1921 Gessford B & B

11th and Indepencence Ave SE , Washington, DC 20003 USA (Show map)


Enjoy a unique Bed and Breakfast, centrally located in the hear of Washington DC's Capitol Hill neighborhood. 1921 Gessford B & B offers loft style living in a bright, open and modern home. Enjoy a queen sized bed, 3 living rooms, a private patio, private bath and a full hot cooked breakfast each morning. Walk the the sights, and the Metro at Eastern Market, 4 blocks from the B&B. Special Note: We host a musical "Jam" on the evening of the 21st of EVERY month. Guests are welcome to stay at the house, participate, or simply enjoy the session, however there is limited privacy at the property until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. We understand if this would prevent you from enjoying the house so if your travel dates include the night of the 21st, we may not be the best accommodation for your stay.



Write A Review
  • Guest room4.2
  • Service4.8
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.8

Great place to stay

4.6 on October 06, 2017

Very nice place in a fantastic neighborhood on Capitol Hill. 5 minute walk to countless eateries (casual or elegant) on Barracks Row, and also to the metro station, so you can park and stay parked very easily. 5 minute ride on the metro the the Capitol, Mall, Smithsonian, etc.. Nice sitting rooms and sleeping arrangements both with flat screen TV's and an amazing Sonos sound system. Wifi, of course. The hosts are super people, and the breakfasts are exquisite. David is quite the gourmet! If you are looking for a quiet place to stay while you visit our Nation's Capitol the 1921 Gessford is the place for you.

1921 Gessford a great stay on Capitol Hill

4.6 on July 03, 2016

I had a really great stay while on business of Capitol Hill. David and Carol gave me a warm welcome, lovely breakfasts and conversation, and the quirky residence was fun and comfortable. Would definitely stay again.

Museum Hopping

4.6 on October 20, 2015

It's not a traditional B&B as you will be using some of the host's living space but there were no privacy issues. We were comfortable, well treated and the breakfasts were good. David was accommodating and interesting to talk with. It's a short walk to the Metro. We used it to get to Gessford from Reagan National Airport and to the Smithsonian area. It's also walking distance through interesting neighborhoods to many of the museums

Great Stay at Gessford

4.6 on October 02, 2015

David and Carol are great hosts. Their home is an Architectural Digest article, and to no surprise, we learned that their beautiful home was featured in the magazine. The decor is unique with colorful and interesting eclectic furnishings throughout. David and Carol served great breakfasts, and were delightful hosts, gracious, pleasant and informative about DC. Having done a b and b at one time, we were asked for suggestions for their b and b, and noted--more space for guests' toiletries and adjusting the closets for more room to hang clothes. In addition, Gessford is quiet, close to many DC attractions, and a place to which we would return when in DC. Gessford is great!!

An unusual venue

3.8 on September 13, 2015

The B%B at 1921 Gessford was a pleasant surprise. An unusual place--the guest area overlaps with a space used for musical evenings, jam sessions, usually on Sunday nights. Full of instruments of one kind or another, artwork, curiosities. A charming host and hostess, and very enjoyable breakfasts in their company..

Kind hosts, unique accomodation

4.6 on August 11, 2015

We had a great (though too short) time in Washington. David's house is a wonderfully designed space with lots of interesting details and decoration, and we had everything we needed for our stay. David and Carol are lovely hosts: they cooked us a great breakfast, gave us lots of helpful information and were there for a nice chat. (And they even drove us to the station). We would not hesitate to come back.

Great hosting in Washington DC.

4.8 on July 23, 2014

The house has an excellent structure, it's safe and clean. It is close to a metro station and near the main points of interest of the city. I was very well received by D. and C., very friedly people. They gave me a lot of tips about the city. I strongly recommend!

Unusual but interesting B&B experience

3.6 on April 16, 2014

This was not what we expected at all. However, our host, David, was very helpful and an excellent chef as well as providing us with an interesting stay in Washington. Once we recovered from the surprise at staying in someone else's personal space, albeit with it to ourselves, we really appreciated the unique character of the house and the excellent personal service provided by our host. Altogether, an experience to be treasured and we could thoroughly recommend it to others. Alastair & Lynne

Outstanding B&B

5 on March 20, 2014

A really big thank to Carol and David who made the stay of my daughter and myself exeptional. We enjoyed everything: the really good breakfast, the live music and the nice moments we spent together. Hope to be there sometimes again. Cédric

We had a great time

5 on October 15, 2013

The house is amazing! We felt very comfotable. Nice and quiet neighbourhood in Capitol Hill and you can easily walk to the mall from there. Also close: lots of restaurants and some shops in 8th Street. D. was a very nice host, helped us with tips about going out and museums... we had some nice talks. Breakfast was always fresh and delicious. Totally recommended.

View More Reviews

Rooms & Rates

1921 Gessford

The sleeping area of the B&B is located on the first floor, and furnished with a queen sized bed. Guests enjoy the entire first floor which also includes a living room, patio and a private bath.

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

Nightly Rate: $150 - $215

Visit Website


Location Type

Capitol Hill, Eastern Market, Walk to the National Mall


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

Directions to property:

Detailed driving and walking directions are provided with confirmed reservations

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Smithsonian Museums, White House, Library of Congress, Eastern Market, Washington Convention Center, U.S. Capitol, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Zoo

Visit Website

Inn Details

Establishment type


On-site amenities

CD player, Parking, Private entrance, Walk to mass transit , Walk to Eastern Market, Private Living Room, 4 Blocks to the Metro, Full Hot Cooked Breakfast, Private Patio, Unique Loft Style Living

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, DVD Player, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

Visit Website


  • Check In:: 2pm to 10pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • 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
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: A 2 night minimum stay is required for advanced reservations
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks
  • Deposit Amount Required: A $50 non refundable deposit is required at the time of reservation. The remaining balance is due two weeks prior to arrival. Reservations made less than two weeks prior to arrival requires full balance to be paid at time of reservation.
  • Cancellations: We take a $50 deposit at the time of reservation, which is part of the total; however, is non-refundable. Should you need to cancel, we do require a minimum 2 weeks' notice. The remaining balance is due two weeks prior to your stay. Should you need to cancel within the 2-week time frame prior to arrival, which means the balance has already been paid, we are unable to offer a refund unless we can resell the nights. Any nights that we do resell, we are happy to offer a refund, minus the $50 cancellation fee.
Visit Website



Alan, Katch, Tracy or Steve for Reservations

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Visit Website




  • Time Served: 7:30-9:30am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Any special needs, please let us know.

Visit Website