About this listing
Hello, I am Rossen. Check my AirBnB profile for a few words about myself. Here is a detailed description of my master bedroom that I share on AirBnB (the best thing about my place is the location – check the location and neighborhood section below):
THE SPACE AND THE ARRANGEMENT
I live in a two bedroom apartment and I share one of rooms with AirBnB guests. So when you book the room, you will be only sharing the living space with me as your host, but with no other guests or strangers. You will have your own private room and the rest of the space we share – bathroom, kitchen, living room, deck, yard. For all my guests I provide clean sheets, towels, two metro Smart Trip cards (rechargeable chip-cards that also give you a slight discount on the metro fare), a visitors parking pass for free daily street parking in front of my building (in case you drive), two longboards to share if you are into that, and the possibility of bike rentals through a friend of mine (on a case by case basis – ask me if you are interested). I have a few simple house rules to be observed (please check those separately) and in return, I am very easy-going and flexible. Also to clarify, guests are sometimes confused by the name “AirBnB” and ask me if I provide breakfast, rides to/from the airport, and sightseeing tours around the city. AirBnB is al bed and breakfast only in name and only virtually. I am only able to provide friendly hosting, a nice place, a low price, all the coffee and tea in the house, and a lot of good suggestions to make your experience in Washington DC count. The rest is up to you and I could only help with ideas.
THE APARTMENT AND THE ROOM
My place to share is a modern two bedroom apartment on the second floor in a small 4 unit building. I have a separate listing for the whole apartment, but I also rent the rooms separately to low-key travelers on a budget. The master bedroom listed here is the bigger of the two and has a very comfortable queen size bed with a tempur-pedic matrass insert. The apartment has one bathroom (that we share), a fully equipped modern kitchen, and a large wooden deck with patio furniture and a propane grill. The apartment is clean, tidy, well-maintained, and non-smoking home. A few of other features include:
- Wireless Internet
- TV and cable
- PS3 with a Netflix account and a DVD/Blu-Ray player (and FIFA 2014 if you care hahaha)
- A laptop-to-TV video and sound connectors
- A stereo with 2 ceiling and 2 stand-alone speakers
- Washer and dryer in unit
- Central air
- Jet tub
- A decent size fenced in grassy yard on the side of the building (bike can be locked on the iron fence)
- A guest street parking pass and plenty of street parking available, including two unzoned streets a block away
To all my reservations, I will email specific suggestions on DC gems and must-go places for live music, shows, night life, dining, crafty pizza, coffee, beer, wine, spirits etc. that go beyond the neighborhood and explore the best of the city.
Their own private room
Clean sheets and towels
Shared kitchen, fridge, and everything for cooking
Shared living room, TV, stereo and entertainment
Washing machine and drier in the apartment
2 metro passes
A big deck
Interaction with Guests
I like to meet and greet usually, then I work every week day, so I am mostly around on nights and weekends but even then not all the time.
The biggest advantage of my place is also an important one when you are exploring a new city - location and convenience! My neighborhood is definitely not among Washington’s most exciting and bohemian areas - it doesn’t have tons of restaurants, cafes, and businesses. Eckington is rather small, residential, quite and slower. However, it’s located right in the city center geographically and serves as a great access point for quickly reaching DC's museums, monuments, and tourist attractions, as well as some of DC’s most exciting and up and coming neighborhoods (Bloomingdale, Noma, Shaw, U street, Downtown/Chinatown, H Street/Atlas Entertainment District, Capitol Hill). It is also right on DC’s most useful Red Metro Line (the stop is Noma) and an easy walk (or just one metro stop) to Union Station, where all the trains and buses to the city stop.
AirBnB also publishes its own guide of DC neighborhoods (https://www.airbnb.com/locations/washington-dc/neighborhoods), but here is my short take (I will email you a lot more when you book):
BREAKFAST, BRUNCH, LUNCH, AND DINING
• Big Bear café – probably the coolest joint around here, wind very crafty coffee, patio garden, and ever changing eclectic dinner menu on candle light (10-15 mins walk).
• Windows café – easy neighborhood, deli type café (10-15 mins walk).
• Grassroots Gourmet – a family bakery that uses fine ingredients to bake from scratch.
• Rustic Tavern – great brick oven pizza and creative ingredients (10-15 mins walk).
• Aroi Fine Thai and Japanese cuisine – traditional Thai and sushi (10-15 mins walk).
• Bacio Pizzeria – great take out joint with excellent gourmet pizza (10-15 mins walk).
• Beau Thai – modern Thai joint (15-20 mins walk).
• Todd Gray's Watershed – an upscale, celebrity-chef restaurant (10-15 mins walk)
• Fast bite options around the NoMA metro stop (15 mins walk):
-5 Guys burgers
-Roti Mediterranean Grill
-Au Bon Pain
• A Litteri – an authentic Italian grocer and deli with a mindblowing selection of wine, meats, olive oil, cheese, and anything Italian. They make great sandwiches too. This one is a true gem (15-20 min walk).
• Union Market – an old historic marketplace that has been recently renovated and is now one of the hippest gems in town and a serious rival to Eastern Market. It has and artisan feel and offers an original mix of meats, cheese, produce, seafood, bakery, smokery, creamery, Korean BBQ tacos, empanadas, olive oil, gelato, coffee, cupcakes, fine wine and beers, flowers (15-20 mins walk).
• Thai X-ing – probably the best and most famous Thai restaurant in the city, which is actually in the chef’s house and serves traditional home-style Thai recipes passed down from his family in an intimate home setting. Keep in mind that although it is not pretentious, reservations are a good idea, just because of the high traffic (25-30 mins walk).
- Boundary Stone Public House – a very aesthetic neighborhood bar (but also popular all across the city) that offers crafted beers, an amazing bourbon list, and good food (10-15 mins walk).
- Showtime - a cash only, casual neighborhood dive bar with a free jukebox
PHARMACY AND GROCERIES
• McKinley Market – a small grocer/convenience store just around the corner (less than 5 min walk).
• New Star Supermarket – a decent size neighborhood supermarket where you can find pretty much everything you need for cheap. It just hasn’t caught up with the organic/fancy food revolution yet – I am still a fan (10 mins walk).
• Harris Teeter – the nicest grocery store around in terms of food quality and organic choices. It also has a rich food bar and bakery with numerous of breakfast, lunch and dinner choices (15 mins walk, it’s by the NoMa metro).
• Giant – a typical big American chain supermarket that offers everything and anything, generally cheaper than Harris Teeter. It also has a rich food bar and bakery with numerous of breakfast, lunch and dinner choices (15 mins walk, it’s by the Rhode Island Ave metro).
• Sunday farmers market by Big Bear Café.
• CVS – two pharmacies, one by the NoMA metro and one by the Rhode Island Ave Metro (both 15 min walk).
SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES
There are multiple public sport facilities in the area, including indoor and outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, track, basketball courts, football and soccer fields, bike trails and city bike lanes, and the city’s only bike polo ground where pick-up games take place on Monday and Thursday night.
• Harry Thomas Recreation Center – outdoor pool in the summer, gym, baseball field, tennis courts, basketball courts (10 mins walk).
• McKinley Tech High School – football/soccer field and track (5 mins walk).
• Trinity College - indoor Olympic pool (25 min walk)
• Project Fitness Chickaro – gym and personal training (10 mins walk).
• Brentwood Park – bike polo (20 min walk)
In terms of entertainment, the H Street Corridor/Atlas District and the U street area are both well known for their night life. Both are also 1.5 miles away, or a 30-40 minute walk.
AIRPORTS/TRAIN STATION TRANSFERS
Here are the options for getting to the city from the different airports, as well as from the bus and train stations (together with time and cost estimates for each option):
•From Union Station and bus terminal: it's 1 metro stop away on the red line (Union Station --> NoMA) or a 25 min walk (easy)
•From Reagan National Airport (DCA): The airport is on the yellow metro line. You need to get off in Chinatown and transfer from the yellow to the red line for NoMA. It will be a total of 30-45 min door to door with the metro, or a $20 taxi cab ride (easy)
•BWI Airport - Baltimore (http://www.bwiairport.com/en/travel/ground-transportation) - 40 minute drive (without traffic) or a $30-40 shuttle bus ride (second passenger travels for just $15). A taxi cab ride will be $60-70, which is okay for 3-4 people. There is also a train option with the MARC train (Penn line) that runs between BWI and Union Station in DC for $6 each way, but the train runs in inconvenient times and is rather slow - check its schedule online to make sure if that's the best option for you.
•Dulles International Airport ((website hidden)) - 45 minute drive (without traffic) or a $30-40 shuttle bus ride. A taxi cab ride will be $60-70, which is okay for 3-4 people. There is also the Washington Flyer Coach (a bus) that takes you from Dulles Airport to the closest metro station (West Falls Church) every 30 minutes for $10 one way. You also take the metro bus 5A from Dulles Airport directly into the city - goes to L'Enfant Plaza metro stop - the cheapest but also the slowest option.
LOCAL CITY TRANSPORTATION
The apartment is also a 10-15 minute walk to the metro (the stop is NoMa) on DC's most useful metro line – the Red Line. The walk to the metro is on a pedestrian/bike trail with no car traffic and a straight shot to the NoMa stop. In terms of public transportation, the metro is the fastest and easiest way to get around DC. The Rhode Island metro stop is about the same distance to my house, but since it’s the next one after NoMa, there is no reason to use it, unless you go there for shopping at TJ Max or some of the dining there. Two WMATA Smartrip cards that I have for guests allow you to use the bus and metro systems. Simply add value to your card either on the bus or in the metro station, and start using. Using the Smarttrip card saves $1 each ride on the metro and $0.25 on each bus ride, compared to a paper card.
In addition to the DC metro and public buses, the Smarttrip card is good for the following local partners too: DASH, Ride On, Fairfax Connector, ART, CUE, Loudoun County Transit, Omniride, TheBus, DC Circulator, Maryland Transit Administration Local Bus, Light Rail.
BIKES AND CYCLING
Biking remains the best way to get around town – fast, cheap, and allows for the most exploration and sightseeing. DC is one of the most bike friendly areas in America and the bike infrastructure and lanes grow by the day. My neighborhood is also a major city cycling area with the Metropolitan Branch Trail (connecting Union Station with Silver Spring and MD) running straight through it, together with several streets with bike lanes that connect directly to downtown, Dupont Circle and Georgetown. The city bike sharing program (Capital Bikeshare) also has several renting stations in the neighborhood, where you can check out bikes by the minute, by the hour, by the day, for 3 days, or for a month. The first 30 minutes is free and then they charge differently in increments of 30 minutes – click here for membership and pricing. ‘Bike and Roll’ at Union Station (and several other locations around town) also rents out nice bikes by the day for around $40. Or you can have one (or both) of my indestructible cruiser bikes with locks and helmets for $15 a day.
I would recommend using the metro or walking, but here are the bus lines near me, just in case:
•P-6, which stops on my corner, across from the building and goes to Downtown (China Town, Metro Center, Constitution Ave near the White House and the monuments, and all the way to the baseball stadium that the Washington Nationals play – Navy Yard Ball Park). The P6 route and schedule can be found here
•The Circulator – probably DC’s most convenient, most regular, and fastest bus line! The yellow Circulator line starts at Union Station (so either one metro stop away, or a 25 min walk from the house) and it goes through the whole city – China Town, McPherson Square and Faraggut Square (close to the White House), Foggy Bottom, Georgetown, and all the way to the Dumbarton Oaks Garden in northern Georgetown, which is a must see when you are in town! The other Circulator lines go also to Columbia Heights, Capitol Hill, Eastern Market, and the Navy Yard baseball stadium. There is a map in your room but also check out the Circulator route map here
•90, 92, 93 – they pass by the NoMa metro stop, on New York Ave, so a 10 min walk from the house, and they go to Eastern Market on one end, and U street and Adams Morgan on the other end (party areas). The 90s busses schedule can be found here
•G8 – it goes on Rhode Island Ave, so a 10 min walk from the house and it takes you to Howard University, Metro Center and Farragut Square. The 80 schedule can be found here
•80 – drives on North Capitol Str, so a 10 min walk from the house, and it takes you to Union Station, China Town (and the Verizon Center where the Wizards and the Capitols play), Metro Center, McPherson Square, Farragut Square, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by Georgetown. The 80 schedule can be found here
I will greatly appreciate if you observe the simple house rules that I consider just common sense:
• Please use the clean linen (sheets and bedding) that I have provided, don’t sleep on bare beds.
• Keep the thermostat (AC/heat) always on “Auto” – that means that it cycles on and off ti maintain the desire temperature, as opposed to overloading by being constantly blowing.
• Be considerate with the hot water (if you take 1h shower or a hot tub, there won’t be hot water for the next person).
• Keep clean (dishes, bathroom, shoes off in the house, etc.)
• Don’t keep food and eat in your room – the kitchen and living room are yours to store and prepare food, and also to eat it there. This is the rule that most of my guests violate, so please be considerate.
• Don’t be too loud and be respectful to neighbors (music, slamming doors, high heels etc.).
• If we are sharing the house, also be considerate of loud noise late at night and early morning. I do my best to not wake you up, please try to do the same until everybody is up.
• Please don’t sneak unannounced guests on me, I could be flexible but everything needs to be communicated in advance.
• If you run into any kind of issue, please contact me right away.
About the Host, Rossen
Hello, I am Rossen.
Originally from Europe, Washington DC has been my home town for quite some time now. I work in research and like to make room for the things I enjoy the most in life - music, snow/skate/kiteboarding, friends, dogs, classic SAAB 900s, and the English Premier League. I also very much enjoy a meaningful conversation with intelligent people.
AirBnB has become a cause and a lifestyle for me both as a host and as a traveler. I am a big supporter of the people-powered sharing economy and I believe in folks networking to enjoy new experiences and new places while at the same feeling part of a community and avoiding generic and overpriced hotels. For me, hosting is traveling and making friends around the world without leaving my home, while also making my guests feel at home when they are away from home. I enjoy sharing and helping you have a comfortable stay and experience as many of the thrills my city has to offers as you can take : )
I know Washington DC well and depending on what you like and have time for, I would help you explore the different faces of the city: its history, museums, monuments, and politics; its vibrant neighborhoods with a thriving restaurant scene, farmers markets, and a good number of eclectic places that offer creative selections of crafty coffee, microbrews and spirits; its cultural life and international and ethnic aspects; its nightlife and live music scene.
I have a few simple house rules to be observed and in return, I am very flexible with the arrangements and accommodation.