When a friend came to town for a conference at the Omni Shoreham, I recommended Woodley Park Guest House, near the hotel and less than 500 feet from the Woodley Park Metro.
The building was so completely renovated in 2001 it is hard to see its 1909 bones. The bright and airy rooms are decorated with restraint, and there’s an appealing mix of modern and antique. Paintings on the walls are from around the globe—Vancouver, Brazil, Cape Cod—all created or given by guests. Testimonials on the Web site are in many languages.
In good weather, guests load up hot cinnamon rolls and fruit salad at the buffet and, if there’s an available wicker chair on the front porch, bring breakfast outside.
Woodley Park Guest House, 2647 Woodley Rd., NW; 202-667-0218; woodÂ leyparkguesthouse.com. Eighteen rooms from $100.
This article first appeared in the September 2006 issue of The Washingtonian.