Cheerful Room, NIH,Walter Reed &DC

Apartment - Private room · Battery Ln, Bethesda, MD 20814, United States

The Space


Enjoy the sites of D.C. and the charm and safety of Bethesda! Just voted number 2 of The Top 10 Healthiest Cities for Women by SELF magazine "It's super-safe, with half the violent crime average."

Enjoy the Summer in D.C.area and make use of the many outdoor spaces and alfresco dining options

You will find my 2 bedroom 1 bathroom cheerful apartment is superbly located between the Metro Stations of Bethesda and the Medical Center ( NIH, Walter Reed Hospital Entrances)

Medical Center Metro 0.6 miles/965 meters distance walking times about 9 min. average
To get to NIH Building 10, walk another 0.6 miles or take free Shuttle from Medical Center, or you can take free Perimeter Shuttle mornings and afternoon/evenings, stop is right across my Building,
Bethesda Metro Station0.7 miles/1126 meters
walking time about 11 min. average
There is the free Circulator Bus that can get you there too, comes every 10 min Mon- Sat, Stop is behind my Building

We are on the Red Line of the metro, connecting you directly to areas like Rockville and Gaithersburg to the North, and all major stops in D.C., including Union Station (Amtrak).
With transfer, you can reach Reagan National Airport conveniently.
Both Tripper and Vamoose bus connect NY with Bethesda.
$27/30 one way

Metro, Ride-on Bus stops and NIH shuttle in front of building. Free Circulator bus to Bethesda Station and to movie theaters, restaurants, grocery stores behind my building.

Downtown Bethesda provides easy access to restaurants, stores,the Capital Crescent Bike path and 2 movie theaters, There is also the Roundhouse theater (ask me about special low price performance options) a short walk away and and Strathmore Concert Hall, reachable by bus and metro. It is convenient to get around on foot, bicycle and public transportation.
There is a bike shops where you can rent a bicycle to explore. There are also zip-car locations if you have a membership to venture out.

The room is about 10 x 12 feet with a big window , with part privacy film since it is on the ground floor. It is furnished with a twin size bed, shelves, mirror, table and chair and is painted and decorated in friendly colors.
Sheets and towel are provided.

INFO Second Person: Massage table with extra padding, sleep comfort firm-think futon.
Can be elevated at height as in picture or close to floor.

The apartment has a second door leading directly outside to the courtyard. Take a chair out and enjoy during nice weather.

You'll share the space with me, your host.
I work part time out and part of the day from home.

Rent includes: Sheets,Towels,Internet,Coffee,Tea
Available: Hairdryer, Ironing tools, Steamer, Laundry Detergent
Pay-card for laundry facilities $1.65 +$1.50 wash/dry
Parking (a must in downtown Bethesda during the week),on request with a deposit for parking hanger and access card.
Metro and buses, you can borrow a smartrip card to load (unless it is worth the $5.00 to buy one and keep as a souvenir ) this will save you extra fee on metro and bus fare.


Guest Access

Access to eating area and shared kitchen for preparation of Breakfast and light cooking/refrigerator,dishes, pans
Faucet has attached water filter.
There is a shared TV in the living room.

Interaction with Guests

I am living here and partially work from home so I will be present during your stay.
If you got time to chat a bit, or need information to get around, just let me know. If you busy and tired and just need to recover at the end of the day in your room, that is fine too.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $150
Cleaning Fee: $20
Check In: 5:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Two of us (large, heterosexual, retired, professional males) shared the room for three weeks. We found Martina to be very friendly and sociable. The area seems safe. The number of restaurants within walking distance is remarkable. The free shuttle bus to the Metro is very convenient; it runs every day but Sunday, but for us the 7 a.m. starting time was about an hour later than we would have wished. In better weather than we had during out stay, one could choose to walk to the Metro in 10 minutes, passing a convenient grocery store en route. The brick apartment building is old and the walls are thin, and having lived in a detached home for years, earplugs helped us a lot. The room is too small to comfortably host two men not sharing the bed (I had agreed in advance to sleep on Martina’s examination table). We would have welcomed a dresser with a desk lamp and chair, and a light in the closet. Martina keeps the apartment very clean (shoes come off at the door) and has decorated it nicely. Wireless internet (1.2 mbps) is shared by the TV, laptops, notebooks, and other devices. The router gets the signal by antenna, not cable or phone line, and is quite sporadic. With three concurrent users, the TV went into “buffering” mode at times. I take full responsibility for not having read the description carefully and thus didn't realize that we two men and a woman would be sharing the same bathroom next to the bedrooms, which was a bit uncomfortable for me. That being said, I would recommend this apartment for an individual or perhaps a couple (sharing the one bed) who would be staying in the NIH/Bethesda area.

    April 2014
  • Martina was a wonderful host. She readily helped me manage all my luggage (and keep in my mind I had a lot to move back to my home country after a year in the US). The room is very spacious and was kept clean, the bed was very comfortable. Location was simply perfect for me, walking distance to NIH and to great places to eat and hang out in Bethesda. She was very understanding of my going in and out of the apartment all the time, considering I was leaving the country and had a lot to arrange. I would certainly stay again with her, I only regret not having had more time to chat more over coffee!

    March 2014
  • I spent a week in Bethesda, working at NIH. Martina's place was super convenient, approximately 5 minutes walk from the campus and with a shuttle stop directly across the street from the apartment. Martina was very friendly and we shared several similar interests. This made for interesting discussions on a broad range of topics including sustainable lifestyle, wholesome food preparation, the value of exercise and removal of reactive molecules from our cells. Martina had plenty of maps and even offered a Metro card. The major drawback for me was the lack of a desk and work chair in the room.

    February 2014
  • Very pleasant and hospitable host.. Conveniently located about 15 min from the metro. I would recommend staying with Martina anytime.

    October 2012
  • I really enjoyed my stay. Martina was very gracious and hospitable, and she went out of her way to be helpful and accomodating. It was the perfect spot for me, in such a pleasant neighborhood, and I look forward to returning!

    October 2012
  • Wonderful location! A nice quiet bedroom with a twin bed. The apartment is clean, neat and quiet. Martina is a super friendly lady and always willing to help. If no car, the place is withing walking distance from 2 metro stations, plus bus is outside the building. Great dining options withing minutes walking.
    Thank you for everything!

    October 2012
  • Everything was as advertised, Martina was an amazing host, she provided a tour of the nearby area, and had great suggestions for dining options. Definitely ask about the french bakery. The room was nice and comfortable, with ample closet space, also the walk to the metro is not too far, I hardly used my car at all. Martina has a wonderfully outgoing spirit, always a source of good conversation. I recommend this cheerful room if you will be staying in the area. I am new to DC and stayed here while waiting for longer term housing details to be worked out and I am glad I did.

    September 2012
  • Martina was a wonderful hostess and her place is exactly as described. Very clean and airy. Great for one person. I was travelling on work so didn't have a lot of time for leisure, but I found Martina to be very knowledgable about the area and can offer great recommendations on places to eat or things to do in the area. I will certainly stay with her again when I need a place in Bethesda. If you are planning a visit to the DC area, Martina's "Cheerful Room" is a good value. Bethesda is a very safe community and provides easy access via public transportation to all the attractions in the area.

    September 2012
  • Martina is fabulous: helpful with directions, quick to respond, really warm person. Room is cheerful, quiet, comfortable and with lots of nice touches (carafe of water, maps, etc.) Quick walk to NIH, Walter Reed and Metro. I will stay here again!

    December 2013
  • Martina is a great host, really friendly and helpful. The room's great too, it felt like home in no time. I'd recommend this place to anyone!

    December 2013
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I love to share with people the things I learned about the Washington D.C. area over the 20 years I have lived here. I am originally from Austria, and love to travel myself. My interests are broad and spread as far as from Opera at the Kennedy center to Baseball games, Health and Wellness to good chocolate.I love the fact that this area provides access to cultures from all parts of the globe.
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