Middle room, warm in winter (radiator), cool in summer (window a/c), wood floors. Eat at the dining room table. Shared bathroom. You will be treated as one of the family. We are close to major roads & public transportation, & shopping. IKEA bed. Extra air mattress available. Small fridge (if you need more space, you can use downstairs fridge). Dresser drawers for your stuff. Outings with guests, or try out restaurants together upon request.
This is the middle room, with one small window. White walls, red curtain. There is a double bed, single airmattress stored under the bed. The room contains a dresser, shelves, a stereo, small fridge, chair, collapse-able desk and microwave. Our home is an older row home. We have nice neighbors, it's a working class neighborhood, in a gritty corner of the city. There is ample street parking, lots of public transportation AND 3 adult bikes available for your use. Note that our home is in various stages of remodeling, and at this time, the dining room and kitchen are in 'flux', as cabinetry is half-complete (so lots of boxes, and a few piles of stuff around). We enjoy travel, and are welcoming of fellow travelers. There is a gas stove, sink and refrigerator in the dining area. There is a second sink in the former kitchen area. The room and shared space is cleaned between guests, and at least once a week. I sweep and vacuum daily. This is a place getting upgraded bit by bit, please be understanding. If there is something you need cleaned immediately, let me know. If you are OCD about things being out of place, or a random dust bunny offends you, stay at the Hilton.
Accès des voyageurs
Guests sit at the antique dining room table and enjoy a meal, or sit next to the wifi box for maximum . In the warmer months, you can sit on the front porch. There is only 1 bathroom, as well as a downstairs toilet with privacy panel (for emergencies). There is a small washer/dryer in the basement. Use the BBQ on the back porch.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
We enjoy evening conversations, but will also respect your privacy. We do travel on business, pleasure, and to visit family, and so might be gone for several days, or weeks at a time. At those times, our neighbors assist with the arrangements, and care for the dog. If there is something you'd like to do, say, visit the Rocky Statue, or see the city light displays at night, let me know. I've taken guests to see the sights on whirlwind tours of the city at night; seeing the Liberty Bell at night is an experience!
The dog is friendly, but they be too eager to interact for some folks. If you have no experience with large dogs, especially rescues, this place is not for you. (I post this, and people don't read it, and then act like they've never seen a dog in their life). Ladybird is a mastiff/pit mix, weighs 60 lbs, and loves to cuddle on the sofa. Don't freak out, communicate, if you see she has made a mess. If you don't like dogs, you definitely won't like Ladybird. She knows the difference between a guest and a burglar, and have demonstrated as such! When we are not home, we have a neighbor who tends to the dog. We are a working family, it is rare that someone is home all day, every day. Again, this is an urban, lively, super safe, but gritty neighborhood. Keep that in mind. Definitely a place for people with open minds, and interested in an unique homey experience. If you are a passive/aggressive type, who will play with the dog, say nice things to my face, and then post horrible things on Airbnb, do me a favor, don't book.
Mi casa es su casa. However, because this is a private homestay, and not a commercial hostel/hotel/motel/b&b, things may be a little bit different than your previous lodging experiences. In order to have household harmony please read this:
1. Leave the bathroom door open and the light on at night, that way we know that it is available.
2. Use the can of air freshener in the bathroom after use, try to keep the window open a crack if the room starts to smell funky.
3. If the toilet doesn't completely flush the first time, wait until the bowl fills, and flush again (yes, I've had guests who leave a bowl full of 'stuff' or don't wipe down the seat after its been obvious they used it).
4. Clean up the bathroom after use. There are cleaning chemicals and scrubbing pads for this purpose. Put all hair and debri in the garbage bag. In the past, I've had people complain about the cleanliness of the bathroom, and let me assure you, the room gets cleaned periodically; but if it is YOUR hair in the tub, it is YOUR responsibility to clean up after yourself.
5. The sink faucet has both hot (left) and cold (right), always make sure that they are both off, which means that the spigots are pointed in opposite directions, parallel to the wall. Make sure it is not dripping (water is the most expensive utility). Also, the tub fixtures are old, and delicate. This is not a house for impatient people who are in a rush, as turning knobs too fast or too far may lead to disaster. Gentle turning of knobs is best, and do not force anything. Also, if something does break, don't try to fix it yourself (as one recent guest did).
6. Use the blue bins to recycle paper, plastic (with triangle codes), metal. Use the garbage can in the kitchen for food waste and other non-recyclable debri. We get fined $49 if recycling is found in our garbage (strange, but true, it's happened). Garbage/recycling day is Friday, if we are not here, please make sure all garbage and recycling are put out for pickup. Do not put recycling in plastic bags. It must be loose, and clean. The city rules, not mine.
7. If you are the kind of person who doesn't care about utilities, because you aren't paying the bill, don't choose my home. My bills have started to skyrocket due to uncaring guests. Turn lights off when you leave your room, turn heaters off when you leave the room. Simple things your mother taught you. I set the thermostat at 72 from Nov-April. I do offer a space heater for your comfort, but please use judiciously.
8. The dog should remain outdoors as long as possible. Only let her in after a conversation with Marlene or the neighbor Carlos.
9. If you make a mess in your room, please clean it up. This includes the refrigerator and microwave. There are paper towels, cleaning products, Swiffer, brooms, and a vacuum sweeper available. If you soil the sheets, or wish for new towels, let us know, we have plenty, and we don't mind doing laundry. If you bring a pet, make sure that kitty litter, hair, feces, etc. don't linger on the floor for any amount of time. This attracts unwanted visitors!
10. During your stay, hang wet towels on the bar or metal bedframe. When you leave, wet towels, and soiled bedclothes should be put in the laundry container in the hallway. Please don't put wet towels on the bed, on the floor, or back in the drawer (yes, some people have done that)
11. No smoking in the room. There is a front porch, with chairs. There is a back deck, as well.
12. Don't invite ‘friends' or ‘others' into this house, even if they are your relatives, unless they have been registered and accepted by Airbnb (we recently had someone surprise us with a parent, which put us in an uncomfortable position).
13. If you do decide to stay out all night, call or text your intentions. It is just the polite thing to do. Like I stated before, when you are here, we will try to treat you like family. If you go missing, I will notify the police.
14. The bedroom doors don't lock, we will respect your privacy, but again, this isn't a hotel. There may be good reasons for us to enter, especially, if you leave the lights on, the a/c on when you are not here, etc. The doors are old, but don't be afraid to push hard to close them. Otherwise, a breeze or a change in air pressure might pop them open. (People don't read this, and then complain...smh)
15. If you bring a small pet, please keep him/her in the room. I can't guarantee that my dogs will immediately warm up to him/her. It is hard enough to keep up with my own dogs, I can't also clean up after your pet.
16. I know, this sounds like I'm a 'handful' but in reality, this list is completely based on bad experiences with guests, who don't know how to visit. I've been hosting in this house since 1993 (prior to Airbnb, actually). I'm actually a very pleasant, giving person, and I hope you are, too! If you see, hear, or smell something that offends your sensibilities, please by all means let me know immediately. Don't disappear, write a horrid review without allowing me to correct the issue. One thing I hate more than anything is passive-aggressive personalities. Don't be nice to me while here, and blast me on review. Be honest. I'll be honest, too.
I'm in between jobs. I was a Environmental Science Teacher, in Pennsauken, NJ. I'm getting ready to start another job, but it's almost 2 hours away. I am still working on rehabilitating the kitchen, it's a labor of love, and I am learning how to forgive myself for all my DIY mistakes!