Large Downstairs Room

House - Private room · Fisk Place, Cambridge, MA 02139, United States
Your host, Alissa
37 Reviews
Response rate: 98%
Response time: within a day

The Space

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 $5 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.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • Gabe fue muy amable como anfitrión y la casa está bastante bien situada

    June 2014
  • I was here a few nights traveling solo, and would have been happy to stick around much longer! Alissa and Adam were traveling, but both messaged me to send directions from BOS by public trans. Gabe was really helpful and greeted me when I came in, named some great veg*n places to eat and a fun club to check out, and made himself available should I need anything else. The home is very laid back and help-yourself, generally quiet, cozy, really clean. Movies, tea and a kettle on the 2nd floor (which gets a beautiful amt of sunlight). The bedroom itself is huge, with books to look through and windows that get good light and breeze. Nice location too, a couple blocks from the red line and stores/eats/drinks/parks in any general direction, bridgewalk away from Boston...I definitely enjoyed my stay and recommend this spot to all :-)

    June 2014
  • The house has a very sixties vibe, which I really liked, a little bit cramped and cluttered, but definitely didn't feel dirty, decorated with lots of interesting Buddhist posters and interesting books. Adam was a great host, very amiable and interesting to talk to. If you're like me and feel most comfortable in a laid back environment, this is the place for you.

    June 2014
  • Adam was the one to host us, I ve never seen Alissa. The house is dirty, the bathroom is shitty. It seems it has never been cleaned in ages and it is kinda creepy. There is a chair hanging on the wall amd the toilet is disgusting. The sheets were not clean and the room cold. Awful

    May 2014
  • This place feels like a hostel. I think there are 4-5 rooms being rented at a time here. Alissa was not there but Adam is there to answer any questions.

    May 2014
  • Easy stay

    May 2014
  • It is a very open house where the check in is very flexible. Perfect for a one night stay for a good price !

    May 2014
  • great price, great location, comfortable
    Arron, he is very nice person.
    feel free and very easy to check-in.
    no more word to say, I like it!

    May 2014
  • My one-night stay was very comfortable and pleasantly uncomplicated, especially in light of the short notice at which I made my reservation. Communication was fast, the room clean and equipped with a very comfortable bed. The location is great and the upstairs common area is very spacious and homey. I would definitely stay here again.

    April 2014
  • It is in an excellent location and also a great room. Warm and comfortable. Most important, at this price! What are you waiting for!

    April 2014
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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!
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