Nice porch for coffee or wine.View into living room from entry.  Lots of jams!
Beautiful Flat in Historic District
Hosted by Marlena
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2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1.5 baths
2 guests
1 bedroom
1 bed
1.5 baths
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Secure, clean, comfortable private room in a warm home on a tree-lined street in one of Detroit's best neighborhoods for diversity and architecture - Hubbard Farms. Adjacent to Corktown, Mexicantown/Mexican Village and the riverfront; close to downtown and COBO.

The space

This 3 bd/1.5 ba non-smoking home offers 1 private, furnished guest bedroom with private 1/2 bath (full bath is shared). Comfortable living area, full kitchen, dining area and pleasant porch to spend the evenings on. This home has maintained much of its historic aesthetic, with modern appliances and convenience. There is 1 small, high energy boxer/pug mix dog in the home.

The location is in a quiet, safe, historic district within walking distance to Corktown, the iconic train station, Mexicantown/Mexican Village, the river front, a community garden, large public park and lots of entertainment. The El Club music venue is within 4 blocks.

Downtown and COBO are a short distance away (~2.5 miles) and cheap by Lyft or quick by bike.

WSU is ~3.5 miles and Ford Hsp ~4.25 miles from the house.

Loaner bike available with *refundable* security deposit. Public transportation is accessible either in front of the house or across the street.

IMPORTANT NOTES: 1. This is a low-scent house. Products have trained many of us to associate "clean" with aggressive perfumes, which you will not find here. All sheets and towels are washed after each guest use; in fact, if anyone should fault the linens, it's because frequency of washing wears them more quickly than is practical to replace them. If there is any mark or lint or whatever, these are just normal laundry limits and no indication that anything is amiss. If you really feel something is genuinely off, please let me know when I can actually correct it and improve your experience.

2. Totem, my dog, lives here. She is not allowed in the guest room (although some guests cheat), or on any beds (although sometimes she cheats). Yet, the reality of her existence means that guests are likely to encounter modest amounts of dog hair in passing - this is far less than how much we encounter guest hair, so it seems fair.

Totem also takes her watch dog job very seriously, and barks when guests enter and sometimes when they're in the hall. Stepping through the door and greeting her notifies her that you are a guest and not an intruder. We are all thankful for Totem's vigilance, since none of us would want an intruder to get in without enough notice to put our pants on. Totem is a complete lap dog/attention hound, but she cannot be expected to understand complex social relationships and needs clear cues.

If you find any bit of dog hair a signal of filth, or you are terrified by 20 lbs of appropriate bark, this may not be a place for you. For a mildly funny commentary on Totem as an Airbnb host, you might want to read "Hostess with the Someness" on my blog, hicdracones dot c-o-m.

Guest access

Guests have access to all areas of the house except the host's bedroom and desk; you are encouraged to use the house library!

PLEASE BE MINDFUL OF THE CHECK-IN/OUT TIMES. I may sometimes be able to accommodate late check-outs or early check-ins, but I do need time to turn the room over when I have successive guests. INSTANT BOOK + SAME-DAY BOOKING DOES *NOT* = INSTANT ACCESS. Check-in times may need to be altered, and you should ensure I have confirmed with you.

Interaction with guests

Guests should expect a fair amount of autonomy. Host will be available for check-in orientation and at least daily for recommendations on local attractions, directions, etc.

Other things to note

Same day booking available. This listing is also instant book, so you do not need to contact me to receive approval, although please email with any questions! However, last minute, *same-day bookings will likely have to wait several hours or more before check-in.*

Ride from airport may be arranged for a minimal charge (pick-up truck only accommodates 1 person, but a ton of luggage). The airport is not actually in Detroit and can be pricey by cab, but there is a new shuttle service, SKOOT, which offers rides for the same as what I charge ($20).

Please note that there is a "TV" in the room, which has an HDMI cable for your streaming; it is not meant to provide cable access.

If you are interested in a "healthy" retreat, organic green juices and smoothies can be included with additional charge. Massage and hypnotherapy also available for extra fees.

A small dog is on the property and is crate housed when owner is not at home. Your pet is considered, but you should contact me to confirm and discuss, as it is an exception.

Because of the limitations of Airbnb's catgories, the "extra guest" fee may be applied for a pet guest, not people guests (no more than 2 people for the room); and approved early or unapproved late check-out. You agree to this possible add-on, if it applies to your reservation, when you book.

Weekly Discount: 15%
Weekend Price £47 / night
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 double bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with lockbox

SAME DAY BOOKINGS MUST VERIFY CHECK IN TIME. Normal check-in beginning at 3pm is not guaranteed with same-day bookings.

Only available to out of town visitors or people relocating who need a short-term place to fill a housing gap.

There is strictly no smoking. I also try to minimize strong scents, for those who are sensitive - please, enjoy your vacation Axe-free.

Outdoor shoes are not worn inside.

No *illegal* drug use. Medical marijuana is legal in MI with documentation, and Detroit has a no enforcement ordinance for certain amounts. However, I don't consume and don't really want a 420 house party in my living room, so *necessary* use should be discreet in your private space.

In general, let's enjoy the opportunity to make this a good experience for both of us. Rinse the shower and remove hair from the drain - with sinks, too; keep the toilet clean; wash your dishes; clean-up after cooking, especially if you've fried something; avoid picking your teeth/toenails/nose/ears/scabs in the common areas; don't kill my bed linens with crazy oils; do your best not to break things; only yell at neighbors who really deserve it; don't believe you're the one who will convince me that physical humor is funny.

I want everyone to have an enjoyable stay and to be able to relax; please just keep in mind that I have to live here after you leave.

You must also acknowledge
Pet(s) live on property - 22-lb boxer-pug dog
No parking on property - Street parking is abundant and typical in Detroit.
Some spaces are shared - Shower area (private 1/2 bath is for guest use, in addition); kichen, dining room, living area.


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

1 night minimum stay

246 Reviews

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Stuart User Profile
October 2017
Marlena and Totem are both lovely, and their house is great. The place was big and clean, was close to Corktown and the recommendations she gave us for food and drink were excellent.

Becky User Profile
August 2017
We were only stopping through for one night in Detroit, but Marlena was very easy to communicate with and gave us great recommendations for places to eat.

Harriet User Profile
July 2017
Marlena is a great host. Not only does she provide plenty of useful information in advance of her guests' stay, but she is also prompt and helpful in her responses to messages. The house is immaculate and the room is spacious. She also provides toiletries and other useful amenities. Marlena leads her own life so isn't an overbearing, omni-present host, but we had some nice chats with her, and she's an interesting and intelligent woman. We enjoyed our short but sweet stay in Detroit and would certainly recommend Marlena's place.

Sally User Profile
May 2017
Great little room in a safe area, Marlena was a lovely host and Totem, her dog, was a complete treasure!

Laura User Profile
April 2017
We only stayed one night but Marlena's place was great. The room was comfy and clean and the house was nicely decorated. Detroit was fascinating and we really enjoyed our stay. Marlena and Totem were welcoming and friendly - thanks for having us!

Oliver User Profile
March 2017
Marlena offers a great welcome and has a real passion for Mexicantown and the city of Detroit. Thanks for the dinner recommendation too!

Nikki User Profile
November 2016
Marlena was a good host and her place had everything we needed for s short stay.

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Detroit, Michigan, United StatesJoined in February 2012
Marlena User ProfileMarlena is a superhost.

I am currently a grad student. I generally work as an Organizational Management Consultant, with an emphasis in sustainability, but I also have some other areas of work, such as massage therapy, personal training, counseling, mediation, etc. I'm friendly and calm.

I moved to Detroit in 2014 from Oakland, CA. I have lived in a dozen or so cities and traveled to about 20 countries and counting, but I have the longest tenure in the Bay Area and Tucson. I am passionate about cities and the liminal state which travel fosters. I believe that I'm a good informant for places and spaces here which will facilitate the experience you're seeking - whatever that may be.

Je ne parle pas francais tres bien, mais probablement assez bien pour les visiteurs francais.

Hablo solamente muy poco español (hablo mas frances que espanol), pero vivo proximo al barrio donde comúnmente se habla español.

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