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Alec Smyth

Member since: 2009
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Speaks english, spanish

Two bedroom historic home (safe, quiet, walk to Smithsonian)

82 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type townhome
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Capitol Hill holiday townhome

Main bedroom with queen bed, second bedroom with two twins, full sized crib

This is a remodeled Victorian town house with sun filled bay windows. It is on a quiet residential street, yet as centrally located as it gets. 'Restaurant Row', a stretch of Massachusetts Avenue with numerous restaurants, is only one block away.

Less than five blocks away:

- US Capitol

- US Supreme Court

- Library of Congress

- Folger Shakespeare Library

- Belmont-Paul Women's Equality museum

- Union Station

Within 1.5 miles:

- Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

- National Gallery of Art

- Smithsonian American Art Museum

- National Museum of the American Indian

- Hirshorn Museum (modern art)

- National Archives

- Verizon Center (Washington Wizards NBA team)

- Madam Tussaud's

- International Spy Museum

- Newseum

- US Botanical Garden

- National Building Museum

You will not need a car. Built in 1890 and renovated in 2010, the house combines historic charm with a modern layout. It has a completely open floor plan on the main level. It is furnished comfortably for a family of four (five if counting a crib) without cramming. Larger families may want to consider a combined rental of this property with the ground floor flat in the same structure (HomeAway #340015). The main house and ground floor flat are totally independent, with separate entrances and mechanical systems.

Your rental includes a free permit for street parking. However, due to our proximity to the major tourist attractions we recommend not renting a car. Should you need a rental vehicle for a day to visit out-of-town sites, there are rental car offices minutes from the house.

PLEASE NOTE, WE DO NOT ADVERTISE ON CRAIGSLIST. If you came across the content of our listing on Craigslist, it is a fake ad.


How Reservations Work:

We recommend using the 'Request Booking' button, which will confirm availability and provide a detailed quote before you reach the screen on which you are asked to commit. We book with the $150 cleaning fee, and the balance is due 30 days before arrival. All payments are self-service, via credit card or e-check using HomeAway's secure payments page, and you do not need to provide us credit card information.

Arrival and Departure Logistics: Check out time is 11AM, check in time 3PM. This is to allow time for the cleaners if there is a same-day change-over. If either time poses an issue please let us know, as a it is often possible to make alternative arrangements with the cleaners.

We use a code lock, so there is no need to mail or drop off keys, and you can arrive at any time of night.

More Details
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Alec Smyth (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks english, spanish

About Alec Smyth

My wife and I are both management consultants who have traveled widely for decades, and have developed a strong sense of what we like in a locale and in accommodations. We actively manage our vacation rentals as a future retirement plan, but we select and prepare them by asking a simple test question -- would we be happy to live in them ourselves?

Alec Smyth purchased this townhome in 2010

What makes this townhome unique

There is a lot to see in Washington, with over fifty museums, but unfortunately we feature the very longest commutes in the nation. The museums have no parking, which may be a deliberate strategy to reduce the number of cars. Capitol Hill is the area immediately surrounding the US Capitol, and because it is a historical conservation neighborhood of small houses that cannot be altered, it contains almost no hotels. By staying at a home on the Western edge of Capitol Hill, you are closer to the sites than at a hotel, and free from the hassles of commuting because everything is within walking distance. Quite aside from the convenience of the location, both house and neighborhood are charming.


based on 82 traveller reviews

Two bedroom historic home (safe, quiet, walk to Smithsonian)
average rating of 4.8536587 based on 82 reviews

Great Location, Very responsive rental

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed staying at the Stanton House! Alec is fantastic to work with. Super responsive. The home is clean and it was very nice to be stocked with paper towels, bath tissue, shampoo, conditioner, etc. It made it very easy! The layout is really nice.

My only complaint was that the master bedroom mattress is very firm. This is personal preference, but I had to sleep on the couch because of how firm it was. However, the couch was very comfortable.

Thanks for a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long weekend luxury

  • 5 of 5

The home is in a great location - an easy walk from Union Station. Located within walking distance to restaurants, the Capitol and many attractions. The home was well equipped with everything we needed. Very clean and comfortable. Will definitely come back.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent Choice in DC

  • 5 of 5

From the check in to departure the process was seamless, the property was in excellent condition with the exact touch of DC we were looking for. It was beautifully appointed and more luxurious than expected. The proximity to all of the museums and monuments was fantastic and was the perfect walking location. Alec was great to work with and responsive to all requests.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It's all good!

  • 5 of 5

The property description was accurate in all it's detail, and the various instructions and suggestions were perfect

for our needs and requirements. In spite of a rainy week, my wife and I had a wonderful vacation in DC. The close proximetry to the National Mall, Union Station, drug store, markets and restaurants was ideal. The short walk to Union Station, a point of departure and regular stop for the Old Town Trolley and other tour buses, worked very well for us. We had no problems due to our rental and its location. Parking presented no problem, even when we moved the car a few blocks during 2 hours of street cleaning. We highly recommend the unit and

it's owner. We plan to return to this well appointed and clean home again next year.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Centrsl to everything. Excellent accommodation for four. Some very handy supplies left for our use.

  • 4 of 5

Would highly recommend this apartment. Alex very helpful. There were some very handy supplies left for our use. Bathroom a bit squeezy.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Great location

  • 5 of 5

Kudos to the host of the property who did an awesome job with preparation and communication. We felt at home immediately. The location is within walking distance of the Capitol and the National Mall. We felt very safe walking everywhere. The property is just a described, 2 br, 1 full bath upstairs with the two bedrooms, and a half bath downstairs.

We enjoyed our stay and wouldn't hesitate to stay again. Just as a note, this is not a negative just an observation, this property is a beautiful remodeled home built in the early 1900's so the baths are small and the total square footage is probably about 1000 to 1200 sq. ft.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Car: not necessary

The house is located on a quiet friendly street less than half a block from Stanton Park and one block from Restaurant Row, a block of restaurants with tables right on the sidewalk. Capitol Hill is a historical conservation neighborhood of beautifully maintained, charming old houses. It has a small-town feel and a human scale, is cosmopolitan, and has a thriving cultural scene. The residential area closest to Washington's institutions, it is home to a large number of politicians and VIPs.

Other Activities: US Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, National Archives, Newseum, Folger Shakespeare Library


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday townhome in Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Last minute
1 Nov 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
Low Season
1 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning A$197
Tax Rate 14.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday townhome rental in Capitol Hill

Property Type:
  • townhome
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1030 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Firewood
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 single bed , 1 cot
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • wooden decking
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling