Thank you and have a wonderful day!
The location was actually really nice - as was the house. I'm sure Neko and her husband, Jove, are good people... However I had a really disappointing experience at this location.
1) The wi-fi does not work in the room. I was not able to use internet on my phone or computer. I tried giving some tips one what might work to fix it but nothing was done (e.g. a hardline, a booster). Also, when I arrived the room was dusty and the pillows and sheets could be laundered.
2) There are no rules stipulating any kind of curfew listed under house rules, however I was given the strict impression that I should be in by a certain time (8:30pm) and I should not watch TV (even on a low volume) or use the restroom after certain hours. (8:30pm)
3) Neko suggested I leave and try and find a place with working wifi - I asked if I would be reimbursed and she said yes - so I found a new place and now, unfortunately. Neko is not refunding me the proper amount. (She is charging me a different higher weekly rate; even though it was her suggestion I leave - the difference is almost $200)
So all in all – it was a disappointing experience.
Neko was out of town, so her husband let us in when we arrived around 10:30 pm. The room is very spacious, with a comfortable and clean bed. We had a tv, microwave, and coffee maker. Wifi wasn't very strong, but then we were probably far from the router. Really nice bathroom as well. Overall, a very pleasant experience! Would highly recommend!
Neko was out of town so her husband kindly hosted us. As with many Airbnb stays unexpected pleasures awaited us! We admired the art hanging on the walls in our bedroom and learned that the artist was Neko's husband. We were invited to go to his studio to see his work. What a joy!
I stayed at Neko's place around Christmas time of 2012. Her place is not far from the country club in Altadena. The neighborhood is nice and is kinda in the "hills." The bedroom is in the basement of the house with a dedicated bathroom. Neko was helpful with the few things I needed. Even though there's a stairway to the house itself, but I don't believe we were supposed to go up there. As such, there's no kitchen privileges, which was fine for me. There's wifi in the room. Overall, it was affordable comfortable lodging in a decent area during the holidays.
A few suggestions... Provide a desk so guests can set their laptops and any work they have. Also, I didn't know there was another guest room in the basement. One night, the other guests came up using the shared main basement entrance at around midnight, and I had no idea who it was. It was kinda awkward. We kept to each other, but I wish that I would have been told about that ahead of time to avoid any surprises.
Poor access through unlighted, narrow, dark uneven steps to lower level was dangerous. Returning after dark to no outside lighting at residence made entry difficult, as well.
Often not heated adequately and noisy in the morning with small child in room above made waking up early mandatory.
Tub stopper not functional. Two small towels provided for week stay. TV not working until host fixed on second day.
neko's is very generous and a very nice host. it was a wonderful stay. the apartment was much better than i had anticipated. the bed is very comfortable and neko really helped me out throughout my stay in america. thank you.
Great stay! Room and bath were just what we were looking for. Comfortable bed, hot shower, clean and relaxing space. Location was perfect too... close enough to downtown but right at the foothills so the scenery is beautiful. Private entrance and bath were so nice as we could come and go without disturbing anyone.
Response from Neko:
Look forward to seeing you again!
Neko is fabulous! Very quiet room in an extremeley beautiful home. Would love to stay again.
I enjoyed the beautiful mountains in a lovely neighborhood.
The room and bath were clean and decorated very well.
Neko is accomodating and did much to make the stay enjoyable.
Neko Zhang's guest room was exactly as advertised, private, quiet with a separate entrance. Wonderful place for a very reasonable price!
Guests staying there may wish to keep a flashlight as the stairwell leading to the separate entrance is not as well-lit as the front door, but it was a nice find in a lovely city.
Those who enjoy morning jogs will also like the country-club neighborhood with tall trees and low-traffic roads.
Neko and her family were a pleasure to have in my yacht and would recommend them to anyone .
Neko and her niece seem to be very nice people.