Every homestay is different. At Charm City Homestay, you are staying with a retired journalist and world traveler, who is still a travel writer and a lover of the outdoors. It may sound like a contradiction, but I love peace and quiet AND social interaction with my guests. These house rules are designed to allow us to share this historic Charm City rowhome, built in 1848, harmoniously.
If you smoke, have animals, wear perfumes or fragrances, or want to bring in family, visitors, etc., another accommodation would be better for you. If you accidentally booked without knowing these limitations, please contact me immediately so we can get you into a different accommodation.
Special note for travel nurses: You may have 1 guest for 2 nights a month. If you have a group that needs accommodation (say you are all en route to a wedding), let me know — I may be able to put your additional guests into another suite. Bear in mind we have to work with maximum occupancy since my home is residentially zoned.
Here’s what you can use in the kitchen:
- Keurig coffeemaker (also makes hot tea)
- Plates, cutlery, cups, sink, dishwasher
The stove and oven are reserved for the homeowner. Why? VERY limited counter space, it’s difficult to share it if multiple people want to cook their meals. Still, IF you would like to create a meal for everyone in the house, let me know and we can discuss this option.
Special note for travel nurses: You can also use the stove and oven, please clean up and put away your dishes promptly, thanks.
Special note for travel nurses: You can bring additional items. Bear in mind, I only offer use of your suite, so everything has to fit in there. For example, I don’t have any storage space for kitchen utensils, pots and the like — you will have your own pantry, fridge and freezer space though.
If you have a car full of belongings, go online or call Extra Space Storage at (855) 838-1714 regarding their location at 1400 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21231 to rent a space to hold all but the maximum of 3 suitcases permitted in this accommodation.
You can book a small space for $19-24 a month, first month FREE.
If you need a truck, these are included free as part of storage at Canton Self-Storage.
You may be covered for this automatically by your credit card — check your travel benefits online. A useful article: Compare credit cards’ trip cancellation, trip interruption policies
You can also drop off your luggage before 4 p.m. for $15. This charge is waived for stays of five days or more.
Enter this code, but do not press the LOCK icon. (That just relocks the unit.) The deadbolt will retract (give it a second or two).
When you get inside, turn the deadbolt counterclockwise. When you leave, hit the button with the “Lock” icon (but don’t key in any numbers!).
If the streets and sidewalks are dry, you can feel free to wear your shoes inside.
I do not, but you can pick up a small, portable safe from Amazon (here is one with good ratings) and lock it to a fixture in your suite.
You can send parcels from Amazon to the nearest Amazon Locker called “Harboreast” at Whole Foods, 1001 Fleet St.
You may send any other packages, for $10 for a package under 10 pounds, $15 for a heavier package, to:
c/o Ann’s Store
140 S. Ann St.
Baltimore, MD 21231
Proprietors: Katchi Asharraf and Mac Rimzan. This store is just cattycorner to my home. Phone: 443 909 8361
If you need to enter an address on a work form, please use the Baltimore Main Post Office:
c/o General Delivery
USPS Baltimore Main Post Office
900 E. Fayette St., Room 118
Baltimore, MD 21233-9715
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