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Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast

1708 16th Street Nw, Washington, District of Columbia 20009
Innkeeper(s): Steve and Tracy

Zora Neil Hurston Suite

$150.00 / $265.00 night

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.


Romance Suite

$150.00 / $265.00 night

A queen-sized 4-poster canopy bed sets the tone of this second floor guestroom decorated honoring the romantic in all of us. Situated at the rear of the home, allowing for a quite peaceful nights sleep, or quiet respite from life's hectic pace. The private ensuite bath features a couple's shower with dual showerheads.


Toni Morrison Room

$150.00 / $265.00 night

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.


Inspiration Suite

$150.00 / $265.00 night

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.


Writer's Retreat Apartment

$150.00 / $265.00 night

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.

Akwaaba Bed & Breakfast Writer's Retreat Apartment


Langston Hughes

$150.00 / $265.00 night

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.


Walter Mosley

$150.00 / $265.00 night

Best known for his Mystery novels featuring lead character Easy Rawlings, guests who stay in this suite often feel as though they are staying in Mr. Mosley's secret writing retreat. The Mosley Suite is located on the 3rd floor and rear of the home. The room offers a queen sized bed and twin daybed, decorative fireplace, writing desk and private bath with couple's shower with dual showerheads.


Modern Classics Room

$150.00 / $265.00 night

Located on the 3rd floor, this guest room offers a queen sized bed with upholstered headboard, and private shower only bath. Sleek trim decor, hardwood floors and decorative fireplace give this room a modern feel mixed with old world charm.

  • 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 Suite: $165-$235
    • Walter Mosley Suites: $165-225
    • Toni Morrison and Modern Classics Rooms: $150-$225
    • 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.

    Minimum Stay

    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