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We stayed in Meriam's little house for the weekend and it was perfect! A sweet little tropical oasis in a quiet neighborhood. Meriam was friendly and accommodating, she provided some coffee and breakfast basics, gave us great restaurant recommendations, and had cruiser bikes available to borrow. Highly recommended as a cozy and relaxed home base for LA visits.
Meriel was an amazing host for our brief stay at the cozy bungalow. Meriel made sure to have appropriate bedding options and snacks for our two young boys, and also went so far as to put adorable books for them to read on the desk. All of the maps and information were most helpful for organizing our limited time in Venice. We found the bungalow very inviting and super comfortable, even with two toddlers! We will be keeping in touch for our next trip to Venice for sure.
Wow, how fantastic it was to escape the buzz of SF for a relaxing working weekend at Meriel's! The space was beautiful, clean, comfortable, a true oasis! Meriel was lovely and helpful, ready with recommendations and bikes to lend, and generally made everything feel welcoming and familiar. Occasional visits from Albert the dog were a bonus treat! We will be back. Thank you, Meriel!
What a great spot! Excellent location for exploring Venice, Santa Monica and surrounds. Close to a few good cafes, Abbot Kinney shops and bars, the beach! Very easy check in and out. Space has a little kitchenette and has a few essentials. Meriel is lovely and Albert the dog is awesome. Recommended!
Meriel's place is a perfect place to stay if you like to go to explore venice beach by bike. The cottage is cosy and has everything you need Or expect from an appartment.
Before I arrived I knew I would have a wonderful stay at Meriel's tropical beach back house. That's because she was very attentive and helpful before I even landed. I told Meriel I was in town scoping out apartments for my own move to CA in a few weeks, and she sent me apartment suggestions and tips that led me to find a great place.
As for the beach back house, it lived up to pictures and more. It's the perfect cozy getaway with comfortable bed and quirkily designed bathroom (come on who doesn't love a green claw foot tub). The outdoor area was also perfect for relaxing after a long day of apartment hunting and beach frolicking.
I also loved that the house was close to the action of Venice, but not in a very loud or overly crowded area. Meriel's directions were also easy to follow, and I had no problem finding the house or getting in (my plane landed at an odd hour so I got in when everyone else was asleep).
All in all, it was a great trip made better by a great stay. I found a place, and at the same time didn't want to leave Meriel's. I would recommend her property to any of my friends and even complete strangers. (Also I'm a first time AirBnBer so I'm am happy with the service and will use again.)
We stayed at Meriels for 3 nights at the start of a 6 week driving holiday in the USA. After a 14 hour flight Meriels place was like an oasis of peace and calm. The bed is super comfortable, a great nights sleep !
My Wife and I enjoyed coming back after a day sightseeing in LA and just relaxing in the lovely garden area. Meriel was a very kind and gracious host who was always available for information on the local places of interest and intelligent conversation without ever being intrusive.
A special mention to wee Albert, Meriels delightful Dachshund, a real old gentleman and a loveable character.
Thanks again Meriel for a wonderful stay.
Tanto el barrio como la vivienda respondieron totalmente al anuncio que Meriel puso en AirBnB, e incluso superaron las expectativas, dado que se trataba de una casita de invitados independiente, con mucha intimidad y equipada con todo lo necesario para pasar unas vacaciones. Además, Meriel fue muy amable y nos ayudó a orientarnos por la zona, nos hizo muy buenas recomendaciones para comer o tomar algo, e incluso nos prestó bicicletas para movernos por la zona y toallas para la playa, y nos dejó algunas cosas básicas para poder desayunar. Los días que pasamos allí se nos hicieron cortos. Además, al tener una clave para entrar en el apartamento teníamos mucha independencia y libertad a la hora de llegar.
This is such a wonderful place to stay. It is a clean and comfortable space, bright with sunlight and stocked with amenities (beach towels, books, maps, sunscreen...). The courtyard is a great place to read and soak in the sun. It really feels like you're in your own tropical paradise. Meriel is a wonderful host, extremely approachable and friendly. We would definitely stay here again.
Thanks Lauren. I'm so glad we could provide a cozy spot for your short visit. Come for longer next time, Meriel
This place is fantastic all around, and totally doable w/ little ones. This was our 2nd visit to Meriel's tropical cottage. The first was 2 years ago (pre-bebe) this time we around we have a 1 year old.
Meriel is so sweet and gracious and really looked after us. The cottage has everything you might need and more.
One of the main reasons we came back is the outdoor space. We put our daughter to bed and then sat outside by the fire. 3 blocks to great stuff on Lincoln ((website hidden)) 5 min drive to whole foods, ralphs, cvs, and the beach is a 10 min drive. We'll def be back!
This is the best place I've lived in Los Angeles. I lived there for more than a year when I moved to the US from Europe. It is great people and an even greater location! It is minutes away from the beach (you will have to learn to surf) and even closer to bars, restaurants and shops with Abbot Kinney just down the street. Venice is a real hub for young creatives and people who enjoy the beach lifestyle. There is no other way to experience the real Venice life than living with an original Venice family!
I'm close friends with her son so Meriel is like a mother-figure to me. She's immensely generous and brilliant in her work. I've spent tons of time on this property and absolutely love being there. The garden, the house, the room: all of them sooo tasteful and comfortable and clean. Truly a charming place to be and right in the sweet spot of Venice. The room they made is brand new and renovated with a kitchenette and a claw-foot tub in the bathroom. French doors open onto the deck and backyard, complete with a tangerine tree and beautiful planting. So much attention to detail, both in landscape and design. Wish I could stay there myself! Wonderful people, wonderful spot, with restaurants nearby and a direct line to the beach. This is a total treasure and as the word spreads, this room is gonna be booked solid. It's just that good.