About this listing
**TEMPORARY NOTE: I would LOVE to find a cat-lover guest to befriend and look after Lando the Cat while we're out of town for select days in August. Might this be you? If so, send a message and let's talk about how to make it a WIN-WIN for all!**
I'm welcoming you to stay with me in my cozy townhouse in Sin City :)
Who lives in the house?
Hi! I'm the homeowner, Antoinette. I am a 33 year old PhD student (this is my second one, hence all the books on the bookshelves) at UNLV. My fellow-grad-student boyfriend Kyle and I live with a pretty-much-never-home roommate, Matt. Oh yes, and don't forget Lando Cat, a 6 year old indoor cat who pretty much owns the place!
What's the room like?
The room is the guest bedroom in my 3 bedroom townhouse. It is furnished with a queen bed, clean sheets/blankets/pillows, and small night stand.
You are welcome to read any of the books on the book shelves, but please don't take them with you! Unfortunately, I've had to start keeping count before and after having new guests because of a couple of important ones that have gone missing :( Important note: My first doctoral degree was in Human Sexuality, my Masters degrees are in Human Behavior and Cultural Anthropology, and my current PhD studies are in Sociology...this is advanced notice so you're not surprised by the interestingly "eclectic" books on the shelves!
For your peace of mind, each bedroom in the home is individually keyed, so you can lock the bedroom door on your way out, take the key, and feel safe and secure leaving your things behind while you're out and about.
What about the bathroom?
The bathroom is accessed from the hallway and is shared with Matt, if he's home. It has a normal size shower/tub and plenty of counter space. Clean towels are available for you to use, and I have travel sized toiletries if you forget (or don't want to pack) yours. A hair dryer is included, under the sink. There's also an additional 1/2 bathroom downstairs.
**What about the rest of the house?**
- KITCHEN: I have a large kitchen table currently with seating for 6, but I have extra chairs and can easily seat 10. You are free to use any of the pots, pans, dishes, silverware, and appliances in the kitchen. I have a spectacular juicer that I'd be happy to show you how to use, if you're into that kind of thing. I am less than a mile to Sprouts (a grocery store), if you want to buy stuff to cook instead of dining out. Eggs, fruit (usually apples, oranges, and bananas), and coffee/tea are available for breakfast for free (or granola bars, instant oatmeal, and coffee/tea if I am not going to be home during your stay).
- LIVING ROOM: Living room is furnished with 2 couches, some armchairs, a 40" TV with cable, Amazon Prime, and Netfix (and a small selection of DVDs, but probably nothing to get too excited about), and a large coffee table. I have a few board games (Yahtzee, Balderdash, Scrabble, Monopoly, Cards Against Humanity, poker chips, and Taboo) that you're welcome to play, should you desire to have some time in instead of out.
Free parking is available in our guest lot (I'll give you a parking pass to hang in your car when you arrive). It is a 1-minute walk (350 feet) from the guest parking lot to the front door.
I have a back patio/porch with a gas grill, if you feel like BBQing.
Washer and dryer are available for your use.
Wifi internet is available throughout the house.
I pride myself on maintaining a healthy, clean home. I'm not OCD, but this certainly isn't a bachelor pad or party house.
It's usually pretty quiet around here, although I sometimes have friends over for board game night on Saturdays, from time to time.
Minimum 3 night stay.
There are 2 pools and a hottub in our townhouse complex (closed during the winter), though the community rules require that I accompany you.
There is also a tennis court available, although I've never used it myself.
I may or may not be home when you are home, but I will be available via text or phone if I'm in the country, an via email or texting app if I am not. You can come and go as you please. Let me know your arrival time ahead of time, and if I will not be home when you check in, I will leave your keys in the lockbox on the front door and provide you a code. Please let me know at any time if there's anything I can do to make your stay more enjoyable!
Interaction with Guests
Airbnb is not a “big business” for me; if you stay with me, I am simply opening the doors of my home to you. This is where I live, eat, sleep, and go about my daily life, too! Please be mindful of this :) I invite guests to contact me in any way at any point throughout your stay if you have a question, comment, or concern, no matter how silly it seems. For example, if you need the shower at a specific time, feel free to put a sticky note on the bathroom door to say so; if you need specific quiet time hours, please let me know what they are; if you have a favorite show that you want to watch on TV at a specific time, just say so :)
If you are looking for a Hilton experience, this is probably not the Airbnb stay for you. I find it strange and uncomfortable that I feel the need to say this, but as Airbnb becomes more popular, I seem to be receiving requests from more and more guests who are JUST trying to save a buck, without understanding the underlying philosophy of the original Airbnb experience, which includes appreciation for the quirkiness and uniqueness of in-home (rather than in-hotel) stays. As an Airbnb traveler myself, I often remind myself that part of what make Airbnb so awesome is not that it's just a cheap alternative to hotels, but that my hosts are normal people too, just going through the daily grind and trying to do the best they can in the world :)
I let the personality of my guests be the guide for interaction but tend to mostly go about my business independently and allow guests to do the same. If we happen to catch each other in the kitchen or living room, I'm happy to chat with you! I don't want you to feel like you HAVE to talk to me in order to be a "good" guest, but I also want you to feel comfortable interacting if that's what you enjoy doing :)
- Don't let Lando Cat outside (he will try to be tricky and sneak by you if you're not careful).
- No smoking inside (smoking on the porch is OK)
- You are welcome to use any towels, sheets, dishes, etc. that you need, but please be respectful of our things and treat them as you would your own (or better!). Help yourself, just please clean up after yourself :)
- Respect others’ space and privacy; enter common areas/spaces and your designated room only
– Do NOT enter other private bedrooms.
I am an academic by heart (2 graduate degrees and going), and a natural busy-body. I go stir-crazy with too much down time!
I've traveled to a number of countries across the globe, including to Germany, Switzerland, Italy, The Netherlands, Tanzania, Ireland, and others.