FLAT IN HISTORIC HOUSE (QUIET, SAFE, WALK TO MUSEUMS)

Alec Smyth

Speaks english, spanish
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Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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FLAT IN HISTORIC HOUSE (QUIET, SAFE, WALK TO MUSEUMS)

Capitol Hill Townhome Rental Photos and Description

1 bedroom with queen bed, 1 full bathroom

This is an attractive ground floor flat in a Victorian town house, and was completely renovated in 2010. It is on a quiet residential street, yet as centrally located as it gets. The Capitol complex and the Supreme Court are only three blocks away. 'Restaurant Row', a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue with numerous restaurants, is only one block away. The National Mall, Smithsonian Museums, the Newseum, and a Metro station are all within walking distance. You will not need a car. In terms of size, the flat is ideal for a couple, or perhaps a couple with a child. It is also suitable for seniors, because the entrance is at street level and there are no stairs. The flat is totally independent from the main house above, with a separate entrance, mechanical systems, phone line, etc. To sum it up, this little place is small in size, but big on charm!

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

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How Reservations Work:

We recommend using the 'Book it 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 $100 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, and you do not need to provide us credit card information.

Cancellations: If you have to cancel a reservation, we will return all funds received when cancellation notice is given 30 days or more prior to arrival, or if the cancellation is due to circumstances beyond your control such as a major snowstorm, airline strike, illness, etc.

Arrival and Departure Logistics:

Check out time is 11AM, check in time 3PM. This is to allow time for the cleaners if there is a same-day change-over. If either time poses an issue please let us know, as a it is often possible to make alternative arrangements with the cleaners.

We use a code lock, so there is no need to mail or drop off keys, and you can arrive at any time of night.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome

Alec Smyth

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.com since 2009
Speaks english, spanish
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I am an engineer and management consultant with a passion for marine environmental issues and ocean exploration.

Alec Smyth purchased this townhome in 2010

Some years ago my wife and I owned a vacation rental in Key Biscayne, Florida. It did very well and we enjoyed interacting with our guests, many of which became repeat visitors. But we had to sell it to move to a larger home with the arrival of a baby. Now we are in a position to re-enter the market, but this time we've done it near home to simplify the logistics. We picked this home expressly for vacation rental use, with the hindsight of having run a vacation rental before and of having lived in this area for close to twenty years.

The location! This is a place which is extremely quiet, where you are the shortest possible distance to the major DC attractions, and where you feel safe walking at any hour of night or day. It's a neighborhood that is utterly livable. There is wonderful grocery shopping nearby, restaurants you would visit with the family, bookstores, etc. Metro is a few blocks away if you need to go beyond walking range.

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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4.8
based on 33 traveler reviews

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Flat in Historic House (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
average rating of 4.787879 based on 33 reviews
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Flat in Historic House (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p340015
+1 703 906-5346
Capitol Hill Washington DC
UK
5

PERFECT

  • 5 of 5
Perfectly located, clean, well presented and ideal apartment for a couple. We came across plenty of friendly local people on the 10 minute walk to the Capitol building and Union station and felt very safe in the area during the day and at night.
Alec provided us with plenty of information on the flat, places to eat and things to do before we had arrived which helped us plan our itinerary.
Highly recommended.
  • Submitted: May 30, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Flat in Historic House (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p340015
+1 703 906-5346
Capitol Hill Washington DC
Aiken, South Carolina
5

LOVELY, WELL-APPOINTED HOME NEAR EVERYTHING!

  • 5 of 5
I fell in love with this flat from the moment I saw it online, and it was just as pictured when we arrived! While unloading the car, a neighbor had already stopped to welcome us to DC and give us advice on the best restaurants in the area. We parked our car at the convenient Union Station and didn't need it for the rest of the trip. As Mr. Alec recommended the Eastern Market, we stopped there first to stock up on groceries for dinners and picnic lunches: fresh ravioli, baguettes, organic apples, sliced cheeses, and spiced lunch meats... Phenomenal! And the flea market outside on weekends is the ideal place for grabbing non-cliche traveling gifts. The kitchen in the flat had everything we needed (including a corkscrew) as did the rest of the home. There were extra sheets, blankets, and pillows as well as a fully stocked shower caddy, and laundry detergent! We really felt like locals staying in the Capitol Hill area, but we still had easy, walking access to the major tourist attractions. It was quite possibly the best of all worlds. Mr. Alec is incredibly helpful and has created a wonderful vacation spot!
  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Flat in Historic House (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p340015
+1 703 906-5346
Capitol Hill Washington DC
Wellington, New Zealand
5

GOOD VALUE IN A GREAT LOCATION

  • 5 of 5
This is a great little place in a great location. We managed to walk everywhere, even in a bitterly cold January with snow all about and temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius. Alec cleared the paths for us, and the flat stayed warm. The Capitol, Supreme Court and Library of Congress are just around the corner, and the Smithsonian Museums beyond were still an easy walk for us. If you need to go a little further (we walked to the White House, Lincoln Monument etc too, but that length of walk wouldn't be for everyone), Union Station is only a few blocks away. As for the flat, it was great to have a little kitchen to use and there was everything we needed to prepare and cook our own meals there. We enjoyed eating at the table with its outlook to the street. The washer/dryer is great, and works well, and the shower is a good one too. Our only issues were that there were three of us and the sofa bed was not useable (Alec is sorting this) and - as the last reviewer noted - you need to be aware that this is a ground floor flat and that you can hear everything that goes on upstairs. During the first half of our stay, this was a real issue for us, but the second lot of people who stayed upstairs didn't manage to be quite so noisy day and night, so we appreciated that. Otherwise this is a clean, well-maintained and comfortable property and at very reasonable rates for its great location. We found it to be really good value and would stay again.
  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The mattress on the sofa bed has been replaced with a much better one that makes the support members in the bed less evident. Thanks as always to our guests for the suggested improvements!
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Flat in Historic House (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p340015
+1 703 906-5346
Capitol Hill Washington DC
Seattle, WA
4

GREAT LOCATION AND EVERYTHING NEEDED FOR A GREAT VISIT!

  • 4 of 5
All items in working order, well stocked with kitchen items and great location to walk to all of the area attractions. Alec is clearly a professional and my family appreciated the the well documented guide. The only thing holding back an excellent rating is that everything going on in the upstairs unit could be heard and it was impossible to sleep a couple of nights/mornings due to the baby elephant in the upper unit stomping around at all hours. It won't stop us from coming back however, but be sure to bring some ear plugs just in case.
  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Flat in Historic House (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p340015
+1 703 906-5346
Capitol Hill Washington DC
5

CLEAN, COMFORTABLE, ACCOMMODATING, CONVENIENT

  • 5 of 5
There is little to say about this flat other than it is perfect. Clean, well-equipped, decorated with simplicity and tasteful restraint. Moreover, you'll feel like a resident of this beautifully regenerated (resuscitated) neighborhood, especially if you pore through the owner's considerate, comprehensive orientation folio. The short walk to the nearest Metro takes you past the refurbished Eastern Market, an indoor/outdoor farmer and craft emporium, as well as some very good cafés, coffee bars and independent retail shops. And just when you think you could be in any hip, urban neighborhood in the world, you look up and see the dome of the Capitol building.
The location is particularly perfect if you'll be coming into or departing from, Union Station, although the flat's proximity to the orange and blue line trains makes everywhere easily accessible.
  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Flat in Historic House (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p340015
+1 703 906-5346
Capitol Hill Washington DC
5

PERFECT RENTAL FOR AN EXTENDED STAY AND LEAVE YOUR CAR AT HOME!

  • 5 of 5
We spent three weeks in this apartment and we were thrilled! The VRBO listing is completely accurate and our host (Alec) was great at accommodating our special requests. This apartment is perfect for a couple or a couple with one or two young children. The location is very convenient to the National Mall, the Smithsonian Museums, Congress, the Library of Congress, Supreme Court, Metro stations, Eastern Market, food shopping, Citibike locations, etc...

Within walking distance of so many destinations, and all the public transportation options nearby for trips further out, this apartment is perfect for a visit without a car.

We appreciated the washer/dryer since that meant we didn't have to pack for three weeks or seek out laundromats.

With our extended stay, we really began to feel like "locals!" When we come back, we will definitely stay in this apartment.
  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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The house is located on a quiet friendly street less than half a block from Stanton Park and one block from Restaurant Row, a block of restaurants with tables right on the sidewalk. 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.

Other Activities: US Congress, Smithsonian, Newseum, Library of Congress, National Archives, Folger Shakespeare

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Availability & Rates

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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 2015 - Feb 28 2015
2 night minimum stay
$125
$750
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$175
$1,050
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100.00
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
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 515 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Iron & Board
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Stove
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
Entertainment:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • DVD Player
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • antiquing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • hospital
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
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