Tuesday, February 16, 2010

CONSPIRE! Housing and Meals


Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Dinner will be on your own.


Participants are responsible for their own housing. We encourage you to stay with friends or to get a hotel room with your group.

Participants are also encouraged to stay near Sojourners which is in Columbia Heights in Northwest DC or near a metro subway stop if possible.

Here are a few options to get you started!


A standard for budget travelers the world over, CouchSurfing is a great way to see a city, make new friends, witness rare hospitality and stay in a great place for free. The site details how CouchSurfing works, outlines safety procedures, and puts you in touch with D.C. residents willing to open parts of their homes - floors, spare rooms, couches - to anyone who needs them. www.couchsurfing.com

Hostels and Hotels

While hotels may offer a more comfortable stay, hostels may prove the best option for groups on a budget. The hostels in Washington, D.C., vary significantly in size and tone - care must be taken to find exactly what you are looking for.
Some available hostels, churches, and student centers:
Adams Inn
1744 Lanier Place
Washington, DC
Tel: 202-745-3600
Web: www.adamsinn.com
Ask Anne Owens, manager, for the group rate.
Alexandria Guest House
in Alexandria, VA

1700 Sherwood Hall Lane; Alexandria, VA 22306
Tel: 703-768-0335
No Web Site available
no smoking, self serve breakfast - best with a car
$60 to 90 for a queen or twin room (2 people)
Arlington House
in Arlington, VA

739 22nd St.; Arlington, VA 22202
Tel: 703-768-0335
No Web Site Available - no smoking - walk to Pentagon City Metro Rates: From $1200 per month - No web site available American Guesthouse
American Guesthouse
2005 Columbia Rd., NW, Washington, DC
Tel: 703-768-0335
Web: www.americanguesthouse.com/ >
no smoking - free hot breakfast, free wireless internet, walk to Dupont Circle Metro
Rates: from $100 to $219 (lower rates are for winter and low season months)
Bragg Towers
Alexandria, VA
(703) 354-6300
Located 15-20 minutes from downtown
Braxton Hotel
1440 Rhode Island Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20005
Ask for John Chon for special rates
Tel: 1-800-350-5759 or 202-232-7800
Fax: 202-265-3725
Email: reservation@braxtonhotel.com
Located 5 blocks from Dupont Circle Metro
1523 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC
Tel: 202-293-1885
Located between P & O Streets, 2 blocks from DuPont Circle Metro
Center for Educational Design
821 Varnum St., NE
Washington, DC 20017
Tel: 202-635-7987
Groups of 6-plus only, with 1 representative - no individual billings
15-20 minute walk to Metro
Centro Maria Residence
650 Jackson St. , NE
Washington, DC 20017
Tel: 202-635-1697
located 3 blocks from Metro near Catholic University
First Trinity Lutheran
4th and E. Sts., NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: 202-737-4859
Groups of 10-plus only, with 1 representative
Located across the street from Judiciary Square Metro
Folger House
634 East Capitol St.
Washington , DC
Tel: 202-544-4315
Located 6 blocks from Capitol
GLOBOSapiens is a travelers’ community site that is a great place to start for affordable accommodation in Washington, D.C. This hotel, The Gallery Inn, is especially helpful for larger groups. Situated at Dupont Circle, the hotel is a five-minute walk from the Metro station and in a lively neighborhood.
Hilltop Hostel
300 Carroll Street NW
Washington, DC 20012
Tel: 202-291-1195
Email: rigsbie@hotmail.com
Web: www.hosteldc.com
Dorm style. Located 50 meters from Takoma Park Metro - ten minute ride to downtown
Hostelling International-Washington, D.C.
1009 11th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Tel: 202-737-2333
Fax: 202-737-1508
Kalorama Guest House
1854 Mintwood Place, NW
Washington , DC 20009
Located in Adams Morgan neighborhood with 12 minute walk to Metro
The Pilgrimage
22nd and P. Sts., NW
Washington, DC 20037
Tel: 202-387-6615
dormitory style with kitchen - groups of 6 plus accepted.
Located 3 blocks from Dupont Circle Metro
Washington (College Park)
Norwich House
P.O. Box 283
Washington (College Park), MD 20741
Email: lodging@studentcenter.org
Reservations are required. This hostel offers free internet access.
Washington International Student Center
2451 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: 202-667-7681
Email: DCStudentCenter@aol.com
Web: www.dchostel.com
Free transport rom bus and Amtrak station. Close to downtown D.C. Internet access. Kitchen, lockers, free breakfast. Free parking. Near bus and Metro. No curfew.
William Penn House
515 E. Capitol St., SE
Washington, DC 20003
Tel: 202-543-5560
Includes breakfast.
located 5 blocks from the Capitol
7 minute walk to metro
WPH is a lodging house for peace and justice workers staying in the D.C. area. Space is limited, so book early.
Web: www.williampennhouse.org/lodging.php
Woodley Park Guest House
2647 Woodley Rd., NW
Washington , D.C.
Tel: 202-667-0218 or 1-866-667-0218
Web: www.woodleyparkguesthouse.com
Owner: Laura Saba


Camping may be a good option for RV drivers or just those keen on getting their hands dirty. There are a few camp grounds that are well connected to the DC Metro system, making camping not much less convenient than other options.
A few sites worth looking at:


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    Thank you kindly. Lucia Rosan

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