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Monday, September 4, 2017

Classic Baltimore Row Home

I'm going a bit out of order for my Baltimore trip because I want to share my Air BnB experience with my dear readers.

When I first booked my Baltimore trip back in July, I was looking for an inexpensive, but safe place to stay. I stayed in an Air BnB in Toronto and loved the experience, I thought I would give it a try for Baltimore. I found a room located in a beautiful classic row house and had to book it. For $46/night, I couldn't pass up the opportunity. Once I booked the room, the host, Max, texted me right away asking if I needed anything before my stay. I told him I didn't. I didn't hear from him until the day of my stay and he was just as friendly. I told him I'd arrive at 3, he also told me he was having friends over and not to mind them. I liked how friendly he was.

After spending 20 minutes at Graffiti Alley, I had enough of the rain and fortunately, it was time to check in to my Air BnB. I had some contact with the person beforehand and he seemed nice, before I arrived at his house in Federal Hill, I texted him that I was on my way. It wasn’t a far Lyft ride and I was there within 10 minutes. When I arrived at the classic Baltimore house, my host greeted me and showed me around a bit. He then invited me to watch college football with his friends. I decided I would watch football until I had to leave for my dinner reservations at 5:15. It was fun watching five different games and speaking to one of Max’s (my host) friends. David, the one I was speaking with, is in marketing and is moving to Tampa in a few weeks. He is looking forward to the change of scenery and we talked about a lot of different other things. Max’s whole crew was friendly and welcoming. I liked that about where I stayed.

Before I left for dinner, I asked him if I would be a bother if I took a shower after I came back from the game. He said, "No, don't worry about it. Help yourself to coffee, water, and whatever you need. Also, if we are too loud, don't hesitate to let us know." When I came home from the game, it was just me. His friends did mention they were going out for the draft picks. It was fine. When I awoke the next morning, I accidentally turned on the light downstairs and didn't realize his friends were sleeping on the couch. I turned off the light quickly, but none of them made a peep. I didn't even hear them come in - they must have been quiet (loud noises do wake me up) and I appreciated that. 

The house was comfortable, clean, and in a safe neighborhood. Since it was a classic Baltimore home, the inside reminded me of the historic homes I loved to visit. The brick walls inside were lovely, as was the different architecture within the house. I will admit that I did take some pictures because when I finally can move and can afford a house of my own, I would love to own a house like this. I would love to own an old-fashioned town house with two bedrooms. It would be the perfect size for me and I’m thinking that once I can own a house, I’d like to open my house to Air BnB. I just loved where I stayed, though I didn’t sleep well, but I never do when I travel because I miss my own bed.

I would truly recommend Air BnB - I've had great experiences so far.

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