About this listing
I'm a friendly teacher/writer offering the spare room in my apartment for your relaxation needs. The room is clean and neat, and comes complete with a queen-sized bed, desk, small bookcase, closet, and fresh linens. You will have a comfortable rest in my home, as I believe in helping people feel at ease, but also getting out of their way so that they can enjoy some peace and quiet. =)
My apartment is located in University City, a mere 10-15 minute trolley ride from downtown Philadelphia. The #13 trolley - which runs 24 hours! - is just one block away. The trolley has direct stops to 40th, 37th, and 36th Streets for Penn, 33rd for Drexel, the 30th Street Station train hub (for Amtrak, Megabus, Bolt, the Market Frankford and Broad Street subway, and the Regional Rail to suburbs), and on into downtown (22nd, 19th, City Hall, and 13th Streets. You can easily walk or connect onto the Market Frankford subway at City Hall to go farther into downtown - 13th, 11th, 8th, 5th, and 2nd Street stops.)
I live just a few blocks from the University of the Sciences and U Penn, an Ivy League school, where I attended grad school. I have plenty of interesting books (both fiction and non-fiction) that you are welcome to read while relaxing. The room doesn't have a TV, but there is free WiFi available for those traveling with laptops, iPads, etc. You also have access to my kitchen, which will assist you in maximizing your budget as you prepare your meals at home. Every guest in my home is welcomed with bagels, tea, and fresh fruit, just to start your stay off right. =) When time permits, I may also invite you to enjoy a homecooked meal with me, as cooking for others is one of my passions. =)
My apartment is located a few steps from bustling Baltimore Avenue, home to a multi-ethnic assortment of bars (very affordable drinks), restaurants, internet cafes and shops (not to mention the stunning Victorian architecture in the neighborhood. Take a stroll down Windsor Street or Springfield Avenue - heading east - if you want a lovely journey back in time...)
Grocery stores and gas stations are nearby, and inexpensive laundry facilities are located in the basement of the building. As your hostess, I am more than happy to assist you with local recommendations, or in giving great directions to ensure the comfort of your stay. I also have a car, and, schedule permitting, can zip you around to a couple of stores to pick up any foodstuffs or toiletries that you may need.
I look forward to hosting you in my home. Welcome to Philadelphia! =)
*Please contact me prior to your arrival. I work a lot and want to make sure that you get your keys and check in comfortably before I'm off and running again. =)
*Please remove your shoes inside the apartment.
*Only guests on the reservation may stay overnight - no exceptions.
*Please request assistance if any changes to the thermostat are necessary.
*Please bring/purchase your own food. Unless specified, food items are not shared.
*No illegal drugs
*Alcohol is permitted. Please drink responsibly and respect the quiet environment inside the building. No loud parties.
*As there is just one bathroom in the apartment, please be thoughtful of others and share. Limit morning prep time to the essentials.
*I'm not a germ freak, but please wash your hands before working in the kitchen (sorry if this is offensive, but you'd be surprised how many roommates I've had in the past who never bother to clean their hands. Just being honest!) Also, please wash up any dishes that you use during meals.
Thank you! =)
About the Host, Nita
Originally from the Midwest, I'm a compassionate Philadelphia transplant who understands what it's like to arrive in a different place, far from home and the comforts of the familiar. I enjoy helping people settle in, feel welcomed, and make the most of their travel adventures.
I love to write, read, watch and analyze films, go out for drinks with friends, and take long walks that allow me to see the world and my place in it. I have a deep respect for travel, as connecting with other cultures helps to strengthen my own humanity. I used to live in Paris, France, and I've visited The Netherlands, Belgium, and The Caribbean. Africa, Japan, and Australia are big on my voyaging "To Do" lists someday.
I've traveled extensively throughout the United States (Alaska, California, Oregon, New Mexico, Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Florida, New York, Delaware, Virginia, and North and South Carolina), and even took my 11-year-old niece on a three-week tent camping expedition through Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. One of my proudest positions in life is being The World's Greatest Auntie, so I was happy to offer the gift of travel to my niece! =)