay at the William Lewis House

4.4 on April 08, 2016

I had an amazing stay at the William Lewis House. The actual house was beautiful and very homey. Breakfast served on the weekends was very nice and it was fun meeting the other guests. Located right near many local bars and night spots and easy walking distance to the other sites in Washington DC. I would definitely stay again.


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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
  • Beds 1 Queen

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
  • Beds 1 Double

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
  • Beds 1 Queen

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
  • Beds 1 Queen

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
  • Beds 1 Double

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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
  • Beds 1 Queen

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
  • Beds 1 Queen

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
  • Beds 1 Double

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
  • Beds 1 Queen

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
  • Beds 1 Queen

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
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Secured parking with manual gate and limited access

  • 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

Check Dates

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!