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Akwaaba – D.C.


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In the heart of the nation’s capital stands Akwaaba DC, a historic townhouse in fashionable Dupont Circle. You can walk to The White House and visit all the patriotic wonders of the city, take the Metro two stops to the Washington Convention Center, or visit the museums on the mall, a casual stroll away. On second thought, you may be tempted to never leave the inn!

This architectural jewel features a welcoming parlor with fireplace, a grand dining room where an expansive breakfast is served, and elegantly appointed guest rooms with all the amenities. And did we mention the books! Designed with a literary theme in mind, each guest room features the books of the author or genre it is named after. Choose from the Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Toni Morrison or Walter Mosley rooms. Or maybe you’re in the mood for the Romance or Poetry room. Whichever your pleasure, luxury and literature await at Akwaaba DC.

Akwaaba DC’s Special Touches

  • 1890s historic townhouse mansion
  • Located in fashionable Dupont Circle, near fine restaurants, shops and the Metro
  • Decorated to celebrate a rich literary legacy
  • Spacious guest rooms, all with private baths (two with Jacuzzi tubs for two, two with couple showers)
  • Air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, clock radio/iPod player, and mini fridges in each room
  • Luxurious robes for lounging
  • Custom bath amenities and blow dryers
  • Wireless internet throughout & computer station
  • Extensive library
  • Scheduled author readings in the parlor
  • Scrumptious, expansive breakfast
  • Evening happy hour

Guest Rooms

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Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes
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Modern Classics
Modern Classics
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Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison
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Walter Mosley
Walter Mosley
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Writer’s Retreat
Writer's Retreat
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**In D.C., prices range from $150-$265 depending on the dates of travel, number of persons in your party and which room selected. Rates do not include Washington D.C. sales & lodging taxes of 14.5%

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About The Neighborhood

About The Neighborhood

Bistros, bars, boutiques and bookstores line the streets that come together at Dupont Circle, the meeting place for this cosmopolitan neighborhood. Join in a pick-up game of chess in the Circle, or sit by the fountain and people-watch as locals roll past on bicycles or stroll past with dogs. Stop by the neighborhood farmer’s market on Sunday for fresh local produce and cooking demonstrations by local chefs. Or try to identify the flags that fly from the city’s largest concentration of international embassies, which sits just northwest of the Circle, giving the neighborhood an extra dash of global flavor. The trendy nabe is also the heart of Washington, DC’s nightlife, and it borders historic U Street, another popular nightlife destination where Duke Ellington played his first notes and where locals linger over cocktails or laptops at popular spots like Busboys & Poets. When evening beckons, you can also catch a concert, a provocative play or a sporting event all in the neighborhood.
Whether in D.C. for business or for pleasure, fashionable Dupont Circle is the best place to call home. Many association headquarters are located here, Howard University and Georgetown University are nearby, and the Washington DC Convention Center and the Washington Marriott Wardman Park convention hotel are both within walking distance or a short cab ride away. For those looking to explore the city of marble, museums and monuments, including the White House, the Washington Monument, the U.S. Capitol and the Jefferson, Lincoln or Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorials, take the Metro at Dupont Circle a few stops or go by foot if you’re a walker. And you won’t want to miss The Phillips Collection, The Textile Museum, Woodrow Wilson House and National Geographic Society’s Explorers Hall all in Dupont Circle, perfect complements to the Smithsonian museums, including the National Air and Space Museum, and the National Museum of Natural History, all of which are free to enter.

1708 16th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20009
Phone: Toll-free: 866-inn-dulj / In NYC: 718-455-5958
Fax: (718) 455-9697


Take 395 North toward Washington. Merge to the left onto Route 1 North. Stay straight to go onto 14th St. N.W. When you make a slight right onto Thomas Circle, stay straight to go to M St. Turn right onto ramp, then turn right onto 15th St. Go to R St. and make a left. Go one block to 16th St. and make a right to 1708 16th St. N.W.


Take 95 South to Baltimore-Washington Parkway (exit 22B) toward Washington. Merge onto MD-295 South and take the exit toward Washington. Merge onto US-50 West/ New York Avenue N.E. Go less than a mile and turn right onto Florida Ave. N.E. Follow to R St. N.W. and turn slight left. Go up to 16th St. and turn right for 1708 16th St. N.W.


Take 95 North and merge onto 395 North via exit number 170A on the left toward Washington. Go about a mile and merge onto Route 1 North via the exit on the left. Stay straight to go onto 14th St. N.W. When you make a slight right onto Thomas Circle, stay straight to go to M St. Turn right onto ramp, then turn right onto 15th St. Go to R St. and make a left. Go one block to 16th St. and make a right to 1708 16th St.