Two-room pool-house with accommodation for up to 5. Free and easy parking. Fridge and Microwave. We tried to anticipate all questions, so please read full description before submitting questions.
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Our poolside guesthouse has a separate entrance from the main house and can be accessed from the street without disturbing the residents of the house. The guesthouse has two bedrooms and a private shower bathroom. The larger room has a queen bed. The smaller room has a bunk with a twin over full. See pictures. The larger room opens to and overlooks our swimming pool (solar heated in summer), which is available to guests. You are always renting the entire guesthouse. While there is room for 5 people to sleep, if you are a group of 5 adults with luggage you will probably find the rooms quite crowded. There is enough hot water for everyone to take a shower and there is an outdoor shower as well if that is helpful.
Free and easy street parking.
AMENITIES: Very high-speed Wifi, and 32-inch Cable TV with HBO (not HD). Free Laundry Facilities.
FOOD: The room has a coffee-maker and a microwave and there is a coffee shop less than 100 meters away. You will have a fridge/freezer and a butane cook-top. We can also provide pots and pans, plates and bowls, and knives and forks. There are a dozen restaurants within walking distance.
BIKES -- We have a selection of bikes you can borrow, which some guests really enjoy, along with locks and helmets. (You are responsible for ensuring the bike is safe to use, we are not a bike shop.)
PRIVACY: The guesthouse is at the back of the property, so we are not likely to disturb you. However, we are a busy household with 5 children ages 12 and up and a small dog. You may hear trumpet or saxophone practice or encounter any of these friendly children or their friends in the backyard, playing basketball, swimming in the summer, or playing some other silly games. Most guests tell us the room is very quiet, but we don't guarantee that. If its a warm day, we are often outside in the back, so you won't have privacy if you choose to hang out by the pool or swim.
TWO ROOM LAYOUT: One of the pictures is my attempt to show the layout of the rooms. As you can see the two rooms are both connected to the one bathroom. These two room are always rented together. You will not be sharing the bathroom with someone you don't know.
The price quoted is always for the entire two-room suite. However, if you intend to use the beds in the second room, you need to book for at least 3 people. That is, if there are two of you and you are not going to share the queen bed, book for three people.
DOGS/ PETS. We have a small white Maltese who roams the ground and is quite friendly, but if you are not a dog-lover, she usually gets the message if you tell her to go away. Please do not invite her onto the beds. Her name is Snowball.
You are allowed to bring your own dog, but you must pick up after him or her and dogs are not allowed on the furniture. (You must inform us in advance of any pets). We will charge you as if you had an additional person for each pet. So if you are three people and you have a dog, book for 4 people. Minimum price for one pet is 3 people.
We have a garden full of fruit trees that we love. At times, there may be something in season that we will offer you. Unfortunately, these trees attract squirrels and other critters and there isn't much we can do to keep them away.
NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY: The suite opens directly on to the swimming pool. (About 12 feet from the door to the edge of the pool.) Be aware of this if you have children or cannot swim. Also the pool is often covered in the summer to keep it warm, which can make falling in even more dangerous. There is no fence around the pool, and occasionally we can forget to leave the outside lights on at night. (This has never been a problem for anyone, but . . )
BOOKING A ROOM: We welcome all guests, people who have used Airbnb for all their vacations and people who are new to Airbnb. We prefer it you give us a two or three sentence description of who you are and why you are coming to Long Beach when you book. We don't have a minimum stay but we may reject a booking if you are only going to stay one night and it is in the middle of an otherwise open section of the calendar.
We don't guarantee that the room will be cleaned until after 3pm on the day of arrival. Otherwise you can check-in anytime after 11am until well past midnight. If we are not home or it is very late, you will be asked to follow the written directions given to you when you confirm. The guesthouse has a combination lock and you will be given the combination. Guests do not have access to the main house.
Interaction with Guests
We are a friendly bunch and will interact with you if you are interested in interacting with us. However, we understand that many guests are here just to get away and spend time with each other so the amount of interaction will very much depend upon you.
VERY LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: We are less than two miles from the nightlife in Belmont shore (2nd Street), or lovely Seal Beach. There are great walks or short bike rides around the local waterways.
BEACHES. We are less than 2 miles from the beach. A short bike ride in the summer will help you avoid the hassle of parking.
LOCATION. Airbnb provides the location on its maps. Click on maps above the photos. We are in Long Beach about a 30 minute drive from LAX, Downtown LA or Disneyland, all of which are in different directions from here. You can find us on (website hidden) maps at "7th and PCH 90814, USA"
Many of our guests use this as a base to visit L.A., Disneyland, Universal Studios and all other Southern California attractions. We also highly recommend checking out the local shopping and beaches. We are a bike ride away from the Long Beach Aquarium and the Queen Mary. This is a fabulous place to visit.
VISITING LA. If this is your first visit to Southern California and you intend to travel to see the sights, you should know that the sites in Los Angeles are spread out and it is very useful to have a car. A popular day trip for our guests is to go to Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and Venice Beach. This loop is nearly 100 miles..
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION. There are several bus stops within a short walk of the guesthouse. You can get to almost anywhere, but it can take a long time. (website hidden) maps provides details on getting around using public transportation. Just put in "7th and PCH 90814" as your starting or ending point.
Other Things to Note
Our home is solar-powered.
No smoking of any kind in the room or within 10 feet of the door.
Be respectful, and polite.
Understand that you are renting a guesthouse that is part of our home. We are usually happy to assist you if you are gracious and appreciative, but running the guesthouse is not our primary occupation.
We enjoyed our stay, the Host made us feel welcome. Loved the location, close to the Pacific Coast Highway and Seal Beach. Nice to be able to ask for advice about the area, we received great recommendations!
Absolutely perfect-we settled in and felt like we'd been there for ages (in a good way) because it felt so much like home.
I would also recommend hiring a car - I'd never driven in a foreign country so was hesitant but it was very easy (using a free downloaded sat nav) to get around to the sights. We had a nice relaxing walk to Seal Beach and saw a baby sea lion sunbathing, but if you want to go further afield, rent a car.
It was lovely to be greeted by the dog Snowball!
Ronan and Paula were wonderful hosts. We really enjoyed our stay. The poolside guest house is a great value. We found it very cozy. It was a great first time Airbnb experience!
wonderful apt, wonderful hosts, wonderful location. Paula and Ronan greeted us on arrival and showed us around. during our stay they were responsive and understanding.
I was greeted by daughter Maya upon arrival. I met daughter Tiki the following morning. Both girls were very kind, genuine and warm welcoming. Paula & Ronan were out of town, but greeted me and my friend Gigi upon returning from their travels. I liked having access to the refrigerator in the garage, very handy. And wifi was great to have as well.
The pool house was great for us (a family with two children and a baby). Paula's daughter welcomed us and showed us around. She had also great ideas about what to do. We felt at home immediately. Our boys loved the pool and jumped in even though it was still rather cold. We really had a fantastic time and highly recommend staying there.
We are from California and U.K. That's Paula and our oldest daughter in the picture. You can find a picture of Ronan among those of the guesthouse. We love to travel, seek adventure and meet new people. We are friendly, outgoing and open to trying new things. We have been hosting for three years and have met many wonderful people.