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Flat in Historic House (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)

Bedrooms 1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

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. '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. 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.


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 $120 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

Alec Smyth
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 28, 2017

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

Why Alec Smyth chose Washington DC

We picked this home expressly for vacation rental use, with the hindsight of having lived in this area for close to twenty years. It is just ideally situated with a combination of easy access to the major sites, and quiet once back home.

What makes this townhome unique

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.


Capitol Hill Townhome Accommodation and Amenities

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


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(71 traveler reviews)

Flat in Historic House (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
average rating of 4.746479 based on 71 reviews

Very clean, safe and convient

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful experience my husband loved everything! I enjoyed interacting with the owner Alec she couldn't be more avsilable and helpful all in all very hsppy

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely Perfect! Was exactly as described! Great Neighborhood, great location!

  • 5 of 5

We needed a place to stay while moving my daughter to Washington DC for an internship and I chose this Flat based solely on its proximity to her new temporary home but was so pleasantly surprised by the Flat itself. Very comfortable for 3 people, felt a lot bigger than it is and had everything we could need for our stay. Nice little touches like starter shampoo, plenty of towels and blankets and a great little kitchen. The Flat was clean and bright and we felt like a part of a great community while we were there, the neighbors were so friendly and helpful. Will definitely rent again on future visits.

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly as described.

  • 5 of 5

Information given by owner about the property was extremely accurate. Owner also provided good ideas about where to eat, and things to see. It was a very pleasant experience and I would do it again.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice apartment and great location

  • 4 of 5

We found the apartment as expected. With a couple of questions we had upon arrival Alec was helpful to answer these.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exactly as described in listing

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I visited from Atlanta and were very satisfied with this property. We were in town for a quick 4 day trip, and this property is great for getting in and out of the city/Mall area without wasting too much time and money in commutes. We used Uber to/from airport and to get to the monuments/tourist attractions every day. Because the place is near to downtown, it's only a $6.80/15min drive each way (and $15 to Reagan Airport). The location is walkable to the Capitol, but due to so much walking once you get there, we opted to use Uber to/from the Mall area.

It was great being near Union Station (10 min walk)/Restaurant Row for food options in the evening. The Capitol Hill supermarket nearby is certainly well stocked, but you'll pay for the convenience! I do wish there'd been a nearer free standing coffeehouse. There are 2 Starbucks in Union Station but they're a zoo at peak hours due to daily commuters, and the other coffee options nearby are actual cafes. You could certainly pop in and just order a to go coffee but I never did that. That being said, there may have been one that I never found (I didn't do much exploring in the actual neighborhood).

The area is very safe for walking, relatively quiet and pedestrian friendly... none of which are true near downtown Atlanta! Because we've lived overseas in the past, it was nice for us to be back in a pedestrian friendly community.

My only reason for 4 stars is only that the apartment finishings/interior weren't my preference. The apartment was very clean and adequately stocked (with the exception of no coffee mugs, only teacups) but felt a bit sterile/cold, not warm or "homey." There's a great utilization of such a small space (a perfect Ikea showroom!), great linens, towels, etc... but it wasn't incredibly inviting or relaxing if you were to stay for an extended period of time. Again, just my taste... it'd be exactly what others may be looking for.

Overall, a great place... I'd recommend to anyone who'd be out most of the day doing the typical tourist thing, but not entirely a "getaway" property if you'd be spending a lot of time @ the rental or having folks over (if you were visiting people in the city). Alec was super! Due to a change in our departure plans on our last day, he allowed us to delay our checkout until our flight that evening at 5pm (so thankful for that!). You'd be happy staying here and his listing is an accurate portrayal of the property... we enjoyed it!

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the detailed review. I just wanted to add that there is a SUPER free standing coffeehouse two blocks away. I highly recommend Jacob's Coffee House, it's a personal favorite.
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Very nice

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our 4-night stay in this row house flat in the Capitol Hill area. It is located in a pretty and convenient location near Union Station. The flat is well stocked and we appreciated the instructions and helpful information from the owners. It is on the ground level of 3-story row house, so there is some noise from residents above, but no more than there would be in a hotel. The flat was perfect for a couple--small--but not too small, clean, and comfortable. We will stay here again and have recommended it to others already!

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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


Rates & Availability

Capitol Hill Townhome Rental Rates

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Low season 2
Feb 18 2017 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120
Tax Rate 14.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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