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1 Bedroom

2 Beds

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About this listing

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Merriam Park is situated exactly between both downtowns. Comfy room, trundle bed (twins), quiet street near cafes, transportation. Shared bath/kitchen, wifi, street parking. Privacy!

Our guests: students, parents of students, artists and people in training (arts, dance, yoga) or those involved in sustainability, local food, etc.

The space

Room #2 is a cozy room with a twin bed that has an additional twin trundle bed underneath that can be pulled out. Merriam Park is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the twin cities and is situated exactly between both downtowns. It is 5 blocks from the new metro (green line light rail). Built in the 1880s most of the homes are Victorian style with big yards, sidewalks and some bike paths. The neighborhood has numerous restaurants and cool shops.

Your accommodations and amenities

This is a 1880s home in St. Paul is near most colleges and universities (Macalester, St. Thomas, St. Cates, Concordia, Hamline and UMN-St. Paul campus). Here you have your choice of one or two bedrooms on the third floor plus a full kitchen and shared bath on the second floor. #2 bedroom has a day/trundle bed, cozy big chair, a beautiful 1920s dresser and mirror and a bird's eye view of the neighborhood. Free wifi of course! There are lots of books and maps about the Metro area and Minnesota in the rooms and kitchen.

Pet Policy

Small, well trained dogs may be allowed with prior approval only. There is also an extra $25 cleaning fee.


Your kitchen is fully equipped and has cooking utensils, tea pot, coffee maker and a view of the garden. We have coffee and tea available every morning. The shared bath is original 1920s deco and is super clean. We use only "green" cleaning products!

In the summer there is a garden and fire pit to enjoy. Laundry service is available. Street parking available. House is shared with our friendly, outgoing family (2 adults and a teenager) and two dogs - Nina and Buddy Guy. We are normally on the first floor.


My family stayed at Deborah's place this past fall. Deborah's place was our first stop in our family's cross-country move to the Twin Cities. We enjoyed the homey, family atmosphere, and Deborah and her family were very welcoming and friendly. The neighborhood is wonderful, with many amenities in walking distance. An added bonus: Deborah's extensive knowledge of the local community and activities around town helped us quickly get involved in our new community. - Maureen

Merriam Park

We love hosting students, their families, artists and medical residents who want to experience our unique neighborhood. There are few hotels in the area so families are happy to find us. We are located 1 mile from the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River and numerous hiking trails, close to I-94, near parks, biking and running paths, Nice Ride bicycle rentals, Whole Foods grocery store, theater, Choo Choo Bobs (just like the show), St. Paul's premier gourmet coffee shop - Kopplin's, the Blue Door - home of the Juicy Lucy, and a local foods treasures Trotter's Café and award-winning Izzy's Ice Cream! The neighborhood is well known for our vintage shops and antique stores.

Amtrak is a few blocks away. We are on major bus lines for both cities. Taxis are available 24/7. Its easy to rent bikes at any of the nearby NiceRide stations - Simply take a bike when you need one, and return it to any station in the system when you arrive at your destination. It's fast, easy and affordable. The airport is a ten min drive and less than $20 taxi ride. There are several car share programs in St. Paul including HourCar, Relay, and Car2Go.

What to do

Saint Paul is home to beautiful Como Park and Conservatory and one of the only free city zoos in the country. The Children's Museum, Minnesota Science Museum, Excel Center, History Museum and the state Capitol are some things St. Paul - "America's Most Livable City" - has to offer. Check out the city website for numerous festivals. Minneapolis is the premiere arts destination in the Midwest and home to the Guthrie Theater, the Walker Art Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Cedar Cultural Center, over 300 live music venues, great dining and major sports teams (Vikings and Twins). It's also been named most bike-friendly city in the US. Each city has its unique charm, adventures and secrets for you to find!

We love all things local and promote nearby independent businesses like restaurants that feature local food, local music and art as well as the history and heritage of Minnesota and invite you to learn about our northern culture and diverse cities. We can help you find fun things to do in the area and can even set up tours for you. Our website also promotes local businesses, festivals and events in rural Minnesota - from the prairies and lakes to the Great Northwoods.

Check with us about local events or even an occasionally house concert or backyard jam. We've hosted events featuring artists like Papa John Kolstad and the Hot Club on the deck. Don't worry - those are scheduled in advance and we're always quiet in the evenings.

We think you'll have a great time in Saint Paul. Thanks for checking us out!

Guest access

Wifi, kitchen, shared bath, laundry. A cool yellow vintage bike is available for guests.

Interaction with guests

We are here when you need us!

Other things to note

Guests spending more than four weeks in the winter may be required an additional $25 per month heating fee. We had to instill this policy during the winter of 2013-2014 due to extreme "arctic vortex" temperatures that caused our heating bills to escalate enormously. Same goes for summers when you need to use your a/c. More detailed guidelines will be available for you when you check in.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: 3PM - 10PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Some pet(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: $25
Security Deposit: $100
Weekly Discount: 15%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 3PM - 10PM

No smoking allowed. We're respectful of you and we expect you to be respectful of us and our home. Stairs to the third floor are steep. None of the house is handicap accessible. Must leave things clean, including kitchen. Please arrive by 10pm or make arrangements in advance - remember we are a family and keep family hours or some of us get cranky.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

47 Reviews

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Richard User Profile
June 2017
A good value and a great location.

Vicki User Profile
May 2017
Deborah is a very interesting and well-traveled hostess, and has thoughtfully supplied her guests with basic grocery and toiletry items. There is a well-equipped kitchen for guests to use, even down to spices! She was very compassionate about my dietary restrictions and determined to find something she could provide for my breakfast, which was quite kind. I hadn't realized there were two rooms, and that I would share the kitchen and bathroom with another guest, but I'm sure that was my fault for not reading more diligently. I also hadn't realized the steep stairs separated the guest room from the shared bathroom, which was an issue for night visits to the bathroom! Again, this was likely my fault for not reading a bit more carefully. Deborah was gracious and warm, and had thought of everything to make sure I was comfortable and well taken care of. The neighborhood is lovely and very interesting. Deborah made sure I was aware of all the public transportation options available and even offered to let me use a bike to get to my workshop. I was extremely busy all weekend and just wish that I had more time to sit and talk with her!
Deborah User Profile
Response from Deborah:
Thanks so much for your feedback Vicki! The wifi passwords are taped to the wall outside of your door, in the kitchen on the side of the microwave (next to the door) and provided in the folder "Guest Tips" in your room. I'm sorry you could not read my text about it. I let people know about the steps to the 3rd floor and that the bathroom and kitchen are shared with one other guest/room by mentioning it in several places in my AirBnB listing. As an AirBnB guest and host, my advice is to carefully read about any listing you are interested in before making the reservation and ask questions if you have special concerns. I am glad you had a great workshop and wish I could have learned more about it and your work in general - it seems so important and creative!
May 2017

Jim User Profile
May 2017
Deborah's idea of providing the first night's dinner (if needed, according to arrival time), and the first morning's breakfast is superb! More hosts should use that model. Great historic neighborhood, close to frequent and excellently-designed public transit. Deborah allows doing laundry. Highly recommended!
Deborah User Profile
Response from Deborah:
Thanks for your stay and feedback Jim. We enjoyed hosting you very much. Thanks for your private feedback too!
May 2017

Denis User Profile
April 2017
I stayed in Deborah’s house for three months and that was a very positive experience. The room was clean and cozy, especially because the floor was covered with a very nice soft carpet. I liked the chair in the room. It was comfortable for reading. The kitchen is spacious and there was enough space for my food in the fridge. The stove was electric, but heated the food up very quickly. It did not take me long to get to the University (I worked at the University of Minnesota), neither did it take me long to get to the supermarkets nearby. Deborah and her family are very kind, friendly, helpful and welcoming. Deborah provided me with food first day I arrived, gave me a tour in the supermarkets nearby (which was very handy) and, overall, was an excellent host, during the whole stay. To sum up, that was a great place to stay and I think the name “Sweet deal” describes this accommodation very well.

梓蕴 User Profile
January 2017
The room is very clean and adorable, and has everything ready for use. I walk to Whole Foods, and other restaurants. It takes a while(ten or fifteen minutes), but it's definitely a pleasure to walk around! Also, I like it that the local libery is just a block away.

Emily User Profile
December 2016
I had a wonderful experience- very welcoming and a great location!

David User Profile
November 2016
This is a nice room at the top of a residential house. Guests have access to a really well-supplied kitchen, Deborah has a nice supply of edible bits and bobs that guests can dip into in return for a donation (very handy as getting to a shop isn't too easy), bathroom is nice, and Deborah and her husband were welcoming, friendly and sociable. I stayed while attending a conference in downtown Minneapolis- the trip into downtown is easy, and trains on the Green Line were frequent and reliable, and very good value. It's a bit of a commute, and took me about an hour door to door (to get to the Convention Centre); but the journeys in and out were pleasant. Getting to the house from the Green Line stop late at night required walking through an underpass that felt a little secluded; but I think there may have been alternative routes that I didn't get round to discovering.

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Deborah User Profile

I'm a sustainable tourism consultant and have traveled, worked and lived in over 30 countries. My favorite places are NYC, Washington state, Washington DC, Vermont, India, Mexico and the North Shore/Great woods of northern Minnesota.

I'm a foodie, enjoy film and great music. Some of our best family holidays are to places like the Winnipeg Folk Festival where we were in front of the stage dancing like crazy with Michael Franti. I enjoy almost any type of travel - by camel, elephant, horse, boat, train, plane, car or feet - and I've done all of those. Travel can help us not just explore the world, but gain a better appreciation for all types of people, cultures and places. It helps us see where we are from with new eyes.

In the summer you'll find me in the garden - I love pesto and make it fresh all summer. We also grow our own grapes and make our own maple syrup from the trees in our yard. My husband and I are a bit bohemian in our travels and tastes. We love all kinds of music and I volunteer often at the Cedar Cultural Center www. which has some of the best live music in north America.

We spend most of our time on the first floor and will not bother you. We are low maintenance guests when we travel and welcome same. However, if you need anything please let us know! Whether its a suggestion for a nearby coffee house or a fantastic restaurant, the music scene, the arts scene, outdoor activities, museums, shopping, local food and locally made brewskies, how to get around - we got you covered! We love hosting artists and musicians!

We love learning about our guests and have had some AMAZING experiences - one of our favorites was a Japanese guest who taught us how to make sushi and wrapped all of our Christmas gifts (that we were giving) for us in origami style. She was here during the tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan so we became family! We've had numerous guests come back numerous times - I think that says a lot about the people who enjoy the down home airbnb style as well as our lovely, welcoming neighborhood.

We're not on the highway and you won't find a McDonalds nearby. Our home is 140 years old so if you expect modern then this is not a place you will be comfortable staying at.

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