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Hello everyone and thank you for checking out my listing! Sophisticated foodie, into hiking, estate sales, organic gardening and entertaining. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
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Very pleasant and comfortable studio in a quiet residential neighborhood about a ten minute drive from downtown Monterey. The garden and extremely friendly cat were lovely. Helaine made the check-in and check-out process very easy.
This space was comfortable, nicely decorated and sweet. The bed was comfy and we loved the herb garden just outside. The location was convenient to everything, and Helaine was a great host. It was a little small, and crowded especially with a cot for a third, but a good experience overall.
Yes, it is a little tight when the cot is opened up, which is why it lives in the closet until needed. Cozy but doable if you are trying to keep the cost down!
The house is on a quiet residential street, an easy drive from Monterey and Carmel. You enter the separate guest house through Helaine's beautiful garden. The guest house has a good-sized main room, equipped with a desk and basic kitchen essentials. The bed is very comfortable. Helaine has an extra foldable bed in the closet which I was welcome to set up...except I was too tired by the time my mom and I arrrived in the late evening. I can't speak to its comfort, but it's nice that she has it. The bathroom is really nice; the shower is great. Helaine generously keeps a stock of toiletries for guest use.
My mom and I stayed here during our Pacific Coast Highway road trip. (We loved Point Lobos State Reserve just south of Carmel and La Bicyclette, a restaurant in Carmel.) We did not stay long at Helaine's, but we really enjoyed our short time there and would highly recommend it to others.
We had a wonderful time staying here. We were from out of town an hadn't a clue where to eat or see. There was a book that was provided with everything about Monterey! Which we were so grateful for! The location was quite an relaxing.
The host, Helaine, was very quick to respond to messages and provided excellent directions. The studio apartment is easy to find and is located in a very quiet and nice neighborhood. The unit itself is bright, comfortable, and nicely furnished with lots of conveniences. The bed is very comfortable. Helaine provides a very useful FAQ book with local info and lots of helpful dining suggestions. The garden outside the studio is pretty and tranquil, perfect for reading a book or just relaxing. Though the studio is attached to the house, it feels very private and Helaine, though available if needed, gives guests lots of privacy. We would definitely stay here again and wish we had more time here than just one night.
Amazing place! The space itself is cozy, tasteful, and stocked with pretty much anything a guest might need. Floor to ceiling windows just bathe the room in sunlight. Great location and ease of access as well. Our host was very responsive and communicative to any question we had. Thanks again helaine!
Helaine's studio is a lovely, bright room attached to the back of her house with direct access to a cute, kind of whimsical garden/patio area. My partner and I enjoyed our two-night stay here very much: we found it very comfortable, clean, and nicely decorated. Because our stay was short, we used the mini kitchenette area to store and reheat leftovers; if we'd been there for a longer time we would not have been able to do much cooking, but it was useful for our purposes. Helaine left a lot of clear instructions, so we knew exactly what to do despite not having the pleasure of meeting her in person. The neighborhood seemed safe, quiet, and well-situated. Thanks, Helanie!
Helaine's studio was perfectly cozy and everything that my friend and I needed on our short two night stay. The garden was delightful and serene. Although we didn't get a chance to meet Helaine, she was wonderful at communicating with us about instructions for the place and recommendations for the area. Would definitely stay again!
Thanks Zeina - come back any time! :)
Helaine was a great host! Her studio was cozy and bed gave us a good night's rest. She had an electric hot water pot, coffee maker, microwave, mini fridge, and dinnerware for you to use. The shower was great and she had a nice stock of toiletries in case we forgot something. The neighborhood was safe and quiet. We would definitely stay again! Thanks Helaine!
It was a delight to have Helaine back as a guest. She is "the best".
It was a pleasure to have Helaine visit again. Se is the perfect guest and I look forward to seeing her and her son Harry when they come back again.
It was so nice to see Helaine again and yes, she is the perfect guest.
It was a delight to have Helaine here as a guest. She was thoughtful, fun and loved my old butterfly chairs enough to take them off my hands. I'll look forward to seeing her again.
Great hosts make even better guests. Helaine & her son Harrison were kind, considerate, smart, appreciative & we really enjoyed our brief chats. Our only regret, is that they did not stay for a week. They will always be welcomed back to our home. Many Blessings
Helaine has the perfect guest room and is the perfect hostess for someone looking to enjoy the best of Monterey. She knows everything about the area and the events and folks that make it happen here on the Monterey Peninsula. She is also a great chef, writer and designer so you are in for a treat when you stay at her home.
Helaine is a gracious hostess with a lovely home and garden patio. An intelligent, multi-faceted woman who is also a terrific actress with a vast knowledge of gardening as well as activities to suit you and recommendations for great places to eat!
Helaine is a gracious hostess and has a lovely home that anyone would feel lucky to visit!
I've known Helaine for more than 15 years, as a friend and business partner - we had a boutique organic vegetable stand located in a historic artichoke barn in Moss Landing. Everything she touches is first-class! Helaine maintains the highest possible standards for esthetics and ethics, and you couldn't ask for a more loyal and honest person. Elegance and hospitality define her - I've had more to-die-for dinners at Helaine's house than I can possibly count. You can be sure that you will feel welcomed and pampered during your stay at Helaine's. She is definitely a cut above!