View from the desk and closet - this is now the view from th end of the bedSunlight streams into your room
Bonsai Garden Inn in Professorville

Private room

1 Guest

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Private room

1 Guest

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

Fall asleep to the sound of a waterfall. Beautiful garden setting in gracious home 10 minutes walk to downtown, 2 mins to Whole Foods Market. 30 minutes walk to Stanford Quad, ideal for scholar or conference-goer. CHECK IN TIME is between 3 PM and 12 PM. Scheduled Flights in up to 9 pm ok. Ideal for music lovers - clarinet playing may be heard up to 11 pm, piano up to 10:00 pm. Parking permit available.
Note: 2 full Bathrooms shared between 4-5 guest rooms, 3 on same floor 1 on next floor

The space

Bright, garden-facing room in beautiful home. Single bed for 1 person only.

Relax to the sound of water falling into the pond beside our bonsai garden, come watch the feeding of the goldfish in the morning.

Please note check in time is between 3 pm and 12 pm. Being our home, we do not open the door after midnight.

The picture is slightly different from our current layout - the bed is no longer under the window, it is now against the wall on the right, but the furniture is the same.

Parking is TIGHT during business hours - we offer our guests a residential parking pass for their car at no extra charge, so they can park in the restricted 2 hour zone without penalty.

Our lodging is ideal for a visitor who has no car and enjoys walking or biking.

NOT recommended for children.

Note: 2 full Bathrooms shared between 4-5 guest rooms, 1 on same floor 1 on next floor

Guest access

Kitchen, Laundry, Garden, Family Room with TV. There is a second bathroom on the upper floor which is available for guests to use - with a toilet and walk in shower.

Parking Permit allows guests to park in front of the house in what is normally a 2 hour limit zone

Note: 2 full Bathrooms shared between 4-5 guest rooms, 1 on same floor 1 on next floor

Interaction with guests

We will see you everyday as we cook meals in the same kitchen and share the laundry and family room.

Other things to note

The family room has a flat panel tv and desk for guest use - it is a shared space and all the house may use it - please be considerate of others.

Towels and sheets changed weekly but you must leave your door open on Monday to indicate you wish them changed by our housekeeper Angela and her sisters.

Shared bath with a drawer for each guest to store personal toiletries, please leave common space clean and clear for others to use after you.

Laundry, detergent for guest use at no extra charge, and there is a small fridge in the laundry for guest use.

Kitchen can be used by our guests, we coordinate with others in the house on mealtimes.

NOT recommended for children.

The space
Accommodates: 1
Bathrooms: 2 (Shared bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check Out: 1PM
Room type: Private room


Cleaning Fee: $30
Weekly Discount: 5%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
May not be safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)

The bathroom near your room, is shared between 4 rooms, with an additional full bathroom with walk in shower upstairs. We set up the shared bath with a drawer for each guest to store personal toiletries, please leave the bathroom space clean and clear for others as will do the same for you.

You are welcome to borrow our bikes - bring your own bike lock. Please do not park in the Cal train station as our bikes have been stolen while left there.

If you stay for more than 1 week, towels and sheets changed weekly but you must leave your door open on Monday to indicate you wish them changed by our housekeeper Angela and her sisters.



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Safety card
Smoke detector
Fire extinguisher
Lock on bedroom door
First aid kit

2 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

128 Reviews

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Adrien User Profile
January 2017
Great stay, as always!

Lisa User Profile
January 2017
Perfect place to stay on my trip to Palo Alto. Walking distance to Stanford and downtown Palo Alto. Mei Lei is a great hostess and when I'm back in the area I'll be staying here.

Jiayu User Profile
December 2016
Mei Lin’s home is beautiful and has everything one needs for a perfect stay - awesome kitchen, beautiful common room, laundry room, and bathroom with shampoos and everything for guests. I travel solo most of the time so this is my first time using airbnb, and I have to say I'm impressed. Check in and check out are really easy and the room I stayed is perfect for single traveller.

Anna User Profile
December 2016
Love this place! This was my second stay at Mei Lin's. The home is beautiful, nice rooms, and the garden is spectacular. I'll look forward to staying here again in the future.

Evelin User Profile
November 2016
I had a great time staying by Mei Lin. She responded quickly. In the living room is Steinway & Sons piano, which I loved to play.

Claudia User Profile
November 2016
Check-in and check-out were smooth and Mei Lin's house and neighborhood are quiet and relaxing. All in all a lovely place to stay.

Kihwan User Profile
November 2016
Very nice and beautiful place

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Palo Alto, California, United States · Joined in January 2009
Mei User Profile

I have lived and worked in Asia, Europe, Australia. We are alumni of MIT, Stanford and Australian National University, and affiliated with the National University of Singapore. My husband Ross and I regularly travel to Asia and Australasia, and appreciate the joy of travel, and understand the needs of travelers - so we make your stay as enjoyable and trouble-free as possible.

We extend an especially warm welcome to international visiting scholars, interns and the families of Stanford University students, faculty and staff. Our well-equipped kitchen is ready for joyful meals, and on special occasions we get together with our guests and have a potluck dinner.

Music is a big part of our lives, and our living room is our music room hosting a collection of musical instruments from around the world. Mei Lin likes classical music and plays the piano, Ross like Jazz, and plays the clarinet.

We enjoy walking, biking, swimming, cross country skiing and gardening.

As hosts we are "no fuss" and want you to feel like you are visiting friends who don't mind if you come and go at any time, We are also good for tips on the area - what to see, where to eat. And we're happy to have a conversation with if you feel like it, or just as happy to let you come and go as you please.

Response rate: 100%
(past 30 days)
Response time: within an hour