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1708 16th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-3104
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#3 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Washington DC
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Akwaaba DC is located in Dupont Circle at the heart of the Nation's Capitol. This 1890's historic townhouse is within walking distance of the White House, and the many fine restaurants, and shops of Dupont Circle. Access to the Smithsonian and National Monuments is a short ride on the Metro just 4 blocks (less than a 10 minute walk). Choose from 8 guest rooms, each with private bath. We serve a full homemade breakfast each morning, 8am weekdays and 9am weekends/holidays. All rooms include complimentary wireless internet, TV with cable and a personal refrigerator. Light refreshment's are served each afternoon for all guests staying at the Bed and Breakfast. For our guests traveling to DC with a car, we have limited, off street parking available for $20 per night.
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DuchessofFayette wrote a review Jul 2021
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I stayed at Akwaaba DC with seven other girlfriends over a weekend. We were celebrating and wanted to find a place that was homey and would allow for bonding activities in a central location. Akwaaba appealed to us because of this and because it is Black owned. Looking at the other Akwaaba properties I had high expectations but the DC property has a ton of potential but is in dire need of repairs and updates. PROS: Location is fantastic as is the air conditioning in the property. It was a hot July weekend so they get an A+ for keeping the house cool. The best part of this location is the Inn Keeper Kim. She is fabulous! Half of our group had to check out earlier than the normal breakfast time on our last day; but we were met with delicious French toast and fruit in a to-go box. Her breakfasts during the weekend were scrumptious and her friendly demeanor made us feel comfortable and at home. CONS: Check-in didn’t really explain much, just here’s a key. We were really hoping for a history of the property but received none. We also didn’t know if anyone stayed on the property so we’re clueless as to if we needed to turn off lights, close blinds, the main door, etc at night. I’m not even sure if there are smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms. I saw none. And there’s no guestbook to sign. The place is old and is not ADA compliant. Be prepared to walk LOTS OF NARROW STAIRS. We hated lugging our bags upstairs. I stayed in the Langston Hughes room and was disappointed in the decayed and dark look. The bathroom smelled very moldy. There were also a few ants in the room. The TV had cable but we really didn’t watch it. It’s such a big room but seems like a waste of space. The balcony was the big appeal for us but upon opening the door I was scared to step out on it. Lastly, one window had no blinds and the locks on the room doors looked like they could be opened with a credit card. I was praying no one would come in at night because of that and because the front door had an old school coded entry that looked hackable. Overall, I hope the owners realize Kim and the location are the only saving grace for Akwaaba DC. Please paint and repair the rooms that need a little love and attention.
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Kari H wrote a review Nov 2020
Upper Marlboro, Maryland1 contribution5 helpful votes
My husband and I were very excited to visit Akwaaba for our anniversary getaway! We knew going in, this B&B is an older/historic establishment; and we were looking forward to the quaint vibe it would provide. I should mention, we have stayed at other 5-star B&B’s, but this is our first Black-owned and we were excited to support!!!! Unfortunately, this place did not meet our expectations for a “Luxury” Black owned establishment. When we arrived, the hostess (I can’t remember her name) “greeted” us in sweatpants and crocs. Her welcome to the property left more to be desired. As we entered, instead of giving us a tour, she pointed in a few directions to tell us where we could find the coffee machine and “stocked” pantry. She then proceed to tell us that the dining room is closed due to water damage that occurred that weekend and we would be served breakfast in our room. This was fine for us because of Covid. You could see various buckets throughout the dining room catching water. It would have spoken volumes if they would have contacted us in advance to give us the option to reschedule or cancel with a full refund. But we were expected to just be okay with this. We likely could have overlooked this if this was the only issue. We booked the Langston Hughes room solely because of terrace. The room was very large. But the terrace was locked due to the water damage. Again, we should have been told that in advance with options or at the very least when the hostess took us to our room. So when we called her to inquire why we could unlock the door to the terrace, she stated “oh, I knew it was something I forgot to tell you” and explained it was locked due to the water damage and for safety, but we would be refunded some of the room cost to offset the inconvenience. We received a $20 credit. It looked like the water damage is an ongoing issue because you can see water stains in the ceiling, walls and the paint was peeling. This really isn’t acceptable for a five star property! My husband and I decided to stay because we went through a lot to get child care for our children and it was just one night. The TV in the room was not a smart TVs, so we couldn’t access our Netflix or Hulu accounts even though the remote had buttons for them and we’re limited to the local stations. Water pressure in the bathroom was decent, but not the best. The security of the room was subpar with only a standard bedroom door lock, but the door was not level as you can see a gap at the top of the door. Something weird was going on with the lights because we couldn’t get them to turn off with literally hitting dimmer/switch. Despite all this, my husband and I tried to find humor in it so we could just enjoy the time together...but things continued in the same disappointing direction. In the middle of the night, I was awakened by my neighbor “love-making”. This was just too much! I can over look a lot of things...but as a mom of twins and a newborn, excellent sleep was paramount for that weekend. For it to be interrupted due to thin walls and poor installation/sound proofing is just ridiculous. At the end of the day, all of this could have been forgiven with an amazing hot breakfast. Instead, two plates covered with aluminum foil were delivered to us with lukewarm scrambled eggs and potatoes, sausage that looked and tasted like pork (even though we specified that we don’t eat pork) a cold croissant and some half washed grapes. My husband and I are not the type that just says “support black/buy black”. We actively seek out black owned establishment to support. This place was very disappointing and it didn’t have to be if the customer service was 5 star even if the accommodations were not. I typically don’t write reviews but decided to do so in hopes this constructive feedback will help make some improvements happen.
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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laveta35 wrote a review Oct 2020
Washington D.C., United States3 contributions5 helpful votes
Akwaaba DC is a must stay especially if you want to reconnect. I am recently engaged and my fiancé and I wanted to try something different to escape the pandemic woes. Our innkeeper Danielle was very pleasant from beginning to end. We elected the Langston Hughes suite. It was very spacious and clean. It features a very large soaking tub for two and a balcony. The jetted soaking tub was great, however the balcony was locked due to a heavy rain that occurred days prior (Akwaaba adjusted our rate for the inconvenience) Pros- Peaceful, Great location, friendly staff, clean Helpful hints- 1. Call ahead for reserved parking. There are two spaces available for $20 per night. 2. Akwaaba is located in a beautiful row home- There is no elevator. We will be staying again soon!
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Date of stay: October 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Amanda B wrote a review Oct 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia105 contributions37 helpful votes
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Me and my husband stayed here for a date night weekend. (We live in D.C., so just a short Uber ride away). I can’t remember the inn keepers name (appeared to be of Asian descent), but she was a great host, responsive, and efficient. We stayed in the poetry suite, which was on the very top floor. I was certainly not prepared for walking up that many steps being 9 months pregnant. If it’s on the website, it’s not in plain site and that’s what brought my rating down to 4 stars. Upon choosing a room, it should definitely tell consumers the location. I would have definitely picked one on a lower level, if I knew. I’m also assuming this is designated historic building, since it’s not ADA “friendly.” I also didn’t test the windows, but it did lead to a roof. So in the event of an emergency, I believe I can climb out the window. Otherwise, we enjoyed our stay. Our room had two beds and a sitting area. There was a fridge, so we could instacart. We could also walk to DuPont for many dinner options. Indeed an old building, but that’s what gives it character. Downstairs was nice, great photo opps and the basic necessities like Ice, coffee, tea etc. even had condoms. I would definitely stay again to try the different rooms.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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nakeah2016 wrote a review Aug 2020
Baltimore, Maryland222 contributions36 helpful votes
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After working hard and social distancing, some girlfriends and I decided to do a staycation at Akwaaba DC. If you’ve ever watched the show on OWN called Checked Inn, you know all about Monique Greenwood and her husband Glenn’s journey to begin and grow their bed and breakfast business. The Inn Keepers Nani (sp) and Danielle (sp) were accommodating and took care of our needs. Breakfast was delicious. We stayed in the poetry room and didn’t want to leave most of the time. We will definitely be visiting the other locations.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Mallory wrote a review Jul 2020
Laurel, Maryland12 contributions1 helpful vote
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We stayed at Akwaaba for our wedding anniversary in July and it was nothing short of amazing. The innkeeper, Naani was incredibly gracious, helpful, and warm. We were in the Zora Neale Hurston suite, which was luxuriously appointed and absolutely beautiful. The furniture was clearly vintage but in perfect condition, we truly felt like we stepped back in time. Since it was our anniversary we did the Honeymoon package that included champagne, strawberries & cream, and a drawn bath. When we got back from dinner our room was beautifully decorated and the bath stayed piping hot for like an hour! The next morning we had breakfast in bed, and the food was delicious. Akwaaba is in a perfect location right on 16th street, we were able to walk to the U St corridor, the White House, and Dupont Circle. Lots of good eats, people watching, and sightseeing. We had an amazing time and will definitely be back again next year!
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Date of stay: July 2020
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Room Tip: The Zora Neale Hurston suite was amazing. The window seat is perfect for people watching.
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Keke197 wrote a review Jun 2020
Hampton, Virginia8 contributions1 helpful vote
Well...after seeing this B&B on Checked Inn on OWN, I was intrigued and said I’d love to visit one of the locations one day! We love to support when we can! This Father’s Day was the perfect opportunity. With the quarantine, there isn’t a whole lot to do so a weekend getaway was a perfect option. From check-in to check-out we were spoiled to no end. Nani was THE BEST innkeeper, hostess, chef, and all around wonderful human being! Where did you find her!? She remembered dietary restrictions, gave great recommendations for restaurants and things to do in the area. She knew the neighborhood and was always there when we needed her. Wow! My partner commented “you don’t get treatment or service like this at other SUPER RIDICULOUSLY expensive hotels. The service was impeccable! The restaurants in the area offered great food and outside seating. We tried Hank’s and Floriana. Both pretty good. But the lasagna at Floriana was superb (side note...a recommendation from Nani-YES!) Needless to say, we had a wonderful few days in the Inspiration Suite. Oh, do KNOW that if you book that one, it is at the top floor along with the Poetry Suite soo be prepared to walk up the stairs. We didn’t mind AT ALL and welcomed the exercise but if it’s not your thing...book a lower floor. Whichever you choose....JUST MAKE SURE YOU BOOK YOUR STAY. We will be back. Next time we think we’ll try the Langston Hughes suite. LOL
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Akilah wrote a review Jun 2020
9 contributions1 helpful vote
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Akwaaba DC Bed & Breakfast is in the heart of DC in DuPont Circle. Ideal location for the remainder of our trip as is a few blocks down on the same street at Black Lives Matter Plaza. Prior to arrival they called to check on us make sure we were ok locating the establishment. We were greeted with a glass of wine upon arrival. Simple check in instructions were provided along with a confirmation of dietary restrictions and waking time for breakfast. Walked into the Walter Mosley room and were provided with a welcome snack baskets and playing cards (Spades Y’all! 😜)!!!! Fun Fact: All of the rooms are named after black literary giants! The next day we were greeted with the most gragarious and easy going host! She gave up quick tips to navigate the city and allowed @vonvincent_ to host his live workout sessions in the common area. Breakfast was simply divine! 😋 First Course: Fresh fruit topped with mint and goat cheese, Second Course: Banana Foster Belgium Waffles with a side of vegan sausage (she remembered!), Third (surprise!) Course: Fresh whipped cream and an assorted nut mixture/trail mix. Since the host found out it was our anniversary she wanted to give us an extra treat. This is day number one at Akwaaba DC and I am blown away by the service and care! Definitely recommend all to stay at Akwaaba DC and you will surely be treated like the Queen/King you are!
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Date of stay: June 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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nora wrote a review Apr 2020
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Mecca was an extraordinary host, in spite of our visit being at the beginning of the COVID crisis. She made sure to take care of us, care of the cleaning and health precautions, set up happy hour snacks and prepared a delicious breakfast. She made sure to welcome us, orient us to the space and get us all we needed. We stayed in the Zora Neale Hurston guest room and highly recommend - spacious, airy, bright and awesome bathroom and tub.
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Date of stay: March 2020
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J W wrote a review Apr 2020
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I wanted to get away for a few days for a very low-key 65th birthday celebration, and the DC location fit the bill perfectly. It's ideally located in the DuPont Circle neighborhood, within walking distance from the Metro as well as a variety of restaurants and shops. I spent two full days touring the Smithsonian, the Capital Complex, the National Portrait Gallery and the Phillips Collection. The staff is friendly and helpful - Mecca even lent me an umbrella, as I'd forgotten mine and provided restaurant suggestions. Following a sumptuous breakfast each morning I was out for whole days visiting familiar sites and exploring new ones, but it was nice to return to comfortable surroundings each night to rest up. I chose the Romance Room for this trip, but I'd also like to try either Zora Neale of Langston Hughes on another trip. For both price and amenities, this property compares favorably to DC hotels.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Akwaaba DC
Which popular attractions are close to Akwaaba DC?
Nearby attractions include Barbie Pond on Avenue Q (0.3 km), House of the Temple (0.1 km), and Keegan Theatre (0.4 km).
Which room amenities are available at Akwaaba DC?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a refrigerator.
What food & drink options are available at Akwaaba DC?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Akwaaba DC?
Conveniently located restaurants include Commissary, Ted's Bulletin 14th Street, and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace.
Are there any historical sites close to Akwaaba DC?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Arlington National Cemetery (4.7 km), Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens (3.7 km), and The President Woodrow Wilson House (1.3 km).