Policies and Parking

General Policies


Reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. We accept VISA, MasterCard and American Express. Cash and Traveler’s Checks are also accepted forms of payment.

Minimum Stay

A two-night minimum stay is generally required. A one-night reservation MAY be possible depending on our availability. Please call 202-232-7744 to inquire.

Booking Fee

A booking fee of $50 is charged at the time you make your reservation. This amount will be credited to your invoice on arrival. In case of cancellation, this amount is non-refundable.


Notification of cancellation is required five (5) days prior to your scheduled day of arrival. Cancellation of your entire reservation or any part of your reservation after that date will result in a charge to your credit card for all the nights you cancel. If we are able to re-book your room, we will issue a refund on your credit card for the nights we are able to re-book. All cancellations will incur a $50 non-refundable booking fee.

Travel Insurance

There are many reasons a traveler might need to cancel a reservation at the last minute, including illness, family emergencies, flight changes and extreme weather.  As you are responsible for the full amount of your reservation once your cancellation date has passed, we strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover the financial risk associated with a late cancellation.

Breakfast Buffet

Your room rate includes a delicious buffet breakfast. The breakfast buffet features a hot entree each day (fritatta, french toast, waffles, omelet, quiche, etc), as well as freshly cut fruit salad, organic honey yogurt, organic hard-boiled eggs, coffee cakes, organic breads for toasting, jams and jellies, hot and cold cereals, a selection of cheeses, smoked salmon and creamed cheese, coffee, an assortment of teas and orange juice. Breakfast is served from 7:30 – 9.30 AM Monday through Friday and 8 – 10 AM Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

Wine Buffet

You are invited to join us to enjoy a selection of fine wines, craft beers and sparkling water and light snacks every evening from 5:30 – 7:00 PM.

Front Desk Hours

Friendly, knowledgeable and helpful staff available to help you from 8 AM – 7:30 PM daily.  The Front Desk closes at 2 PM on all major holidays.

Check in/Check Out

Early Arrival – Not a problem! You are welcome to arrive at the Guest House any time between the hours of 8 AM and 7 PM. Your room is guaranteed to be ready for occupancy by 2 PM. If you are arriving earlier than 2 PM and your room is not ready, you are welcome to leave your luggage with us, get maps and directions to the sites, and get started on your holiday or business trip. If your room is ready early, you are welcome to settle in and make yourself at home. If you will be arriving before 9:30 AM, please plan to join us for breakfast – our treat!

Late Arrival – Not a problem!  If your travel arrangements do not allow you to check in before 7:00 PM when our Front Desk closes for the evening, please call or email us to receive our very simple Late Check-In instructions.

Check-Out – We ask you to vacate your room by 11 AM so that our housekeeping staff has plenty of time to get the room ready for the next guests. We’re not in a hurry to see you go, however! You are welcome to use the house all day. Leave your luggage with us and go out and see more sites. Relax in our comfortable common areas: have coffee or tea, read the paper, work on your computer, or join us for evening wine before a late night flight.


Occupancy of the Guest Rooms is limited to registered guests.


We welcome children 8 years of age and older..


We are not able to accommodate pets.


The Embassy Circle Guest House is a smoke-free accommodation. Smoking anywhere in the house will result in a penalty equal to two (2) night’s room rental.

No TV’s or Radios!

To ensure your peaceful enjoyment of the house, there are no TV’s or Radios. You are welcome to use your personal electronic devices to watch a movie or catch up on the news. Just connect to our free, high-speed wireless internet.

Parking Policies

Parking Reservations Must Be Made in Advance

Dupont Circle is located in the heart of downtown Washington, DC. It is an extremely popular neighborhood, and parking is restricted.

Self Parking: You may choose to self-park in the neighborhood. If you choose to self-park, you will need to pay close attention to the posted signs and be prepared to move your car from time to time. Parking enforcement is strict in DC and you may receive a parking ticket, which you can easily pay online. If that sounds like a small price to pay for the freedom to use your car whenever you want, then you definitely fit the self-parking profile. 

We Park Your Car: We will be glad to park your car for you, for an additional charge. Please be aware that we do not have valet parking. We will park your car when you arrive and bring it back to you when you leave. You will not be able to use it in the meantime.

Parking on Weekdays

9 AM Monday to 6:30 PM Friday

On weekdays, most of the parking spaces in our neighborhood are reserved for cars with diplomatic license plates, and most of the rest are reserved for neighborhood parking. That makes daytime parking very difficult. If you will be here during the week, we will be glad to park your car for you, subject to the following restrictions:

  • We are not able to offer in-and-out (valet) parking. We will park your car when you arrive and bring it to you when you leave.
  • We cannot accommodate over-sized vehicles (full size pick-ups, campers, etc.)
  • We cannot accommodate vehicles with standard transmission.

Parking on Weekends

6:30 PM Friday – 9 AM Monday

Parking is much easier in our neighborhood on the weekends. Both diplomatic and neighborhood parking spaces are available for general use starting on Friday evening at 6:30 PM until 7 AM (diplomatic spaces) or 9 AM (neighborhood spaces) Monday morning. 

If you are coming to DC over the weekend, you can self-park and use your car whenever you like. We’ll show you the spaces that are available and tell you if and when you have to move your car. If you prefer to turn the car over to us and forget about it for the weekend, we’ll park it for you for an additional charge.