About This Listing
Beautiful very light spacious cottage with a Mediterranean flair, on the north corner of a rose and palm tree garden of a ictorian mansion in downtown San Jose. Quiet, low key, where you can spend the afternoons contemplating the movement of the sun, reading a book
About 450 square feet, comprised of a large living room area with full size bed and additional sleeping available as requested, a couch, armchair, dresser, small desk, TV, vaulted ceilings with skylight and a very quiet fan. Bathroom with large shower space, hair drier, and kitchen with full sink, electric stove, oven, microwave, refrigerator, kitchenware. Washer-Drier available.
Independent access through the house gardens take you to La Casita, which is an independent unit.
Interaction with Guests
I with our my daughter in the adjacent main Victorian house. I work for a technology company. We are a busy family, but are here to help you with anything you may need during your stay. We just started with Airbnb and look forward to our guests' input in order to improve our service and amenities. Our goal is to make you feel at home and experience a very pleasant stay.
Right downtown, on a tree lined street populated with beautiful Victorians, and in front of the quaint O'Donnell's Gardens, a small manicure public park.
La Casita is right downtown, 5 to 10 minutes walking distance to SJ Convention Center, SJSU, shopping, restaurants, The Tech Museum and SJ MOMA, the California Theater home of Opera San Jose, art galleries of South First Street with its South First Fridays events, movie theaters, and the light rail system which takes you to different surrounding areas. It is just 5 min drive from Santana Row, Westfield Mall, SJ Airport, and Caltrain station to Palo Alto (27 minutes one stop to University Ave).
Other Things to Note
Check in/out is flexible and we can accommodate any times provided that there is no one coming or leaving on the same day in which case we need to coordinate so that we can also clean the Cottage
This is a non-smoking unit. No pets allowed either.
La Casita was even nicer then we expected, the garden in which it is situated is beautiful and Jose and Anne were vert kind hosts.
Great place! I was in town for a conference and La Casita was exactly what I was after. Close enough to walk into town but not too far. Jose-Maria was a great host checking in to make sure all was good with my stay. I wouldn't hesitate staying here again.
I extended my stay in La Casita for another week. I really enjoyed staying here.
The cottage is really nice, clean and definitely feel like home, since I also have a lot of IKEA furnitures at home. I'm on 3 weeks business trip in San Jose. Originally I only booked 9 days at La Casita, since it's my first time using airbnb (and I'm from mainland China). It's so nice with good neighbourhood and location, I decided to extend for another 7 days. There are two convenient stores nearby (one is 7-11) within 500 meters distance, also a few restaurants like Thai food and Asian food. There is even an elementary school (300m) with a 6v6 soccer field, where I played a few games with the locals. I'm so glad I chose La Casita, instead of some hotel.
Jose and Anna are definitely nice people, and I can tell they want to ensure your privacy. You don't have to worry that some host may come and talk to you too often.
I must say this is my worst Airbnb experience. The lady that welcomed us was not specifically friendly, and we almost felt we were disturbing. The second bed was not installed though I had mentioned I would be there with a colleague. The sheets were not ironed and seemed to have already been used (spots on the pillows). The bathroom was not clean either (hair on the floor). The sofa looks dirty. Before leaving, the lady did not ask us about anything about us, and did not give us any advise. The house is more 20mn walking from the convention center, and the neighborhood where the house is, is not particularly nice. In the end one of us went to a hotel closer to the convention center, and the other one left one day earlier. I do not recommend it.
I am totally surprised about this review. This is the first time in more than 20 reviews that I have this reaction, totally out of the blue. I wasnt contacted at all by the guest during their full stay. I have a second bed ready but wasnt asked about it at all. I knew it was two people but understood it was a couple but would have definetely organized the second bed if i had known. Once they arrived, i wondered but felt it would be too intruding to ask whether they were using one or two beds so i didnt want to disturbe. If there is such a simple issue as requiring a second bed, i wonder why the guest didnt just mentioned. They arrived mid afternoon and we were home as they could appriciate. The sheets, full bedding, towels, everything is washed for each new guests. Right, we dont iron everything but this is not a hotel. We respect the privacy of our guest, we are friendly but dont want to seem interfering or just cheat chatting. And the convention center is around 10 minutes walk. I am sorry this wasnt a good experience and just wished they would have communicated on the different issues so that we could have addressed them.
La Casita was a great place to stay for my conference at the convention center. Jose-Maria accurately represented the home and left excellent instructions. It was convenient for parking and for getting to the convention center and not having to pay for parking at the convention center was great too. It was clean and had everything i needed.
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About the Host, Jose-Maria
I live in San Jose with my young daughter. I come originally from Spain. Currently work in finance in the high tech industry. I am an active guest of airbnb when i travel in the US or Europe and are a big supporter of their concept. On my free time, i swim masters with a swim team, take care of the garden, enjoy my time with my 12 year old daughter Charlotte who is a very dedicated dance student, also in her free time. We go to Spain a couple of times a year to visit family and take care of our Summer home in La Mancha.
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