Zora Neil Hurston Suite
Decorated in tribute to Zora Neale Hurston, this second floor guestroom faces picturesque 16th street and is decorated in bold red hues. One of the largest rooms in the house, it is furnished with a Brass King sized bed, antique writing secretary, and mirrored armoire. The front bay window allows plenty of natural light. The private bath features a 2-person Jacuzzi tub and shower.
Poet and Playwright Langston Hughes is memorialized in this 3rd floor guestroom. Decorated in deep browns and greens, this room includes a small private balcony overlooking 16th street. The second of the largest rooms in the house, guests will find a king sized bed, decorative fireplace sitting area and ensuite private bath with 2 person Jacuzzi tub and shower.
Toni Morrison Room
Nobel prize winner, 1993 for her collected works and Pulitzer Prize, 1988 for Beloved, Morrison is best noted for her “epic themes, vivid dialogue and richly detailed African American characters.” Located on the second floor, in the middle of the house, this room features a queen-sized bed, decorative fireplace, and private, shower only bath.
Modern Classics Room
Be inspired with this 4th floor suite. Tucked in the eves of the home, yet bright with a large skylight, neutral tone and 2 windows, this room proves to be very popular with our guests looking for a little romance or pampering. The room is furnished with a king sized iron bed and sitting alcove with 2 wing back chairs. The ensuite bath is shower only, however an antique claw-foot soaking tub is tucked in the room, and perfect for a hot bubble bath.
The Writer's Retreat Apartment
The Writer's retreat is a fully-furnished, Garden level/English basement apartment with accommodations for up to 6. The unit includes a private entrance, 2 bathrooms, one king bed, 1 queen bed, and 1 double size futon bed.
The spacious main room is divided into sleeping and living quarters offering a cozy living room with a leather sofa, armchair and TV with cable and DVD player.The bright front bay window has a dining table which also provides a great work space to catch up on email. Sleeping accommodations include a king sized bed and bureau and night stands at the back of the room.
A short hallway off the main room, brings you to the galley style kitchen, with gas stove/oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, and all counter-top appliances. A full full bath is located at the far end of the kitchen.
A doorway a the end of the hall brings you to the bedroom with queen bed, bureau and nightstand. A short hallway on the opposite end of this bedroom has the second bath, and a small sitting room with the double sized futon sofa/bed and an additional TV with cable.
Breakfast and daily housekeeping are not provided with this unit. All bed and bath linens are provided. Wireless Internet is complimentary. Reserved off street parking is available behind the home by reservation for $15 per night. More on the apartment.
Rates & Policies
Rates vary by season, and may also be changed or adjusted based on events here in Washington. Rates also vary by room selection, since each room is individually decorated. The rate information below is somewhat general; please click the “check availability” link for specific room availability and rates.
- Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes Suites: $190-$285
- Romance and Walter Mosley Suites: $165-235
- Toni Morrison and Modern Classics Rooms: $150-$205
- Inspiration Suite: $175-235
- The Writer's Retreat Apartment: $145-$265
- Our rates are seasonal, and subject to change for special events
- Minimum stays, especially in the Spring and Fall, may be required
Reservations made 2 weeks or more before arrival require a $50 deposit for each guest room. Reservations for the Writers Retreat Apartment require a deposit of $100
Reservations made less than 2 weeks before arrival require payment in full at the time of reservation.
Cancellations are accepted up to 2 weeks before arrival. The original deposit becomes a cancel fee. Should you need to cancel less than 2 weeks before your arrival, once final payment has been made, we can only offer a refund for nights we are able to resell. We strongly recommend purchasing trip insurance to cover unexpected circumstances that would prevent you from traveling last minute.
Smoking and Pets
We are a smoke and pet free facility. Smoking is only permitted outside in the front garden. We do not have any pets on site, and regretfully are not able to accommodate guest pets.
We have 2 off-street, reserved parking spaces directly behind the B&B, available for $15 per night. If these parking spaces are already reserved, we can direct guests to a nearby public parking garage, fee's similar, about $15 per day. Parking on street is very restricted, requiring a resident permit. Resident only restrictions are lifted starting Friday evening at 6pm until Sunday morning at 7am. While on-street parking is possible on weekends, it can be difficult to find a spot in our neighborhood.
Check in and Check out
Normal arrival at Akwaaba DC is from 2-7pm for our personalized welcome and greeting. We can usually accommodate arrivals as early as 10am and as late as 11pm, please be sure to indicate your expected arrival time when making a reservation.
Check out time is 11am. We can usually arrange to hold your luggage until 7pm should you wish to spend your last day in the city before heading home.
Advanced reservations for any of the guest rooms require a 2 night stay. All reservations for the Writer's Retreat Apartment require 3 nights. We will accept 1 night reservations whenever possible, please call us directly, toll free 877-893-3233.
Bed and Breakfast Accommodations of Washington, DC, handles all reservations for the Washington, DC, location of Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast You will find their contact information below. We have used their service now for more than 2 years, they are an integral part of our operations in Washington, DC. Please direct all inquiries for Washington, DC, to Kathy, Alan or Steve, they will be happy to assist you in securing reservations. If you are interested in traveling to any of Akwaaba Bed and Breakfast's other locations Brooklyn, NY, Cape May, NJ or New Orleans, LA please visit the web site www.akwaaba.com.