About This Listing
Please be aware that the house you are booking is an old house. It has not been recently remodeled and it will be considered by most people to be 'messy'.
All guests can expect a freshly vacuumed room with clean linens and towels, but the living areas outside of your room will not necessarily be 'spic-and-span' and so if this is something that would bother you then please inquire elsewhere.
For guests that do book, we kindly ask that if you write a review for the room after your stay, for the cleanliness rating, from one to five stars, please rate us at least a 4 as a courtesy to us for the value that we are offering.
While our lodgings may not personally meet your standards of 4 out of 5, guests know prior to booking that the place has character. We are simply requesting a favor of you in exchange for a quiet and cheap stay in the heart of Cambridge and if you are not willing to give us the benefit of the doubt in this matter please book elsewhere.
We are located in the Middle of Cambridge, 3 blocks from the Red Line Subway Stop at Central Square. Walking distance to MIT, Harvard, restaurants, bars, cafes, yoga and dance studios, night life, library, wide variety of restaurants, Harvest food co-op, Whole Foods, and Star Market. Despite proximity to dense, urban, happening location, the house is peaceful and quiet and the neighborhood is very safe. Central Square is a colorful and fun part of historic Boston. If you are looking to get downtown you can take the #1 bus which goes down Mass Ave, take the Red Line "T" 4 stops to Park Street, or you can even just take a leisurely walk over one of the bridges that cross the scenic Charles River. We often go on walks from here to various areas in downtown Boston for fun and exercise. Cambridge is also worth visiting all by itself. Harvard Square is an easy 15 minute walk from us.
Our house offers casual, friendly, basic accommodations, and is furnished. This listing is for one of 2 rooms in the downstairs apartment which has one common bathroom with tub, a living room, and a kitchen. There is a communal refrigerator, stove, toaster-oven, couches, kitchen sink, pots n pans, dishes...and of course, the all important: WiFi. You will see the other rooms listed separately on this website.
Guests who stay downstairs are more than welcome to hang out in the common areas upstairs if the downstairs feels too "lived in" for your taste. The owner Adam lives in the downstairs part of the house with his son Gabe, while the upstairs apartment is entirely for guests and has its own entrance. You will probably meet some fellow travelers, as we often have a full house.
If you are bringing a car you must let us know that in advance. We do have one or two flexible parking spaces in front of the house and may be able to accommodate you. But Absolutely and UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES is it permissible to park in the lot behind the house, EVER, not for any amount of time! This could result in immediate expulsion! Please do not put your car anywhere other than where is previously agreed upon or you could lose your reservation with us on the spot!
Please also try to give us an idea of when you will be arriving. If it's impractical to greet you we will put out a key. We can't stay home all day every day and so if booking please include expected arrival time. If you need to check-out in the late afternoon or evening then tell us how late in case somebody is checking in on the day you want to leave. You can always store your luggage with us and come back and get it later.
One last thing, we are often adding $10 extra to the cost for booking for only one night since we receive dozens of requests for solo nights and it turns out to be inadequate return for the effort involved.
Checkout Time is 11:00 AM. If you have plans to stay later than this, you may leave your luggage and personal belongings in a closet or common area but please vacate your room by 11AM so that we can clean and prepare it for the next house guests.
Smoking is Outside, Singing Allowed.
Really like this place. We stayed in the downstairs room, very comfortable and warm, and it had an excellent library! We could park for free just outside the house. It's three or four minutes to Massachusetts Avenue, which has the central line on it, lots of bars and restaurants. It is quirky, as in looks a bit weird from the outside, and has lots of different carpets and flags etc. It's hardly a deterrent, and the price is incredible considering the area and quality of the room.
Large, clean, quiet room very close to the Central Sq area. Wifi, hot water, there's even an old piano in the room. Great deal for $50. I didn't meet Alissa, but Adam and Gabe were friendly and laidback. Very quick turnaround on reply/booking (re less inclined to hang out in their living room.
-privacy: room has a gate-style hook/loop latch on the inside, and they provide a padlock for the outside. They leave front door unlocked 24/7 so guests can come and go. I thought this was all fine, but good to know.
The room and apartment were definitely quirky and "lived in", and the description prepared me for such. Bed is comfortable and the room was warm due to plenty of space heaters and blankets. Location for this place was great -- short walk to the Central T stop and all the restaurants and bars around.
La habitación era lo que esperábamos con mi amigo!
Adam fue muy amable con nosotros! Disfrutamos mucho nuestra estadía.
Les recomiendo a todos el lugar! Esta muy bien ubicado y tiene todo lo necesario para estar cómodos :)
Interesting place! It was really nice to stay at Alissa's house. The room was clean and warm. The owner was really kind even if we woke him up when we arrived...
The listing was accurate, I stayed for a few nights while I attended a conference at Harvard, and everything was great overall.
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About the Host, Alissa
I'm Alissa currently back in California... where it is culturally expansive creative and humane PLEASE NOTE NOT PRESENTLY in the Calvinist abyssm of Social Darwinism's Apocalyptic Eye... NEWYUCKLAND!! Others are currently handling the bookings for me. I'm 36, and I grew up in the Boston area and attended college in the Mid-West. I love African dance, doing yoga, living healthy, and having fun! I have traveled to many places overseas including India, Spain and Africa. I hope you enjoy staying at my place as much as I do!
To describe some of the photos in my profile, the first few are of me, the fourth is a photo of my beloved kitty Stanley who sadly passed away recently. I miss you Stanley!!! Theres a photo of Gabe and the other photos are an interesting community mural, the piano in my room, some artwork done by my mom and last but not least, home sweet home!
We are interested in alternative medicine astrology auto mechanics and have a pet leech from China!!! Gabe is a photographer, writer and music aficionado and all-around super guy! We can tell you where to get a good bite to eat and there are lots of brochures in the house for fun stuff to do in Boston. I hope you have a wonderful visit!