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We enjoyed our one-week stay in the apartment, which was just as described in the listing. Marlene was thoughtful and provided all the necessities for a comfortable visit. It was especially wonderful to be able to cook and eat our breakfasts on the patio of her amazing garden--complete with juicy, sweet oranges picked fresh off the tree!
Marlene was a perfect hostess, she made sure to stop by and check in with the two of us to make sure our stay was going well. She also included very specific instructions on how to locate the apartment and access the keys. The apartment itself is even better than the beautiful photos, there is a teapot ready for use and even an adorable matching china dish set. Having the kitchen available saved us so much money on food during our stay, it was AMAZING. There is a charming farmer's market not too far from the area that can be reached by the 45 and 57 buses, the prices there are very reasonable. It's also really convenient that the bus stop is literally a few yards from the apartment and riding the bart from the coliseum station is super easy. The area was really relaxed and friendly, I felt extremely safe and welcomed the entire time. The bathroom set up is adorable, I loved the room divider. There was a closet to store our things in, a washer and dryer, and the bed was very comfortable. Marlene's garden is absolutely amazing, make sure you take the time to explore it, we used a fresh lemon for one of our meals and it was the best and sweetest tasting lemon I ever had! The oranges were amazing as well, we picked a few of the fallen ones up and tried them. Overall our stay here was amazing and we hope to have the chance to come back again and recommend it to anyone that needs to stay in the bay area.
The apartment was very clean and peaceful. It's even better than the pictures. Very easy bus pick up right at the corner to take to the BART station. I enjoyed eating fresh fruit off of the trees. It is an enjoyable experience.
This place was everything we hoped it would be. Its central location made it easy to get around. The unit was just like the pictures and very well decorated and comfortable. Garden area was beautiful. The wifi was also very good which allowed us to stream Hulu which we enjoyed. We would definitely stay here again.
Marlene's home is beautiful! If my trip wouldn't have been so busy, I would have enjoyed hanging out in the back patio area more - very relaxing and her plants/flowers/landscaping is gorgeous. She gave us great instructions on how to let ourselves in, which provided for flexibility since we arrived later at night. Her place was very clean as well. And, she even made an effort to say hello to me and check in to make sure everything was okay. I would highly recommend this place for anyone look for a cozy, cute place to stay in Oakland!
This was my first AirBnB experience and it was absolutely amazing! The apartment was warm and welcoming, totally perfect for two people. It had a cute compact kitchen with everything we needed! (Pans, coffee maker, toaster, plates, coffee filters, cups etc.) There were also some food, spices, seasonings, oils etc. in the cabinets which came in handy when making breakfast. The bathroom even had a blow dryer, first aid kit and other misc. toilettes. The apartment was a total home away from home. Marlene did an amazing job making this place super comfortable.
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking to visit the Bay Area. It's right off the freeway, which was very convenient! Marlene gave us excellent instructions with how to access the place and had great response time whenever I messaged her with any concerns!
5 stars from me!!!
I had the pleasure of staying here for two weeks and it was complete paradise. I was so surprised and impressed by the actual living area and I felt right at home immediately. The space is so well designed and the furniture was really comfortable. It has everything that you could ever need (pots and pans, spices, toiletries, delicious home grown oranges, etc.) and a charming garden to relax in after a busy day.
The host Marlene is awesome! She is a very genuine and fascinating person and it is a pleasure to sit down and talk with her. She gave me plenty of space and privacy while I was staying there and I felt completely comfortable asking her questions or for anything that I needed. She is truly an exceptional person.
This was my first Airbnb experience and it exceeded all of my expectations. From arrival to departure, I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I can not recommend it enough!
The description perfectly paints the imagery of this b&b. The location is easy to find and nice in proximity to SF and Berkeley. The furnishings also made the stay very comfortable and cozy.
Great experience! This is our second time staying and it a home away from home!
Beautiful unit, the toiletries were a lovely touch for forgetful visitors! She's obviously put a lot of effort into making this a serene and inviting space, and I hope it will be open again when I visit.
Marlene has a great sense of style and it shows through in her living space and garden. The back yard garden is impressive, a wonderful oasis from the bustling metropolis of San Francisco that I call home. Having spent some time in Japan, that influence definitely shows through in her clean, organized style and efficient use of space. The apartment space in her home is a wonderful warm retreat.