Steam Shower Suite

House - Private room · North Oak Lane, State College, PA 16803, United States
Your host, Emile
15 Reviews
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The Space

This is a bedroom with a private bathroom (new steam shower installed in end of 2012) in a Large 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath house. Guest will have use of fully equipped kitchen (which has been recently remodeled (2013) with granite counter-tops, new cabinets and appliances), dining room, living room with fireplace, and use of washer and dryer in basement. The bedroom is furnished and has queen size bed. Sheets, blankets and towels are provided.

You will be sharing the house with me (a PhD student in the psychology department) and my roommates (a post-doc fellow in Jewish& Film Studies (from Israel) and a PhD student in bioinformatics (From Colombia)), and a dog who will stay outside during your stay.

If you like outdoors there are lots of trails for hiking right behind the house, but still conveniently located downtown. The house is conveniently located in Park Forest with easy access to grocery store (Wegmans), restaurants (Ottos), shops, bars, campus, bowling alley and downtown.

Public transportation (W bus) is on the same block with direct service to Penn State. In addition, there is the N bus line, which is about 2.5 blocks from the house with even more options.

I recently bought this house in 2011, and I have been doing a lot of renovations on it. Some of the earlier reviews reflect that, but happily I have been able to finish those renovation projects and the house is ready for a nice and relaxing experience, and you can enjoy the newly done kitchen and bathroom.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $300 /week
Monthly Price: $700 /month
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Emile is simply the best host we have stayed with. He is low key, and extremely thoughtful. His home made beer is incredible. He also lent us a bike for my son and his buddy to ride around on while visiting Penn State. Very interesting character too. We had our second great stay

    May 2014
  • My wife and sister / brother -in-law needed rooms for my sons graduation. As a typical PSU event weekend there was nothing available within 30 miles and had there been we would have paid at least $500 just to sleep and shower. I forget how I stumbled upon airbnb but once I did I checked out Emile's site and booked the rooms. We had no idea what to expect. His house is in a quiet residential neighborhood about 2 miles from the campus. Emile was there to greet us and show us our rooms and the layout of the house and property. We had comfortable, clean rooms and use of his refrigerator, driveway and garage. Emile seems to cater to international students and for good reason. They are interesting, friendly and very easy to converse with. This is an open house policy but not a frat house atmosphere. His other guests were a Psychology Professor from Spain doing research; a doctorate student from Brazil working on his thesis, and an aeronautical engineering student from France. Most of our time was spent out of the house but when we were there we enjoyed their company, along with his dog, Quid, who just wants to hang with you without being too friendly. Emile provided some of the best pastry and bagels any of us had in a long time, for breakfast. He provided towels and linen. Our only regret was that we didn't find Emile's place at the beginning of our sons college life and had to stay in outrageously expensive hotels that didn't provide half the enjoyment we experienced at Emile's. Highly recommended for someone not so tethered to the same old hotel life and willing to try a little (website hidden) was an unexpected, nice change of pace.

    May 2014
  • My girlfriend and I stayed with Emile for a Penn State football weekend. His place isn't downtown, but it's very conveniently located in a quiet, leafy neighborhood. The house is warm and inviting, the room large and comfortable with a nice attached bathroom. Emile was very welcoming and hospitable. The place was a bargain, especially on a football weekend when prices at local motels triple. We'd definitely stay with Emile again.

    November 2013
  • Emile was an awesome host. He helped me get to where I was going on the Penn State campus, and he even let me borrow an iron so I wouldn't look like a raggamuffin. Also, I must admit that I'm a bit derelict in the world of amenities and had no clue what a steam shower was before my stay; I now know that there is no other way to shower.

    October 2013
  • Last minute crash pad for concert came through in the clutch for both price and comfort. We rose to fresh bagels. Boosh.

    October 2013
  • Had a great stay with Emile for a week! He was a great host in that we was friendly and inviting, explained the facilities, was flexible, and allowed for privacy. The room was a great (might I say exceptional) value, especially with the private bath and steam shower. The whole house was very clean and well decorated. Emile offered the upgraded kitchen area, fridge space and even laundry for our use. Free WiFi was available which was a big plus. The location was within walking distance to a Brewery/Brew Pub, Starbucks coffee, and groceries (Wegmans). His dog was great. Much better than my own. He was quiet and out of the way. I would stay at Emile's again.

    October 2013
  • Emile was an excellent host—very friendly and accommodating but unobtrusive. Due to scheduling issues, we arrived fairly late in the evening and even later than expected. We also brought our dog, a small Maltese. Emile accommodated us on both fronts.

    The breakfast in the morning was ready when we awoke. It was basic but tasty. He offered us full use of his gorgeous kitchen, which we would have taken further advantage of with more time.

    His place was very clean, including our bedroom and bathroom (the one with the steam shower). The steam shower is as advertised and a great perk.

    I wish we could have stayed longer and hope to be back again. Our first airbnb experience was a good one.

    October 2013
  • Emile was the ideal host. The accommodations were as advertised, reservations were handled promptly, and communications were timely. I would not hesitate to recommend Emile's accommodations to anyone. Clean, friendly, and professional are words I would use to describe the accommodations. Friendly and professional are words I would use to describe Emile. Thanks, Emile and Happy Trails!

    August 2013
  • Emile was very hospitable! We made the reservation fairly last minute and got there around 945 but he was on top of everything. He responded quickly to our reservation and met us out front when we got there to show us to the room. The room was perfect for our stay. The steam shower was welcoming and relaxing after a long day of traveling and the bed was comfortable too. The only down side to our stay was it was really hot in our room, we probably could have asked how to turn on the A/c but we just went straight to bed after showering. We slept in the next morning, the house was very quiet and Emile left us breakfast before he left for work! Overall it was a great stay, we loved his dog and it was nice having a private room/bathroom.

    July 2013
  • I stayed at Emile's place for more than a month. I enjoyed staying in the house. it's very comfortable, clean, homey and well-maintained. the location is great. the neighborhood is beautiful, green and not far from downtown. It is peaceful and quiet. The steam shower was awesome and the room is spacious. The wood fireplace was nice. Check out the woods and the trails behind the house. It was fun to play with the dog in the large backyard. He knows a ton of tricks.

    Emile was great to live with. We had a lot of great conversations and fun together. He's friendly and funny. I look forward to visiting and going canoeing with him again sometime. the other housemates were great too. I highly recommend this bnb.

    June 2013
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Penn State University
PhD student Psychology
I am originally from Vermont and I love to travel where I have spent a considerable amount of time in Central America and Europe. I have moved to State College in 2010 to pursue a doctoral degree in Child/Adolescent Psychology. At that point, I really missed traveling and I remembered how difficult it was to find a place while studying and living abroad. I decided to buy a large house so I could meet many new people by hosting them, and by providing leases that are flexible so people can travel with more ease. In 2011, I bought a house that was large and had a lot of sun, but it needed some updating because it felt like it had not changed since the 1970´s. During my first year owning the house, I have spent a lot of time remodeling it where I have installed a new kitchen (equipped with granite counter-tops, new appliances, new flooring and new cabinets), re-did all the hardwood floors in the house, and remodel one of the bathroom (it now includes a rain shower and steam unit). My goal with the house is to provide a comfortable place for people traveling to State College, without dealing with cumbersome leases. I have hosted many PhD students, post-docs, young career professionals from all over the world (e.g. Israel, Colombia, Italy, Russia, France, Costa Rica, Netherlands). I look forward to meeting you and if you have any questions about my place, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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