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We are a working couple that enjoy traveling and meeting new people. He loves Argentine Tango and she loves to bake. We enjoy the diversity of the Bay Area and the beautiful trails close by.
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Ricki and Filli take their hosting seriously. They wanted to make sure that I had a great stay with them, and I did!! It was beyond my expectations. They provided a clean and calm atmosphere with generous breakfast fixings. I also loved their shampoo, etc that they left for me. I've always stayed in "entire place" airbnb spaces and I now will consider private rooms based on staying with Ricki and Filli. They are the best and I will return to stay with them.
Thanks for your kind words, Marsha! We enjoyed having you and look forward to seeing you again. Safe travels!
This was our first time using airbnb, so we were a little unsure of what to expect. We were very pleased with our experience, though. Filli and Ricki have a lovely home in a nice area. It was a perfect location for us as it was only eight minutes away from our son, his wife and our new grandson whom we had come to visit. There is a great walking/jogging path by the bay in close proximity, which we used twice. My husband also went to the driving range at the nearby golf course. The last time we came to visit we got a great deal at a downtown Oakland hotel, but it was much farther away and there were so many taxes plus parking costs, plus the costs of breakfasts that it didn't end up being that great of a deal after all. At Filli and Ricki's we felt very safe and comfortable, and were able to make our own simple breakfasts with food they provided. We would definitely stay with them again.
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Filli and Ricki are fabulous hosts!!
I just moved to the area and they helped me not only feel welcome, but had made great suggestions for around SF. I even had to extend my stay for a few days and Filli and Ricki were extremely accommodating and understanding.
Its a great room that's very quiet and cozy. I would definitely recommend staying here!
Filli & Ricki were awesome hosts!!! They made me feel so at home while away from my own home. It was refreshing to have interesting conversations with them after a long day of work. I felt comfort and peace in their home as if I had known them for years. They will definitely be my #1 choice next time I am in the area.
Thank you again Filli & Ricki!!!!!
My friend Connie had a good time with Filli &Ricki. She said the house is pretty nice and very clean. She can fall asleep very soon as no any noise outside and the bed so comfortable. She will choose to stay here again if she will come next time.
Fantastic location in a quiet neighborhood Just outside the door you can walk for miles along the East Bay of San Francisco. The house was terrific - very comfortable. Filli was the perfect host. I highly recommend for your trip to the San Francisco area.
Husband and I last minute took a road trip to see the Steelers play, house was super close to the stadium and a short drive into the city or bart station. The hosts were fantastic! Bagels and coffee, couldn't ask for more, would stay again next trip up north.
This is our first airbnb-experience and we stayed 5 nights with Ricki in August/September 2012 - it was just fantastic!
Ricki was such a nice guy and very obliging and it was a pleasure to stay with him in his beautiful house.
The room has a perfect size with a very cozy and comfy queen size bed, and our own full bathroom downstairs with a big shower and fresh towels was perfect, too.
Ricki was not at home when we arrived, but he told us how to get in and he gave us so many amenities like using his TV and the full kitchen including breakfast.
The house has a beautiful architecture and all amenities you could expect, including free wifi. It was very clean and Ricki gave us all privacy we needed. And on the other hand it was like sharing a home with a friend.
The direct neighborhood is very good and you have all shops you need about 1 mile from the house. This area is ok for everyday shopping, but you have to drive to Emeryville or Berkeley for nicer shops and areas. The drive to San Francisco city is about 30 min via Bay Bridge by car and that was absolutely ok for us.
Thank you so much for the great stay, Ricki!
My wife and I enjoyed our stay with Ricki and Filli. The room felt right at home and their many suggestions on which places to sight see were appreciated. We felt comfortable and welcomed.
nice and friendly, happy go lucky kind of people. A pleasure to have around.
Filli & Ricki are very nice persons, we wish the could stay longer, but hopefully somsday they come back and stay a few more days...
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A very pleasant couple, they had a great time in our Tree House, also performed some activities in the rainforest. Everything was left in perfect shape, thanks for taking such good care!
thomas and lili
Great guests! very respectful and left the place tidy and clean. Can't ask for anything more. Thank you
Wonderful friendly guests. Respectful, asked questions about places to visit, appreciative of home and food, very quiet.
What a kind and sweet couple! Filli & Ricki are wonderful conversationalists and great guests. I would recommend them to anyone and would welcome them back anytime.