Chester A. Arthur B & B

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Chester A. Arthur B & B

Sleeps: 1 – 11 | Bedrooms: 4 | Bathrooms: 4


  • 4 Guestrooms, all with private bath
  • Victorian history with modern amenities
  • Wireless Internet and cable TV
  • Full homemade breakfast served at 8 a.m. each morning
  • Central downtown location, 8 blocks north of the White House
  • 10-minute walk to the Convention Center
  • Vibrant, safe walking neighborhood with great local restaurants
  • Three Metro stations within a 10-12-minute walk – Mt. Vernon Square, U Street/Cardozo, and McPherson Square

Pets, Smoking, Children, and Parking Policy:

  • No Pets
  • No Smoking
  • Children Welcome
  • Reserved off-street parking, $20 per night

Exact address is provided with reservation.  The map below shows the nearest cross streets, Logan Circle NW (13th & P Street NW)

Chester A. Arthur B & B


Logan Circle Neighborhood

13th & P Street NW

Our Home

Make your stay in the nation’s capital unforgettable at this large, elegantly restored, 19th-century residence on historic, leafy Logan Circle. Discover the antiques and oil paintings from the Romanesque Revival, American Empire, and Eastlake periods throughout the home and take in the sophisticated architecture and décor.

Feel right at home in one of the four stylishly appointed, over-sized guest rooms that all have private en-suite baths, cable TVs, complimentary WiFi, and writing desks.

The house was originally built in 1883 for a wealthy Undersecretary of the Treasury in President Arthur’s administration. Designed for grand style entertaining, the house continues to be a sought-after destination for special events and parties. The Chester A. Arthur House has been the venue for many National Geographic Society Christmas parties, featured on the Logan Circle Victorian Christmas House Tour, and the location for a Discovery Channel Thanksgiving special. The holiday season sees the house decorated as lavishly as the original owners would have done in their day, and is a great time to visit.

Today, it serves as a charming bed and breakfast in a popular Washington DC neighborhood with ample accommodations and a sumptuous chef-cooked breakfast each morning at 8 a.m. The menu alternates between sweet and savory dishes, like our quiches or crème brulee stuffed French toast. You’ll also find an assortment of juices, teas, and premium dark roast coffee. If you’re an early riser, you can get your breakfast to go with fruit, orange juice, yogurt, and a granola bar. We’re happy to accommodate dietary and allergy restrictions, just let us know when you make your reservation.

Your Hosts

Award-winning Washington journalist and author Donald Smith’s articles have appeared in Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Rolling Stone. His historical murder mystery novel, The Constable’s Tale (Pegasus Books, 2015) has been widely praised in the New York Times Review of Books and other major review venues. He is a former National Geographic senior staff writer and executive co-producer of the acclaimed National Geographic-NPR Morning Edition feature “Radio Expeditions.”

Before that, he was a White House correspondent for Congressional Quarterly, managing editor of the Washington Post Magazine, and longtime host of “Report on Congress,” heard weekday evenings on Washington’s classical music station WGMS-FM. A world traveler himself, Don knows the importance of lodging in a friendly, welcoming environment.

By staying here, guests are helping Don achieve his goal of preserving the original historic interior of this building, one of only four now remaining on Logan Circle that have not been demolished inside to make condos. (Unfortunately, historic preservation laws apply only to exteriors.) In the meantime, Don and staff innkeepers/chefs Eric Green and Carl Cox are devoted to making each and every guest’s stay a pleasurable and rewarding experience.

Neighborhood/Getting Around

The Washington Post has called Logan Circle “Washington’s premier neighborhood for Victorian homes.” Just a few doors away from this B&B is a residence originally owned by Ulysses S. Grant Jr., son of the 18th president, and our house is also located just eight blocks from the White House!

The Circle itself is a U.S. National Park and National Landmark but also includes a  thriving theater and nightclub district, fine restaurants, and one-of-a-kind boutiques.

Transportation is easy with access to bus lines, and three Metro stations are within about a 10 minute walk (Mt. Vernon Square, U Street/Cardozo, and McPherson Square) and guests can walk to the Washington Convention Center.

President Chester A. Arthur

Though he never slept here, this home was named for him partly because of the original owner’s connection and partly as a way of drawing attention to one of America’s “forgotten presidents.” It turns out that Arthur was not only an estimable 19th-century gentleman; he was a courageous politician as well. Turning his back on the patronage system of political appointments and defying many prominent members of his own party, he signed into law the act of Congress that created the modern civil service. The house is dedicated to helping restore Chester A. Arthur to his rightful place in American history.


Rates are seasonal with Spring and Fall being peak seasons for our area.  A two-night minimum reservation is required for advanced reservations. In some circumstances, one-night stays may be accommodated.  Rates do not include the 14.95% DC lodging taxes or the $10 reservation fee.  All of our homes are smoke free.  Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate guest pets.

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