About This Listing
Bohemian decor with a Parisian/French theme, queen bed, a/c, 2 small closets.
In a diverse neighborhood within an easy walk of Buffalo's best and most historic neighborhoods including Millionaire's Row, Olmsted Parks, Forest Lawn Cemetery, museums, chic shopping district, great restaurants, with easy access to public transportation, 5-10 minutes from downtown by car. This 100 year old arts and crafts house was designed by one of Buffalo's leading architects at the time. Personal tours of the area are available as well as transportation to/from downtown, airport, bus or train station.
Free parking is easily available on the street for guests.
This is our home, so we'll be in and out. We have one other guest room, so there may or may not be other guests in the home when you are here.
The bathroom is shared and we do our best to plan our use around your schedule. Your hosts all go to work or school in the morning but we've never had a problem coordinating our bathroom use with our guests' needs.
The BnB is 17 year-old Marivi's business. John, her Dad, helps with booking and communication but she does the work. The income goes to support her many artistic and academic activities that Mom and Dad can't afford on top of her private school tuition. She takes her role as the business owner and innkeeper very seriously and is committed to making your experience in Buffalo the best it can possibly be.
Guests are free to share the house with the family, but be aware that the common room on the second floor outside the guest rooms is also the family TV room. The living room is usually a good place for guests to sit quietly without many interruptions.
Interaction with Guests
The family is busy and may or may not be around very much during your stay. We love to interact with guests who are looking for conversation, but we also respect the privacy of our guests who wish to be left alone.
We live in a very diverse, friendly neighborhood centrally located near many different city attractions including Elmwood Village, Delaware Park, Delaware Avenue, and ten minutes via car from Downtown.
Please note: always include the ZIP CODE (14209) when entering the address into a GPS to take you to our home. Without the zip code, you will end up at the wrong address in a neighborhood not as nice as ours!
Public transportation is a short walk away to the Metro Rail (Utica Street or Canisius College stations). Bus stops are also nearby. It is a bike friendly, walkable area, and for those who come by car, traffic is usually light.
Other Things to Note
We do not serve breakfast; however, we are very good at offering suggestions of good places to find some!
Absolutely no smoking
Bathroom is shared so common courtesy includes no personal items left in bathroom and also leave it as you found it, clean.
Checkout on weekdays is 9am, unless prearranged with the host.
Checkout on weekends is 10am, unless prearranged with the host.
I was able to make a day-of booking just a few hours prior to arriving, and Marivi and John were very accommodating. I needed a quick/cheap stay and got exactly that! The room and bed were very clean and comfortable, and the hosts were congenial and helpful in finding nearby food (I highly recommend the Lexington Co-op Market if you want something quick or late in the evening). The airport is also a very short drive from the house.
Be aware that you may be sharing the booking with a second guest staying in another room. The other guest when I was there left way earlier than my morning alarm, and the house wasn't super quiet. Could also be an issue if they want to watch TV late, which can easily be heard from the rooms. Hardly a deal breaker, but something to know coming in.
Marivi and John were wonderful hosts! The room was exactly as described and they were extremely helpful in explaining the rules of the house. The bathroom sign in made getting ready in the morning especially easy, and there is always plenty of parking outside of the home. It was the perfect room for my fiance and I, who just needed a place to stay for the weekend while attending a wedding in Buffalo. In walking distance to charming Elmwood Village, which has a ton of shops and restaurants. And a Starbucks, which seems to be rare in Buffalo! I would recommend staying with John and Marivi to anyone visiting Buffalo. - Jess (& Mike)
Unfortunately we did not stay with John and Marivi because of a last-minute problem but they always were very helpful and responsive. We would have stayed in their place with great pleasure.
Nous n'avons malheureusement pas pu séjourner chez Marivi et John du à un problème de dernière minute mais ils ont été très disponible et réactif. Nous y aurions séjourné avec grand plaisir.
I enjoyed my stay. It was comfortable and very close to the airport and Niagara Falls.
Staying at Marivi and John's place was excellent!
Marivi and John both were very kind and helpful, they leave you a lot of privacy and we always felt welcomed.
My boyfriend and I stayed in the "Paris Room", which is designed with memorabilia from Paris and France. The room was clean and the bed very comfortable, enough space for two big bags and equipped with an air conditioner.
Guests are asked to put their name on a timesheet on the bathroom's door if they want to shower in the morning, which was fine with us since we only used the shower in the evenings. But even if we hadn't, there would have been enough time to use them in the mornings.
The neighborhood is pretty quite and you can see that the people take care of their houses. So it's not a very lively area, but it only takes you 10-20 min to get in the city centre of Buffalo. Also, once in Buffalo you can take a bus - as we did - which takes you to the Niagara Falls. All in all, we felt safe there and enjoyed walking around.
What we found very special: when we had to leave to get to the airport, John offered to drive us (for free!) because he had to get there anyway.
So, staying at Marivi and John's place: recommendation!
I was in town only briefly and only saw John and Maravi for 2 minutes. I had heard that Elmwood was one of the nicer parts of Buffalo. I wasn't too sure about the area the house was in, but the Elmwood Village strip was cute and a short drive away. The room was clean and paris-themed. The bathroom door did not have a lock and there were 30-min sign up slots, although it wasn't busy when I needed it.
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About the Host, Marivi And John
I am 17 years old. I was Miss New York Junior Teen in 2012, USA National Miss New York Teen and Miss New York High School in 2014 . I will be competing for Miss New York in the Miss America system in June 2015.
My parents allow me to use our family home for my AirBnB business. I use the proceeds of the business to help pay my expenses at a private girls' prep school, where I am an honor student, to fund my pageant activities as well as modeling and acting endeavors, and more.
I've been told I'm AirBnB's youngest host. I've been doing this for more than three years now. There is a large portrait of me and a few other interesting hosts hanging in the new AirBnB headquarters in San Francisco. My profile photo is one of the pictures that was taken during the photoshoot for this portrait.
My father, John Howell, has a little business on the side giving private insider tours of Buffalo. His fees for all of this are reasonable and he knows a lot about Buffalo's history and factoids you'd like to know. He charges a cash fee for these services.
Dad and I also offer transportation to guests when our schedules allow. Our fees for transportation are a little less than taxi cab fare, and you don't have to tip us. Many of our guests traveling by air, train, or bus, have appreciated the convenience of our help with rides to and from the airport, train stations or bus terminal. We are also often asked to take guests to Niagara Falls.
My father is also a novelist, and you can get an autographed copy of one of his books if you want one.