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We had a great stay! We had a really warm and nice welcome, she arranged some food for us to take which was nice!
The house is quite small but cosy and located in a nice area. Only downside is the public transport. The closest bus stop is quite of a walk and the bus didn't come some times. With only one bus every 40 minutes that's a little bit of a bummer. (Might have something to do with SXSW though)
Jean-Marie's apartment was fantastic! Couldn't beat the location for ACL, and it was a perfect retreat at the end of the day. The apartment was very clean and tidy and had everything we needed for our stay. She was a great host - left some essentials for us in the fridge and really made sure us Austin newbies were settled in properly :) Would come back again for sure!
This was the second time that my husband and I have stayed with Jean-Marie for ACL weekend. We love the convenience of her home to the park. You can't beat the location, and she goes out of her way to make sure that we have everything that we need all weekend long. We will always keep her place in mind for a weekend in Austin.
My wife and I had a great time at Jean-Marie's place. The location was perfect -- a 5 minute walk to Barton Springs Pool, where we went every day. Short walking distance to many restaurants, bars and cafes. With a bus stop nearby, you could easily go without a car as there is so much to do in this part of town and just a 30 minute walk to downtown. The apartment was super cute, with all we needed to make our own meals. We would definitely return.
We stayed at Jean-Marie's apartment upon our son's recommendation. He stayed there last year and also had a good experience. The apartment was very clean and comfortable. Jean-Marie asked us what food we wanted and had it waiting for us. The apartment has a great location in Barton Springs.
Absolutely wonderful in every way. Jean-Marie has created a beautiful zen-like oasis in a perfect location, close to a huge park and natural swimming pool. When you enter the apartment, you pass through a lush bamboo garden, with flowering plants, and elaborate birdsong in the morning. The place is gorgeously decorated, with vibrantly colored art and textiles and soft lights all around. It's like walking into a shrine to beauty and balance and calm. It's a small space, but it's so well-decorated and organized that it feels just right for two people, with zones to sprawl, sleep, eat, prepare food, practice yoga, etc. The place feels like an intensely personal labor of love, by someone who is artistically gifted, spiritually illuminated, well-traveled. I cannot rave enough about the incredible energy of this place. Jean-Marie was responsive and helpful with texts and emails, and she even stocked the fridge with stuff for breakfast. There's a bike and exercise balls outside, and a sweet little seating area that's tiny but so peaceful and jungly, all surrounded by bamboo. If you're coming to Austin, and would rather stay in a chain motel than here, you probably have no soul. This place will always stay with me. Thanks so much, Jean-Marie!
Jean Marie's place was awesome! It is very convenient to Zilker. It is super cozy. Her breakfast offerings were healthy and delicious- fruit, cereal, and awesome coffee. I was not a big fan of the extra squishy bed, but my friend was- so it depends on your preference. Also, having a bike is very helpful. Riding into downtown is nice (and quick) way to explore the city. On the whole, staying in Jean Marie's place was excellent. Thank you!
A cozy, quiet place to stay. And yes, the bed was awesome. There is a nice walk through the park to the Barton Springs restaurants. Jean-Marie is an awesome host. She stocked the fridge and she checked in with me to make sure everything was OK. I highly recommend this Austin gem.
We stayed here during ACL weekend this year. My husband and I loved how close it was to the park (just a short walk down by the springs), and how comfortable everything was. Jean Marie left us plenty of fruit and breakfast offerings and stayed in touch all weekend to make sure everything was going well. Due to our time frame, we never actually got to meet her, but we really look forward to staying there again soon!
Jean-Marie's studio is quiet, conveniently located, perfectly furnished, and a great price. The space is about the size of a large hotel room or small suite, including kitchen which had everything I needed to make simple meals. It is very tranquil too. Jean-Marie herself was very responsive to email, very thoughtful (she left plenty of food for breakfast), and helpful with suggestions for visiting the neighborhood. She even let me borrow her bike so I could ride around Town Lake and take a dip at Barton Springs without having to drive. I loved it and hope to stay there on my next trip to Austin!
Kind. Considerate. Clean. Clear communicator... AWESOME. Thanks for enjoying my space.
Jean Marie and I have been best friends for over 10 years and I have spent many nights in her beautiful sanctuary of a home. We have travelled all over Thailand together and she taught me a lot about the thai language and customs. She is by far my favorite person to dance with as we can get really really silly together. As a guest or a host, I highly recommend my dear freind, Jean Marie.
I met Jean Marie and became friends with her several years ago through an ecstatic dance that we both attend weekly. I can tell you this, she is fun, inspiring, artistic, creative, joyful and full of spirit! Her place is comfortable and will make you feel at home right away. I always love the feeling that I get coming up through the bamboo...it feels like an adventure! She has hosted game night for several friends on many occasions and I always have a smile on my face for several days afterwards remembering the joyful fun we have together. Her place is so close to all the action in Austin, yet you get the feeling of a private hideaway...I think it would be the perfect place to spend your time in Austin, with a great host! Highly recommended!