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Alec Smyth

Member since: 2009
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Speaks english, spanish

Top notch location within walking distance of museums

50 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Photos and Description of this Capitol Hill holiday house

Three bedroom 1895 Victorian brought into 21st century with an open floor plan

This home is specially oriented to families with children. The master bedroom has a king bed, the second bedroom a queen, and the third has twin bunk-beds, a twin trundle, and a full sized crib. The house is equipped with child-friendly features such as a proper high chair, a gate at the top of the stairs, and a fully enclosed patio. There is a wonderful children's playground only half a block away.

The house is a Victorian row-house built in 1895 but renovated to have an open floor plan, two-story open space with indoor balcony, and skylights everywhere. It has all modern conveniences while maintaining the charm and quality of a bygone era.

You will be on a quiet residential street, yet as centrally located as it gets.

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

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.

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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 house in 2014

What makes this house unique

Capitol Hill townhouses are quaint but tend to be very deep and narrow, and in consequence dark. This house is the antithesis of that, with its open floor plan and skylights. It is a whole-house rental, not a basement or condo, and within the context of Capitol Hill's 19th century houses, is relatively large at 1700 square feet.


based on 50 traveller reviews

Top notch location within walking distance of museums
average rating of 4.96 based on 50 reviews

We LOVED our stay at Alec's home!

  • 5 of 5

We are six classmates who travel together and Alec's home was perfect for us! Everyone had plenty of room. The home is very comfortable and homey, but completely updated, as well. The home is conveniently located just 5 walking blocks from Union Station, the hub of DC. There you can take a bus, a train, or your Hop On Hop Off tours. On the route to Union Station we passed many restaurants, pubs and a small neighborhood grocery that served our needs nicely. I think you will enjoy your stay as much as we did!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location and very comfortable home.

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the home and Alec was a great host. I had to contact him about one concern and he addressed it immediately. The great air condition in the house saved us has we hit town right when a heat wave rolled in. The home is well equipped for staying in and cooking, which we did a couple nights, but also very close to several great restaurants. We were close to museums, monuments and the Capital with bike rentals just down the street. I would definitely stay here again. Thanks Alec!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved everything about this place. The location, the spaciousness, the cleanliness.

  • 5 of 5

The little back courtyard was a great place to hang out. The spaciousness of the home was perfect for our family of five. The aircondioning was a huge respite after a day of walking the city.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Good choice!

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable house; nice and clean when we arrived. Parking was not a problem. Alec was great to work with.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic house to retreat to after a FULL day of museum hopping w 3 Kids.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at 620 C st. for 2 nights during a Washington DC getaway. We arrived late to a very clean-air conditioned-classical music playing lovely home. My family of 5 was very comfortable-enough space to stretch out after a long day of sight seeing. The location is perfect if you want to start your touring at the east end-Supreme Crt/Congress bldgs. We cabbed back from Lincoln Mem...a bit of a hike to walk w kids. House is fully equipped for daily needs-lovely toiletries and everything was very well stocked-kitchen and bath. Great wifi too. Only con would be the tub needs a little TLC...

Highly recommend this lovely home😀򐀊

Jully L


  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location; very comfortable and nice townhouse

  • 4 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay in this townhouse. It is wonderfully situated so that we could walk to The Mall and all the activities associated with that area. The living areas were excellent as were the bedrooms. All areas were clean and presentable. Issues we had with the air conditioning were resolved by the owner when we contacted him. The provisions supplied at the beginning were very helpful given we arrived around 9pm. We would rent this townhouse again if visiting Washington DC.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
5.9 Miles
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)
Nearest Train
0.6 Miles
Union Station
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Bistro Cacao
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 house in Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Rental Basis:
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Low season
1 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
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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 house rental in Capitol Hill

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Main bathroom - toilet , bath with shower , bath (no shower)
    Second bathroom - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Main bedroom - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Grandparents bedroom - 1 large double bed
    Children's bedroom - 3 single bed , 1 cot
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling