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Review 5138: BedandBreakfastDC.com, Eastern Market Apartment
2bed/2bath apartment in Capitol Hill, District of Columbia
September 2011, 3 nights
Located in Capitol Hill SE, three blocks from the Eastern Market metro station. Loved the location. Residential but with everything you'd need just a short walk away (five minutes). In an area of lovely row-houses, we felt very safe. There were always people out walking their dogs, etc.
You could walk everywhere. There were two markets nearby for basic supplies, more expensive since they were smaller and convenient (but by no means convenience stores). I'm not sure if the larger supermarkets (Safeway and Harris Teeter) were within walking distance. Many many restaurants on Pennsylvania Ave SE, 7th St and 8th St.
The apartment was the basement apartment of a row-house. Fully modern and so comfortable. The owner lives on the upper floor. There is a living room/bedroom with a Murphy Bed and pull out sofa. My mom slept on the Murphy Bed. She had her own bathroom. Go down the hallway (the apartment is long and not wide) through an extra room of sorts and the other bedroom that has two twin beds (back to back, cannot be pushed together), are in this room. The door could be closed between the two areas for privacy, and there are privacy screens around the Murphy bed. There is another bathroom just outside of the twin bedroom.
You can view the property directly: East Market Apartment.
Very nice private sitting area outside, no pool.
The apartment was spotless and very comfortable. Plenty of seating in the living room, dining area with four chairs. The furnishings were so interesting and the owner has lots of African art and items in the home. My two favorites were the framed laundry bag from Samoa in the bathroom and the enormous Mancala game! Every time I looked around I noticed something else.
Extremely comfortable beds! The Murphy bed was firm as were the twin beds. One bathroom had a tub/shower, the other a shower only. Great water pressure.
Cook? Ha ha. The kitchen was small but adequate. Coffee maker, small fridge, lovely dishes, enough for four. There were pots and pans but with so many amazing places to eat we did not cook.
Problems or Bonuses
There were full unopened bars of soap in each bathroom and umbrellas! I had packed both!
We had trouble figuring out how to work the washer/dryer combo - it was a washer and a dryer. We just wanted to dry (first night it rained!) but it seemed to want to wash first!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
I did everything online. The agency was prompt and easy to work with. The owner was unobtrusive, but made it clear we could call if we needed anything at all (and we did a couple of times, once when our cab tried to drop us off at a NW address instead of SE while we stared in wonderment at the place we knew wasn't ours LOL!) and once when I needed to get a parking permit for my friend who was going to visit overnight.
It was priced appropriately, it averaged $125 for each of us for the three nights including tax. So if you're splitting the cost with someone it is affordable and much nicer than a hotel.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would stay again in a heartbeat. We so enjoyed "our" home in DC. We had been wanting to go to the Eastern Market flea market for our last several visits, but it was always "out of the way." This time we made it a point to stay in the area and make it one of our "to do's" We loved it. Ideal location and base.
It is not accessible, there is a short flight of narrow somewhat windy stairs to get to the apartment.
Things to do in this area
One of our favorites was Tortilla Cafe on 7th Street. All the comments on Urbanspoon said try the pupusas, which I had never had before ... delicious! Very inexpensive and friendly we went back for breakfast twice! Banana Cafe on 8th had the best mango margarita I've ever had! We had OK Thai on Pennsylvania Ave, don't remember the name. My mom had biryani at Aatash on the Hill. She enjoyed it but it was expensive and there was enough to feed a family of four!
Eastern Market ... a food lovers dream. I said to my mom, "It's too bad we don't cook!" The weekend flea market was so fun. We spent three hours browsing, shopping, wonderful. Great coffee shops, and a very good gelato place (I had orange dark chocolate and cantaloupe (pre-listeria!).
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