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You can talk with me in English, German, or French; and I also manage to connect, with a bit of struggle, in Spanish.
Ich spreche Deutsch. On parle français. Se habla un poco de espagnol.
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After having a little bit of difficulty finding the apartment entrance door and gaining access, we ultimately had a lovely stay. The apartment was neat and clean, with a comfortable bed, and had everything we needed for a wonderful visit in Berkeley. The apartment was a 10-minute walk to BART, so affordable transportation was available to downtown Berkeley, the airport, or San Francisco. There was a wonderful market and coffee shop about a block away, and the "Gourmet Ghetto" was walking distance, with many wonderful restaurants, including Chez Panisse. Martin provided a very detailed binder filled with information on-site, which we found very helpful.
Martin's place is cozy and fully equipped. The location is perfect with a market within 5 minutes' walk. Martin is very thoughtful and we were given full privacy. Check in and check out was very convenient. In a word, it was a very pleasant stay.
We had a very pleasant stay at this lovely apartment over the Christmas holiday. Martin even provided a tiny Christmas tree in keeping with the holiday spirit. Anything you could possibly need is supplied in this conveniently located home-away-from-home. We plan to return the next time we need accomodations.
This was the most delightful Airbnb we have ever stayed in. It is a lovely neighborhood, close to a great produce market and the Bart, and safe for walking at night. The accommodations are excellent; Martin has thought of everything a guest could need.
This was my second stay here, so that says a lot already. Please see my review from 2 years ago. And in the interim 2 years, Martin made refinements. So I had very good stay again. Top notch.
Martin was an excellent host! The location of the apartment is nearly perfect for access to the Berkeley area. It is very well appointed and extremely clean, surpassing even my greatest expectations. I would highly recommend this apartment to anyone looking to stay in the east Bay area.
This is probably the best place for a short stay in Berkeley! Martin's appartement is exceptionally well equipped and has everything you may want. He really thought about everything - kitchen is well equipped with decent utensils, really good matress in the bedroom, comfortable sofa, even a backpack for day hikes! He was also happy to provide anything we needed. The neighbourhood is very nice and we appreciated being close to the market which offers fantastic choice of vegetables and fruits. We spent two months there (two people and a toddler) and felt at home.
Our stay was very comfortable. Martin is an excellent host. He provided everything for a comfortable stay and also came by to check on us if we needed any thing. Will definitely stay there again.
My family had initially planned our trip to the Bay Area together, but unfortunately, it was only my wife that was able to travel. Despite this change to the itinerary, she was as delighted with the accommodations as she was when we stayed three years ago during our wedding weekend. The apartment is multifunctional- being both relaxing and work-friendly. My wife was in the area for a conference, and between her hectic schedule of presentations in San Francisco, the environment within and around Martin's Berkeley apartment provided welcome relief from the fast pace of the City. Not only is the apartment itself delightful, but there is a wonderfully lush patio equipped with comfortable furniture to gaze upon the botanical oasis. Additionally, even without a rental car, getting around was just as easy, given the proximity of BART and all of the wonderful places to purchase both fresh and prepared food. As was expressed in our review three years ago, my wife could not have hoped for a better experience, which was appreciated even that much more due to our change in plans. As Martin writes in his exceedingly well thought out guidebook, his Berkeley apartment truly is a home away from home. Thank you Martin!
I booked Martin's place for my brother and his girlfriend, who thoroughly enjoyed their stay. Here is what my brother has to say: "Nicely furnished clean apartment on a quiet side street in residential North Berkeley, but near to restaurants, BART, etc. The host has thought of just about everything, and covers it in his handbook, including places to eat. Would happily stay there again."
It was a pleasure hosting Martin on his visit to Big Sur. He and his wife stayed in the Pilot House for six nights, a long stay by most standards, and were quiet, tidy and respectful. They left my property clean and orderly and I would welcome them back.
I've stayed at Marty's B&B when it was still a an office. It's very comfortable and Marty and Sheila are great company! I always have fun talking to Marty - it's fun because he's both deep and shallow ;-), and it's true that he can be both in three languages! He has a good sense of personal boundaries, which makes him a good travel companion in my book! One of the best cafes in the the world is walking distance from his house.
Good to travel with. Quite house-trained.