Cottage near downtown Palo Alto

Other - Entire home/apt · Central Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025, United States

A cozy and quiet cottage located a discrete distance behind a private home in a family neighborhood. Convenient to downtown Palo Alto. Grocery and coffee shop close by.

Your host, Bob
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A cozy and quiet cottage located a discrete distance behind a private home in a family neighborhood. Convenient to downtown Palo Alto. Grocery and coffee shop close by.

The Space

The cottage is in a quiet family neighborhood, but its a block away from a green grocer with great take out burritos, a charming coffeeshop/cafe, as well as a dry cleaner.

You may be concerned about sleeping on a futon--I was too because I also stay here when my house is rented out, so I shopped carefully in order that my guests would be comfortable. And it's very simple to set up--no heavy lifting.

Extra features include free off street parking, DVD player, and Apple TV. Outside you can enjoy the swing under the trellis in the back yard or the warm and relaxing hot tub.

The house is 20 minutes by freeway to either San Francisco International Airport or San Jose Mineta Airport.

Guest Access

Rental includes access to the entire cottage, parking spot for one car and hot tub spa.

Interaction with Guests

In order that we ensure the cottage is properly prepared, your hosts would appreciate being notified of your arrival time. It is also helpful to know your departure time.

Your host will be happy to make dining suggestions, help with directions, or simply leave you alone.

Getting around

Located within 5 minutes to the 101 freeway. Public bus service to downtown Palo Alto and beyond is two blocks away. The bus also connects to the Palo Alto CalTrain station, or, if you prefer, a 20 minute walk. It is located next to downtown Palo Alto across from Stanford University. CalTrain operates between San Jose and San Francisco. Depending upon which train is taken the trip to San Jose can be between 20 minutes and 40 minutes. To San Francisco the trip is either 30 minutes or one hour.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Futon
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 0
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Security Deposit: $200
Cleaning Fee: $25
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Flexible
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • I escaped from an El Camino hotel at the same price and was very lucky to land in this little gem. Cozy, but perfect, I truly could have stayed here a month or longer. There was just enough space not to feel cramped and all my basic needs were met -- comfy bed, small bar table to work and eat at, fully stocked kitchenette, microwave, toaster, mini-fridge, hotplate, hot pot, Netflix on a nice TV, on-site laundry, parking spot, and a clean bathroom. The cottage feels peaceful and secluded, and the surrounding neighborhood is beautiful, quiet, and residential. The hosts are very nice and friendly people.

    June 2014
  • Located in a very quiet neighbourhood, very peaceful. Inclusive off-street parking is a real bonus of staying here as is the use of the beautiful garden (sadly the hot tub was out of order). Bob was excellent and highly efficient at communicating with us and provided directions which was useful for arriving at night and welcoming to see a note on the door displaying our names. It is a basic place that suited our needs, thank you.

    May 2014
  • Bob's cottage is exactly as it's described, basic - but perfect for my needs during a three day stay in Palo Alto. It's very clean and has everything you need. I rented a bike and peddled to/from my office about 3 miles away - a lovely, easy ride along tree lined roads. The cottage is located in a beautiful neighborhood behind Bob's home. Bob was a gracious host and made it very clear that if I needed anything to let him know.

    May 2014
  • Cozy little spot in Palo Alto in a very nice neighborhood close to University Ave (where all the action is). Instructions were very good and everything was as expected. Futon was surprisingly comfortable.

    May 2014
  • The cottage was a great place to stay. It's in a nice neighborhood with a great coffee shop and market. Stocked with goodies in the kitchen and bathroom. The AppleTV was great. The futon is a nice one but you do have to sleep to one side or fall into the little dip in the middle–can't really help that with futons. But it was totally fine for me. It's close to bus stops, so it's pretty easy to get to/from downtown and the train station.

    April 2014
  • This cottage is in a great location; just a little walk away from University avenue. The futon is, in fact, very comfortable and we had a very nice stay here. Bob and his wife were very friendly and respectful.

    March 2014
  • The cottage is super comfortable, clean and tidy. Great that it has Apple-TV. And the hot-tub was roomy and ready to use. Very nice!

    March 2014
  • Great quiet location and well-equipped.

    March 2014
  • Bob was a great host and was very helpful. Would love to stay with him again for the next visit.

    March 2014
  • This was a great place to stay for a short-notice business trip to Palo Alto. The cottage is thoughtfully furnished and stocked with everything you need to feel at home. The wi-fi is fast, and the location is in a nice, quiet neighborhood. Bob was an extremely gracious host; he even gave me a ride to work! Thank you a pleasant stay.

    March 2014
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My wife and I raised two children in Menlo Park where we have lived for the past 22 years. We enjoy living here and think you'll be pleased to stay here as well. My wife Pam was an executive for a large non-profit organization and I took photographs for magazines and Silicon Valley corporations. Both of us are now retired and look forward to travel and staying at other Airbnb rentals.
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