Vintage comfort in Palo Alto

House - Private room · Matadero Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94306, United States
Your host, Kirsten
16 Reviews
Response rate: 70%
Response time: within a day

The Space

If a charming setting is important to you, this room will suit you. This bedroom, in a 1930 cottage, has a single bed, and a comfortable chair. The bookshelves are stocked with interesting books about California, and we are happy to suggest local destinations. You are welcome to use the kitchen while you are here.
The host family sleeps upstairs, so you have the hall bath to yourself, unless our other room is rented. There is a free wireless network. We are friendly hosts, having hosted foreign students for years, because we love guests.
We are interested in sustainability, and if you want, breakfast can include fresh eggs from out 3 backyard hens, or you are welcome to have an apple from the urban orchard in the yard. We recycle and compost.
The home is very close to CalTrain's California Avenue station, the Margarite Shuttle Bus service, and the Santa Clara County 22 bus line, so it is easy to get around. There is a car rental agency within walking distance. I have recent maps and schedules, for your convenience. We are a 5 minute drive from Stanford, or down town Palo Alto.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 0
Beds: 1
Weekly Price: $440 /week
Monthly Price: $1100 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Exactly as advertised - quite, comfy room. The house and family are lovely.

    June 2014
  • The room was very comfortable and cozy. I left the windows open to let the fresh breeze in, and I slept like a log all of the nights I was there. Kirsten and Frank were exceptionally friendly and happy to share their knowledge of the area. I was there for three nights and had an overall positive experience.

    May 2014
  • Kristin was a great host.

    May 2014
  • Kirsten and Frank (Kirsten's husband) are hospitable and knowledgeable hosts. They were happy to give advice about the area and even around for interesting conversations. At the same I had the space and privacy to get on with my own thing. The location is superb for Palo Alto and the room is truly vintage comfort. Highly recommended if you're staying in the area.

    April 2014
  • Kirsten is a very welcoming, friendly host with a lovely family in a charming house. Fresh coffee is always ready in the morning. The location is very handy to Palo Alto being a short walk from California Ave. My room was comfortable and quiet with an interesting selection of books. Thank you Kirsten!

    April 2014
  • I stayed with Frank and Kirsten for 2 1/2 months. The room is nice and comfortable. Perfect for a good night's sleep. Frank and Kirsten are warm, kind and very helpful. I worked long hours and did not spend too much time with them. Whenever I saw them, it always made me want to grab a chair, sit down and chat with them. I hope to get to know them more next time. This is a home away from home.

    April 2014
  • I stayed with Kirsten and Frank for 30 days. My room was very convenient, it was like living in a home :-), I already missed my room. Frank and Kirsten are very king and helpful. especially, if you are new to the are, you can learn a lot form them and It was very pleasant for me to have conversation with this family, and I wish I could spend more time with the family. I forgot to say that they gave me a bike which was a life saver for my first few days.

    February 2014
  • I spent 2 great weeks at Kirsten and Frank's little cottage.
    The room was very comfy; I enjoyed the silence and slept really well. I travelled there to work too much so I did not get to share breakfast or use the kitchen to have dinner.
    A co-worker needed a room at the end of my stay and was going to stay longer. Kirsten setup a small bed to accomodate both of us until he took over my bedroom on his own reservation.
    I hope to come back again on my next trip.

    December 2013
  • My experience at Kirsten and Frank place was wonderful! I felt like home from the first day! They are super friendly and ready to help you in everything. The house is super nice and clean, the room is cozy and clean as well. I couldn't have asked for anything better :)

    December 2013
  • A wonderful, kind and caring family! Kirsten and Frank were very helpful, they informed me about where I could find what in the area, gave directions, advice, even a lift to the doctor once and offered lifts at other possibilities. They also gave me a bicycle, which is especially useful if you want to get around and don't have a car. Also, Kirsten and Frank are great partners for conversations, especially about politics and the environment!
    House and garden are beautiful and cosy, the rooms have a good size and the bathroom that is shared only with the other guest if there is one, is also convenient. The cat is irresistible - I already miss them all.

    October 2013
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I am a life long Californian, a mom, and a designer. I love gardening, my family and my work. I am a passionate environmentalist, and I am afraid you will HAVE to recycle while you stay with us. I think life should be fun, and that people should be kind to each other. I am an interior designer, and run my business out of my home. My husband, Frank is in high tech, big data, if that means anything to you. He is a great resource if you are interested in the local Silicon Valley scene. We have 3 kids, 2 of which are at college most of the time.
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