Spacious, Well-Equipped Condo in a Great Location for DC Sightseeing
Submitted: March 22, 2013
Stayed: March 2013
We found this condo to be a great space and location for our family (two adults, 3 kids - two jr high age, one younger). The condo itself is very well-equipped for a family with all the kitchen amenities we needed, plus two full baths, a good-sized tv area, large dining table, etc. The decor is very nice and the whole unit is very homey. Note that both bathrooms are upstairs - that wasn't an issue for us but it could be for those who need to avoid lots of steps.
The condo itself is perfectly situated for public transportation - the bus stop is right at the corner, a few doors down, so quite close but not so close that you have buses running down your street at all hours. The U-Street metro stop is a few blocks away. The first 2 days we were there, we walked to the National Mall area -- it's a trek but definitely doable and a fun walk through a great neighborhood and a great way to check out DC. Our family made great use of the Safeway which was about 2-3 blocks away.
Other reviews were right when they said parking is a challenge. Our vehicle was too big for the private parking space, so we bought the street-parking permit. That was definitely a must-have if you have a vehicle in DC, but even then, parking on the street in front of the condo can be hard to find. We basically found a spot and left our car there all week, taking the metro everywhere.
One tip for visitors: If you buy an "unloaded" metro card (that's the only kind Safeway sells; apparently CVS sells pre-loaded cards) and want to use the metro immediately, make sure you load the card AT the metro (train) station kiosk and not online. We found that it takes about a day for $$ loaded using Metro's online application to appear on our metro cards, so we had to load add'l $$ on the cards once we got to the subway station anyway.
In summary, we loved the condo and the neighborhood and would definitely recommend it for DC visitors.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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