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Garden Room Oasis Walk to Stanford

Private room

1 Guest

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Private room

1 Guest

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

Spacious room in gracious home with beautiful garden. Very large closet space, desk and shelves. Ideal for one person visiting Stanford for research or study. Please note check in time is between 3 pm and 9 pm. Walking distance to the best of Palo Alto - downtown University Avenue, Town and Country Village, Whole Foods Market is 5 minutes walk away. Stanford is 30 minutes walk, or take the free shuttle.

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

The space

1 single bed with large walk in closet and lots of deep shelves. Ideal for extended stay by a single person.

The weather is unbelievably wonderful - sunny skies most of the year, allowing you to sit outside and enjoy the birds in the garden or read a book on the back porch.

Please note that the bathroom on the same floor as this room, is shared with 3 other rooms. There is a second bathroom with walk-in shower on the upper floor if the one on the same floor is occupied.

Parking permit is available for guests to park in front of the house in what is normally a 2 hour time limit zone.

Guest access

Large single room with window looking out to private garden with a Japanese Garden with Tea Pavilion and water falling into a gold fish pond. Enjoy an oasis of calm in the heart of Silicon Valley, walking distance to downtown Palo Alto and Stanford.

There is a shared bathroom (toilet and shower over tub) on the same floor as the room and a second guest bathroom on the upper level - with toilet and shower.

Interaction with guests

Welcome and orientation.
We share the kitchen, laundry and family/TV room with our guests.
Ross and Mei Lin work full time and so we do not offer shuttle or concierge services. Mei Lin is sometimes traveling on business and may not be there about 1 week to 10 days out of each month

No entry to the house after midnight.

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

Other things to note

This is our home, so we do not open the door for guests after midnight.

Shared bathroom, separate entrance, guest fridge, laundry facilities and access to kitchen by arrangement. All linens provided. Housecleaning and sheets and towels changed weekly - you'll need to leave your door open on Mondays if you'd like this service.

You are welcome to borrow our bikes, you must bring your own bike lock. You are responsible for replacing the bike if the bike is stolen. If taking the train to SF, walk to the station, don't leave the bike at the station, it can be stolen. Parking the bike around Stanford requires a good bike lock, as bike theft is rampant.

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

The space
Accommodates: 1
Bathrooms: 2 (Shared bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Private room


Cleaning Fee: $25
Weekly Discount: 6%
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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)
Check in is anytime after 3PM

This is a single person room.

No smoking in house or garden.

Please take off your shoes within the house.

The family room has a flat panel TV and desk and dining table 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.

This is not a hotel, it is our home. Both Ross and Mei Lin work full time and we appreciate guests who understand that while we strive to be helpful, we are not able provide a shuttle or concierge service for our guests. We do enjoy hearing about where you come from in the US or internationally. We are from Australia and Singapore and have lived in Palo Alto for many years and are a good resource for our guests. Mei Lin travels on business 1 week to 10 days out of each month, so you may not meet her. Our friend Bill will be greeting you when she is away.

When you checkout - all you have to do is leave your key in your bedroom door and close the front door behind you.



Cancel up to 5 days 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

96 Reviews

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Qipu User Profile
May 2017
Ross is very nice. Hope to stay here again

David User Profile
May 2017
I have a great experience with Mei and Ross, are very friendly, always has the best availability to solve my doubts and explain everything, My trip was for medical course in Stanford University, We walked to Palo Alto station, 10 minutes and then We took the bus *Marguerite* (free) inside to the Stanford University, very easy, so beautiful. Thank so much Mei and Ross, I hope see you soon. Hugs. Take care

Adrianne User Profile
October 2016
Great stay!

Coco User Profile
October 2016
Meilin is a fantastic host and shows great hospitality to every visitor. The garden she made is the highlight of the house, with sunlight into the garden it just another Eden. The house is very close to Stanford and it's a beautiful neighborhood. Checkout the university avenue and blue bottle coffee there. Strongly recommend! Great host + great place

Anna User Profile
September 2016
Mei Lin was very warm and welcoming. The room was fantastic, and the close proximity to Stanford made it absolutely unbeatable - I will definitely plan to stay at Mei Lin's home for my next trip if available.
Mei User Profile
Response from Mei:
Dear Anna - we are so happy you were able to stay with us - sharing our home with you is a pleasure. Guests like you make it so worthwhile! mei Lin
September 2016

Luciano User Profile
September 2016
Mei Lin and Ross, stay in Palo Alto was simply great! Thanks for everthing!

Víctor & Iris User Profile
September 2016
Super convenient apartment for a short stay in Palo Alto / Stanford. Clean and close to downtown. Mei Lin, the host, was very warm and communicative.

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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%
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Response time: within an hour
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