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Two Bedroom Historic House, Walking Distance to National Mall

Alec Smyth

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, spanish
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Alec Smyth

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2015
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Two Bedroom Historic House, Walking Distance to National Mall

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Capitol Hill Townhome Rental Photos and Description

1 King, 2 Twins (plus full sized baby crib)

Already booked for your dates? Please see our brand new listing Homeaway #3844729.

Built in 1896, this home retains all its historic charm yet has been brought up to date with an open concept main level and 21st century appliances. The location simply could not be better, as the home is on a quiet side street yet within a short walk of everything. It is only steps from a concentration of restaurants known as Restaurant Row, with tables out front by the sidewalk. Stanton Park, which is ideal for small children, is one block away. Union Station, from which virtually every sightseeing tour in Washington departs, is three blocks away, as are the Senate buildings, and immediately beyond them is the National Mall with major sights such as the Smithsonian museums and the National Archives.

The home has been furnished for a family of four, and also has a crib, high chair, and stair gate for baby. It is ideal for a family with children who would like to visit sites such as the Smithsonian museums, the US Capitol, Supreme Court, National Archives, the Library of Congress, or the Newseum, among many others. Our neighborhood, Capitol Hill, is quiet yet so centrally located that the sites are within walking distance, a huge plus since none of them has parking. You will live like a local, walking one block to the grocery store with the house shopping cart, or getting around on DC's bright red public bicycles, which you can pick up at a bike rack close to the house.

Your rental includes a free permit for street parking. However, due to our proximity to the major tourist attractions we recommend not renting a car. We are walking distance to Metro and to most of the major attractions. Should you need a rental vehicle for a day to visit out-of-town sites, there are rental car offices minutes from the house.

Although we are steps from Restaurant Row, you will find the house equipped with a cook's kitchen. Whether it is a coffee grinder, a blender for margaritas, or a selection of spices, you will find it on hand.

Your rental comes with all linens, towels, a blow drier, a starter set of toiletries, etc. All you need to bring is a tooth brush!

So how to proceed?

We recommend using the 'Book Now' button, which will confirm availability and provide a detailed quote before you reach the screen on which you are asked to commit. We book with the $150 cleaning fee, and the balance is due 30 days before arrival. All payments are self-service, via credit card or e-check using HomeAway's secure payments page. You do not need to provide us credit card information.

If we don't have your dates available, you may want to check our two other two-bedroom home, HomeAway property #339969.

PLEASE NOTE, WE DO NOT ADVERTISE ON CRAIGSLIST. If you came across the content of our listing on Craigslist, it is a fake ad.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Alec Smyth (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 23, 2015

About Alec Smyth

My wife and I are both management consultants who have traveled widely for decades, and have developed a strong sense of what we like in a locale and in accommodations. We actively manage our vacation rentals as a future retirement plan, but we select and prepare them by asking a simple test question -- would we be happy to live in them ourselves?

Alec Smyth purchased this townhome in 2012

What makes this townhome unique

There is a lot to see in Washington, with over fifty museums, but unfortunately we feature the very longest commutes in the nation. The museums have no parking, which may be a deliberate strategy to reduce the number of cars. Capitol Hill is the area immediately surrounding the US Capitol, and because it is a historical conservation neighborhood of small houses that cannot be altered, it contains almost no hotels. By staying at a home on the Western edge of Capitol Hill, you are closer to the sites than at a hotel, and free from the hassles of commuting because everything is within walking distance. Quite aside from the convenience of the location, both house and neighborhood are charming.

Why HomeAway

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Book with confidence
Book with confidence
Guaranteed, secure, with no booking fees
Add vacation protection services to your booking
Three services to protect your trip:
Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
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Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.

Reviews

4.9
based on 36 traveler reviews

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Two Bedroom Historic House, Walking Distance to National Mall
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 36 reviews
Near Atlanta
5

Great location, great town home for our family

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here Spring Break week which also ended up being the week that ended with the Cherry Blossom festival. Thank goodness we were able to walk almost everywhere because the traffic was unbelievable. The town home was lovely and very clean. It looked like it had been recently renovated and was quite nicely done. The bedding was comfortable, the kitchen was well equipped and easy to use. Unlike other vacation rentals, the stove was great, the cookware and utensils were nice and there was plenty of dinnerware. The grill was easy to use and did a good job. We ate at Cafe Berlin and it was excellent German food. We also ate at Bistro Cacao which was to die for. They had probably the best French Onion soup I've ever eaten. Both of these restaurants were truly right around the corner and they accommodated our son's need for gluten free We walked to Union Station almost every day for one reason or another but caught tour bus rides, etc. there. Staying in this town home was so much better and more economical for our 6 night visit. Loved it and would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Excellent Location for a 1st Time Visitor

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect location for our 1st time visit to our nations capital. Stayed a week with my wife and 2 kids(ages 25 and 21). Alec made the visit easy because he had a handy pamphlet emailed to use prior to our visit. In it you will find everything about the house, transportation, restaurants, sites to visit, etc, prior to getting to DC. This manual was in my back pocket everywhere we went. Union Station(public transportation hub) was about a 10 min walk and easy to find. We went there for a quick bite to eat only because we walked everywhere. We used the Metro only once just for curiosity sakes. We wanted to use the bikes but the 1 time we tried there was only 1 left(out of 24). Not a big deal because we just wanted to try it and wasn't relying on it for our main mode of transportation. We did have a problem with our ceiling fan and Alec was very responsive in getting it fixed. The house is beautiful and the modern kitchen made cooking very easy. We made all of our breakfasts' and most of our dinners there. Getting to the supermarkets were a snap. We had lunch on the run at locations pointed out in the pamphlet given to us. We will definitely recommend the "Yellow House"(as Alec calls it) to people looking for somewhere to stay in DC and we will definitely return. Thanks Alec for keeping the house in great shape. It was a home away from home.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Newton, Massachusetts
5

Terrific DC Experience

  • 5 of 5

Centrally located in DC and very close to Capital Hill. Easily walkable or a quick Uber ride to all the sites. We had a great stay at the yellow house. Very modern, charming and impeccably clean. We were two adults and two kids (11 & 13) and the house suited us perfectly. Great layout with an open floor-plan downstairs. Unlike many rentals we’ve stayed in prior, the newly updated kitchen was fully capable, though being totally spent from walking the nation mall, we mostly relied on meals out, and Seamless.com for delivery.

Alec (owner) was extremely responsive to any questions/requests beginning to end. He provided a house book ahead of our stay and a printed copy onsite that proved to be very helpful - with advise about the house, the surrounding area, and how to get around. Definitely consult it first if you are new to DC.

Despite frigid weather, we had a great time seeing all that the city has to offer and looked forward to returning to our home away every night. We highly recommend this property! Overall a terrific experience.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Palm Harbor, Florida
5

Beautiful Townhouse, Centrally located

  • 5 of 5

This townhouse is centrally located, beautifully decorated, fully equipped and well maintained. Alec was a most gracious host. He provides tons of information and great advice for a pleasant vacation experience. We would definitely stay in this, or any one of Alec's other 4 Capitol Hill Townhouses again. This townhouse is within walking distance of Union Station and The Capital Building. We used the Metro and easily traveled everywhere we wanted to go, including Arlington Cemetery, The White House, Georgetown University, George Washington University, The Kennnedy Center, the Smithsonian and every monument you can think of. Fabulous vacation, fabulous townhouse, fabulous host.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
5

Thanksgiving Trip to DC

  • 5 of 5

Our family of three had a wonderful stay at this property. Booking the property was straightforward and any questions I had were answered promptly by the owner. Check-in was easy and the house was very clean and inviting. The property is very close to Union Station for easy access to the Metro. We also easily walked to the Capital and the attractions and restaurants nearby. The Good Stuff Eatery has delicious food and it should be on your list of where to eat in DC. After a long day of walking and seeing the Smithsonian’s and monuments it was wonderful to have this comfortable, inviting house to return to. The washer and dryer is a nice addition -- you don't have to pack as much! I would highly recommend this rental to my friends and family. We look forward to our next stay in DC and will definitely be renting this house when we return.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
New Hope, Pennsylvania
5

Beautiful House, Perfect Location

  • 5 of 5

Loved this house. Our party of 4, including our two boys 10 and 12, had a great time. The house is exactly as described and conveniently located to Union Station (about a 5 to 10 minute stroll) where you can pick up any number of transportation options or a bike. We loved to be able to take the metro out to the Smithsonian museums and sort of meander our way back towards the house. You can hit any of the Museums on the mall and then pop into the Museum of the American Indian and get some great food at Mitsitam Café. From the Museum of the American Indian it is about a 30 minute walk through the Botanical Gardens and the grounds of the Capitol building to get back to house. If anything it gets more and more beautiful as you leave the mall area, crossing through the Capitol, passing by the Supreme Court and finally into the Capitol Hill residential area itself. If you like old houses and neighborhoods like I do, you will find it enjoyable just to walk around the neighborhood. It’s safe and despite its proximity to the Mall area it is really peaceful and quite.

Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the review! I just thought I would point out to future guests that, while it is true you can pick up public bicycles at Union Station, they are also available only 100 yards from the house at the intersection of D Street and Maryland Avenue NE. They are probably the best way around town, and our street, like most on the hill, has a bike lane.

Map

Nearest Airport
5.4 Miles
Washington Reagan (DCA)
Nearest Train
0.3 Miles
Union Station
Nearest Restaurant
0.05 Miles
Bistro Italiano
Car: not necessary

The house is located on a quiet side street street only steps from Restaurant Row, a block of restaurants with tables right on the sidewalk, and one block from Stanton Park, which is ideal for small children. Union Station, the epicenter of tour excursions, is only three block from the house.

Capitol Hill is a historical conservation neighborhood of beautifully maintained, charming old houses. It has a small-town feel and a human scale, is cosmopolitan, and has a thriving cultural scene. The residential area closest to Washington's institutions, it is home to a large number of politicians and VIPs.

The Senate buildings are only three short blocks from the house, and beyond them is the National Mall with the principal tourist attractions of Washington.

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Rates & Availability

From $250 Per night

Capitol Hill Townhome Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Low Season
Jan 1 2016 - Feb 29 2016
2 night minimum stay
$250
$1,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$350
$2,100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150.00
Tax Rate 14.5%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Capitol Hill Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1423 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Baby Gate
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Main - 1 king
    Childrens - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • Not visible in the main bedroom photos is a good sized flat screen TV, concealed in an armoire.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital

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