*Please read the listing in its entirety, including House Rules, before booking this room or any other Airbnb--especially if you plan to Instant Book.
I get a little spot of money for renting this room; you are the one who gets the greater benefit of the bargain, because even though the room is small and imperfect, it's a great opportunity to stay cheap and save serious cash.
Airbnb can read; they know this is a hostel-like, minimalist listing. Please don't book if you're expecting the Ritz.
Hey--ever been called a "Snowflake"? Well, this room is not for Snowflakes! This is a pass-through old house with 4 permanent residents (no couples) and cooking is limited to microwave. (Read the rest of the listing to find out what "pass-through" means; it is my second attempt to get you to read the listing.)
My target group is single male travelers staying cheap for a few nights, as this is a tiny (8.5' X 10'), minimalist hostel-type room in a calm house shared with sane but busy people. You're paying 29 bucks, folks--don't book this room if you think you're booking a $189 room at the Hilton. Don't book unless you're serious about saving money.
Check-in after 2pm; whether 3pm or 3am fine.
Twin bed. Wifi. Better suited to men than women; self-sufficiency required. However, we are right beside a loud and active train here. How can we stand it? We're tough. You?
Over 300 people have successfully stayed here (including pre-Airbnb days), but please read the description. It is an old house, right by a train, but easy parking and a beautiful, peaceful yard with lots of elbow room make for a comfortable stay. I am happy here, feel 1000% safe, and don't want to live anywhere else. But you still might not like it.
Since it is an old house, let me address cleanliness. Before you check in, your bedding is laundered. It is fresh and clean when you arrive. Every surface in your room is cleaned, with furniture polish if it's wood, and with a damp cloth, then a dry one, if not. Your floor is vacuumed. The bathroom is cleaned before your arrival, and the shower curtain replaced if necessary. That said, the house will never look as good as a brand new house. It is just too old and beat up. Plus I make door wreaths for sale and that makes a mess. If these cleaning measures do not meet your standards, don't book here. We are busy living life, and I don't stand over every mess with a sponge. We have a full house and a lot going on.
--hi-speed fiber-optic WiFi
--clean, fresh room & bedding
--microwave, fridge, hotplate
--pest control contract
--normal cleanliness standards
--plentiful parking on 1/2 acre
--Midtown feel, not suburban
--3 blocks away from U of M
--sane host & other guests
--safety in nos.; hi-volume host
--loud, LOUD train by house
--no stove usage (b/c no stove)
--no clean freaks here
--Midtown feel, not suburban
I am completely hands-off unless you need something. Which means you must be self-sufficient.
We are directly adjacent to a train (AND TRAINS HAVE LOUD HORNS), but we are used to it.
If you bring anyone with you at any point other than airbnb-verified guests, they will not be allowed into the house at all, even to help you move stuff in. This benefits us and will benefit you in turn should you stay here. I am a safety-first kind of host.
"Pass-through" means that you have to pass through my room to get to yours--but I am gone most of the time. It doesn't bother me or I wouldn't list it; if it bothers you, then don't book it.
Disponible para huéspedes
You are renting a room in a shared house with access to the bathroom and cooking limited to microwave and hotplate. I am an extremely busy person and there are other things going on in the house. I make hand-made wreaths for sale, and that makes a mess. What I mean to say is that your room is nice and neat; mine may not always be. When review time comes, remember to review what you rented.
You have access to your room, the bathroom, laundry, microwave, fridge, hotplate, coffee maker, and free parking. There is no stove/oven access, so you will not be able to bake a cake.
Atención a los huéspedes
My guests and I are cordial with each other, but have busy lives, and rarely see each other. You will hear the noise of living in a shared house, but you will rarely or possibly even never see anyone else. I am a hands-off host, so I'm counting on you being largely self-sufficient, but if you do need anything, please let me know.
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If you bring anyone with you other than Airbnb-verified guests, they will not be allowed into the house at all. This benefits us and will benefit you in turn should you stay here. I am a safety-first kind of landlady.
When you are given the house key, keep it until check out time, and then at check out, lock the house door and put the key under the mat.
The reason you are being given a key is to lock and unlock the house door. Three permanent people, including me, live here, and when we leave, we lock the door. That means that when you come back from an outing, you will not be able to get in the house without unlocking the door with a key. So keep the key on your person during your stay, and lock the door when you leave for whatever reason. And then use the key to unlock the door when you return.
'Check out' is a term we use meaning your final departure, which must be done by 1pm on check out day, when your stay is over.
Check out procedure: lock the door and put the key under the mat.
**The reason I have written the above instructions about the key is that often Airbnb guests mishandle it. What I strongly ask that you not do is padlock your own room door and then leave everyone else vulnerable by leaving the house door unlocked.
NO ACCESS to PROPERTY before 2pm on check in day. I'm a high volume host, so I can't allow early arrivals or late departures.
NO ONE else but you will be allowed in. NO visitors or unpaid guests. Even children must be paid for.
The ideal guest at our house would know without a doubt that their comfort is paramount--and yet would be largely self-sufficient and self-involved, as we are.
You are expected to use common sense and standards of common decency in this shared environment, as 99% of people automatically do.
There is no smoking in the house and absolutely no incense or moth balls. I like for my house to smell like fresh air, to the extent that an old house can.
When you leave for the last time to check out (check out time is 2:00 pm), you don't have to make the bed or strip the bed or even sweep or anything. I will take care of that. Just be sure and get your stuff out of the fridge & bathroom. Lock the door and put the key under the mat.
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I am a USAF veteran & a proud mother of two, grandmother of six. I am an extremely experienced landlady & I have rented to hundreds of people from all over the world.
The best thing about my house is the yard, which is big and beautiful, especially in the summertime. Also, I allow check in anytime after two in the afternoon. Which means I allow check in at three in the morning if that's what you need. I have hi-speed, fiber optic WiFi, and a pest control contract with a high-end company.
The worst thing about my house is the train, which is extremely loud when it crosses the street, but only when it crosses the street. Also, the house is old and imperfect. And yet I host as many people as just about anyone in town.
Note: My homes are for the hale & hearty only. As a military veteran, I am a very tough person & I'll be honest: I want similar guests. Don't book if you feel any of the following ways about travel, Airbnb, or my listings: scared, worried, skittish, squeamish, alarmed, afraid, concerned, distraught, hysterical, fearful, tearful, fretful, uneasy, upset, or frightened. Still with me? Lol!
My place is set on a half acre right in the middle of the city, which is fairly rare. My place is secure; someone is almost always here, and yet we are hardly ever all here.
The location is ultra, ultra, ultra convenient!!! We are 20 minutes from the airport, Graceland, downtown, Germantown, or the Wolfchase Mall. We are 2 or 3 minutes away from a beautiful new Kroger and Target in another direction, plus other shopping and restaurants. Enjoy privacy and peace here.
Use the kitchen stuff as much as you want; just be sure to eat your own food. If you don't cook, you're in luck, as there are several restaurants within walking distance--and some within spitting distance!!!
I am a hands-off host, unless you need something.
I'm counting on my guests to be normal, sane, and proper, as are 99% of people in this country, without having to be told.
You're going to love your quiet stay here. And as always...I'm looking forward to meeting you!