Easygoing and cosmopolitan
This is a filthy hovel. Spiderwebs, fresh and ancient ropes covered with dust hung everywhere, including the incomplete construction-- open studs and exposed drywall edges with gaping holes. There was even a large spider with several egg sacks directly over the bed. Dirt and leaves cluttered the windowsills, a scrim of filth dulled what little light filtered through the leaves of the vines clinging to the windows. I literally had to dust off my feet putting on shoes. There was mold growing in the gap (seriously!) between the shower and the tile.
There was no place to unpack save the stained futon couch. Every surface was covered and the closet packed. At least there was a bed and attached bathroom.
Don't believe her when there are "no rules" listed. On Friday (email hidden), she pounded on my door, yelling that I was being "inappropriate." When I asked her to clarify the boundaries, she only said "I live here!" with no information about what I had done wrong.
The neighborhood was dodgy enough for me to not feel comfortable walking home at night, so what I saved on lodging I spent on cabs. Stay in West Cambridge, not East!
I took pictures to verify of all of this. I will send them to anyone interested. Seriously, could she not have swept? I'd like to know where the cleaning fee went!
I really should have left, but the hotels in the area were all booked.
Elena responded quickly and made her home very welcoming to me. Was much appreciated.
The place is nice, clean, and comfortable, in the heart of Cambridge. And Elena is a very nice person who will accomodate you warmly!
The room was large, comfortable, quite, and private, and Elena was a very considerate host.
How can be disappointed by Elena with her large smile and her artistic house! I found a lovely home decorated by Elena with her own draw and sculpture. With Elena, the nature is wild and the garden happy to embrace the wall of the house. The room was clean and large, the neighborhood is quiet and lovely. Close to harvard, the price is very correct compared to the global offer in Boston.
I highly recommend you Elena!
Great room and location. Host was very accommodating to my schedule.
Elena was a great host. She and I walked to the subway together and she showed me how to get around. The basement room was very bright and clean.
I had a wonderful time in Cambridge, and I owe many thanks to Elena for the room she provided. She is kind, helpful and very talented.
Elena was an amazing host, and my words can't totally express how great my staying at her place was.
The bedroom and bathroom are quite comfortable, the house is very well placed in a quiet neighborhood, but close to avenues, so it's easy to get to almost everywhere in Cambridge and Boston by just walking.
If I ever go back to Cambridge I'd definitively contact her again and see if the room is available.
Let's start with the place. The bedroom is huge, with storage space, the private bathroom has a tub. It's the basement but there is a lot of window and plenty of light. When I worked at the (huge) desk I could see squirrels and birds playing in the snow. Very quite, great sleep.
The area. The house is right in front of the library and the highschool gym as well as walking distance from everything. Despite my busy schedule I had a chance to enjoy all of it and it made me like Cambridge.
Now Elena. She is the most generous of host, always cheerful which made my stay a real joy.