B&B in private home, w/Queen memory foam bed, AT&T's highest speed WiFi, TV, & pool. Inside the loop, close to Tx Med Ctr, the Museum Dist, RiceU, Galleria, & Downtown. Five blocks to 18 restaurants, Whole Foods, Starbucks, & lots more.
Adjustable, subdued, subtle lighting makes this a relaxing environment to unwind after a busy day. The room is full of plants, original artwork, collectibles, and lots travel books.
This room has been furnished and organized with you, the traveler in mind. I took from my past travel experiences and made sure that this space is not only beautiful, clean, and comfortable, but that it has everything you need to have a relaxing and hassle free place to stay while visiting Houston.
First and most importantly, you've got a great bed equipped with a Queen size MEMORY FOAM MATTRESS that sleeps two very comfortably, and there's freshly laundered 100% cotton bed & bath linen, including bath robes. You've got several choices of pillows including memory foam, feather, wool, and regular foam, and there's a three speed ceiling fan, new central air & heat, and a new HD flat screen TV (no cable).
I've found that most of my guests prefer to "live out of their suitcase or backpack", so another really great feature in this room is a six foot long credenza that's just the right height to conveniently open your luggage, backpacks, and computer and leave them open on the top shelf, right where you need it, at waist level, not on the floor; or you can store unneeded items down below on the lower shelf. The credenza is also the perfect height to be used as a desk as well if you need to work, and there's a convenient surge protector with six electrical outlets.
If you've got something really nice you want to unpack, and let the wrinkles fall out, there's a closet with lots of hangers, an iron, a laundry bag, and a three drawer chest for folded things. There's also your own dedicated space in the shared bathroom to stow your toiletries right where you need them...the bathroom. There's an emergency dopp kit, in case you forgot something, or there's a CVS 24 hr pharmacy five blocks away.
There's super fast wifi so you can watch Netflix, communicate, email, or work if need be. There's also several convenient electrical outlets to charge your smart phone, notebook, or iPad... One on either side of the bed, and one by each sitting area, and a surge protector with six outlets at the end of the credenza. So there you go... All taken care of....Now you can relax.
Directly across the hall from your bedroom is a newly remodeled SHARED bathroom, with lots of fresh clean towels and complimentary body wash and shampoo.
The second B in airbnb stands for BREAKFAST, and I provide a self serve continental style breakfast of hot or cold cereal, fresh fruit, milk ( 2%, Soy), orange juice, coffee, or choice of several teas (filtered water). There's plenty of space in the frig for anything you might want to pick up for yourself if you have specific dietary needs.
Outside there's a beautiful green space with large Oak trees, lush foliage, and a SWIMMING POOL. Enjoy the peace and quiet, and if weather permits, take a dip in the pool. Lots of extra clean towels are provided. Also if you need to, there's a coin operated laundry on the premises. Wash your clothes while you're taking a dip!
PROXIMITY TO MAJOR ATTRACTIONS
* TEN MINUTES *
Herman Park & Zoo
The Medical Center
* FIFTEEN MINUTES *
NRG Stadium for conventions or football
Upper Kirby Arts & Dining
University of Houston
Trader Joe's Mkt.
* TWENTY MINUTES *
City Center or Downtown as we say in Texas
Minute Maid Park (baseball & concerts)
Toyota Center (basketball & concerts)
George R Brown Convention Center
BBVA Compass Stadium (soccer)
Hobby Airport (HOU)
* FORTY FIVE MINUTES *
Armand Bayou Nature Center
George W Bush International Airport (IAH)
* ONE HOUR *
I work from home, so I will be there to welcome you on arrival, and a key will be provided at that time. A continental style breakfast is available each morning in the kitchen and breakfast nook area. I'll most likely be working, so make yourself at home!
Interaction with Guests
Your spacious upstairs, master bedroom is one of two bedrooms in a 1000 sq ft, owner occupied Condo, with shared bath. I occupy the other bedroom and only have the one bedroom available for rent at a time, so you would be the only guest/guests. I'm always available and close by, as I work from home, so as much or as little interaction as you wish. I always welcome conversation, and hope that your stay will end with nothing but good memories of good times.
This is a small, very quiet 1950's gated Condo community, ideally situated in one of the best, top rated, close in neighborhoods in the city, where you can walk, run, or bike safely, day or night.
You're only 5 blocks or a 3 min walk from all of these great neighborhood conveniences:
*WHOLE FOOD MARKET
*ANTONE'S PO BOYS
*THE UNION KITCHEN & BAR ( Al Fresco dining)
*HUNAN'S CHINESE RESTAURANT & BAR
*SAWADEE THAI RESTAURANT
*FUZZY'S PIZZA & SPORTS BAR
*MOLINA'S CANTINA & BAR ( Al Fresco dining)
*SILVER PALACE CHINESE BUFFET
*DAN'S VITAMIN HOUSE & SMOOTHIES
*LITTLE WOODROW'S TEXAS ICE HOUSE (Bar/Pub)
*CHERRY DE PON YOGURT & SMOOTHIES
*ISLAND GRILL HOUSTON
*BLACK EYED PEA
*JACK IN THE BOX
*CVS 24 Hr PHARMACY
*BANK OF AMERICA
*WEST U NAILS & SPA
*West U CLEANERS & TAILOR
*CHIROPRACTOR & MASSAGE THEROPY
*PALACE BOWLING LANES
*YMCA - Use *FREE* 1 wk trial membership
*METRO BUS STOP
All these places are in or near a cherished "Mid Century Modern" Strip Shopping Center, voted by the Houston Press as the best strip center in Houston, and it's just 5 blocks away...
You'll be provided with a complete list of all available transportation options and their costs from George Bush International Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), and the AMTRAK station, including transportation on METRO from either airport or the train station to within a half block of my place, which is a good savings for the backpacker.
Bus #68 stops 1/2 block from my place.
This information is included with your receipt when you book the room, and I advise you to print it out for future reference. It will save you Money.
Other Things to Note
If you have any questions, special needs, or requests, please contact me.
Two Socks, a very friendly cat that adopted me several years ago, hangs out here also; mostly outside. He takes care of all his business outside, so there's no kitty liter box smells.
Common sense applies and communication is the key. No one likes surprises, so let's talk about it. I don't smoke, but I have ashtrays and a nice deck out back for smoking.
Dow is the consummate host! We felt so welcomed into his lovely house. We stayed an entire week and never felt as if we were intruding on his private space. The bedroom was large and the bed extremely comfortable for the two of us. It is a lovely quiet neighborhood and a perfect location for me to work out of as I was traveling to different worksites each day. Dow is an Air BnB treasure.
Dow was one of the most sincere and hospitable hosts I've ever had the pleasure of staying with. He is a joy to talk to, and always made sure I had beyond what I needed. His place is very clean and eclectic, and is located in a very nice neighborhood. The bed is incredibly comfy and the location is peaceful and quiet. I hope to have the opportunity to stay again in the future! Thanks again, Dow!
Dow was a wonderful host. From the moment we arrived he made us feel welcome and treated us like friends who were visiting! What I loved the most about staying with Dow is that he thought of everything: he provided extra toiletries and a nice welcome fruit basket with bottled water in the room we would be staying in. Dow even offered to pick us up if we missed the metrorail! He made sure to make himself available for us for whatever we needed, and we appreciated that very much. Dow is also in a great location: there is a bus stop and plenty of food option about 4 blocks from his home, which made getting around Houston SO easy.
The room itself is cozy with a tv and Wifi access. The bed is very comfortable and queen sized so two people may sleep comfortably.
There are so many unique and fun items in his home. You almost feel like you're in a museum.
I would definitely recommend staying with Dow if you're looking for a great host and a safe and convenient location near Downtown Houston.
The best spot in Houston if you are looking for the BEST. Nice location, near everything by car. You can park your car in a safe place just near the apartment. The room is just perfect, super clean, amazing mattress, breakfast the morning in the kitchen with healthy products. And the BEST is Dow! A guy very réceptive and communitative. one Word: make home yourself.
This house was absolutely perfect, exactly how he described. The room itself is gorgeous and probably the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on!! I highly recommend. Almost guaranteed if I won't use him again I will refer and would recommend YOU to stay here. Thank you so much Dow!!
This was my first airbnb experience and it was great. Dow was extremely welcoming and made me feel totally welcome and at home in his place. The bed was very comfortable, the wifi was fast and I had everything I needed and then some. Dow is an excellent host and I look forward to staying with him again!
I did not stay, but my son did. He said it was nice and that Dow was a really nice guy. My son said that he was able to make himself some breakfast...a very nice feature!
I travel and host to hopefully grow, learn, explore, experience, and enjoy life, the amazing world we live in, and the unique people who fill it.
I'm single, semi retired, father of two; college educated, but world wise; easy going, but dependable. I enjoy iPhone photography, tinkering with furniture, messing around with my plants, swimming, going junking , architectural curiosity, and trying to eat and live healthier,
I've traveled a lot, and never tire of the exhilaration and excitement of visiting new places. I've visited in North America, Central America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Each place that I've been fortunate enough to visit has left an impression of one kind or another, and I've tried to incorporate those impressions into the overall experience of staying at my place, which basically just turns out to be good ol' Texas hospitality with a twang.
I have a great collection of modern art, folk art, primitives, mid century modern, art deco, depression era, and just interesting and unusual things I've found over the years. Throw in my green thumb, and you'll come up with my always evolving and changing interpretation of what I consider a cool place to live and hang out!
It's home for me, and I'll do my best to make it yours' while you're here.
I hope you'll enjoy it.