This room is our romantic canopy room in our home which is good for both the couple and those who wish to socialize.
3 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY
Good location with lovely porch and backyard dining and bonfire possibilities.
Our room has changed and you are now graced with a lovely double canopy bed guaranteed for a good night's sleep!
Detroit is much like a Berlin; full of creativity, interesting history and the paradox of good and bad sections. This location is in an, active, artisitc neighborhood right by the beautiful Belle Isle. The house is simply decorated with a wonderful porch (they call it the stoop here) to relax on. It is not fancy but clean, natural and beautiful.
Cabled internet in house and wi-fi at local coffee shop (hours 6 a.m.-6 p.m.). Much space in the house and front porch and back deck. We are in a historic neighborhood close to connective motorways, downtown, the riverwalk and the coolest neighborhood around!
Discount for stays of one month or more.
Profits after overhead go back into the community through alternative school programs, restoration and community greening efforts.
Motto: "Live fully, tread lightly!"
Detroit has a fantastic variety of experiences for all interests including Art (The DIA has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States), film, theater, music (Detroit is the birthplace of Motown and Techno). The nearby Greektown and Downtown areas are home to a vibrant night life as well.
The Moth Storyslam occurs the 1st Thursday of each month and is a must see for anyone in town.
*Full kitchen priviledges & SMALL Black fridge/freezer just for B&B guests-just clean up after each use
Shelf in butler's pantryfor groceries as needed
*DSL cabled Internet.
Full house privaledges Kitchen, stereo, books, etc. and back deck with bonfire possibilities. Only request is that you CLEAN AFTER USE.
*Leave all as good or better than you found it
Front porch, dining room, piano, instruments--all shared
Interaction with Guests
We love our guests as you bring the world to us when we are not travelling ourselves. Share your adventures and stories and join us for dinner or a drink. Let us know if we can help you in any way whatsoever.
We live in what is considered the 'coolest' neighborhood in Detroit. It is mixed, friendly, artsy and exciting with local bars, restaurants and grocers all within walking distance (not typical for Detroit) with downtown only a 15 min cycle ride away and only a 10 minute cycle ride to the beach at Belle Isle to cool off in!
Rent our bicycle as it is the best way to see the city and people talk to cyclists!
Otherwise the only reliable buses are the ones going down Lafayette, Jefferson and woodward or the Smart bus on Gratiot. This was the motor-city, remember, and it shows.
Other Things to Note
Great micro-breweries and the river walk all within cycling distance! Try the locally made beer and Vodka--they are excellent! Favorites are Dirty Blonde Ale and Valentine's Vodka!
This leads to HOUSE PREFERENCES:
*Shoes off at front door--communal slippers for use or bring your own.
*YOU USE IT, YOU CLEAN IT-LEAVE AS GOOD OR BETTER THAN FOUND
*NO EATING IN ROOMS PLEASE! we do not want a rodent problem!
*full payment required in cash upon arrival if any remaining balance!!!
**DSL cabled Internet is available and wi-fi is available at local coffee shop on corner (open 6 a.m.-6 p.m.)
*Welcome to use all that is in the common areas as well as the kitchen, stereo, books, etc. as long as first principle is followed
*Full kitchen privileges with small space in Fridge/Freezer as long as 1st principle applied
*PLEASE keep drain protector in the drain in the shower and CLEAN YOUR OWN HAIR OUT & THE TUB AFTER EACH USE! We have old pipes (house is historic) and hair will cause drains to clog. Cleaning is essential is no one wants to clean up another's hair or step in grime!
*Put shower curtain INSIDE tube during shower then Pull shower curtain closed after each use to prevent mold
*hold toilet handle down till it flushes as it is a bit tricky
*please leave shoes on shoe rack and wear indoor shoes or flipflops inside only if muddy
*NO SHOES IN BATHROOM
*HAVE FUN AND SMILE!
*Noise low after 11 p.m. Weekdays; midnight weekends
Beware of dog!
Summary: the dog on the premises bit me, ripping my pants and sending me to the ER. Be sure to insist that the dog be kept in the backyard and not allowed in the house.
I didn’t meet the host Sofia, as she was away for several weeks and had arranged for a housesitter (Matt) to be there, who was extremely considerate and helpful.
My first night there, Matt introduced me to the dog. This required a carefully orchestrated ritual, where I needed to be sitting and talking pleasantly with Matt’s girlfriend, while he brought the dog in. It seemed to go well, and the dog seemed friendly enough. But several minutes later, when I got up to go to bed, the dog attacked, biting me hard enough to tear through my pants and leave puncture wounds and a big bruise. Matt was shocked and extremely apologetic. He offered to drive me to the ER, where I got a prescription for antibiotics. The dog was purportedly caught up on his shots, so there was no risk of rabies.
When we were done with the hospital, it was late and I was exhausted and didn’t relish trying to find another place to stay that night. Matt promised me that the dog would stay in the backyard for the length of my stay.
The next day, he drove me to Wal-Mart so I could buy some new pants. During the day, I spent over an hour scouring airbnb for another place to stay that I could afford, and which wasn’t so far from my conference site that transportation would be problematic. I couldn’t find anything. Confident that Matt was taking the problem seriously and would keep the dog away from me, I decided to stay on.
The room I stayed in was not the one pictured, but that was pre-arranged - they had offered me a single room at a discounted $30 rate. Not fancy, but comfortable and very fair for that price. The house is charming and clean, and I liked the neighborhood.
After several days, the host wrote me to apologize for “my inconvenience." She offered me a half-off discount. This didn’t seem adequate for my time, trouble, and trauma. I had to buy replacement clothing. Driving to and from the ER and Wal-Mart took up quite a bit of my time. Instead of asking her to reimburse me for my time and the clothing expenses, I used AirBnb’s resolution tool to ask Sofia for a simple refund. She responded that this would mean I’d stayed for free, and that didn’t seem fair to her. She accused me of asking for more of a refund than I had paid, although I was simply quoting the exact amount from my receipt. This literal adding of insult to injury was a bit hard to take, but I didn’t want to haggle with her. So I accepted her offer of a 50% discount.
Sometimes people report things that are simply not accurate. One needs only to read my other reviews to discover that many people have stayed at the house quite happily and without incident and we have always had our dog. Firstly the doctor described the incident as a scratch and gave him antibiotics just in case. Seconldy, he was told immediately he could cancel and get a full refund and I would cover any bills that were incurred. He told Matt he'd like to stay so I said he could get half off & he accepted. There are MANY offers on airbnb in detroit, as well as motels at all kinds of prices! AFTER David stayed and AFTER he accepted the 50% discount, he then at his departure) asked for even more money than he had paid and said he wanted my answer quickly so he could 'write his review.'
While I don't wish anyone ANYTHING but joy and safety at my home, David had the option of leaving with a full refund as well as any bills incurred. Chosing to stay and accepting half off and THEN asking for more is extortion in my view.
What I learned from this is that I really need to be home to ensure all is smooth and that as lovely as the couple are that were caring for my home and the dog, one is best doing it oneself. Still, I know they took good care of David, which I believe is shown by the fact he stayed. I wrote him these thoughts in an email before this review which is likely why he tried to turn it around.
I think my reviews speak for themselves.
I am sure Sofia is a good person but it is Not the room you can see in the picture, very poor small room with a cot instead of a real bed. Awful night. I just stayed first night and booked an hotel for the rest of my stay.
Sofia is simply a great host. She definitely embodies the spirit of AIrbnb! If you are looking for a place to stay in Detroit, you will find none better!
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Life is all about attitude and how we choose to journey through it. I have found Travel has helped me become more empathic, less judgemental and has given me a view on the world which would have been impossible without it. I love sharing my home with fellow travelers who might also be on journeys of self-discovery. I have many interests and some talents. I sing, dance, write and work in the healing arts. I also cycle most places, love camping and the outdoors and appreciate good art, food and film. I am a good listener and think many people shout because they do not feel heard these days. I am very selective about what I put into my mind and my body and my home reflects this.
I love moments of true sharing between fellow human beings (of all ages) and I tend to enjoy things and people with depth, although I appreciate all people. I am a critical thinker & able to deal with truth while still seeing the beauty of our world. . I am on a journey and do my best to learn, love wholly and tread lightly everyday. I can live without many things, but prefer to have a pleasant, artsy environment and good, wholesome food and good company.