Entire home/apt
16 Guests
5 Bedrooms
13 Beds
Per Night
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About this listing

Detroit's 1st & Most Reviewed Airbnb
30 guests
Woodward Ave 2 blocks
Spa quality Comphy sheets
Free/safe parking
10% set aside to uplift the neighborhood
Safe for pets~poly~lgbtq~family~elder~herb~traditional~
Owner Nathan's office hours ~M-F ~8a-5p

Air Room ~ 3rd floor ~ sleep 3-6 on 2 queen beds & twin/king daybed ~ hammock ~ most private room

Air Room ~ 3rd floor ~ sleep 3-6 on 2 queen beds & twin/king daybed ~ hammock ~ most private room

The Space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 5
Beds: 13
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $20 / night after 5 guests
Cleaning Fee: $40
Security Deposit: $200
Weekly discount: 15%
Cancellation: Strict


The Space

* Make sure everyone in your group reads the whole listing, including "Interaction with Guests" below. We're happy to help with any questions prior to booking.
* This listing is for all 5 guest rooms
OR you may choose to reserve all rooms except the Fire Room for $20 less/night using our other listing, "Detroit Loves You ~~ 4 of 5 Rooms"
IF you choose not to reserve the Fire Room, at least half the time it will remain empty, unless reserved by carpenter/designer Gregg B. who has been helping renovate DLY since 2013

* CHECK-IN/-OUT ~ 24/7 key-code entry - no keys! Communicate your desired check-in/-out times when booking or asap.
* PARKING ~ Free, no permit on the street & cross street. Perfect safety record for guests' cars emptied of valuables/bags, doors locked. Gated back yard cement pad fits 1-2 cars.
* CAR RIDES ~ $40 DTW airport or $10 Downtown / Amtrak / Greyhound / MegaBus station, up to 4 people & luggage in silver 2003 Ford Focus ZX3 hatchback. Rides usually available weekdays early morning until about 5pm/17:00.
* PRIVACY ~ Only guests may access their rooms, plus Nathan the owner & housekeepers between reservations
* PARTIES/EVENTS ~ No glitter, confetti, etc. allowed. 1 night reservations: rate determined by # of people entering house regardless of how many sleep there. 2+ night reservations: additional guests at no charge for 1 day.
* SAFETY ~ Rest assured the Piety Hill neighborhood is friendly and DLY is perfectly safe (monitored alarm, security doors & cameras, window guards)

Made in 1910, Detroit Loves You Guest Home is much like her city: built to last. She's been undergoing a makeover since 2010, mirroring Detroit's gradual progress.
13 beds sleep 26 comfortably, with floor space for 30-40 total
Clean bedding & towels provided
Fast WiFi

3RD FLOOR ~ accessibility: porch steps, 2 flights of stairs / must bend down to enter room
AIR ROOM ~ AC ~ most private room
Beds: sleep 3-6 on 2 queen beds & twin/king daybed + hammock
Privacy: private door and soundproof stairs from 2nd floor hall

2ND FLOOR ~ accessibility: porch steps & inside stairs
WATER ROOM ~ 2nd floor ~ walk-in closet ~ most comfortable bed
Beds: sleep 2-4 on queen memory foam bed & full-size futon
Privacy: electronically lockable door to 2nd floor hall

FIRE ROOM ~ bay windows ~ best work space
Bed: sleep 1-2 on queen bed
Privacy: door to 2nd floor hall locks when inside

EARTH ROOM ~ roll-out trundle bed ~ newest room
Beds: sleep 3-6 on 3 full-size futon bunk beds
Privacy: door to 2nd floor hall locks when inside

WEST BATH ~ toiletry cubbies ~ largest bathroom
Shower: in tub
Privacy: door to 2nd floor hall locks when inside

EAST BATH ~ toiletry cubbies ~ newest bathroom
Shower: in tub
Privacy: door to 2nd floor hall locks when inside

1ST FLOOR ~ accessibility: porch steps
MORTON ROOM / LIVING ROOM ~ record player ~ largest room
Beds: sleep 4-8 on 4 queen roll-out beds
Privacy: rolling barn-style door with locking latch connects to 1st floor hall

KITCHEN ~ well-stocked + coffee & tea ~ lots of counter space
Appliances: gas stove & microwave/toaster/convection ovens, refrigerator, blender, water boiler, percolator, French press, coffee grinder, etc.
Food: help yourself to all unmarked foods, including staples, baking ingredients, spices, canned food, coffee/tea, etc.

DINING ROOM ~ record player & vinyl collection ~ full of games, books & Detroit tips
Table: seats 4-10, remove top to play Table Football/Foosball

BASEMENT ~ accessibility: inside stairs
LAUNDRY ~ detergent provided
Appliances: high efficiency front-loading washing machine & dryer

OUTSIDE... front porch accessibility: porch steps
BACK YARD ~ organic fruit & vegetable garden ~ space for gatherings
Features: parking for 1-2 cars ~ charcoal grill ~ bonfire pit

Seating: Pew & couch seat 6-12

Guest Access

Guests have access to all 5 guest rooms, both bathrooms, and public areas of the house: kitchen, dining room, basement laundry, front porch, backyard garden & fire pit. The only private space is owner Nathan's basement office.
Inquire about free access to the outdoor pool & Jacuzzi (late May to early September) and indoor gym & dry sauna (year-round) at the Lofts at Rivertown, 6533 E Jefferson Ave, east of Downtown. $100 deposit for entry key fob.

Interaction with Guests

Owner Nathan works from his basement office, usually M-F ~8am/8:00 to ~5pm/17:00. He is always available by cell if not in person, and happy to provide guests with their desired level of privacy. Make yourselves completely at home and comfortable.

The Neighborhood

Piety Hill is an old, authentic central Detroit neighborhood; a quiet bedroom community named after the many gorgeous historic churches on nearby Woodward Ave. Compared with other Detroit neighborhoods, ours is quiet, friendly, and low crime, yet still emerging from the poverty, blight, and abandonment Detroit is infamous for. DLY is surrounding by an ever-increasing cluster of bright spots of development, including a children's park across the street, community development corporation, laundromat/fitness center & trail, market & commercial kitchen, aquaponics facility, dozens of rehabbed homes, an orchard & several community gardens - next up a community center across the street! As shocking as Detroit's decay can be at first, the direction of change is undeniable and its pace accelerating.

Those not familiar with urban neighborhoods may mistake poverty for danger. Overcoming these mental projections to see the "gold beneath the grime" is part of what Detroit Loves You's mission is all about. Hundreds of guests have checked in over 5 years, so everyone in the community knows DLY, and nearby stores are very welcoming to guests who support them. Detroit's terrible reputation is overblown & outdated. It's actually safer for visitors than many other big US cities, and like most it looks far worse than it really is. Downtown is incredibly clean & secure - more so than many of our flashy suburbs. We advise guests to use basic street smarts (look & walk confidently, be aware of your environment, avoid unpopulated areas, use the buddy system at night, etc.) and remove or hide GPSs, chargers and other valuables in cars.

Heidelberg Project to hipsters, Motown to mashups, derelict ruins to DIY culture, urban gardens and some of the friendliest people you'll meet this side of Polynesia – Detroit holds so much to discover! Just let us know what you're interested in and we'll be happy to give you recommendations for dining, art, nature, nightlife, biking, UrbEx, local events & more. Detroit is a city of contrasts. Its reality is sometimes stark, often artistic, and always expressed from the Heart. Come experience Detroit from the inside. Whether here for a day or the season, you'll soon feel the Detroit Love that drives us. Try saying hello to a stranger - it's the Detroit way.

Getting Around

Detroit Loves You Guest Home is right in the heart of Detroit, just 4mi/6.5km to Downtown & under 2mi/3km to Wayne State University along our main central road, Woodward Ave (1st paved road in the US!)
~ Airplane ~ DTW airport 20mi/32km west of Detroit on I-94
~ Car just 10mins to Downtown, 25mins to DTW airport, 1 block to M-10/Lodge Fwy, connects to I-75/275, I-94, I-96/696, US 23, M-14 & M-59
~ Uber ~$10 Downtown ($(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)/min +$0.75-4.05/mi)
~ Taxi ~$10 Downtown, ~$45+ DTW airport ($2.50 +$1.60/mi)
~ Megabus station @Rosa Parks Transit Center, 1310 Cass Ave (Downtown) also stops at Wayne State University on the Cass Ave side of the WSU Barnes & Noble @82 Warren Ave W (Midtown)
~ Greyhound station @1001 Howard St (Downtown)
~ Local Bus (Use (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Maps Transit) Downtown/suburb-bound buses (#53) 24/7 on Woodward Ave connect to major routes at Rosa Parks & State Fair Transit Centers. $1.50 adult ($0.25 transfer/senior/disabled), up to 3 children under 44" free with adult. Pass: $14 5-day, $14.40 1wk, $27.50 2wks, $47 1mo ($17 senior/disabled, $49.50 regional 1mo)
~ Amtrak train station @11 W Baltimore Ave (New Center, 9 blocks from DLY). 1-way fare/time: $6/20m Dearborn/The Henry Ford, $10/25m Royal Oak, $11/30m Birmingham, $12/1h Pontiac, $12-17/1h Ann Arbor, Toledo $15/1h, $18/1.5h Jackson, $24/2.5h Battle Creek, $27/3h Kalamazoo, $34/4h East Lansing, $51/7h Saginaw, $53/5h Flint, $58-72/2.5h Cleveland, $57-78/5.5h Chicago, $61/4h Grand Rapids, $61/6.5h Port Huron

Other Things to Note

A stay at the Detroit Loves You Guest Home means you become part of the positive transformation Detroit is experiencing. 10% gross revenue is set aside to directly to improve the Piety Hill Neighborhood.
See Photos "How Your Stay Transforms & Uplifts Detroit" & "Guest Home Transformation Timeline"
DLY has financially supported the local block club, nonprofit Community Development Corporation, Detroit Little Free Libraries, Green Cycle a recycling startup, exterior & neighboring property improvements including porch roof & steps, community garden, and tree trimming. Additional funds employ Detroit housekeepers. Remaining proceeds are invested in improving DLY to benefit future guests. Every bright spot makes a huge difference in Detroit's impoverished neighborhoods. If this resonates with you, please support our work, and thank you!

Please familiarize yourself with Airbnb's Strict Cancellation Policy:
* Cancelled 7 full days prior (from 3pm/15:00 day of arrival) = full refund
* 1-6 days prior, day of arrival, or during reservation = no refund
Cancellation for any reason is subject to the above policies, including not having read the entire listing and inability to see past Detroit's off-putting appearance

The team at Guesty, an Airbnb management company, handles all communications and can assist with any questions about the guest rooms, house, neighborhood, or city. DLY owner Nathan A. is always available to assist you personally if you wish; just ask. Let us know how we can best serve you.

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House Rules

Be comfortable and at home

Prior to check-in we need the names & cells of everyone else in your group who will be trusted to properly lock the doors & (dis)arm the alarm. This is necessary in case of emergency, like an accidental (URL HIDDEN) SHEET IN EVERY ROOM ~
Make sure to read the posted Info Sheets as you encounter them, for safety and everything you want to know - like the WiFi code!

Please remove shoes when inside to help keep DLY clean for all. Cold feet? Enjoy heated floors Oct-May.

No smoking, fire, incense, or flame of any kind allowed inside. Front porch: tobacco only. Backyard: all OK. Vaporizer: OK anywhere. Please make sure all cigarette butts go in provided pots or trash.

Wash any dishes - OK to leave drying
Leave any unwanted foods clearly in the kitchen for future guests or proper disposal
Leave beds as they are for the cleaners - no need to strip them
Double-check for chargers & personal items
Check to make sure all fans, AC/space heaters, and lights are off
Check to make sure all 4 locks on the 2 back doors are locked
Set alarm (unless the house isn't empty)
Check to make sure both front doors are properly shut & locked
Thank you for supporting our work! Come back soon!

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Safety Features
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Safety Card
Fire Extinguisher

On Fridays and Saturdays the minimum stay is 2 nights.
Water Room ~ 2nd floor ~ sleep 2-4 on queen memory foam bed & full-size futon ~ walk-in closet ~ best bed

Water Room ~ 2nd floor ~ sleep 2-4 on queen memory foam bed & full-size futon ~ walk-in closet ~ best bed

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Detroit, Michigan, United States
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