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Lori is the consummate host. While we didn't meet in person, communication with Lori was very clear, and prompt. The terrace at Lori's place has an incredible view of the bay, and is a peaceful and verdant spot to relax in. I only wish I'd had more time to enjoy the garden and its views! All amenities were available. Very quiet.
Ditto, Ditto, Ditto, all the positive comments. Perfect experience. We'll be back. When visiting, don't forget to say "Buenos Dias" to all our friends at the Terrace Café and the Village Market (corner Harbord and Broadway Terrace.
Lori and her husband were great. The unit is under their house but you would think you had the place to your self. All you could hear was the din of the fountain and the wind in the tree. Great spot.
We recently stayed a week at this beautiful location.
We were extremely pleased with our stay at Lori's apartment. It was spotless, well laid out, plenty of towels and linen, and the backyard was beautiful.
She was a lovely host, and always available to provide assistance, if needed.
It was conveniently located to all the places we wanted to go as well as public transport.
We highly recommend this property for your stay in Oakland, Berkeley, etc.
My wife and I stayed for one week at Lori's place in Oakland, CA. It was our first Airbnb experience.
Lori's place was the perfect daily respite from the hustle and bustle of the Oakland/SF scene. The flat was exactly as shown the photos, which means it was an absolutely beautiful setting.
The location was perfect as the flat was close to downtown Oakland/Jack London Square/Berkeley/Oakland Uptown/Piedmont/Lake Merritt/etc. You will need a car to get around.
The flat had everything one could ask for. The bedding was of high quality, the bathroom/shower was excellent, and living room was perfect with the piano as the centerpiece. The kitchen was well stocked with all of the utensils one could imagine. Lastly, the outdoor deck/patio area with the gardens were stunning.
Lori was responsive to all of requests in a more than timely manner. An expert host, to say the least.
I highly recommend this flat to those who want comfort, elegance, and a professional approach to their Bay Area stay.
We just returned from our Berkeley, SFO, Napa Valley vacation in which we stayed at the Italian Garden Flat in the Oakland Hills for 7 nights.
We would like to give the very highest marks to Lori and Craig for their excellent place.
Here are some of the highlights which meant a lot to us:
The communication from our host was always prompt, and there were no surprises. Everything was just as advertised.
Our plans included daily forays into Berkeley, so we were concerned about how fast and easy it would be to get to the places like College Ave, University Ave, Downtown Berkeley, Gourmet Ghetto, and the 4th Street Shopping District. We made many trips and it was very easy and fast to get to all places in Berkeley and Oakland. There is good access to the freeways which we used to make day trips to San Francisco and Napa Valley. Parking for the apartment was never any problem.
We were concerned that we would have a spacious clean and elegant environment to relax into after the day’s sightseeing. Lori’s place is all of that and much more. The apartment is just exactly as represented in the pictures. An elegant and comfortable living room for relaxing while watching the news or reading, A separate well provisioned kitchen with full complement of dishes, pots and pans, dinnerware, knives, coffee maker, pour over coffee maker, and coffee press. There was even an electric teakettle that will heat water in 2 minutes! Large sink, large refrigerator, gas stove, provisioned kitchen cabinets, dishwasher, and even big rolls of paper towels.
Off the kitchen there is an elegant table and chairs for dining which we found very comfortable and useful.
There is a separate bathroom with a great shower and more towels than you can use in a week. Granite counter and high quality tile bathroom with sturdy elegant fixtures that work. Good mirrors and plenty of hooks for your stuff. The shower has that floor to ceiling heavy seamless looking glass.
There is a separate bedroom with a separate walk-in closet. The bedroom has high quality bedding and the walk-in closet has plenty of space with a long rack for all your hangers and drawers for your foldables. The bed is queen size and comfortable. There are plenty of windows in the bedroom.
There is a beautiful and private outside environment with floor to ceiling views from both the living room and bedroom. An outside table for two, lounge chair, and exotic flowers punctuated with ivy growing along a terraced huge back lot.
The internet connection which is very important to me is secure and very fast. The apartment is quiet. There were no disturbing noises of any kind. I have allergies, so I was very pleased that there were no pet hairs, bad odors, or even deodorant odors to worry about.
Did I say that the apartment seems extra large because it has 12 foot ceilings? It just doesn’t get any better than this. Thank you Lori and Craig for providing just what we needed – a terrific base camp for our vacation.
Lori's place is amazing and the photos don't do it justice - it's totally gorgeous and has a really great vibe. As soon as we sat on the lovely terrace I remarked that no hotel could compete! Also, she was incredibly flexible and kind to us given some last minute issues due to Hurricane Irene. All in all it is a great place to stay and I hope we can return soon.
A beautiful apartment with great grounds and gardens. Unfortunately, it rained quite a bit during the week we visited, but that's December in Oakland. There is a beautiful view, the setting is very restful, the bed is very comfortable, the shower is terrific and the place is very clean and tastefully furnished. Loris is an excellent host who made us feel very comfortable. Best of all, as Patty is a musician, there is a baby grand piano.
It's very rare when the photos of a place are so close to reality. I've stayed in several places in recent years on the East Bay but none compare in comfort, elegance, and gorgeous setting of the Italian Garden flat! Will definitely return.
I just spent 5 nights at this garden apt. on Harbord. It's beautifully decorated, has a kitchen with whatever you might need, and has one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in. All this in a gorgeous, tranquil garden setting. I didn't want to leave! Highly recommended.
Lori and Craig are amazing people! We loved getting to know then. They like to explore and get to know an area, and they can handle any situation with humor and insight. We were sorry to see them leave. Hope you have the chance to meet them.