About this listing
The ROSE GARDEN ROOM is a lovely, floral themed room in our immaculately clean and beautifully decorated Craftsman home. Please confirm that you have read the entire listing, and that the setup and house rules work for you, when you request to book.
The Rose Garden Room is 13 ft x 10 ft (130 square feet). It is furnished with one comfortable queen-sized bed (sleeps 2), an antique Victorian reading chair, a Queen Anne desk, an antique wooden dresser, end tables and lamps, a closet with hangers and hamper, your own iron and ironing board, and extra blankets for cool nights.
Named and decorated for the Berkeley Rose Gardens, its floral decor and antique furnishings are soothingly reminiscent of Grandma's house.
Guests have access to the private, locking rooms, and all of the common areas (kitchen, living areas, bathrooms, porch, and outdoor patio). There is a shared TV in the living room with premium cable TV, HBO, movie channels, a DVD player, and a collection of DVDs. Guests may help themselves to the self-serve (organic) breakfast provisions each morning, which are stored on the left side shelves of fridge, left side shelves of wooden kitchen hutch, and center shelf of the dining room hutch. You also have storage space for your groceries/ snacks: right side shelves of fridge, right side shelves of kitchen hutch. There is no laundry access, but we supply a wheeled cart and laundry bag, which you can take to the coin operated laundromat just one block away.
Interaction with Guests
For the comfort and security of all of our guests, we meet all of our guests for check-in, by appointment, on their first visit. Your appointment will be between 4 pm and 9 pm (earlier is sometimes possible, but later is not). We don't accept check-ins past 9 pm (so your flight should land at SFO by 7 pm or OAK by 7:30 pm). After your first stay, we are happy to arrange a self-check-in (no need for an appointment).
At check-in, we will check your ID, get a liability waiver signed, orient you to the home (where to find the things you'll need and how to tidy up after yourself in common areas), review the house rules, parking/transit details, and the City of Berkeley's noise ordinance, and give you keys to the house and your room.
We use the kitchen and living areas, alongside our guests. When we all have time, we enjoy getting to know travelers who are sociable and enjoy getting to know the locals. But to respect your time and privacy, we will go about our own business unless you reach out.
The house is located approximately 1/2 mile south of University of California, Berkeley in the Elmwood neighborhood.
This neighborhood is a quaint, walkable, safe, and mostly quiet residential area, just a few hundred feet from the popular Telegraph Ave, College Ave, Claremont Ave shops and restaurants. Public transportation, shops and restaurants, and Zipcars are abundant nearby. San Francisco is just 10 miles away and easily accessible by BART train or by car.
We respect our neighbors, many of whom have school-aged children and work "bankers hours," and we're committed to making sure we don't disrupt their sleep. Our quiet hours are 10 pm - 7 am. Please find another place to stay if you want the freedom to come and go noisily after 10 pm.
BUS STOP: An AC Transit bus stop is just one block away, at Derby & Benvenue. Take Bus 51 B to campus in 5 minutes and to the Downtown Berkeley BART station in 10 mins.
BART: Three BART train stations are approximately one mile away - Ashby BART, Downtown Berkeley BART, and Rockridge BART.
CAR: You'll find an Enterprise Rent-a-Car just a few blocks away. You can also easily get rides from Uber or Lyft most anywhere in the Bay Area.
FREEWAYS: It's an easy jaunt from here to I-80/I-580, via California 13 (Ashby Ave). Ashby Ave intersects with our street just 4 blocks south.
PARKING is regulated, so avoid bringing a car if you can. You can park on the street in my neighborhood overnight and for up to two hours during the day (8 am - 7 pm) without a permit. If you wish to park your car all day, you have three options: 1) park it at the nearest BART station for around $2/day; 2) park it in a nearby public parking garage for around $15-20/day; or purchase a street parking permit from me for $10/'day (as available, by advance request, supplies are limited). I'm not responsible for securing or managing your parking or for guest's parking tickets.
Other Things to Note
USE THE BOOKING CONFIRMATION/ITINERARY: After you book, Airbnb will email you the Booking Confirmation/Itinerary, which I created to make your life and mine easier. YOU NEED THIS DURING YOUR TRAVEL and DURING YOUR STAY, SO PLEASE PRINT IT OUT AND TAKE IT WITH YOU. It contains the address, directions, house rules, wi-fi passcode, and other important info. We expect our guests to know and observe the house rules outlined in that document (for the comfort and safety of all guests). If you have lost the Booking Confirmation/Itinerary, search your past emails or log into your Airbnb account, where you can easily find it under "Your Trips." Once you find it, print, download, bookmark, or save it (or all of the above).
ODD HOURS ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES: Due to the unavoidable noise and disruptions of late night arrivals and wee-hour departures (waking other guests), special arrival and departure rules apply to travelers who check in later than 9 pm or check out before 7 am, and a $50 late check-in fee applies. I will ask you for your flight/travel details before booking your stay. If you haven't arranged your flights at the time of booking, please be considerate of this when you do.
CLEAN AND GREEN: We launder all of the linens, blankets, and pillow covers between every reservation, and have the room professionally cleaned. Each person cleans up after themselves immediately after meals, in the common areas, and in one's own room (no maid service). We provide green living supports (recycling, composting, chemical-free bath products, etc.). Cleaning products are chemical-free and unscented (Seventh Generation and Dr. Bronner's), so you'll smell only the fresh air. We ask you to preserve our indoor air quality and other guests' health & comfort by not bringing bleach or other toxic products into the home and by storing perfumes only inside the bathroom drawers (not inside guest rooms). Please avoid wearing perfumes/colognes inside the house (wait until you're ready to leave before applying them).
PETS. The main house is pet-free (for the sake of allergy-sufferers). But two cats live with me in my separate suite and do not enter the house. There's an electric HEPA air filter on each side of the door to my suite to trap any kitty hair that might enter the threshold from my comings and goings between the house & suite. My suite is on the first floor; all of the guest rooms are on the second floor.
NOT A PARTY or NIGHT OWL HOUSE: If you're looking for a house where you can hold parties or stay up through the night, this is not the place for you. I consider a good nights' sleep a sacred commitment to my guests. If you're disruptive at night, you may be asked to leave.
APPROVING YOUR RESERVATION: Airbnb hosts are allowing total strangers into their homes. Airbnb is a community of trust, and your profile and verifications make that trust possible. If your profile is not complete, please include in your inquiry your name and address, place of employment, and the reason for your stay in the Bay Area. If your booking is for a family member, friend, or employee, include their info when you reach out. I won't accept anonymous bookings. Best approach: take a moment to complete your profile.
QUESTIONS?: Ask away!
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My house hosts multiple guests at once. A shared living space requires rules and organization to preserve everyone's comfort, peaceful sleep, and security. Please take the time to read the rules, and understand that they're for your comfort as much as anyone's. -|- CHECK-IN. Contact me one week before your arrival to schedule your check-in. If you neglect this step, it is unlikely that I'll be able to meet you at your preferred check-in time. Show up on time for check-in or notify me, in advance, if you need to reschedule. If you don't show up for check-in, and you haven't rescheduled, I'm not responsible for the fact that you will have to work around my schedule. -|- COMMUNICATION. Learn how to use the Airbnb website for messaging and email relays, download the Airbnb app, and get a U.S. SIM card well before your scheduled check-in time. If you fail to set up your communication capabilities, I'm not responsible for any problem you have reaching me about your check-in or other needs. -|- COMMON SENSE CARE-|- Care for the furniture, bedding, floors, appliances, etc., as if they were your own, through common sense, respectful usage. -|- QUIET HOURS 10 pm - 7 am: voices and media low, close doors and cabinets gently (don't slam), walk softly on stairs & wood floors, close sliding doors between the common areas if using living areas after 10 pm, set alarm clocks to the lowest volume that will wake you, turn alarm off when you wake, and shower downstairs during these hours. -|- NO FOOD IN ROOMS. Store food in kitchen to prevent pests. Tea/beverages okay, but wash cups/glasses daily. -|- REMOVE SHOES INDOORS. Barefoot, socks, or slippers (provided) are okay. Ask your visitors to do the same. -|- WIPE BATHROOM COUNTERTOP, and toilet seat, if needed, (paper towels provided) after your use so that it's clean and dry for the next guest. -|- HANG TOWELS ON PROVIDED METAL BARS/HOOKS and NOT on wood furniture or upholstered furniture as this can damage wood finishes and fabrics. -|- HACKER FEES APPLY. Do not hack into the wi-fi settings or physically handle the modem or router (or you will be charged a fee for servicing). -|- USE COASTERS or placemats underneath drinking glasses on wood surfaces. -|- PREPARE properly at BEDTIME to avoid damage to sheets (feminine, bedwetting, and first aid supplies in bathroom cabinet and upstairs hallway drawer). -|- DISALLOWED. No smoking, illegal drugs, pets, chemical toxins, hair dye, bleach, scented candles, or incense-burning. Store perfumes/colognes in bathroom, not in guest room where they accumulate in fabrics and trigger allergies. -|- TIDY UP AFTER YOURSELF immediately in the common areas. -|- GUESTS WASH THEIR OWN DISHES thoroughly, put away food, and wipe countertops, stove, and other surfaces after meals. -|- USE SOFA COVERS if you're eating/drinking in the living room (provided in basket next to sofa). -|- LOCK DOORS when you enter and when you depart for the day, even if someone else is present in the house. Do not loan out, copy, or hide keys. -|- DO NOT REMOVE MY POSSESSIONS from the home, not even to "borrow" them or use them for an outing. -|- VISITORS/GATHERINGS. No on-site events, parties, dinners, or visitors without advance arrangement & permission of your host. Your booking is for lodging only, not event space. -|- end