The SpaceThe Rose Garden Room is 13 ft x 10 ft (130 square feet). This is a fully private room with a locking door, for which you will be given a key. It is furnished with one comfortable queen-sized bed, an antique Victorian reading chair, a Queen Anne desk, an antique wooden dresser, end tables and lamps, a closet with hangers and hooks, your own iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, a mirror, and extra blankets for cool nights. Named and decorated for the Berkeley Rose Gardens, its floral decor and antique furnishings are soothingly reminiscent of Grandma's house. Guest AccessGuests have full access to their private, locking room and shared access to two bathrooms. The common areas (kitchen, living areas, bathrooms, porch, and outdoor patio) are shared during the daytime/evening. The kitchen/dining room is closed from 10 pm - 6 am.
Self-serve (organic) breakfast is included in the price: fruits, breads, yogurt, nut butters, pancake mix, cereals & granola, milk, non-dairy milks, juice, butter, jam, etc. Breakfast goodies are stored on the 1) left side shelves of fridge, 2) left side shelves of wooden kitchen hutch, and 3) center shelf of the dining room hutch. You're welcome to cook here, and you have storage space for your groceries/ snacks: 1) right side shelves of fridge, 2) right side shelves of kitchen hutch.
The living room's shared TV has premium cable, HBO, movie channels, a DVD player, and a collection of DVDs.
There's no laundry access, but we supply a wheeled cart and laundry bag, which you can take to the coin operated laundromat just one block away. Interaction with GuestsFor everyone's comfort, safety, and peace of mind, we meet new guests for check-in, by appointment, on their first visit. Return guests who respected the rules and quiet hours can let themselves in. When I'm home, I use the kitchen and living areas alongside guests, and I enjoy getting to know travelers who are sociable. I'm equally fine hosting folks who are too busy to socialize, and I may be too busy, too. No pressure or expectations, either way. The NeighborhoodLocated 1/2 mile south of University of California, Berkeley. Walk there in 12 - 15 mins. One mile from downtown Berkeley. Walk there in 20 mins or catch the bus, which is just one block away. The neighborhood is a quaint, walkable, safe residential area, which includes the popular Telegraph Ave district and the Elmwood district business and shopping areas. San Francisco is just 10 miles away and easily accessible by BART train or by car. Just one block away: Sacks Coffee Shop, Cal Suds laundromat, Derby Grocery, and an AC Transit bus stop. You can check distances from your destinations to my house by using Sack's Coffee Shop, which is just one block or 450 feet (140 meters) away. Getting AroundBUS STOP: An AC Transit bus stop is just one block away, at Derby St. & Benvenue Ave. Bus 51 B heading north will get you to campus in 5-7 minutes, to the Downtown Berkeley BART station in 10-12 mins, and to the 4th St and Berkeley Marina area in 30 mins.
UBER: Uber is the "Airbnb of taxi cabs," an app that helps local people get and give rides to one another. Uber drivers are plentiful here, so they arrive quickly. Join Uber by downloading the app to your smart phone. New Uber users can get a free or discounted Uber ride by using my discount code: uber.amy
BART: Three BART train stations are approximately one mile away - Ashby BART, Downtown Berkeley BART, and Rockridge BART.
CAR: You'll find an Enterprise Rent-a-Car just a few blocks away from my home (walking distance). They will come pick you up to help you rent a car.
FREEWAYS: It's an easy jaunt from here to I-80/I-580, via California 13 (Ashby Ave). Ashby Ave intersects with our street just 4 blocks south.
PARKING is regulated, so avoid bringing a car if you can. You can park on the street in my neighborhood overnight and for up to two hours during the day (8 am - 7 pm) without a permit.
If you wish to park your car all day, you have three options:
1) park it at the nearest BART station for around $2/day;
2) park it in a nearby public parking garage for around $15-20/day; or
3) purchase a street parking permit from me for $10/day (as available).
I'm happy to help, but I'm not responsible for securing or managing your parking or paying your parking tickets. Other Things to NoteWE EMBRACE DIVERSITY. People of all races, nationalities, religious or non-religious affiliation, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ability/disability (within the limits of the facilities) are welcome here.
IT'S A HOME, NOT A HOTEL
When you stay in an Airbnb, you're staying in someone's private home, not a hotel. My intent is not to convert my home into a hotel; it's to invite travelers to share my home. So please behave as though you're staying in the home of a friend. Tell me about yourself before requesting a booking, so I know who I'm inviting into my home. Let's follow the neighborly principle of reciprocity: if you want a discount, a late check-in, or other special accommodation, offer a trade or a helping hand.
After you book, Airbnb will email you a Booking Confirmation/Itinerary with the House Guide. This is an important tool that you'll be thankful to have. It includes the address, directions, parking details, host contact info, house rules, wi-fi password, restaurant recommendations, and other important and helpful info. One thing: if you don't print this and bring it with you, don't blame me for any problems you have finding the house, my phone number, your breakfast foods, the wi-fi, etc.
CLEAN AND GREEN: Our rooms are professionally cleaned and aired out, and all the bedding laundered between guests, every time. The shared areas of the house are professionally cleaned 2-3 times each week. Each guest cleans up after themselves immediately after meals and in the common areas, and keeps their own guest room tidy during their stay (i.e. there's no private maid service). We provide green living supports (recycling, composting, chemical-free bath products, etc.). Cleaning and bath products are chemical-free and unscented (Homemade, Seventh Generation, and Dr. Bronners), so you'll smell only the fresh air. All furnishings are natural materials (no particle board or other off-gassing materials). Bedding is cotton, wool, and down, unless you request synthetic because of down or wool allergies.
PETS. The upstairs (where all of the bedrooms are located) is pet-free (for the sake of allergy-sufferers). Two cats live with me in my separate, downstairs suite and sometimes venture into the kitchen & dining room areas of the house, which have hardwood floors, and are, therefore, easy to clean. There's a HEPA air filter in the kitchen to trap any kitty dander, and we sweep daily and mop weekly. My suite is on the first floor; all of the guest rooms are on the second floor, where the cats do not have access.
NOT A PARTY or NIGHT OWL HOUSE: I consider a good nights' sleep a sacred commitment to my guests. If you tend to be a night owl, please choose another Airbnb. Sleep is valued and protected here.
QUESTIONS?: Ask away!