The SpaceIMPORTANT INFO...
* Make sure everyone in your group reads the whole listing, including "Interaction with Guests" below. We're happy to help with any questions prior to booking.
* This listing is for 4 of DLY's 5 guest rooms, and does NOT include the Fire Room (2nd floor ~ 1 queen bed)
OR you may choose to reserve all 5 rooms for $20 more/night using our other listing, "Detroit Loves You ~ all 5 Rooms"
IF you choose not to reserve the Fire Room, at least half the time it will remain empty, unless reserved by carpenter/designer Gregg B. who has been helping renovate DLY since 2013
* CHECK-IN & OUT ~ Check-in is after 3pm. If you want to check in earlier please inquire when placing your reservation or ASAP. If there is no check-out and cleaning that day, earlier check-in may work. It's usually possible to drop off luggage on the first floor while the house is being cleaned, then return to fully check in later.
Check-out is before 11am. If you want to check out after 11 or leave luggage to pick up later, please inquire when placing your reservation as soon as possible. If there is no check-in that day, later check-out may work. It's usually possible to leave luggage.
* PARKING ~ Free, no permit on the street & cross street. Perfect safety record for guests' cars emptied of valuables/bags, doors locked. Gated back yard fits 6-8 cars.
* CAR RIDES ~ $40 DTW airport or $10 Downtown / Amtrak / Greyhound / MegaBus station, up to 4 people & luggage in silver 2003 Ford Focus ZX3 hatchback. Rides usually available weekdays early morning until about 5pm/17:00.
* PRIVACY ~ Only guests may access their rooms, plus Nathan the owner & housekeepers between reservations
* LEFT/LOCKED LUGGAGE SERVICE ~ free, inquire
* CHILDREN & PETS ~ Human guests of any age are welcome and count toward the total number of guests. Well behaved animal companions are welcome at no cost. Submit their name, gender, breed & age when booking. Be mindful to avoid furniture damage and clean up after shedding or accidents.
* PARTIES/EVENTS ~ We have hosted a wide variety of gatherings at DLY over the years and welcome yours. We'll be happy to address any questions or needs specific to your event. We ask guests to respect the home and our neighbors with small children:
Sound - No loud noise must be heard by neighbors after 10pm/22:00. Keeping all windows & doors closed helps keep sound in. No professional sound equipment.
Not allowed - No glitter, confetti, etc. or additional cleaning costs may apply
Rate - For 1 night reservations the rate is determined by the total # of people entering house regardless of how many sleep there. For a gathering on 1 day of a 2+ night reservation there's no charge for a # of non-overnight visitors equal to the number of overnight guests. E.g. 10 overnight guests staying 2 nights could have up to 10 non-overnight visitors for a gathering on one of the days at no charge, then +$20/visitor beyond 10.
All non-overnight visitors' names and phone numbers must be submitted in advance, like overnight guests.
* SAFETY ~ Rest assured the Piety Hill neighborhood is friendly and DLY is perfectly safe (monitored alarm, security doors & cameras, window guards)
Made in 1910, Detroit Loves You Guest Home is much like her city: built to last. She's been undergoing a makeover since 2010, mirroring Detroit's gradual progress.
12 beds sleep 24 comfortably, with floor space for 30-35 total
Clean bedding & towels provided
10 Mbps fast WiFi
3RD FLOOR ~ accessibility: porch steps, 2 flights of stairs / must bend down to enter room
AIR ROOM ~ AC ~ most private room
Beds: sleep 3-6 on 2 queen beds & twin/king daybed + hammock
Privacy: private door and soundproof stairs from 2nd floor hall
2ND FLOOR ~ accessibility: porch steps & inside stairs
WATER ROOM ~ 2nd floor ~ walk-in closet ~ most comfortable bed
Beds: sleep 2-4 on queen memory foam bed & full-size futon
Privacy: electronically lockable door to 2nd floor hall
EARTH ROOM ~ roll-out trundle bed ~ newest room
Beds: sleep 3-6 on 3 full-size futon bunk beds
Privacy: door to 2nd floor hall locks when inside
Construction: The Earth Room is being expanded by removing the wall between it and a beautifully lit yet unfinished 2nd floor addition on the back of the house. There is currently an access-way cut into this wall, mostly hidden behind the room's large mirror. In October windows will be installed in the addition. In November the wall will be removed and the new space finished. Small not children should be in the Earth Room unsupervised. Please inquire for an update if booking in November or December of 2016. Thanks for your understanding as we improve the house for you!
WEST BATH ~ toiletry cubbies ~ largest bathroom
Shower: in tub
Privacy: door to 2nd floor hall locks when inside
EAST BATH ~ toiletry cubbies ~ newest bathroom
Shower: in tub
Privacy: door to 2nd floor hall locks when inside
1ST FLOOR... accessibility: porch steps
MORTON ROOM / LIVING ROOM ~ record player ~ largest room
Beds: sleep 4-8 on 4 queen roll-out beds
Privacy: rolling barn-style door with locking latch connects to 1st floor hall
KITCHEN ~ well-stocked + coffee & tea ~ lots of counter space
Appliances: gas stove & microwave/toaster/convection ovens, refrigerator, blender, water boiler, percolator, French press, coffee grinder, etc.
Food: help yourself to all unmarked foods, including staples, baking ingredients, spices, canned food, coffee/tea, etc.
DINING ROOM ~ record player & vinyl collection ~ full of games, books & Detroit tips
Table: seats 4-10, remove top to play Table Football/Foosball
BASEMENT... accessibility: inside stairs
LAUNDRY ~ detergent provided
Appliances: high efficiency front-loading washing machine & dryer
OUTSIDE... front porch accessibility: porch steps
BACK YARD ~ organic fruit & vegetable garden ~ space for gatherings
Features: parking for 6-8 cars ~ charcoal grill ~ bonfire pit
Construction: The back porch is being rebuilt and is currently a small, contained construction site. Small children should not be in the back yard unsupervised. All are advised to avoid this area and fully enjoy the rest of the spacious back yard. Thanks for your understanding while we improve the house for you!
Seating: Pew & couch seat 6-12
Construction: House painting by local painter Angela is set to begin in late September. This will involve scaffolding and a crew of about 5 including Angela scraping and painting their way around the house. Thanks for your understanding while we improve the house for you! Guest AccessGuests have access to 4 of 5 guest rooms, both bathrooms, and public areas of the house: kitchen, dining room, basement laundry, front porch, backyard garden & fire pit. The only private spaces are the 2nd floor Fire Room and owner Nathan's basement office.
Inquire about free access to the outdoor pool & Jacuzzi (late May to early September) and indoor gym & dry sauna (year-round) at the Lofts at Rivertown, 6533 E Jefferson Ave, east of Downtown. $100 deposit for entry key fob. Interaction with GuestsOwner Nathan works from his basement office, usually M-F ~7am/07:00 to ~5pm/17:00. He is always available by cell if not in person, and happy to provide guests with their desired level of privacy. Make yourselves completely at home and comfortable.
Engineer Gregg B. has been helping renovate DLY since 2013, and designs restaurants made from shipping containers. He has the option of reserving the 2nd floor Fire Room when working on home improvements, and may or may not use it for all or part of your stay. Gregg is quite used to living and working around guests, so very communicative and respectful of privacy and space, he's also impossible to disturb. Make yourselves completely at home and comfortable. We're fixing up this house for you.
If you would like to book the Fire Room use listing "Detroit Loves You ~ all 5 Rooms" The NeighborhoodPIETY HILL NEIGHBORHOOD...
Piety Hill is an old, authentic central Detroit neighborhood; a quiet bedroom community named after the many gorgeous historic churches on nearby Woodward Ave. Compared with other Detroit neighborhoods, ours is quiet, friendly, and low crime, yet still emerging from the poverty, blight, and abandonment Detroit is infamous for. DLY is surrounding by an ever-increasing cluster of bright spots of development, including a children's park across the street, community development corporation, laundromat/fitness center & trail, market & commercial kitchen, aquaponics facility, dozens of rehabbed homes, an orchard & several community gardens - next up a community center across the street! As shocking as Detroit's decay can be at first, the direction of change is undeniable and its pace accelerating.
Those not familiar with urban neighborhoods may mistake poverty for danger. Overcoming these mental projections to see the "gold beneath the grime" is part of what Detroit Loves You's mission is all about. Hundreds of guests have checked in over 5 years, so everyone in the community knows DLY, and nearby stores are very welcoming to guests who support them. Detroit's terrible reputation is overblown & outdated. It's actually safer for visitors than many other big US cities, and like most it looks far worse than it really is. Downtown is incredibly clean & secure - more so than many of our flashy suburbs. We advise guests to use basic street smarts (look & walk confidently, be aware of your environment, avoid unpopulated areas, use the buddy system at night, etc.) and remove or hide GPSs, chargers and other valuables in cars.
Heidelberg Project to hipsters, Motown to mashups, derelict ruins to DIY culture, urban gardens and some of the friendliest people you'll meet this side of Polynesia – Detroit holds so much to discover! Just let us know what you're interested in and we'll be happy to give you recommendations for dining, art, nature, nightlife, biking, UrbEx, local events & more. Detroit is a city of contrasts. Its reality is sometimes stark, often artistic, and always expressed from the Heart. Come experience Detroit from the inside. Whether here for a day or the season, you'll soon feel the Detroit Love that drives us. Try saying hello to a stranger - it's the Detroit way. Getting AroundDetroit Loves You Guest Home is right in the heart of Detroit, just 4mi/6.5km to Downtown & under 2mi/3km to Wayne State University along our main central road, Woodward Ave (1st paved road in the US!)
~ Airplane ~ DTW airport 20mi/32km west of Detroit on I-94
~ Car 10mins Downtown, 25mins DTW airport, 1 block to M-10/Lodge Fwy, connects to I-75/275, I-94, I-96/696, US 23, M-14 & M-59
~ Uber ~$10 Downtown, ~$25+ DTW airport ($(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)/min +$0.75-4.05/mi)
~ Taxi ~$10 Downtown, ~$35+ DTW airport ($2.50 +$1.60/mi)
~ Megabus station @Rosa Parks Transit Center, 1310 Cass Ave (Downtown) also stops at Wayne State University on the Cass Ave side of the WSU Barnes & Noble @82 Warren Ave W (Midtown)
~ Greyhound station @1001 Howard St (Downtown)
~ Local Bus (Use (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Maps Transit) Downtown/suburb-bound buses (#53) 24/7 on Woodward Ave connect to major routes at Rosa Parks & State Fair Transit Centers. $1.50 adult ($0.25 transfer/senior/disabled), up to 3 children under 44" free with adult. Pass: $14 5-day, $14.40 1wk, $27.50 2wks, $47 1mo ($17 senior/disabled, $49.50 regional 1mo)
~ Amtrak train station @11 W Baltimore Ave (New Center, 9 blocks from DLY). 1-way fare/time: $6/20m Dearborn/The Henry Ford, $10/25m Royal Oak, $11/30m Birmingham, $12/1h Pontiac, $12-17/1h Ann Arbor, Toledo $15/1h, $18/1.5h Jackson, $24/2.5h Battle Creek, $27/3h Kalamazoo, $34/4h East Lansing, $51/7h Saginaw, $53/5h Flint, $58-72/2.5h Cleveland, $57-78/5.5h Chicago, $61/4h Grand Rapids, $61/6.5h Port Huron Other Things to NoteCHARITABLE MISSION...
A stay at the Detroit Loves You Guest Home means you become part of the positive transformation Detroit is experiencing. 10% gross revenue is set aside to directly to improve the Piety Hill neighborhood.
See Photos "How Your Stay Transforms & Uplifts Detroit" & "Guest Home Transformation Timeline"
DLY has financially supported the local block club, nonprofit Community Development Corporation, Detroit Little Free Libraries, Green Cycle a recycling startup, exterior & neighboring property improvements including porch roof & steps, community garden, and tree trimming. Additional funds employ Detroit housekeepers. Remaining proceeds are invested in improving DLY to benefit future guests. Every bright spot makes a huge difference in Detroit's impoverished neighborhoods. If this resonates with you, please support our work, and thank you!
Please familiarize yourself with Airbnb's Strict Cancellation Policy:
* Cancelled 7 full days prior (from 3pm/15:00 day of arrival) = full refund
* 1-6 days prior, day of arrival, or during reservation = no refund
Cancellation for any reason is subject to the above policies, including not having read the entire listing, Gregg B. having reserved the Fire Room, and inability to see past Detroit's off-putting appearance
24/7 GUESTY SUPPORT...
The team at Guesty, an Airbnb management company, handles all communications and can assist with any questions about the guest rooms, house, neighborhood, or city. DLY owner Nathan A. is always available to assist you personally if you wish; just ask. Let us know how we can best serve you.