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

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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

Property Manager
Wavely Veney
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 24, 2017

About Wavely Veney

Home owner and caretaker to all! I love to please and I'm a believer in quality over quantity.

Wavely Veney purchased this townhome in 1999

Why Wavely Veney chose USA

I learned about this property a few years ago from a friend and fell in love with the vision to restore this property to its original beauty. Such an exquisite area deserves a beautiful home!

What makes this townhome unique

The Smithsonian Vacation House is centrally located within walking distance to the Mall and the Monument.


Southwest Washington Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Monument View ...
  • River
  • Waterfront ...
  • 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
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


Very Good! 4.1/5 -
(67 traveler reviews)

The Smithsonian Vacation House - Walk To The Museums - Free Parking - Waterfront
average rating of 4.0895524 based on 67 reviews

Great Find!

  • 4 of 5

I rented the Smithsonian House for our yearly girls' trip which was 6 women this year. We always enjoy staying in a home together rather than a hotel which is also less expensive. And this year was a good one! The location is the best. The neighborhood is nice and you are safe walking day or night. The best is you have a parking space included. Priceless! We never moved our car. If we couldn't walk, we Ubered. It is minutes to walk to the National Mall with all the museums, monument, Capitol, etc. The Hop On Hop Off bus is walking distance from the house and highly recommended. In the other direction is the waterfront with fun restaurant/bars like the Cantina Marina. The house was roomy and very comfortable for all 6 of us. We also had a few ladies who couldn't spend the weekend, visit with us for a day and there was more than enough room to visit. The house was clean and the owner Wavely was only a phone call away for whatever questions you may have. We ate at restaurants while we were there so not sure about the kitchen cooking stock. Keep in mind, however, this is an older town home renovated so there are some tell tale signs of the age. However we look forward to returning to Smithsonian House the next time we are in DC.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We strive for perfection! Thank you for choosing to stay at the Smithsonian Vacation House. We will be updating the aesthetics throughout the summer. Please come again as we pursue your 5 out 5 review! Wavely V.
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Great location! Close to everything. Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

From the beginning to the end of our stay, Wavely made himself available to assist with any questions we had. Location of home is terrific! Walking distance to grocery shopping, water, and all D.C. has to offer! Our vacation was wonderful and the Smithsonian Vacation House made for many good memories.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great spot for a family vacation in DC

  • 5 of 5

Mine and my brother's families from different areas down south met here for our first DC vacation. The property was nice and comfortable. The rental owner was very helpful, and the location was unbeatable. We walked to every point of interest on or near the mall including restaurants. If hours of walking to all the monuments and museums isn't your thing, using Uber to get back and forth is surpisingly fast and affordable from here. The experience of the city from this spot is terrific.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

6 of us traveled to DC for granddaughter's wedding which unfortunately ended up being a very cold day. We arrived on Thursday night and it wasn't too cold and was able to get settled. The location is wonderful. Very convenient to everything, especially Navy Yard area and Nats Stadium. We were running around during the day on Friday and the owner sent maintenance man, Silva, over to replace some light bulbs. When we returned from the rehearsal dinner on Friday night, the temperature had dropped outside and the inside of the house was freezing. Called because heat wouldn't come on. Silva immediately came over to try and remedy the situation. He was awesome and did everything he could but ultimately the unit needed to be replaced and since it was the weekend that wasn't going to happen while we were there. They brought in space heaters so we were very warm in the bedrooms even though the downstairs was still very cold. The wedding was Saturday afternoon so again we weren't in the house much until bedtime. We left Sunday morning. Even though we had major issues, the response by Silva to try and resolve things was over and above. It was just too far out of his control.

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We strive to provide our guest with the - Best Washingtonian Experience. Unfortunately, the universal AC/Heater had failed on a Friday and the piece required for repair wouldn't arrive and repaired until Monday. As we do with all of our guest, we insured that the best of the situation for our guest. We hope they will consider us in there future travels!
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We had a great time!

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed the property and it's roominess. It fit seven nicely. We were very close to the grocery & restaurants plus it was great to have a private parking spot. My only suggestion would be to take out the window air conditioning unit since it was winter.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This house was beautiful and gave you a real feel of DC. It was within walking distance to several dowtown attractions as well as a local grocery store. It is right next to a school and was on a very quite neighborhood street. Best part, at 7AM you could here the chapel bells ringing amongst the hustle and bustle of the city. Absolutely stunning, I would highly recommend this stay to anyone!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You for your feedback!! We look forward to hosting you and family in the future.
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Ronald Reagan Airport
Nearest Train
0.5 Miles
L'enfant Metro
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

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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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  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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