About This Listing
Old-fashioned double bed, TV with cable and DVD player. Private full bath. Sliding door closes off the area like a Suite.
My neighborhood -- River Road Historic District --is quiet, green, tree-filled -- bordered by the San Antonio River and a City Golf Course -- yet it is super convenient to downtown and many SA attractions. My neighborhood is FANTASTIC for walks -- short or long.
Guest bedroom is at the front of cottage. Guest bath is on the hall and is used only by guests. The hallway is made private by a pocket door, making a little suite. Guests are welcome to sit and talk, read in the lovely living room/library. Guests may use the kitchen with fridge, microwave, coffee maker, tea kettle. Guests are welcome to sit ( including eating) on front deck ( screened-in) or back deck ( open ) -- have a glass of wine under the Italian pergola with its bubbling, lighted fountain. Note : I am a non-cook. I have a kitchen range, but I seldom use it, and it has no vent hood. So I prefer that guests not cook, beyond using the small microwave, the blender ( for smoothies) , the electric kettle for tea or the coffee maker. There are great places to eat within easy walking distance, not to mention the plethora of downtown restaurants.
Interaction with Guests
I like to meet guests when first arrived and give super-brief orientation( 2-3 minutes) ; I enjoy taking guests on a drive around my special neighborhood
( 15 minutes ). I know a great deal about inner-city SA -- restaurants, bars, clubs for live music, tourist attractions, etc. -- happy to share info. I am absolutely content to leave guests on their own. A key is hidden for them and they may come and go at any time, including very late -- or very early.
Location provides EASY walks to : Big YMCA and in that building is a cool coffee shop with Wi-Fi. Cafe voted "Best Bakery" in SA. In front of the "Y" is a major bus stop for downtown and a new bike rental station. Walk out of the cottage and in one minute you will be at a completely natural stretch of the San Antonio River. Turn south and walk to a sidewalk-size crossing for walkers or bikers. This then makes a "loop" walk of one mile from the cottage. The east side of loop is well-known by bird watching visitors ( it's on some list). If you turn north at the River, you will walk in five min. into our Brackenridge Park -- with trails, picnic areas, a major Zoo, a cool little train, Japanese Sunken Gardens ( with a renovated Tea House, and the Witte Museum -- it's a BIG park!
Yes. Two bus lines are in easy walking distance and there is a bicycle rental franchise next to one bus stop
Other Things to Note
My guest bed is termed "full" we used to say "double" -- it is not queen or king. Most guests find it very comfortable.
1. Absolutely NO SMOKING inside or out. 2. Respect driveway access of my "Back House" tenant -- a great, quiet older guy ( like me ! )
3. I ask guests not to eat in bedroom -- other than water, tea, coffee. I provide dining table and both front and back decks for eating.
4. I provide a small microwave. I have a gas range, but is has no hood -- so I don't encourage cooking on it. I am a non-cook. There is a coffee maker and an electric tea kettle. San Antonio has many fine restaurants, from inexpensive to fancy -- four are in easy walking distance from cottage. Most of my guests enjoy eating out. I ask for no extensive cooking in the kitchen.
5. No pets. My cottage is too small.
Dear Traveler, If luck is with you George's calendar will show availability for all of your stay. If available for only part of your stay, jump at the chance to meet him, enjoy his accomodations. My wife & I stay with him whenever we can and among his many favorable and even rave reviews you will find several from us. I will leave it at that. Happy Travels!
George's cottage is adorable. It was just as pictured, clean, and in a wonderful location. He definitely made us feel welcome and at home. George even took us to the airport very early in the morning! It was so kind of him. I'm on sorry I wasn't able to talk to George more.
The room is so comfortable at George's place and is exactly the same as the picture, and you will have your own privacy and restroom. George was so kind to give me a ride downtown frequently and showed me some historical places in San Antonio. The neighborhood was quiet. Overall, George is a nice host with extensive knowledge in various field.
George is a wonderful host, and his great old house with a covered porch in the middle of a jungle neighborhood was a great little escape from the otherwise dry San Antonio... George is thoughtful, caring and has a great taste in books :) Thanks for everything George!
Greg give me a lot of information about San Antonio which helps me a lot cuz I don't really plan my trip in advance. And the place is clean and as shown on the picture. The location is great 5 mins drive to downtown and parking is very easy outside the house. I would recommend it to the future travelers.
George has 149 reviews as of this writing, overwhelmingly favorable. Several of them were submitted by me or my wife. We have stayed with George often; that in itself should tell you that he is a great airbnb host and the accommodations are comfortable. Airbnb asks me to write a review each time I stay with George. Ok, each trip is a little different depending on what each of us is up to. Sometimes I have been on the road too long and am grateful for the privacy & comfort, and just rest. Other times, like this stay, we went to a nice nearby trattoria for a martini & conversation, but ate at another nearby sports bar to watch the Spurs beat the Suns. Other times its gourmet & ethnic food, jazz, etc. You will enjoy a stay with George. And read his house rules. Its an ideal airbnb experience, i.e. you are not renting his whole house, don't settle in, you are a guest, don't plan on cooking, enjoy his continental breakfast, get out and see San Antonio and its wonderful activities and eating venues.
Staying at George's comfortable place was easy and very accommodating. Though the location is close the highway, it was quiet and close to easy park walking.
George was a host with quick recommendations like the SA Botanical Gardens that I would have missed one brief visit without his suggestions.
On a future visit I would stay again and recommend it to friends.
About the Host, George
I am a long-time college English professor ; I'm currently teaching MWF through May 14.
I am very well-known and well-regarded in my small historic neighborhood. My first cousin, best buddy and close neighbor is one of the best Traditional Jazz musicians in the world ! I am quiet, love classical music, poetry, art. I am laid back, easy going. I'm an expert on much of SA, especially downtown. I have traveled a LOT around the world, especially Europe, and I have a LOT of experience staying at B n Bs. So ... come be a tourist in SA !