Open year-round, the Bed & Breakfast at the William Lewis House is located just off Logan Circle, near the corner of R and 13th Streets. Originally opened as a single house after an extensive ten-year restoration, the William Lewis House expanded in 1999 to include the house next door and the garden between the two houses. The combined grounds provided space to create a wonderfully landscaped courtyard that includes a large sitting porch, hot tub, water garden, limited off-street locked parking and a large deck to connect the two houses.
David, Willy and David's wonderful and lovable dog, Mattie Sue, look forward to your arrival and stay in their home.
Each bedroom is decorated with a charming blend of family heirlooms and selected antiques. A private telephone with voice mail is provided in each room and can be reached via the Guest Rooms telephone number. Fluffy, white cotton bathrobes in each closet help make trips to the shower and hot tub more convenient. An alarm clock is provided for your wake-up needs. The clocks even automatically reset during time changes. Each room is equipped with a multi-speed ceiling fan and a majority of the rooms are furnished with a writing desk for your convenience. All guest rooms contain a safe for your valuables if you choose to use them. Each has a very large capacity and you set the code. Both houses are, of course, heated and air conditioned.
There is only one small Economy Room with a full bed. Regular Rooms contain a full-sized bed and are more spacious than the Economy Room. Queen Rooms are the larger of the rooms in the B&B and contain a Queen-sized bed. The Deluxe Queen Room is decorated with handmade wallpapers appropriate to the era during which the house was built and is nicely decorated with antique prints and handmade carpets. The Ultra-Deluxe Queen is the most requested room at William Lewis. It is our largest, most spacious and most luxurious room. The room is also decorated with handmade carpets and wallpaper appropriate to the era when the house was built. Each bed is topped with a luxurious feather mattress and 100-percent cotton sheets for a comfortable nights sleep.
We have just added two Queen Rooms with private baths. These rooms were originally the English Basement apartments for the two houses. Each is equipped with a single Queen sized bed and a full sized sleeper sofa. While these rooms have kitchens, the kitchens may not be used by bed and breakfast guests due to city regulations. These rooms will accommodate up to four persons and do require a minimum three night stay. While the guests in these rooms have access to the remainder of the property, it is thru the front doors of the upper part of the houses. These room have only a private entrance under the front porch area of the houses.
Secure wireless internet connections are available in each house. Each guest room is also hard-wired for high-speed connections. A computer is available for guest use in the dining room to check email, print boarding passes and to do those last minute changes to presentations.
There is a television in the living room of 1309 for guest viewing. The two queens with private baths also have two TV's in each room.
Reservations are required. Reservations can be made two ways: You may book online and receive and instant confirmation or, as always, call and make reservations. The least expensive way to book is online!
Every effort is made greet you personally upon your arrival and ask that you provide us with your time of arrival to the closest hour at least 48 hours in advance. Should your plans change after you make reservations, it is important to call us with your new arrival time. This will help our staff to be fully prepared to greet you, check you in, answer any questions and show you to your room.
The required reservation deposit and payment-in-full upon your arrival can be made by using VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.
In keeping both houses architecturally true, additional baths have not been added. Bathrooms are shared; four full- and two half-baths are available. We currently have two rooms with private baths. They can be viewed on our reservations page. Please click here to learn more about them.
Each day of the week, an EXPANDED continental breakfast is available from very early to late morning. Around 8:30 on Saturday and Sunday mornings, a hot traditional-American breakfast is prepared by your host. It is a great time to meet and talk with other guests. If you have left your “cook for me” sign on your door, a reminder/wake-up call will be made to your room about 20 minutes before breakfast is served.
Guests are invited to a social hour every Friday and Saturday starting sometime between 5:30 and 6:30 pm depending on schedules and other things. Wine is available most nights of the week. We offer both white and red wine or Italian Hot Drinking Chocolate (in colder weather) on most evenings. Happy hour with stronger spirits may be offered additional nights depending on occupancy and/or interest.
Parking is available on R and surrounding streets, but due to street cleaning and traffic flow during peek hours, please carefully watch the street signs and heed the information. Although limited, we do have a few spaces at the back of the courtyard for a small additional fee of $25-30 per day. This parking area is locked and secure. Reservations for parking should be made in advance to insure availability.
The William Lewis House is very conveniently located. It is an easy walk to 17th Street and Dupont Circle as well as the U Street Metro station. City buses and taxis are frequent on 14th Street, less than a block away. Great restaurants, eateries, shops and bars can be found between the 17th Street (only 3 blocks away) and Dupont Circle areas.
Coming and Going:
Come and go as you need and wish. Keys are provided to each guest. The front doors of both houses are kept locked; therefore, guests should keep their keys with them at all times. Courtyard doors (at the rear of each house) are secured in the evening. The rear doors to the courtyard area are also secured should the hosts be out during the day and/or evening.
Smoking is permitted in the courtyard area only. Smoking in any guest room or other areas of either house is strictly forbidden.
"Phenomenal stay! Beautiful house &service that exceeded expectations. David was friendly & warm & willing to sit and chat. Overall a fantastic experience. Cant wait to our next visit." C&D June 11, 2012
"You're the best part of our visit to DC!" K&J June 15, 2012
The B&B at the William Lewis House | 1309 R St., N.W. |Washington, DC 20009 | Reservations: 800-465-7574
Local: 202-462-7574 | Guestrooms: 202-462-3175