Particulier / consommateur
Bill Shireman and Aileen Ichikawa
Salle(s) de bain
Les réservations annulées au moins 30 jours avant le début du séjour pourront être remboursées à hauteur de 100%. Les réservations annulées au moins 14 jours avant le début du séjour pourront être remboursées à hauteur de 50%.
Super quartier: nous avons vraiment apprécié Bernal Height et son ambiance. Proprietaire tres sympa
Super appartement, seul regret : il manque une fenêtre afin de bénéficier de la lumière extérieure.
Sejour très agréable !
Convenient 2BR basement suite perfect for a long weekend getaway for our family of 4
If you need 2000 sq feet, expansive views, and expect the Ritz Carlton - this isn't the place for you. But if you've read Bill and Aileen's description and are looking for an alternative to a pricier hotel where you have to share a room with your kids, don't let the basement suite/no windows deter you from staying here. For us it was a convenient and quiet oasis away from the noise and crowds after spending full days touring San Francisco sights, and we would stay here again.
It is small but so well laid out that it wasn't an issue for our family (2 adults, kids ages 10 and 13); in fact the space reminded us all of apartments we stayed in Japan - everything you need (many thoughtful details provided like charging stations, tourism brochures, sugar, creamers, coffee and cocoa), no wasted space, just more compact than your typical American suburbia. Our youngest loved the capsule bed (and if he hadn't there was also a fold out futon option); our adult-sized teenager loved having the full sized bed to sprawl out on; and of course we parents preferred having the kids in one bedroom (so they could go to bed earlier), and us in our separate bedroom. I usually need black-out blinds and an eye mask to sleep past sunrise, but actually was able to sleep in here!
We would tour all day, then escape the crowds to return to Bernal Heights and try one of the local neighborhood restaurants (all we tried were great, with a varient of cuisines and price points within a short walk). Conveniently on the same block as the neighborhood grocery, we would stop there on our way home from dinner to pick up pastries for the next morning's breakfast.
A pleasant surprise was nearby Bernal Heights park. One morning I snuck out for an early morning run while the rest of the family slept - it's a safe park frequented by many walkers (and some runners). It truly is a "height" and you get sweeping views of the city. Almost no cars in the neighborhood so you can run loops around it (on the road), or on the trails and not have to deal with traffic.
The hosts were great and responded quickly to questions we had before and during our stay. We used Lyft most of our stay and there was always a ride within minutes.
Fantastic! Oughtta get 7 stars
I can’t say how much we liked this place. I stayed at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong when it was rated hands-down the world’s best, and I liked this more. Loved it. So did my 43-year-old son and my 13-year-old granddaughter. [Read about the location down below.]
Bill and Eileen have taken a modest amount of space and made it seem huge. There’s a place to put everything just where you want it to be, even if you’re a pathological overpacker like me. It’s really easy to find a private corner, or a space to lounge with the rest of your group. Anything you think you might need to go out and buy is probably already there, on the house: pancake mix, Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, bottle of wine, chocolates, you name it. Yep, free.
The Wi-Fi is good, there are dozens of USB plugs (and cables!) and the appliances cover all bases.
Decor is lively, harmonious and fun, without a pretentious touch or a false note anywhere. We didn’t get a chance to meet Bill or Aileen in person, but by text and email Bill was as helpful, friendly and clear as you could possibly want.
And no, they didn’t pay me to say all these good things. With the VRBO service charge and cleaning, our stay came to $480 for two nights. You could find cheaper places, but you couldn’t find one at this price that was worth half as much. The only caveat is if you’re claustrophobic: it’s a basement flat, no windows. We didn’t miss them a bit, because everything inside was so cool.
And outside! Outside is Bernal Heights, which has to be a leading contender for the most fun and diverse neighborhood in all of San Francisco. Great bars, nail salons, a great-looking little supermarket, vinotheques, palm readers, and five minutes’ walk away is 3rd Cousin — an unpretentious (but not cheap) eatery where several dishes were better than ones we’d eaten recently at 2- and 3-Michelin-star places in Paris and New York.
Come stay here. You’ll be glad you did.
Great memories and experience!
The location was close to grocery store and restaurants. We stayed here fir a 4 say Spring Break trip with our daughter. Bill was very nice and accommodating to our check in and check out! We loved the flexibility. Apartment clean!
Great week long stay
Had a great stay in a great location, Bill and Aileen were very helpful whenever we needed any help. The place was really nice as well and very very clean. Thank you so much you two!
The Zen Getaway was perfect for our business trip to SF. Loved the ambience, and the owners were very nice people and responsive if we had questions, etc. The neighborhood is great, as well - lots of cool shops and restaurants. Definitely going to rent it again next time I come to SF! Thanks, Bill & Aileen!