We call this the black and white room. Two new twin beds with comfortable mattress pads and comforters. Complete privacy as room is on a separate upper floor of house with its own half-bath and mini-fridge. Washer and dryer is easily available on this floor as well. A/C can be ready to use if you like.
Furnishings consist of desk, six draw chest, two lamps, two chairs and mirror. Large (nearly) walk-in closet plus abundant storage in dormer enclosure.
Enjoy use of front and back porches. Experience fantastic views of sunsets from the back porch enjoying the icicle lights and view of back garden and wooded area.
Location is walking distance from public transportation, restaurants and shops. Harvard Square is a 15-minute bus ride away and Davis Square is a 20-minute walk. Boston is reached through either Porter Square or Alwife T Stations via Mass Ave bus ride
We provide WiFi, use of kitchen and back porch and garden. Enjoy your morning coffee outside watching the squirrels and birds and smelling the flowers. Coffee and light breakfast are provided. One parking space is available in the driveway.
|Room type:||Private room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$15 / night after the first guest|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$385 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$1325 /month|
Dennis and Shirley are a lovely, chatty couple, and their puppy is a sweetheart. The room is cozy, warm, and plenty comfortable, even in the sub-freezing temps we had over Thanksgiving. You have your own toilet and sink in the unfinished attic space across the hall from your room, and you share a shower in the downstairs. My boyfriend's mother got along really well with them!
I had a great time staying with Dennis and Shirley for 7 weeks, they made me feel very welcome and at home. They were happy to help me with anything I needed and I had lots of great conversations with Dennis about scifi. Their lovely husky, Chloe, made the stay even more enjoyable :)
Arlington is a nice place to stay and it's easy to get to Cambridge and Boston by public transport.
I felt comfortable and welcome, and the location was terrifically convenient. The neighborhood was lovely; a short walk to public transportation, and nice to see the mix of young families and older folks.
My wife and I stayed with Dennis & Shirley for 8 nights at the end of August while we were looking for an apartment as we will be staying in the area for almost 2 years.
And the experience was great! The room is nothing to die for but the common areas (kitchen, porches, bathroom) were clean and very comfortable. Our hosts are very interesting and nice people that always went the extra mile to help us out with our many questions and we felt like at home.
Luckily there is an AC in the room as it can get hot in there (it was August after all).
Arlington is a nice little town but I would recommend renting a car to move around. We were able to park in the driveway so it was all good.
So if you like good conversation and are looking for an affordable place to stay look no further. It's pet friendly too!
Thanks again Shirley and Dennis!
I stayed with Dennis and Shirley for a week in August - I was working from home during my time there. The space was not exactly as I expected and unfortunately I felt the pictures did not really reflect my particular experience. I did have the only room on the level, however just be aware the space is the attic that has been converted to have a small room on one portion. The room was small but fine for one person and Dennis was kind enough to provide an air conditioner as it got quite hot up there otherwise. The single bed was comfortable enough - but things just seemed a bit unfinished in the room - as with old houses, the power points were a bit scary and hard to find, the walls would benefit from a good clean or a paint and some thicker curtains on the windows and some lamps (it got so bright in the mornings and then oddly dull soon after), some new linens probably would have made things a bit fresher up there. The half bath was a toilet and sink installed in the other attic area with the house's storage and washing machine/dryer, it was certainly an experience! The shared bathroom downstairs could have been a bit cleaner in the shower and the living room was occupied most of the time so that area wasn't really available for use - though there was a deck out the back and a large back yard as well.
In terms of the area - I had previously stayed in Davis Square and Inman Square, and Arlington is definitely much more suburban! There were some restaurants about a 15 minute walk away, but not a lot in the immediate vicinity in the way of shops or boutiques etc. The closest train station (Alewife) was a decent walk (about 40 minutes) though the buses nearby were easy enough to get down to Davis or Porter squares where you can connect with the red line trains.
Check in and out was easy and Dennis was always around to have a chat or if you wanted to ask him anything.
I think this would have better suited someone who was out exploring all day and staying for a shorter trip, or someone with a car or a bike who could get around to some of the parks/lakes and shopping centers that were sometimes a bit too far to walk (especially in the hot summer), but lovely.
The house certainly has character and I enjoyed the quirkiness of the maze of rooms downstairs.
Dennis and Shirley are wonderful and welcoming hosts, and their dog Chloe is friendly and was a great companion to my own dog. D and S were also nice enough to take care of my dog while I was traveling. If you are into having interesting and intellectually stimulating conversations about diverse subjects, you will have a lot of fun staying with D and S. Will definitely stay with them again if I have the opportunity.
Dennis and Shirley were great! They are super nice and friendly which made me very comfortable. I look forward to staying with them again.
Dennis and Shirley are wonderful, considerate hosts. Their house is very centrally located and in a safe residential neighborhood.