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Large English Basement in Historic Townhouse

18 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights


Northwest Washington Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3-5)

Curtis House was formerly the home of Herbert Hoover's Vice-President, Charles Curtis, the only (part) Native American ever to hold that office. Ideally located for visitors, the apartment is about a mile from the White House, blocks from major museums and other sites, and steps from Adams-Morgan and the newly revitalized U St. area.

The flat has a separate dressing room off the bath. An office "nook" holds a desk, phone, and printer/fax/copier for the business traveler. Meeting and conference space is available nearby. The flat is quite large and has just been updated. It is fully furnished with an extensive library of international classics and multi-lingual dictionaries. The intimate rear garden has organic herbs and, sometimes, veggies.

Sheets and towels changed weekly. Bedroom is larger than it appears.

Spanish, French, and Italian spoken here (and a little Portuguese).

Keywords: English Basement Flat

  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Roy A. Wyscarver
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 24, 2016
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About Roy A. Wyscarver

We fell in love with Dupont Circle in the 70's when we first moved to DC from New England and never wanted to live anywhere else. We really enjoy sharing our small but vibrant community with guests. The house was built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. We can't add a link here, but the style is "googlable".

Roy A. Wyscarver purchased this apartment in 1987

Why Roy A. Wyscarver chose Washington DC

We want this to be your vacation rental, but it's not ours. This neighborood is where we have lived almost all our adult lives and where we have reared our children. We are not into DC "power", but the history vibes are almost palpable.


based on 18 traveler reviews

Large English Basement in Historic Townhouse
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews

Amazing location, hosts, and place

  • 5 of 5

My two teenagers and I spent a week in DC @ this nice basement suite.

The location is great, the basement suite is spacious, clean and cozy.

Last but not least, the hosts are amazing people.

Anytime in DC, this will be my place of choice.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful basement suite. The location is the best for DuPont Circle and the amenities can't be beat! Fresh towels and sheets every week;we stayed almost a month,and a wonderful host. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Walnut Creek CA

Cherry Blossoms

  • 5 of 5

My teenage son and I stayed in this lovely apartment last week while we explored DC for his spring break.

The apartment was as described, wonderfully furnished and well taken care of. It was spacious and offered us each some privacy.The kitchen had everything we needed for casual meals (though I think there was enough to entertain a small dinner party!) and there were some household and food staples already in the cupboards.

Plenty of hangers, towels and linens were available for our use, and the stacked washer/dryer allowed us to pack lightly and come home with clean clothing! The shower was great!

I loved the proximity to the Dupont Circle metro, we traveled throughout the city without needing a car. Shopping was within walking distance and we felt quite safe even late at night.

We had a lot of sightseeing on our agenda so didn't spend much time with our host Ray, but he did offer a tour when we arrived. It was very nice to have the host upstairs just in case.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Christmas in DC

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I wanted to spend Christmas in DC without crowding our daughter and son-in-law out of their apartment. The location of Curtis House was perfect! It was on a quiet residential street within easy walking access to a grocery store, Dupont Circle, restaurants, the Metro, etc. We really appreciated having the washer/dryer in the apartment. If we had wanted to cook a meal, the kitchen was fully stocked with dishes and pots/pans. There even were plenty of necessities in the cupboards such as salt and pepper, cream and sugar, coffee filters, tea bags, etc. We loved the owners' library. Stay here--you'll feel right at home!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Mexico

Curtis House

  • 5 of 5

Having rented three different Dupont Circle apartments over several years for an annual DC vacation, I can heartily recommend the English basement apartment at Curtis House. It is spacious, comfortable, and well equipped, located in an excellent neighborhood for safety and convenience. Roy, your host, is affable, knowledgeable, and welcoming. For those unsure about a private rental instead of a regular hotel booking, a stay at Curtis House will convince you what a superior experience can be had: more room, better amenities, personal attention, and an equal or better price than many hotels.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orlando, FL

Charming and comfortable!

  • 4 of 5

Basement apartment is spacious and cozy, ideally situated in the vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood. This historic former home of Charles Curtis is rich on eclectic charm and creature comforts. The bedroom, kitchen and living/dining area are all amply sized and suitably appointed - definitely a great alternative from staying in a hotel. It's accessible to shops (Safeway is a short 7 min walk, Whole Foods Market about 15 mins), cool restaurants & bars, Metro (or taxis aplenty too), and pretty much everything you need to live like a local - a great respite from our DC sightseeing during the day. Make sure to check out the weekend farmers' market during summer months.

Because it is an old and classic home, the air can feel heavy even with airconditioning - so make sure to shut it off for a couple of hours and open the rear screened door to let some fresh air in.

Roy is a gracious host and wonderful to work with - very responsive to all my questions pre-arrival, and accommodating throughout our stay (even letting us borrow a couple of umbrellas!).

Overall, the Curtis House is highly recommended for its location and value - certainly the place to stay for those looking for comfortable and unique alternatives to vacation accommodations.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6 Miles
Washington Regan National Airport (DCA)
Nearest Barpub
93 Metres
Rosemary Thyme Bistro
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Washington Union Station
Nearest Restaurant
93 Metres
Rosemary Thyme Bistro
Car: not necessary


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Tax Rate 14.5%

Cancelation policy. Deposits will be refunded only if we’re given a minimum of 14 days’ notice prior to the arrival date of the reservation. All cancellations, regardless of notice, will be assessed a $50 cancellation fee

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Northwest Washington Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) We have a single inflatable bed as well., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
Fax, color copier/printer, separate front and rear entrances

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