About Chester A. Arthur
Bed & Breakfast

Make your stay in Washington, DC, memorable by choosing the Victorian charm of our private home Bed and Breakfast. Tour the Smithsonian Museums, National Monuments, White House, National Zoo, Arlington National Cemetery, and countless private art galleries and museums, all within easy reach using Metro, bus or walking. Business travelers will find many of Washington's convention locations easily accessible along with desks in each room, complimentary WiFi and televisions with cable. The Washington Convention Center is just a 15-minute walk, or the Ronald Reagan Trade Center, 10-15 minutes by bus. (Map this location now)

The Chester A. Arthur House is a true Bed & Breakfast, part of a genteel tradition born in post—WWI England. Visitors are guests in our home. Our building was originally owned by Henry C. Richardson, a wealthy undersecretary of the Treasury during the administration of Chester A. Arthur—one of the nation's “forgotten presidents.” It is to Arthur's political courage and good deeds, such as creating the modern civil service, that we have dedicated the house.

The building was designed by B.B. Bradford, one of the important local architects, responsible for the creation of the look of Logan Circle, listed on the National Register of Historic places since 1972. The eclecticism of Victorian design is expressed by the mixture of styles: the rounded arch of Romanesque Revival at the entry doors and windows above; three-storied polygonal bay with articulated 6/1 window mullions; Queen Anne details of string courses; asymmetrical placement of entry door and fanciful “checkered” brickwork between pilasters surrounded by a pediment with intricate detailing to enhance the elevated entrance.

Our home is furnished with furniture representative of the history of the house in both Romanesque Revival and Eastlake designs. Plaster mirrors, gilded pier mirrors and carved mantels with mirrors add light and reflect the furnishings throughout. The seating, upholstery and accessories in the main and second parlors represent Victorian colors and sensibilities and are combined with our collections from our careers and travels. This is completely compatible with the Victorian penchant for collecting as an art, and a thirst for travel and adventure by those who have lived in this house.

Most details from the original construction of the home remain or have been reproduced including massive pocket doors with original brass, mechanical call buttons and speaker tubes for communicating with servants. Chandeliers were handmade by master craftsmen, who also furnished similar fixtures for the U.S. Capitol. Some features are no longer used including the cooking fireplace, original kitchen and servants quarters located in the basement.
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Rooms at Chester A. Arthur House

We offer guests a choice of 3 oversized guestrooms, 2 located on the second floor, and one on the third floor. All guest rooms include complimentary WiFi, and television with cable.
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The General Logan Room

This second floor guestroom overlooks Logan Circle Park with a commanding statue of General Logan dating back to 1901. The room is furnished with a carved antique queen-sized bed, decorative fireplace, writing desk and private full bath. There is an additional twin sized trundle bed, which pops up to regular bed height to accommodate a 3rd guest, or separate beds for a party of 2.
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The Magnolia Room

Also a second floor guestroom but situated facing the rear of the home. Springtime thru early fall, this rooms window is filled with the color and brilliance of a 20 year old Magnolia tree from our rear garden/deck area. This room is furnished with a carved queen-sized bed, decorative fireplace, writing desk, and private full bath.
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The Highland Suite

Located on the third floor, and decorated with a Scottish flair, this oversized room includes an antique queen-sized bed, writing desk, overstuffed sofa (opens to a double sized bed for extra guests), a full private bath and a small, attached kitchenette.
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A Little About Us

We are world travelers, sharing a love of our old home, sailing the waters of the Chesapeake bay on Esmeralda, our vintage 1969, 34 foot Tartan Sloop. We also share a passion for writing keeping us close friends with our computers. We are both long time residents of Washington DC. We love living in our Nations Capitol, welcoming travelers and sharing our knowledge of our neighborhood and the city.

I am the former editor of the Alexandria Gazette, the same paper President George Washington read daily. I was also a member of the USA Today newspaper staff when it was launched in 1982. Currently, my work includes volunteering for the Butterfly Conservatory of the Mid Atlantic, specifically the Baltimore Checkerspot Restoration project, and writer and speaker for National Geographic, Natural History division.

My husband Don has a host of professional interests and hobbies that keep him busier than he is aware. A talented photographer, and published author, his works include On High: The Adventures of Legendary Mountaineer, co-authored with Bradford Washburn, biography/autobiography of Washburn, as well as countless writings for National Geographic Magazine. His past work includes co-producer of Radio Expeditions with National Geographic and NPR's Morning Edition, White house correspondent for Congressional Quarterly and producer of Congressional Quarterly's weekly Public Television program Congressional Outlook. Visit Don's personal web sites for more about his work and hobbies.
www.donaldsmith.net (for writing)
www.donaldsmithphotography.com (for photography).
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Extra Details

All visitors are treated as guests to our home. We offer a hot cooked breakfast, served family style, each morning at 8am. We offer premium “Starbucks” brand coffee, select teas, and fresh squeezed orange juice. Guests on the go, who need to start their day earlier than our breakfast times, always have a choice of cereals, yogurt and seasonal fruit.

We welcome children aged 6 yrs and older. The General Logan and Highland Suites have extra beds allowing for accommodations of extra guests (Children 6-18 $15/nt additional, Adults $25/nt additional). For those travelers with a car, we have limited parking available by advanced reservation for $15 per night. Our home is pet free and because of allergies, we are not able to accommodate guest pets. Smoking at our home is only allowed outside, either on the rear deck, or front entry.


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Rates

General Logan and Magnolia Rooms:
Off-Season: $115-$145
Peak Season: $175-$250

Highland Suite:
Off-Season: $125-$155
Peak Season: $175-$275

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The General Logan and Highland Suites can accommodate extra guests, adults $25/nt; children 6-18 $15/nt

Our rates are seasonal, and subject to change for special events.
Minimum stays, especially in the Spring and Fall, may be required. Please
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Reservations and Contact

Reservations are handled exclusively by our business partner, Bed and Breakfast Accommodations. They have been in business for more than 25 years, and remain an integral part of our business. We have used their services for reservations since we opened, more than 20 years ago. We trust Kathy, Alan, Paul and Steve to represent our home correctly and professionally for all details of your arrival to our home, where you can enjoy yourselves as our personal guests. Please direct all inquiries to them, using the contact information listed below. Should you have any questions they cannot answer directly, they will contact us and get back to you.
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