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Review 5296: VRBO, Riggs-Dupont (#344919)
1bed/1bath apartment near Dupont Circle, District of Columbia
May, 2012, 1 week
This apartment was very conveniently located on a quiet side street in the dynamic Dupont Circle neighborhood of DC.
This apartment was just a few blocks from everything we needed: a grocery store, coffee shops, many restaurants, bookstores, bakeries, and more. The Dupont Circle metro station was just a few blocks away, and there were multiple bus lines as well. There is a Sunday morning Farmer's Market less than a 10 minute walk away, and other retail shops as well.
The apartment was the lower level of a single family home, located on a very quiet street. It was spacious (600 sq. ft.) and comfortable, and despite being on the lower level, the windows in all rooms except the bath kept it light. The property had been remodeled and updated in the recent past, and was in excellent condition.
There was no garden or outside space.
The furnishings were good quality, and comfortable. The large living/dining room contained two futons as well as a dining alcove with a table and four dining chairs. There was plenty of lighting, coffee table, and plenty of room to move around.
The space had recently been painted, there were quality rugs on the bedroom and living room floors, and everything was sparkling clean.
The bedroom was quite large, with two dressers, a large closet, and a queen sized bed. The bed was quite comfortable, the bedroom spacious. The bathroom was not large, but had a tub with shower, adequate towel racks and hooks, and a large medicine cabinet/cupboard for storage of toiletries. There were extra towels, and a hairdryer.
The kitchen, while compact, was well appointed with plenty of pots, pans, knives, cutlery, dishes and glassware, all in good condition and of good quality. There was a microwave oven, four slice toaster and an electric coffee pot, as well as a full sized stove with large oven. We found everything we needed to cook dinners at home.
Problems or Bonuses
A bonus in this unit was the delightful artwork throughout. The owners have traveled all over the world, and the walls were decorated with treasures they brought home with them.
Although the unit did not have a washer/dryer, the owner offered to do one load during our week's stay using her machines. We appreciated that service!
The only surprise was the narrowness and steepness of the four steps down to the front door of the apartment. It would not be a good choice for anyone with mobility issues. But once inside, it quickly felt like home.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
The owner was wonderful - responsive to our requests from the first contact through our departure. There was a very comprehensive guide to the house and the neighborhood, full of useful information. The owners lived above us, and were always just a phone call or an email message away.
The photos of the apartment on the VRBO site very accurately reflect the reality that we found on our arrival. And we felt the rental rate to be fair - including a $50 cleaning fee and a 14.5% lodging tax, we paid $1300 for our seven night stay.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We recommend this apartment wholeheartedly. It was wonderfully, conveniently located, was spacious, clean, bright, quiet, and comfortable, and the owners are friendly and responsive.
Things to do in this area
There is much to do in just this one corner of D.C. We enjoyed just walking through the neighborhood, admiring the wonderful architecture of these older homes. Within a mile or so there are numerous embassies - they are around every corner! The Phillips Collection museum is nearby, and it is only a 15 minute walk out S street to a fantastic Textile Museum, and the Woodrow Wilson house.
We enjoyed a great meal at the Afterwords Cafe at the iconic Kramerbooks bookstore, and returned one afternoon to sit and enjoy coffee and a wonderful dessert. We also enjoyed a fabulous Italian meal at the nearby Floriana restaurant on 17th St. And our hostess had a list of several other restaurants that we will have to try on a future visit.
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