1887 Inn

13th And R Street N W, Washington, District of Columbia 20009
Innkeeper(s): Steve Lucas
  • Summary

    Two in One Victorian Home

    Two classic Victorian row houses combine to create a comfortable home away from home full of family heirlooms and thoughtfully appointed antique decor.

    1887 Inn in Washington, District of Columbia consists of two red brick Victorian buildings, the first of which was built in 1887 (hence its name) and the second in 1904. The two homes are connected through a central private garden and a large outdoor sanctuary.

    Washington, D.C. is jam packed with many memorable tourist attractions and historical monuments. The Green and Yellow lines at the U Street/Cardozo Metro station are just a five minute walk from the front steps of the 1887 Inn making all of the popular attractions conveniently accessible.

    During your stay be sure to visit at least one of the nineteen Smithsonian Museums, galleries, and National Zoological Park. Make a quick trip to the Lincoln Memorial; open twenty-four hours a day, on the west end of the National Mall which is also home to the largest reflecting pool in Washington, D.C.

    1887 Inn offers complimentary wired and wireless Internet access, private telephones with voicemail, and luxury bathrobes. Limited off street parking is available for twenty dollars per night. Weekday mornings at the Inn include an expanded continental breakfast from 7:00AM to about 10:00AM along with fresh coffee and assorted teas and juices. Weekend mornings include a full hot, American style breakfast served at about 8:30AM family style at the dining room table.

  • Introduction

    1887 Inn frontThe 1887 Inn, located in Washington, D.C., is made up of 2 classic Victorian row houses. One of the homes was built in 1887 by H.H. Bates. The second home was built by William Lewis in 1904. Both homes are typical brick construction, tall, narrow and deep. The 2 buildings are joined by a central private garden and now enjoy the benefits of a relatively large outdoor sanctuary.

    Both homes were built at a time in Washington's history represented by the Victorian era. Fine craftsmanship including carved woodwork, turned spindle staircases, hardwood floors, plaster walls, stunning fireplace mantels and tall ceilings reflect the grand time of the late 1800's. History continues throughout the house, the owner has chosen to furnish the home with a collection of antiques including furniture and decorations made by his great grandfather who owned a furniture and buggy (horse drawn buggies) company. Interestingly, when the advent of the automobile arrived, this grandfather was forced to give up the buggy business, choosing to move into casket making.

  • Insider's Info

    Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Steven Lucas for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com!
    Why do most travelers stay at your inn?

    Most of our guests are repeat business travelers on town for work.

    What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?

    Our guests enjoy our reasonable rates, the antique décor, and the fact that this is the owner's personal home.

    If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?

    Washington, D.C. has a large number of memorable tourist attractions including the Smithsonian Museums and the city's many historical monuments.

    What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?

    People often compliment us for the personal décor. The home has many family heirlooms, the owner's father was a furniture maker.

    What’s the best kept secret about the area?

    Travelers don't really realize just how easy it is to get around Washington DC.

    If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?

    4 nights is not nearly enough to see everything in D.C. Anyone staying longer should check out as much as they can. There are 15 Smithsonian Museums, 15+ Monuments/Memorials, 13+ private Museums.

    Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?

    Visitors can walk to 10-15 attractions from our inn. Washington is a very walkable city.

    What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?

    Washington has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the US. All types of food are available, mostly from local independent (not chain) restaurants.

    Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?


    How many rooms does your inn have?

    We have 14 rooms plus 2 studio apartments.

    Do you accept pets?

    We do not accept pets, however we do have a family dog on site.

  • Features

    • Convenient downtown location
    • 5 minute walk to the Metro, Green/Yellow line at the U Street/Cardozo station
    • Complimentary wired or wireless Internet access
    • Economical Rates
    • 9 individually decorated guest rooms reflective of the history of the home
    • Expanded Continental breakfast served weekdays
    • Full hot cooked breakfast
    • Served weekends and holidays
    • Off street parking available, $20 per night
    • Non-smoking home
    • Regretfully we are not able to accommodate children

    1887 Inn dining hall1887 Inn living area

    There are a total of 9 guest rooms in the property. Rooms are located on the 2nd or 3rd floors of each of the buildings. In keeping with the original design of the homes, there are no private bathrooms, all rooms are shared bath. The bathrooms have been updated with modern amenities, and are cleaned each day. Additionally, we do not have elevator access, just our beautiful staircases.

    Six of the guest rooms are furnished with Queen sized beds, with the remaining 3 bedrooms furnished with Double sized bed. All rooms include Internet access, choice of wired or wireless. Only one guest room includes television, Room 21. All guest rooms include a private line telephone with voice mail, ceiling fan, and luxury bath robes. All beds are dressed with premium linens and feather mattress topper. Alarm clocks are provided in each room and iron and ironing board are available by request.

    Two formal living rooms welcome guests to relax outside the confines of their bedrooms. Wireless Internet is provided throughout the 2 homes, however TV access is only provided in one of the living rooms.

    For those guests traveling to DC by car, we have limited, reserved off street parking available for $20 per night. Reservations for parking must be arranged in advance. Smoking is not permitted inside either building of the Inn.

    Reservations exclusively by:

    Bed & Breakfast Accommodations, LTD.

    1339 14th Street NW

    Washington DC 20005

  • Breakfast at the Inn

    1887 Inn, Washington, District of Columbia, breakfastWeekday mornings, we serve an expanded continental style breakfast including selected cereals, breakfast bar, toasting bread, seasonal fruit, yogurt and freshly baked pastry items. Fresh coffee, assorted teas and juice are also available. Weekday breakfasts are available from 7am until about 10am. Weekend mornings, your host prepares a full hot cooked, American style breakfast served about 8:30am family style at the dining room table. Weekday breakfasts are of course more casual, weekends provide a great opportunity to meet other travelers before heading out for your day.

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