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Greetings! We are so happy that you are thinking of staying with us. If you are new to Airbnb: Welcome! Please read our listing very carefully so that you know what is included and what is not included. We include a wonderful breakfast and two Aquarium guest passes; together, these can save you over $80, making the cost of this room the best bargain in the Monterey Bay area! Be sure to read our 120+ reviews from happy guests!
We have started back to school, and are asking for a two night minimum stay during the school year. If you really want to stay with us for just one night, please email us and we will check to see if it is possible.
We have two guest passes for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, so if you are planning to go there, we can save you some big money: tickets are normally $35 for each adult, so this is a $70 savings! We are happy to loan out the passes, as long as we get them back. The money you save on the Aquarium tickets will almost pay for the room for the first night you stay with us! :-)
Because we only have two guest passes, and they can only be used once a day, they are available on a "first come, first served" basis. Because we have two rooms that we rent out, please request the day that you would like the passes when you make your actual room reservation. If the availability of the passes is a "deal breaker" for you, send an inquiry first to check on their availability.
PLEASE read the entire description before you book with us. Yes, the room is less expensive than most Airbnb rooms in the area (and MUCH cheaper than the other hosts in the area who offer Aquarium passes), but be sure that you understand why. Our family home is cozy and comfortable, but not huge ... in fact it is rather small by American standards. It is a family home, with a dog, and a cat, and a pre-teenager obsessed with dance, and mail piling up, and a mom who is a teacher who has lots of papers to grade ... our home is clean, but sometimes a bit disorganized.
Check-in is usually after 3 PM. If you need to arrive earlier, we can usually accommodate your needs. Check-out time is flexible.
This room is my daughter's room. This small bedroom has a queen size bed that is VERY comfortable. There is a small table in the room for your things. This room is slightly down the hall from the shared bathroom.
The floor in this room will accommodate a twin size air bed, making it possible to fit three people in this room. You could fit four people (bring your own air bed for the fourth person, and we will only charge $10 per night for the 4th person), however, with four people, it will be REALLY cozy with almost no room to walk around! (Just trying to be honest!) We are family friendly, but not baby or toddler-proofed.
Please note that this is a young girl's room. It is decorated with pictures of horses and other animals. It is not very sophisticated, but it is comfortable and clean. If you are looking for more grown-up decor, try our other listing: "Cozy & Quiet + 2 Aquarium tickets."
The bathroom has a shower / tub, and there is a bit of storage space for you in the bathroom closet, if needed. The bathroom is shared with my daughter and me, so we will need to coordinate bathroom time on school days, plus any guests in the other room. If you forgot any toiletries, or you just want to try our yummy smelling body wash, please help yourself. We have a hair dryer that you may use.
Because the bathroom is shared by so many, our room rate is a bit lower than the others in the area. However, we have not found sharing the bathroom to be a problem, nor have past guests found it to be a problem. For my daughter's birthday party, we regularly have 10 - 15 girls overnight every year, and it always seems to work out OK, so a few Airbnb guests are no big deal!
Some of the listings compare themselves to a boutique hotel. Staying with us is more like visiting relatives: you get the kids room, nothing fancy, but comfortable. Remember, we are not a hotel ... this is a family home. My daughter will need to enter the room, from time-to-time, to get things. We will work together to make this as unobtrusive as possible.
Why are we doing this? We like meeting new people from all over. We also like to travel. And, my daughter is a dancer: lessons, costumes, and dance shoes keep us on a tight budget. By booking with us, you are helping Gabby keep dancing!
Be sure to check My Guidebook with lots of local recommendations!
The kitchen is available to you, provided you clean-up after yourself. We have a gas stove top, oven, toaster oven, microwave, and dish washer. There will be room for you in the refrigerator, if you need it. We also have a very nice gas grill on the patio outside the kitchen.
On school mornings we will set out a breakfast for you, but we will probably be running off to school/work. However, you are welcome to help yourself to breakfast items in the house; we will show you the night before. Just clean-up after yourselves and we'll be all good!
Most of the time, our schedule does allow us to make breakfast for you; we will keep you informed as to our schedule. Most weekends we make breakfast for everyone: coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice, croissants, cheeses, yogurt, and fresh fruit. We love to entertain. Please let us know if you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions to the items listed, and we will work to accommodate your needs.
If you don't need breakfast, let us know, and we can take $5 off the room rate, per person ... although who can pass up fresh baked croissants and hot coffee, while still in your jammies??? : )
From the outside, the house doesn't look like much. In fact, it is kind of ugly. It is a part of an older, military housing neighborhood, but inside our home is filled with love.
We do have a small, very friendly dog (Bella), and a somewhat friendly cat (Ginger). Sorry, but we cannot accommodate your pet ... two pets are enough for us! If you have pet allergies, this is not the house for you.
NEWS FLASH: Thanks to a wonderful guest, we just got wi-fi!!! We've been pirating for years, so this is a REALLY big deal for us. : ) If you have AT&T service, be warned that many guests have said that our neighborhood has very weak reception for AT&T.
We only have over the air TV reception, no cable, no satellite. This is such a beautiful area, with so much to do ... so we don't spend a lot of time with our TV or computer. We do have a DVD player.
Our home is a duplex. We never hear the neighbors talking or other noises, but we do sometimes feel/hear the vibrations of them walking on the wood floors of our shared home site. This room shares a common wall with our neighbors.
If you are a cycling enthusiast, our location is EXCELLENT! CCCX (Central Coast Cyclo-Cross) hosts cross-country mountain bike and road racing events literally in our backyard. The start line for the road races is just steps from our home. Check out their website for their race schedule: (website hidden)
If you are a car, motorcycle, or bicycle racing enthusiast, we are just minutes from Laguna Seca Raceway. Check out their website for their race scheudle: (website hidden)
If you like to golf, we are less than a mile from Bayonet & Black Horse golf course, 36 holes of great golf! See their website for more info: (website hidden) . In addition, there are loads of amazing golf courses in the area.
Our home is located in a VERY safe neighborhood. It used to be an active military base: Fort Ord. Our neighbors are mostly military families attached to the Defense Language Institute and the Naval PostGraduate School. Here are a few websites:
Our backyard is the nation's newest national monument: Fort Ord National Monument. Check out this link for more info: (website hidden)_ord/index.html
Downtown Monterey is 10 minutes drive, and you can be in Carmel in 20 minutes. Within a few minutes you can be at numerous world-class restaurants. Here is a link to our local free weekly paper's dining reviews, Coast Weekly: (website hidden)
Since the websites are blocked in this listing, if you are interested, I will email you the actual web addresses.
Fantastic host. We had a last minute hiccup and Tery helped us taking care of our son while I was out running the Big Sur Half. We recommend her warmly!
Teri is a great host, nice, understanding and helpful. She made sure our stay was comfortable. We enjoyed our stay very much, especially Bella's accompany. She's such a sweet dog. Ginger's very quiet. The fresh backed croissants for breakfast are soooo guiltily delicious, and Teri introduced us different kind of cheeses which we tried and enjoyed very much. Thank you Teri for your hospitality. I strongly recommend her home.
Had a great stay with Teri and Gabi, Bella and Ginger.
You live close and they're living a busy life. But we had time to talk a little and all we needed to know they could tell. They were very respectful and quiet around the appartment when our kids were sleeping.
Aquarium tickets a huge bonus. We stayed a whole day with our kids who loved it.
Expect everything to be like in the description!
Easy to park in the street. Very safe neighbourhood, a drive from touristy city center.
Didn't get the wifi to work on the IPad but that was the only downside. BUT if we would have asked it seems like it would have been easy to solve. So ask!
Could stay again.
We were all really pleased to stay with Teri and Gabby. They were very sweet and presented a very comfortable atmosphere for us to stay. Teri had everything very prepared and even made us breakfast. She had booklet of local hangouts etc that was very helpful. The sleeping quarters were very comfortable and cozy. It was a short drive to the city of Monterey but it was nice because it allowed us to become familiar with the city on our own terms instead of feeling forced to experience it. Teri even let us wash clothes which was a huge help. We were constantly in and out and actually didn't get a chance to really connect until our last day there--but nonetheless Teri was very helpful and was ready to answer any questions etc. We all really enjoyed staying there and felt very comfortable and thankful that they were willing to share their home with us.
En vacances chez ma tante à Los angeles, nous avons décidé de visiter Big Sur et Monterey, c'est ainsi que nous avons attéri chez Teri, Gaby et leurs deux adorables petites bêtes. Un momet très agréable et convivial en leur compagnie. sans oublier les pass pour l'aquarium qui représentent un vrai plus! Après plusieurs moi aus usa, j'ai adoré le petit déjeuner, très bien garni les deux matins !
Merci encore Teri pour l'acceuil chalereux que vous nous avez reservé. J'ai été très occupé en rentrant en France c'est pourquoi j'ai un peu tardé pour le commentaire.
I had a wonderful time staying with Teri & her daughter Gabby! She is a warm, outgoing, and very sweet host and makes you feel like you are family visiting. It felt like I had known her forever. And her daughter is the same way! I really loved her quiet and beautiful neighborhood. I saw deer walking down the street at night, what a treat!! It is hidden away from all the noise of the city and is very peaceful, but close to a shopping center and Monterey's aquarium, cannery row and the wharf. The Monterey Aquarium is outstanding and we enjoyed an entire day of discovery there, a must visit. Dennis the Menace playground is also a must visit, even if u didn't bring kids lol! My very favorite part of the trip was waking up to hot out of the oven croissants with amazing spread choices like nutella, butters, and jams. We ate on a beautiful place setting and made me feel like we were in a bed and breakfast. It was a special memory. :) My son and I loved her sweet dog full of love and the cat. This is the best place to stay in the Monterey area. I would look no further.
Siamo rimasti un solo giorno presso Teri e Gabby, ma abbastanza per apprezzarne la loro disponibilità e gentilezza.
La loro abitazione é l'ideale per scoprire Montherey (a 15 min di auto), in un quartiere sicuro e molto tranquillo, compreso nel prezzo 2 pass per l'acquario (consiglio vivamente una visita).
La casa é molto confortevole, le camere accoglienti e i letti molto comodi. La colazione, preparata con tutte le indicazioni necessarie, era eccellente...
Consiglio vivamente un soggiorno presso Teri, Gabby, Bella & Ginger ;-)
We had a very nice stay in Monterey. Thank you for letting us stay at your place! The house and room were clean and Teri and Gabby are very friendly people, thank you also for the lovely breakfast! We can highly recommend Teri & Gabby.
Teri and Gabby were excellent hosts throughout our entire trip there. The house is very clean and comes with all the facilities we needed, such as a washer and dryer. Teri was very nice and accommodated our early check in request at 12 noon. She gave great tips on things to do near Monterey. Also, the aquarium tickets saved us some money and time as we didn't need to join the long queues. Bella was so sweet and cute; she would wait at the door when we were leaving the house. Breakfast was a glorious affair - imagine fresh juices, blueberry scones, croissants, fruits, various cheeses and spreads, we were spoilt for choice and would end up having breakfast for an hour! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who wants to go for a road trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles. By far, the best host we have encountered :)