Adams Morgan Inn Says Good-Bye after 38 Years — by Adam Crain, owner, Adams Inn B&B

“After 38 years, the 27-room Adams Inn on Lanier Place in Washington DC is now closed, another victim of the Covid pandemic. Founded in 1983, Adams Inn’s namesake was its Adams Morgan neighborhood. There were two previous owners before I became owner in 2001. It is sheer coincidence that I share the same name as the Inn.

Adams Inn prided itself on affordability, always offering several rooms for under $90/night. With an average room rate of $128/night, breakfast included, the Inn was flooded with budget-conscious travelers. Our 86% annual occupancy rate was one of the city’s highest year after year. Many guests were repeat visitors, and many stayed for weeks at a time.

The Inn offered an intimacy rarely seen at larger hotels. With a small staff and low turnover, I got to know my staff; and they in-turn got to know our guests. My staff’s work ethic never ceased to amaze me; sick days were a rarity, and the work was fast paced. Most employees lived, at best, paycheck to paycheck, some hovering just beyond poverty. All were consumed with providing for their families, and as a result they yearned for work. I cannot imagine a group of harder working people. Yet because Covid devastated the hospitality industry, many will likely be left behind even as the economy recovers. Read More

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1746 Lanier Place, NW

For those not familiar: “Adam’s Inn, a Victorian B&B spanning three 100-year old buildings on a quiet residential street, has been a “home away from home” for international and budget-conscious travelers for 20 years.”

Thanks to all who messaged about Adams Inn closing: “Saw this sign this morning, little sign says Closed 2021. Will miss their crazy Halloween displays!” Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

I’m wondering whether you can ask the community about people’s experience with the airbnb ban next week. There are some foreign journalists who have had a reservation to stay at my house through inauguration week (the reservation is still active) and I’m wondering when it will be canceled as it’s supposed to be. Have others had their cancellations already?”


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From the National Park Service:

“Pursuant to 36 CFR § 1.5(a)(1) the National Capital Area is implementing temporary closures of National Park Service public facilities, parking areas and roadways in response to real and substantially likely threats to visitors and park resources. Read More

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Ed. Note: Earlier this week we shared the request: “asking all DC folks who rent via VRBO/Airbnb/etc. to refrain from renting/listing their properties from January 17th-20th”.

From airbnb:

“Today, in response to various local, state and federal officials asking people not to travel to Washington, D.C., we are announcing that Airbnb will cancel reservations in the Washington, D.C. metro area during the Inauguration week. Additionally, we will prevent any new reservations in the Washington, D.C. area from being booked during that time by blocking such reservations. Read More

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Thanks to all who messaged us: “The fewer of these a******* who can find lodging, the better. There were Proud Boys at 18th and Lamont last Wednesday for instance.”

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) announced the Bridge Fund, a $100 million investment in businesses and workers grappling with the COVID-19 public health emergency in the hospitality, entertainment, and retail sectors. Read More

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1780 Columbia Road, NW

Back in May we heard some faulty scuttlebutt about the Line Hotel possibly not reopening, which their manager quickly refuted and the good news is that they’ve reopened today:

“The LINE DC

COVID -19 UPDATE: We are now open and our top priority is the health and safety of our guests and employees. We are following the guidance of health authorities and government requirements to provide a clean, safe, and comfortable experience for all.”

Last week Eater DC reported:

“A Rake’s Progress, the high-priced, local-sourcing Mid-Atlantic restaurant that brought James Beard Award-winning chef Spike Gjerde to D.C., has permanently closed after two and a half years of business on the top floor of the trendy Line hotel in Adams Morgan.”

Fortunately The LINE DC still reports:

“With two restaurants, a rooftop bar, and a coffee shop (see also: in-room delivery), the LINE DC offers dining experiences at every hour of the day.

Erik Bruner-Yang’s lobby-situated Brothers And Sisters and his Michelin Bib Gourmand-awarded Spoken English take cues from around the globe.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Have you heard anything about the legality of renting Airbnb properties during the Stay-at-Home Order? We live next to one that is doing a lot of business right now for large groups of people throwing parties. Seems to contradict the spirit of the lockdown and was wondering if this was a problem in other parts of the district too.”

From Airbnb:

“The month of May brings with it many moments worth celebrating for District residents — from high school and college graduations to Memorial Day weekend festivities.

Under typical circumstances, Airbnb empowers our hosts to set House Rules on events and parties that are appropriate for their communities. However, these are very different times, and public health must come first. To that end, we have previously announced that we will not allow for hosts to authorize parties and events in regions where current public health mandates prohibit events and gatherings. As Mayor Bowser has extended the city’s stay-at-home order through May 15, our new policy means we are not allowing any type of party in D.C. until this order is lifted.

We want to be very clear — not only will we ban guests who attempt to throw an unauthorized party in a D.C. Airbnb listing, we will be cooperating with MPDC in any investigations relating to parties and violations of public health mandates, consistent with our Terms of Service. Read More

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