I am an Arts and Sciences graduate and love to host interesting people. I work in Arlington, VA for an IT Government contractor. I have 2 grown children and enjoy hosting on airbnb.
The best part of my stay was Iris! She is a wonderful, accomodating host. She went out of her way to make me comfortable and communicated regularly in advance to ensure all would be smooth sailing when I arrived. The accomodations were as promised, clean and comfortable. Her home is truly less than a 10 minute walk from the Metro stop which made getting there very easy from the airport. Going back to the Metro with luggage would have been a challenge as it is quite a steep hill so I opted for the $15 fare on Super Shuttle to get back to Reagan. On two other occasions, when she was available Iris was kind enough to drop me at the station.
I was quite skeptical as this was my first time using this site or this type of accomodation. I based my decision to book with Iris after reading other reviews and her time and was fortunate with my selection. Thank you Iris!
Iris was a wonderful host. Accommodation was comfortable and suited my needs well. Location was within walking distance to the train station which obviated a need for a car or taxi. I highly recommend this host and accommodation.
Iris is a most warm, gracious, and hospitable host. She went out of her way to ensure that I was taken care of and even added some perks when it was unexpected. Her location was excellent (within 2 blocks of metro) centrally located in Alexandria and I thoroughly enjoyed my stay and visit at the cozy cottage. It was a great value and I appreciated it.
Iris was a great host and I enjoyed my stay. The place is very close to the metro making it convenient to travel throughout the DC area.
I had a great stay with Iris! Iris is very kind and considerate and made my move to DC a smooth one. I can't thank Iris enough for helping me settle in.
Cozy cottage would be great for someone who needs time to locate more permanent housing. Close to metro and shops as well. A pleasure.
Iristine is the nicest host you could ever imagine. She was even kind enough to drive me to the Metro a couple of times. my room was very clean, and the bathroom was very clean.
I did have some issues: although she is only a few blocks from Metro, those blocks are very uphill/downhill steep blocks. Difficult with luggage, or if you have trouble walking. Also, the bathroom is upstairs, while my room was down. I wanted the downstairs room as I have trouble with stairs, but I still had to climb stairs for the bathroom.
The last thing that I need to say is that while the room I was in, and the bathroom, were very clean, the house in general was very cluttered. This may not be a problem for some people, but it bothered me a little.
I had a very pleasant stay hosted by Iris at her Cozy Cottage. Iris is kind and considerate. She gave me a ride in the rain to a nearby restaurant for dinner my first evening and offered a continental breakfast each of the two mornings I stayed in her home. The residence is a short walk from the Metro. The room is comfortable with adequate closet space; Wi-Fi is available--a fast and easy hook-up. There is also a cable television in the room. Iris is a fine host!
I had a great stay with Iris! I had to find accomodations quickly and she responded promptly. I was driving and she made sure that I knew how to get there, and when I arrived she provided a parking pass for me. It is also close to the Metro, so getting into DC was easy. She made sure I knew where things were in the house as well as the surrounding area. The room was clean and comfortable, and I would stay with her again.
My stay at Iris's little cottage was wonderful. What a great host. She picked me up from the Metro station because it was late at night when I arrived (it's only a 5 min walk from her house). The bathroom is shared so she also made sure I had a guaranteed time in the AM. She let me know about neighborhood stores and tourist attractions, offered clean sheets midpoint of my stay (I stayed for a week), and at the end she offered laundry facilities.
The kitchen was available for cooking and I had a cube refrigerator in my room, so it was possible to prepare meals if I wanted to (I chose to eat out). My room was clean, the bathroom was clean, and the bed was very comfortable. I met another resident (patent attorney) who had been living there for 2 months and really liked the arrangement. The other individual staying there was a patent examiner specializing in IT patents. (It's one stop on the Metro to the USPTO hence all the patent people; I was visiting to take a patent bar class.) I had complete privacy in my room and the neighborhood was quiet.
I do think this used to be a rougher neighborhood pre-Metro. There are telltale chainlink fences that are being replaced by picket fences and nice landscaping. I saw a lot of neighbors on Iris's block doing home improvements. If the commuters were any indication this is a large middle to upper middle class neighborhood now with some military personnel. So if you see information to the contrary online regarding Huntington neighborhood it may be outdated. Yes the Metro station is sketchy at night but hey, that's true anytime you're this proximity to a large metropolitan area.
It was really nice to stay with Iris! She isa very warm and friendly person. I stayed there during the hurricane Irene and the next day we went together to discover the city. A compact room, with everything you need in it. The place is near the subway station, so this also was an advantage.
Iris is a friendly and down to earth person. Her place is neat, clean, and a short distance to the metro. The neighborhood is quiet. She is a great host and you will enjoy your stay with her. I highly recommend her as a host and her cozy place.
Yes I recommend you to stay with Iris. The house is less than a mile away from the Metro. The house is beautiful. It has a very large dinning room and beautiful bathrooms on the top two levels. Iris is my big sister and she is a great host. So, stay with confidence. She is also an Obama supporter. Go Iris, Go Obama!!
This room is indeed cozy and clean. The house is very close to the metro and Iris is a delight to stay with. I would recommend with the highest confidence.