Perfect for the busy working person who wants conveniences in a small footprint. This one bed/one bath studio has everything a single person would ever want: Big-screen Plasma HDTV with cable, a fantastic Home theater system with built-in library, a modern bathroom with body sprays, a compact kitchen with gas cook top, overhead microwave, fridge, sink with water-filter dispenser. There is also a private balcony where you can wind down the day sipping a latte or glass of wine.
Although just a 10 minute walk from the convention center, this neighborhood is a bit seedy.
The listing represented the apartment relatively fairly except the shower which is a bit of a disaster. The picture shown must have been taken when new but now the shower head doesn't stay up and water leaks from everywhere except on you.
Khanh's AirBnB is nicely remodeled and convenient to downtown San Jose. As other's have mentioned it's in a transitional area, but the price reflects it and I never felt unsafe. Check-in was smooth, and Khanh's aunt is very friendly and welcoming. The rooster next door was my only complaint, obviously nothing can be done about this, but let's just say I never had to use my alarm clock. Also, A/C was listed as an amenity, but I did not see it any signs of it, could be me though.
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Unfortunately it smelled really musty and my allergies were pretty bad within 1 hour of staying there. To top it off, the neighbor was blasting mariachi music which despite a white noise maker I had on with my phone, the mariachi music was so loud I could hear it over the white noise.
Khanh was out of town, so his aunt, who lives next door, met me at the apartment. They were really great working around my schedule and meeting me as soon I arrived from the airport. The aunt also asked that I let her know if I needed anything or had any issues. I ended up not needing her, but it was great knowing she was nearby. The place was very clean and was very nice. There also was free parking off the street. My stay overall was pleasant, and I would recommend the apartment -- with a few caveats.
A couple things made me uneasy. The neighborhood didn't feel very safe to me. Police were called to the area a couple times while I was there, and I didn't want to be out after dark. I'm glad I didn't look out the kitchen window until the day I left because the backyard next door was essentially a dump yard (I assume that's the home of the rooster I heard crowing every morning?). Also, the door to the apartment didn't use keys for the lock but used a code. There also was no deadbolt or chain lock. It made me wonder if someone could just walk in while I was gone or while I was sleeping. (I know there could be copies of a key floating around, but I don't know if the code is changed between guests). The apartment was nice, and Khanh/his aunt were great, but I would definitely consider the safety factor when booking the place. I was a single woman traveling alone, and I likely wouldn't stay in that area again.
The studio was great. A very pleasant stay!
I enjoyed staying at Khanh's studio. I initially planned to stay only one week, but needed to extend to 10 days due to change of business trip plans. I enjoyed coming back to the place that was my home for 10 days. Thank you very much! I am looking forward to renting from Khanh again next time I am in the area.
I recently accepted a job offer in the South Bay and needed a room near downtown San Jose to use as a home base while I explored the area and went apartment hunting. Khanh was kind enough to let me stay in the Zen home, as he had just rented out the Studio to someone else.
Khanh was a great host. Shortly after I arrived, he stopped by to make sure I had everything I needed and helped me feel at home.
The Zen apartment was lovely, the location was ideal (close to Santana Row, downtown San Jose, and had easy access to the freeway), and the fully furnished apartment was very relaxing to stay in. I especially enjoyed the unit's private balcony at the end of some long days.
Khanh was always very friendly and helpful. When he found out I was looking for an apartment, he offered to let me stay at the Zen apartment for a discounted long-term rate. Even though I ended up signing a lease elsewhere, I appreciated the offer.
My first airbnb experience was awesome. I hope the hosts I stay with on my future trips are as friendly and welcoming as Khanh. Thanks again!
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