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The Smithsonian Vacation House - Walk To The Museums - Free Parking - Waterfront

61 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


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3 Bedrooms, 2 Full Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom, Sleeps 10

Why stay at a Hotel, when your entire family can stay in the center of the District of Columbia, only blocks from the National Air & Space Museum in the DC waterfront area for Much less! Absolutely wonderful describes this house, a spacious Three-bedroom, 2 full + 1 half baths, 2-level town home located in Waterfront/SW, Washington DC’s beautiful marina district. Just walking minutes from L'Enfant Plaza mall, metro, Smithsonian, museums, and the Mall, this home is close to I-395 going to Virginia and Maryland. Walk to the Cherry Blossoms, the fireworks on the Mall, and the WWII & Vietnam memorials. Boasting a fabulous location, the Smithsonian Vacation House is on a quiet cul-de-sac with off-street parking, yet it is in walking distance to shopping and restaurants. Don't delay, book today! We look forward to servicing you.

This lovely Capitol Hill property offers the option of 2 levels featuring 3 Bedrooms with 2 1/2 Bathrooms or 3 levels featuring 4 Bedrooms with 3 1/2 Bathrooms to accommodate up to 14 guests! Contact us today for details!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Property Manager
Wavely Veney
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016
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About Wavely Veney

I live by the Golden Rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you; taught to me by my beautiful Mother May. She passed her entrepreneurial spirit on to me from a very early age and I learned that behind every successful person is a team of family and friends providing unconditional support. That team makes me who I am today, a successful and genuine African-American Man.

Why Wavely Veney chose Maryland

I learned of this property a few years ago from a friend and fell in love with the vision to renovate this home to the beauty it should be. Such an exquisite area deserves a beautiful home to enhance the eclectic area that is the Beachfront Marina.

What makes this townhome unique

My favorite part of this home is the welcoming courtyard that leads you to a splendid balcony where you will feel the need to stop, turn around, and breathe in the view.


based on 61 traveler reviews

The Smithsonian Vacation House - Walk To The Museums - Free Parking - Waterfront
average rating of 4.0655737 based on 61 reviews

Four adults found this property to be suitable for our four-day visit.

  • 4 of 5

Proximity to the Smithsonian Museums was the primary reason for choosing this property. The number of bedrooms was a Plus. With Uber Eats being so convenient, we did not prepare meals for the limited time we were on property, so the kitchen was not tested. With TVs in all of the bedrooms and in the living room, we were adequately entertained. Having a washer/dryer onsite also was a big plus so that we did not return home with clothing to wash. The customer service was EXCELLENT. The Owner was available from beginning to ending with directions, tips about the surrounding area, etc. We had a small plumbing problem that was quickly addressed while we were there and likely addressed more fully after we left.

We will likely return next year since we did not see enough of the museums on this limited stay.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing to stay at the Smithsonian Vacation House! We are looking forward to hosting you again. We have remedied the plumbing issue with the toilet leaver. We thank you for your assistance in providing excellence and quality of our guest!!
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Safe neighborhood, great location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at The Smithsonian Vacation House. We were there in July of 2016. The location was great--close to 2 metra stops. It was also a very friendly neighborhood--we were able to walk a few blocks to a large grocery store and restaurants. The owner was very accomodating, and everything was ready to go for us when we got there. This was so much nicer than staying in a hotel! After sight seeing all day, it was great to come home to a house to relax and hang out.

We would definitely recommend this house! We had 7 of us--3 adults and 4 kids--and had plenty of room!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Traditional, Clean, Walking distance to everything

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience. Rooms were clean, Great location, It would be hard to find something closer to the MALL. Owner Wavely was very responsive and friendly. Highly recommend and neighborhood is fantastic.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay in DC

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five fit more than comfortably in the house. It really was a reasonable walk up to the National Mall. The kitchen was well equipped with what we needed to save some money on food. It was wonderful having so many bathrooms! We enjoyed the neighborhood and our stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 4 of 5

The location of this home is fantastic. Its close to two metros, the mall, grocery store etc. The house could do with a few updates but it was well worth the money. Waverly was a great host who was very accommodating. We will be back next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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New Orleans, Austin & Kansas

Metro and Mall just blocks away!

  • 4 of 5

This was the first trip to DC for our group, and this location was perfect! We were just a couple of blocks away from the Metro station where there was a grocery store and several restaurants. Walking a few more blocks, we were at the museums on the mall! Very convenient and safe location if you don't have a car. And, we used Uber/Lyft for quick pickups under 4 minutes wherever we were. The house layout worked out great for 2 couples and 3 young teens. We just put one of the blowup mattress on the bedroom floor for one of the boys. Be sure to bring a sleep mask if you are sensitive to the early morning light (skylight in the master bedroom). We enjoyed the convenience of three bathrooms, lots of extra towels, and the washer/dryer. Also, we saved money by using the kitchen for breakfasts and some evening meals. And, I can't say enough about our wonderful host, Wavely !! He was extremely helpful and attentive during our stay, our personal Siri, as he liked to say! His cheerful and friendly manner made us feel less like strangers in a new city, and more like a friend. If we make another trip to DC, we'll be sure to stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Ronald Reagan Airport
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
L'enfant Metro
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Southwest Washington Townhome Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 22 2016 - Nov 25 2016
3 night minimum stay
New Years 2017
Dec 30 2016 - Jan 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Inauguration 2017 Extended
Jan 16 2017 - Jan 17 2017
2 night minimum stay
Inauguration 2017
Jan 18 2017 - Jan 20 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $175
Tax Rate 14.5%

The Following Holidays are observed and specials rates are applicableThanksgiving, Christmas, Memorial, Cherry Blossom, 4th July, Memorial, Presidents, Veterans, MLK
Come experience our beautiful Nation's Capital from a luxurious perspective! Enjoy the upcoming holidays in comfort and style. We are offering a special discounted weekly rate of $1600 for the entire month of December! Take advant

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Southwest Washington Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • River
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Master Bathroom features jet body spray and skylight.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Chair
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • The master bedroom can accommodate three guests.
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • 3 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting

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