About this listing
Accessible, cozy, and quiet bungalow close to attractions, shopping and transportation.
Furnished bedroom in a bungalow with one bathroom, suitable for short/long-term university entrants or visiting relatives. Close to University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center, Museum of Science and Industry, Busch Gardens, University Square Shopping Mall, and numerous ethnic and local restaurants. Only 8.8 miles drive to the Seminole Casino, 9.6 miles to Raymond James Stadium, 9.9 miles to the Port of Tampa, and 15 miles to the Tampa International Airport. Short walk to the metro bus to go to the Amtrak train station, Greyhound bus station, Tampa Int'l Airport, and other downtown locations. Free on-site outdoor parking for vehicle as large as minivan. Private Bus Tours to Disney and other out of town attractions can be arranged at reasonable cost. Free WI-FI internet connection. Free self-serve continental breakfast. Use of kitchen for you to prepare other meals as needed.
International guests from across the ocean as far away as New Zealand and North American guests from across the nation stretching to Seattle, Washington and north across the border have made this cozy bungalow their home away from home. Come increase your language skill in a comfortable relaxed atmosphere while you enjoy the tropical climate. Come live, work, and play like you never had before, only in Tampa Bay, USA.
Whole house access to cook and relax without being confined to your private room.
Interaction with Guests
Guest interaction as needed.
The greatest thing about the neighborhood is that every amenity and service that one could need is within 2 miles of the bungalow. These places include Busch Gardens Amusement Park, hospitals, walk-in clinics, shopping mall with food court, post office, major interstate highway, tax collector's office, several major hotel chains, and many new and used car dealerships.
HART bus line is one short walking block from the bungalow.
Other Things to Note
You will privately enjoy your stay.
Come with a clean heart and good intentions.
* No Smoking inside or outside the property.
* Please keep the kitchen clean and clear of unfinished meals.
* Please leave all the forks, spoons and other kitchen supplies in the kitchen for other guests to use.
* No Loud Parties.
* No Pets.
* Flush only toilet paper--excess will clog the drain.
* GOVERNMENT ISSUED ID AND PROOF OF CURRENT ADDRESS REQUIRED AT TIME OF CHECK-IN.
Kind and accommodating. Marsha made the students staying at her place feel very welcome. She was a very good host and make the students feel like they had a lovely aunt in town. She was also flexible in negotiating additional guests
If you are coming to Tampa and you are involved with USF a Home away from Home is an oasis in the desert! Marsha is the most gracious , caring, attention to detail hostess you could ask for. The home is centrally located with FABOULUS bus access to USF, a huge shopping mall and lots of restaurants. The home is charming and the rooms are spacious with great closets to hung up your clothes and lots of drawers, especially if you are planning a longer stay. Your room will provide with everything, night table, TV, fan, night lamp all you need to study or simply rest after a long day. Breakfast is self-serve and if you want to bring your own food the fridge is great. She also provides with a kitchen if you are interested in cooking you own meals. I even had a mini-firdge in my room. Marsha keeps the bathroom shinning!. She is very private, friendly, trustworthy and ACCOMODATING! Don’t spend your precious $$$ in a hotel especially if your business commitment does not allow you any free time. A home away from Home is quiet private environment . Marsha will be a friend forever. Thank you Marsha for all your help and what you did for me. I look forward to seeing you soon.
I can't say enough wonderful things about Marsha! The house was clean, comfy and VERY private, with Marsha around the corner available to answer any questions any time! Our room was lovely, especially the towels she folded up like little elephants :). We had many great conversations and she was very helpful in pointing us towards good places to eat and play. The food she provided for breakfast was healthy and bountiful, and we appreciated being able to use her alkaline water filter.
I was surprised to find the area was full of amazing food, all within walking distance from the house. I would really recommend the Vietnamese restaurant Trang Vietnam and the Indian restaurant jai ho. Some of the the best food I have ever eaten!! Although we didn't go to Busch gardens or the university, we walked by several times and they are both extremely close. There is also a nice park right in the neighborhood.
I'm so glad to have met Marsha and stayed in her lovely home. I would recommend it to anybody! Thank you!
Marsha is a charming generous women who knows the meaning of hospitality. She knows her neighbourhood, cares about cleanliness and comfort, and is respectful to your needs.
Marsha's home was so comfortable, SO CLEAN, and so pleasant. It's out of the way -- I was taking a city bus each day to the national convention, and it took quite a while. But the price was fantastic, and she took such thoughtful care of us, down to little muffins, etc., and always fresh hot coffee. My room was small and pretty, with tons of closet space, no problem with wi-fi, the bed was delicious, and I shared the bath with another guest. Things are thought out; we each had our own towel bar, etc., so we wouldn't get confused, and terrycloth robes for modesty.
Marsha was a lovely woman sharing a very nice home. I totally scored on that trip.
I stayed with Marsha for a month while on a medical rotation at USF. Overall it was a positive experience. Marsha is a very accommodating hostess and easily accessible. The house is very close to USF, which was very convenient. Marsha provides breakfast, clean towels/linens, and toiletries. My only complaints are minor, including the room is a little cramped, the internet is slow/wireless is a little spotty, and there is no cable (no ESPN was difficult for me to get used to). However, given the cost, it was a good value. If I were traveling to the Tampa area and don't want to spend the money for a hotel, this is a great option.
Marsha Spence has been a great host, she has a lovely personality and goes above and beyond her duties as a host to ensure that your stay is one of comfort and satisfaction. Her accomodation was excellent and I would recommend anyone to stay here when visiting Tampa, FL.
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About the Host, Marsha
A well rounded innkeeper of Caribbean origin with more than ten years experience providing high quality hospitality services in Florida. I tutor students in the subjects of mathematics and language and enjoy meeting people from different cultures. I have prepared a place for you to be happy at home away from your home.
Life philosophy: "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32