Hola-Hello! My place is great for travelers looking to get an authentic Detroit experience with insights from someone who was born and raised here. We’re located in the vibrant area of Southwest Detroit which is 1.5 miles from Downtown and many of the things that bring people to our city including: the Renaissance Center, Cobo Hall, Hart Plaza, Eastern Market, Wayne State University, Historic Michigan Central Station, Mexicantown Business District, Riverwalk, and the Detroit Institute of Art.
As we say in Detroit: “WHAT UP DOE?!”
My home is cozy, sunny, clean and peaceful. My cat Matis will give you endless kitty cuddles and in the warmer months, the backyard or front porch areas are great for lounging and relaxing. Whether you're here for business or to check out what's going on in Detroit, we think you will love staying with us!
There is a lockbox on the front porch where you will find keys to get you into both the house and your private room. We do ask that when you leave the house you always lock both the front door and the screen door.
If you plan to check in after 9pm, just let me know.
There is Wi-Fi, so if you need to stay connected, we got you.
There are common spaces on the first floor including the kitchen, 2nd bathroom, and living room.
If you want to throw a bonfire or bbq some stuff on the grill, that's cool, just let me know ahead of time.
Interaction with guests
I'm around most of the time during the day if you need me and would be happy to help in any way that I can. Whether it’s to give you general information about getting around, some tips on the best restaurants and fun things to do in the D, or if you’re looking for someone to provide you with some historical context on the city from a local’s perspective. I’m your girl! I want to give you the local knowledge you need to make the most of your trip.
However, I work from home a lot, and am currently in grad school, so I do ask that if you happen to see me zoned out in the living room (where my desk is located), that we try to keep the distractions/noise in the common areas to a minimum.
But, feel free to message me anytime if you need anything!
Other things to note
Is the Southwest Detroit neighborhood safe?
Yes, as safe as any other urban area in the country – but, be smart and mindful of your surroundings and if you drove here, I don’t recommend leaving valuables in your car. Feel free to spark up a conversation with neighbors and people you engage with during your visit about their opinions of the city. You will usually find that Detroiters are very friendly, outgoing, resourceful, and interesting people who would be happy to share the REAL Detroit narrative with you.
If you’re not keen on chillin in your room, you are free to hang out in the kitchen and common areas, whatever makes you comfortable. Just be sure to clean up after yourself and let me know if you plan on making some elaborate meal so I can plan around you.
There is a Keurig in the kitchen you are free to use if you like for both coffee and tea.
Matis is an outdoor cat so he can come in and out freely, but do not let him go down into the basement with you if you are doing laundry.
Born and raised in Southwest Detroit, “mother, daughter, sister, lover and life liver”, Amelia has been active in her community for over 17 yrs. through her professional experience in “brick & mortar” non-profit development and as a community organizer in arts/cultural work. Creating and executing workshops, community events and large scale mural productions. Proud of her Chilena-Latina-American heritage and language she strives to use them as inspiration to continue developing her skills as a visual and performance artist.