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 am also a grad student. 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 multiethnic 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 highly reliable old 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! =)
The experience fully lived up to my expectations. The room was nice, and the neighborhood was conveniently close to public transportation. Nita was friendly and available when I needed assistance.
Nita is a tremendously lovely host. I was here for an interview at U Penn and she was very accommodating with check in/out times and even picked me up from this great cafe when I was a tad early to check in. Her location is about 10 min car ride from the medical center which is also very accessible by public transport. The room was clean, large, and warm! She let you have your privacy but was also very responsive when you had questions. She is also nice enough to provide some breakfast and a kitchen for you to use.
my hostess was gracious and kind. The accommodations were spotless. The room was tidy, clean and warm. I would stay with her again. Thank you
My stay with Nita was fantastic! She is an extremely warm, generous host who is quite happy to stay out of your way if you want her to and offer to cook you a meal if you don't. I have nothing but positive things to say about her home, her hospitality, and the room itself, which was conformtable and provided everything that I needed. I only wish that I could have stayed longer, but I'm certain I will stay with Nita again the next time I make my way to Philadelphia. Thanks Nita!
Nita picked me up from the bus station, and made me drinks upon arrival! She's a warm and brilliant person. Definitely recommend this place for its affordable price and proximity to Penn.
I was so lucky to meet Nita and stay at her lovely place in Philadelphia. She is a really friendly, helpful and amazing interesting person. I really enjoyed all my staying in there because of her positive attitude as well as a very nice room. I didn't expect such a great host!! It was my first experience with the airbnn and I am really happy for that. Thank you for everything and hope see you soon!
Nita is exactly the kind of person you wish for when searching for an airbnb rental: informative, wonderful energy, helpful, but not overbearing. We arrived before check-in (totally my fault for not double-checking check-in times) and had an impressive amount of luggage which made exploring impossible. Almost in anticipation of this, Nita immediately made available locations nearby that would accommodate us while we waited (The Gold Standard, a restaurant/cafe where we waited was both our first and last stop on the trip. Terrific coffee, great food). Upon our arrival at the apartment, she helped us situate ourselves in both the neighborhood and the city. The location of the apartment is ideal as it is near wonderful cafes, restaurants, and bars as well as public transit. The apartment itself is lovely: clean and comfortable. In short, perfect accommodations, flawless hostess. Highly recommended.
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! =)