From Northern California, and run a floating B&B on my yacht in the San Francisco Bay.
My friends and i were looking for a way to spend some time together and catch up. One of my friends found the Barkissimo on Airbnb and thought it might be a fun way to have a "stay-cation". When we arrived we had arranged for a wine and cheese greeting and it was great. Max, who was working for Scott while he is away, had prepared a great spread - awesome cheese, olives, and other light snacks were a nice way to start our afternoon. We had also made arrangements with their chef, Ben, to prepare dinner on board, it was spectacular! The rooms were small, but cozy and provided a wonderful night's sleep. The location of the slip in Emeryville allows for great views of the east bay hills and lights at night. The next morning the crew prepared a full breakfast of fruit, croissant and quiche - all wonderful. The entire crew is amazing and makes for a perfect way to spend a relaxing time on board.
Good fun aboard the Barkissimo! A fresh alternative BnB with a nautical twist. The captains cabin was sweet but a bit challenging for those that are not vertically challenged. I'm 6'2" and just barely fit in the tallest portions of the cabin. We had a wonderful time.
The boat was my most amazing airbnb stay to date. The hosts were extremely and even carried our bags to the boat. What more can you want for your anniversary than to sip champagne in a hot tub under the stars ON A BOAT.
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I stayed on the Barkissimo with a colleague for almost a week. It was the perfect getaway from the bustle of the city. The boat staff were extremely accommodating and a pleasure to chat with. It was an easy ride into the city on the metro. I really enjoyed sleeping with the windows open and listening to the sounds of the water & seagulls. At night I enjoyed dips in the hot tub. This is truly a full service B&B and you'll enjoy your time here especially if you enjoy chatting with other guests & boat crew. Book with confidence!
This is honestly the first time I've taken to write a review and I have to admit, it's a little difficult to give away a well kept secret.. The boat was in immaculate shape, the crew was one of the best and nicest groups of people I've had the pleasure of meeting, and Scott (the captain) was THE BEST!!! I plan on staying with them every time I travel to the bay..
It was way above expectations. Sometimes I wish I could keep it a secret!
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Such a fun experience, even though it was for only a single night. Scott and "The Crew" prepared a delicious late-night dinner for us, accommodating our late arrival. It was perfect... as was the breakfast the following morning.
We stayed in the Captain's Quarters and again, perfect and very comfortable. Scott has (email hidden)-fitting of the Barkissimo, and he and his crew did everything to make our brief stay more than enjoyable.
Unbelievably romantic, relaxed and cozy. A better option than any hotel I could dream of, and I've stayed in hundreds. This is your best bet for any kind of "getaway" you're looking for that's close to an urban environment.
I was a little surprised that the boat has 3 residents that stay there full time but we never felt intruded upon or uncomfortable in any way. They were interesting travelers in their own right and quite good cooks as well. Breakfast was perfect both mornings.
The view of the lights on the hills and the gorgeous moonrise at night from the hot tub (only big enough for 2 people - perfect for us, but good to know for any larger groups) was dreamy and I have to stop here or this review will take forever.
Wonderful job, Scott and crew ;)
We will be back and I would recommend it to anyone coming this way.
Scott and the Barkissimo crew were friendly and extremely accommodating. The whole experience was one of a kind from the wine that we were welcomed with to the 3 course breakfast with fresh squeezed juice. The crew has thought of everything and Josh and I would love to go back.
hola, ellos son una bonita pareja muy amables limpios y ordenados y por supuesto los recomendamos a cualquier parte del mundo que quieran hospedarse. carlos y donna.
The studio was left in perfect conditions upon departure. Scott is welcome whenever he wishes to come back to Playa and stay with us.
Scott had a last minute change of plans, and wasn't able to accompany his friends to our place. Nonetheless, his friends were kind, interesting and tidy, and it was a pleasure to welcome them here. Prior to the visit, Scott was communicative and open about his upcoming visit, which is always appreciated!
We had the extreme pleasure of spending a night with dinner and breakfast on the Barkissimo, hosted by Scott. It was July 4. We can't say enough good about the experience! The boat itself is beautiful, having been completely refurbished by Scott himself. The setting is wonderful and a perfect place to have a drink on the top deck and watch the sunset. The stateroom is comfortable and welcoming! Now the food! Scott is a master chef. Dinner was served where we wanted it, which was on the rear deck. Breakfast was amazing. We would go to any restaurant in the world where Scott was the owner, manager, and especially the chef.
We can't recommend this experience highly enough. So if you want to take your honey. your friend. or yourself on an extraordinarily wonderful experience, please contact Scott. We had a ball!!
Ann & Shelly
I like Scott a lot! He is a very positive person to be around, and incredibly knowledgeable. His fantastic culinary skills and generous hospitality make any visit to the good ship Barkissimo an unforgettable experience. Not to mention the boat is incredible; it is an extension of Scotts passion for life and beauty. Life is short, so treat yourself to the best bnb experience in the bay!
Scott is an outstanding host with a warm, welcoming attitude towards his guests. He is attentive to every detail whether it is the ambiance, comfort or sparkling cleanliness of the Barkissimo or the quality and beautiful service of food. Scott has the personal charm and caring attitude that creates an experience of the highest quality in a bed & breakfast on a gently rocking luxury yacht. One night on the Barkissimo...and you might just want to stay there forever...
Scott is a tremendous person!! Not only is he a great cook, (takes one to know one) he also is a great cabinetmaker with incredible skills. I have known Scott for 6 years and I can say that he is an honorable man of integrity. He can be counted on to do what he says he will do. I have hired Scott to do work on homes interior and exterior and had the privilege of experiencing his cooking abilities. I would highly recommend him to anyone without reservation.