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Alec Smyth

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english, spanish

Two bedroom historic home (safe, quiet, walk to Smithsonian)

78 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Capitol Hill Townhome Rental Photos and Description

Main bedroom with queen bed, second bedroom with two twins, full sized crib

This is a remodeled Victorian town house with sun filled bay windows. It is on a quiet residential street, yet as centrally located as it gets. 'Restaurant Row', a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue with numerous restaurants, is only one block away.

Less than five blocks away:

- US Capitol

- US Supreme Court

- Library of Congress

- Folger Shakespeare Library

- Belmont-Paul Women's Equality museum

- Union Station

Within 1.5 miles:

- Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

- National Gallery of Art

- Smithsonian American Art Museum

- National Museum of the American Indian

- Hirshorn Museum (modern art)

- National Archives

- Verizon Center (Washington Wizards NBA team)

- Madam Tussaud's

- International Spy Museum

- Newseum

- US Botanical Garden

- National Building Museum

You will not need a car. Built in 1890 and renovated in 2010, the house combines historic charm with a modern layout. It has a completely open floor plan on the main level. It is furnished comfortably for a family of four (five if counting a crib) without cramming. Larger families may want to consider a combined rental of this property with the ground floor flat in the same structure (HomeAway #340015). The main house and ground floor flat are totally independent, with separate entrances and mechanical systems.

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. Should you need a rental vehicle for a day to visit out-of-town sites, there are rental car offices minutes from the house.

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


How Reservations Work:

We recommend using the 'Request Booking' 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, and you do not need to provide us credit card information.

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.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Alec Smyth (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english, spanish

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 2010

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.


based on 78 traveler reviews

Two bedroom historic home (safe, quiet, walk to Smithsonian)
average rating of 4.8589745 based on 78 reviews

Centrsl to everything. Excellent accommodation for four. Some very handy supplies left for our use.

  • 4 of 5

Would highly recommend this apartment. Alex very helpful. There were some very handy supplies left for our use. Bathroom a bit squeezy.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

Kudos to the host of the property who did an awesome job with preparation and communication. We felt at home immediately. The location is within walking distance of the Capitol and the National Mall. We felt very safe walking everywhere. The property is just a described, 2 br, 1 full bath upstairs with the two bedrooms, and a half bath downstairs.

We enjoyed our stay and wouldn't hesitate to stay again. Just as a note, this is not a negative just an observation, this property is a beautiful remodeled home built in the early 1900's so the baths are small and the total square footage is probably about 1000 to 1200 sq. ft.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exeter, NH, USA

Great Location. Wonderful Property!

  • 5 of 5

This is a fantastic property and we highly recommend it. In our mind, this is what VRBO is all about - why stay in a hotel when you can have your own residence for the DC visit. Alec, the owner, was very easy to communicate with - done all through VRBO until we arrived. And then, once we were there are there was a small issue, it was easy to text with Alec.

This property is about a 20 minute walk to the Capital, 20 minute walk to Union Station, and a 15 minute walk to the Eastern Market. About halfway between Union Station and this house is the Capital Market which is a small, wonderful grocery store. The Capital Market has plenty to choose from - we shopped their many times. We ate breakfast every day in the house and we even made dinner one time. If your stay includes a Saturday, you must go in the morning to the Eastern Market; this is an awesome combination of a farmer's market and a craft market.

The week we were in DC, it was super hot so we did not use the back yard area at all. But it was inviting and there was a gas grill that we could use. We had talked about grilling out one night but then changed our minds.

Alec does a great job of appointing the house with everything you might need. The house is over a 100 yrs old, in a wonderful old neighborhood full of row houses. The interior has been renovated and is very contemporary.

Only two bedrooms - one with a queen bed and one with two twin beds. So it is perfect for a small family. We went with our son and my wife's father. Our son and his grandfather shared a room together and it was very sweet.

The best review we can give is that we would stay in this house again if we were ever in DC AND we will recommend this house to all our friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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a bit worn

  • 3 of 5

The location was fine. A bit of a walk to most destinations. The condo was a bit worn and could use some upgrades. Everything felt like it was just old and worn. The main bathroom is tiny and the shower/tub needs some attention. The worse part was the air conditioning/electrical. It is in the kitchen/main room and is VERY LOUD. It was impossible to relax in the main room without the crazy noise. We spent most of our time outside but when we wanted to relax indoors at the end of the day, it was just too noisy. The internet needs an upgrade too. It's all just worn and needs attention.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So sorry this guest did not contact us about the internet during their stay, because it was a cable company issue that was easily sorted. The stay was a month before an annual overhaul that included things like re-glazing the bathtub and replacing rugs and furniture. While very disappointed, we're glad it took 74 reviews before anyone rated the property a 3 star, and that both guests who stayed after this one but before the refresh still rated us 5 stars.
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Clean and well located

  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed our stay at the two bedroom historic brownstone. It was cozy and well equipped for our family of four. The location was great!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Travelers Rest, SC

Most convenient location.

  • 5 of 5

I have just returned from spending 7 nights in this property. It was an absolutely perfect location for seeing all the sights of DC.

Yes you can walk to the Capital, Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. It is also very close to Union Station which makes it so

convenient to take the Circulator Buses to the monuments and museums on the mall as well as George Town. There are so many small restaurants within a short walking distance as well as a small grocery store. It is an extremely safe area. The condo is wonderful we could not have been happier.

I would definitely stay in this lovely condo again.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

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 Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, National Archives, Newseum, Folger Shakespeare Library


Rates & Availability

Capitol Hill Townhome Rental Rates

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Low Season
Jan 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 14.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Capitol Hill Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • townhome
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1030 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling

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