Marlen's neighborhood is very secure and quickly accessible to other parts of the city. She is very welcoming. I had full access to the kitchen (including pans, plates, utensils, etc.) and common areas in her house. The wifi works great. During some of the rains in Managua, we actually had power at Marlen's house unlike other parts of the city. Power surges are normal, however, so make sure to bring a surge protector. Like anywhere in Managua, a fan is important and Marlen does have one in the private room. If you are sensitive to heat you might want to pick-up another! For a short stay with a private room, this is an easily accessible and secure space. She cleans and provides sheets and basic toiletries. Make sure to bring a towel, however, or check with Marlen if she will have one there. Using the laundry machine is an additional charge, but you can wash by hand in the backyard. There's also a bright street lamp outside the window so something to cover your eyes could be good. Funny enough, it is right next to the military school, so sometimes you hear trumpets from the drills. For a longer stay, you might want to consider bringing things like hangers and sealed plastic bins to store food. Just my two-cents on practical items! Another positive of Marlen's apartment was the lovely garden with various shades of pink flowers. She also installed some shelves and a screen on the windows which are added comforts. Have a great stay at Marlen's!