About this listing
Share my big, bright, off-street suite, perfectly located in downtown Menlo with walkable access to anything that matters, including downtown Palo Alto and it's famous Stanford campus, plus covered off-street parking and your own bicycle.
Share with me — and only me — no roommates, no other guests, almost like having your own apartment, with your own private bedroom & bath, total access to a big living room, dining room, fully-stocked kitchen, a shelf in the fridge, TV, WiFi and a stationary exercise-bike. For your car, an off-street parking-space, or get around on my bicycle, or, for an extra fee, my car is available on a trip-by-trip basis.
The quiet 1500-SqFt space is completely furnished, on top-floor with high ceilings and big windows on both sides for maximum bright light. The bed accommodates two (small surcharge for double-occupancy). The entrance involves climbing only ten steps but could be a problem for anyone with mobility issues.
The neighborhood is downtown and upscale: cafes, restaurants, bars, three name grocery-outlets, theater, banks, drugstore, train/bus stations, shuttles — any place that matters is walkable. Near Silicon Valley with downtown Palo Alto and it's famous Stanford campus an only half-hour walk away, 10-minutes on a bike. Also located right between three major cities and three major airports, each 45-min away.
As a telecommuter, I'm usually around to help with directions and recommendations, helping visitors find their way and improve their stay. Prefer guests with outside interests but it's not mandatory.
Interaction with Guests
I can be as invisible as necessary.
The guest makes the rules.
We did not feel that the accommodations matched the description and photos. The space cluttered and not to our standard of cleanliness. It did not feel ptivate. We made other arrangements at a nearby hotel and returned the key without staying the first night.
Of 78-guests, this is my first bad-review. As most hosts would probably agree, it's hardly fair to compare someone's personal living space to the privacy and cleanliness standards of hotel rooms, which are often attended daily. The whole point of Airbnb is to share personal living spaces that offer a warm sense of home ... which it is. I am glad, however, that these guests were able to find solace in a nearby soulless space of their liking, fortunately not the most popular choice these days.
I stayed about 3 weeks in Paul's house. The bed was very comfortable. The place is located next to the downtown Menlo Park and there are supermarket, restaurant, Starbucks etc. in walking distance. Paul is very friendly and helpful. Paul offered me using his bike and taught me a shortcut to Stanford using a bike bridge. Paul shared the beef steak tomato from the farmers markets with me. It was really good with a bagel and lox! He also drove me with my luggage when I move into an apartment. Thanks Paul!
Paul offers a clean and comfortable private room and a well functioning private bath. While the room isn't particularly large, it has ample closet space and a comfortable bed. The neighborhood is residential and quiet, but very close (5-10 minute walk) to stores, cafes, restaurants, bus stops on El Camino Real, and the Menlo Park Caltrain station. It's a pleasant and safe 45 minute walk to the center of the Stanford campus.
Paul was easy to communicate with before I arrived. When I showed up, he quickly assessed my needs during the stay and gave me good advice and directions. He is laid back and approachable and very interested in the well being of his guests. He is happy to chat with his guests about all sorts of topics and has interesting things to say, but is also very respectful of their privacy needs.
Paul was great. Gave us some great pointers for the local area. He is very friendly and accommodating and the place was just as described. Cheers!
Paul was great, very accommodating and helpful. He gave me good recommendations for dining and also pointed out a great jogging path.
Paul did an excellent job welcoming us and explaining how everything worked at home and in the neighborhood. He even had some maps ready for us and many suggestions of restaurants, bike paths and other places to go.
About the Host, Paul
I'm single, flexible, tolerant and live alone ... and try to help guests maximize their stay in the most exciting, interesting, multifaceted area of the country, all year round. BTW ... if you need it, you can use my bike to get around. Your room is ready. — Paul