Spacious room in beautiful home with single bed and a second futon bed that can accommodate one. Very large closet space, desk and shelves. Ideal for one person who is staying for several weeks, visiting Stanford
1 single bed and a single futon bed with large walk in closet and lots of deep shelves. Ideal for extended stay by a single person, OR for a small family coming visit Stanford.
The weather is unbelievably wonderful - sunny skies most of the year, allowing you to sit outside and enjoy the birds in the garden or read a book on the back porch.
While we do welcome children, your stay is subject to your understanding that our home is not child proof'd.
Please note that the bathroom on the same floor as this room, is shared with 3 other rooms. There is a second bathroom with walk-in shower on the upper floor if the one on the same floor is occupied.
FREE FAST Wifi
Large single room with window looking out to private garden with a Japanese Garden with Tea Pavilion and water falling into a gold fish pond. Enjoy an oasis of calm in the heart of Silicon Valley, walking distance to downtown Palo Alto and Stanford.
There is a shared bathroom (toilet and shower over tub) on the same floor as the room and a second guest bathroom on the upper level - with toilet and shower.
Welcome and orientation.
We share the kitchen, laundry and family/TV room with our guests.
Ross and Mei Lin work full time and so we do not offer shuttle or concierge services.
Live in the heart of the heart of Silicon Valley. Downtown Palo Alto is a 5 minute stroll away starting with the Whole Foods Market, Peets coffee, the best brunch place St Michaels Alley and more. The neighborhood is ranked as a Walker's Paradise, earning a 97% ranking. There are 3 drug stores within 10 minutes walk, with a dry cleaner, sewing shop, shoe repair shop, casual diner and hardware shop even closer.
This room is in an ultra convenient location in the Professorville section of Palo Alto 6 blocks south of University Avenue, where you are 30 minutes walking distance to the Main Quad in Stanford.
The main Palo Alto train station is 10 minutes walk where you can ride Caltrain to San Francisco and San Jose. Located there is the main bus terminal in Palo Alto and the Marguerite Shuttle takes you all over Stanford free of charge.
Within 2 blocks you have the wonderfully convenient Whole Foods Market (hot and cold food bars, bakery and organic produce), Shoe Repair, Mexican restaurant, Peet's Coffee, St. Michael's Alley which is the top brunch location in Palo Alto. You will live in a single family home in one of the oldest parts of Palo Alto with the historic HP "Garage" a national historic monument is just 3 blocks away. There are two parks - within 3 blocks and the downtown Library is 1 block further. There are about 5 gyms within 4 blocks. Or you can run around Campus drive 3 miles, or walk 30 minutes to the Hoover Tower to get a birds eye view of the beautiful Stanford Campus - with free aromatherapy while stepping on the leaves of the the Eucalyptus Gum trees.
The Stanford Shopping Center is 15 minutes walk as is every part of University Avenue including great coffee places like Cafe Venetia, Coupa Cafe, Il Fornaio, La Boulange, University Cafe, La Baguette, Prolific Oven....
Shared bathroom, separate entrance, guest fridge, laundry facilities and access to kitchen by arrangement. All linens provided. Housecleaning and sheets changed weekly. Special rates for weekly and monthly stays.
You are welcome to borrow our bikes, you must bring your own bike lock. You are responsible for replacing the bike if the bike is stolen. If taking the train to SF, walk to the station, don't leave the bike at the station, it can be stolen. Parking the bike around Stanford requires a good bike lock, as bike theft is rampant.
This is a single person room, which can accommodate an additional person on a futon bed.
No smoking in house or garden.
Please take off your shoes within the house.
The family room has a flat panel TV and desk and dining table for guest use - it is a shared space and all the house may use it - please be considerate of others.
Towels and sheets changed weekly but you must leave your door open on Monday to indicate you wish them changed by our housekeeper Angela and her sisters.
Shared bath with a drawer for each guest to store personal toiletries, please leave common space clean and clear for others to use after you.
This house is not Child Proof.
This is not a hotel, it is our home. Both Ross and Mei Lin work full time and we appreciate guests who understand that while we strive to be helpful, we are not able provide a shuttle or concierge service for our guests. We do enjoy hearing about where you come from in the US or internationally. We are from Australia and Singapore and have lived in Palo Alto for many years and are a good resource for our guests.
Mei Lin agreed to host my friend JoAnne while she was visiting me. Here's what JoAnne had to say about her experience:
Mei Lin and Ross are lovely, gracious hosts and very helpful with both excellent recommendations and a SuperShuttle booking (which was greatly appreciated, as I had no computer access on this trip!). Their home is six short blocks from a number of fine restaurants and shopping, two blocks from a Whole Foods, and a 17-minute walk from the Caltrain station. Stanford Student Union is a 50-minute to one-hour walk away, but great exercise--and one can hardly go wrong out in the gorgeous California weather.
I was in a downstairs single room (the Garden Room Oasis) which was not large, but basic and clean, and totally adequate for my purposes. A window opens from the inside to allow fresh air both during the day and at night, and the room has a nice, sizable clothes closet with hangers, as well as a few chairs and small tables. A small refrigerator and microwave are a few steps down the hall, as is a clean, moderately-sized bathroom with a place for everyone's toiletries, as well as clean towels, lots of hot water, and a roll of paper towels. There is also a TV room nearby for watching favorite programs. I truly enjoyed my mid-April 2015 three-day/night stay and would stay with them again if returning to Palo Alto.
A perfect location, very close to Stanford campus and downtown Palo Alto, with the caltrain station (to San Francisco), cafés/restaurants and food markets within walking distance. Mei Lin and her husband made me feel very welcome. The room is clean and quiet, and the common areas are very roomy. The whole neighborhood is very beautiful. I particularly enjoyed biking every morning to Stanford campus. (The possibility to borrow one of the family's bikes is a big plus!) Thank you again for hosting me, Mei Lin!
I am so glad you enjoyed biking to Stanford - it is truly one of the great pleasures - especially in the morning, when you can smell the gum tree leaves and scrunch over the gum leaves and gum nuts. You are so welcome Sophie and we hope you come back to stay.
Great location, beautiful, convenient, and peaceful place in Palo Alto. The room was clean and quiet, and I enjoyed comfortable staying. The host family was friendly. I would like to stay again when I come back next time!
I had a pleasant stay. The house is well located, pretty close to the main street where the bars are and the train station. Also the area is safe during the night etc. They have a very nice garden and the family as well as the other guests make you feel as at home. The room is small and located in the basement, but it is great if you only want to come back home only during the night to sleep, as it was my case. Thanks for hosting me Mei Lin! :)
I didn't honestly spend many waking hours here after the first few hours off the plane, but the place was very nice and the garden is beautiful. Mei Lin was out of town, but I felt welcome when greeted by the back-up "inn keeper" as well as everyone else staying at the house. The neighborhood was great, with plenty of restaurants and a couple grocery stores within walking distance. I felt safe walking around at night.
I would stay with Mei Lin and Ross again. The hosts and other guests were great and made me feel like home from the day I arrived. Other plus sides are the location close to Stanford and downtown Palo Alto, the price, the wonderful garden and that I could borrow a bike. The room itself is in the basement and a place to sleep but not much else. The common areas in the house make up for it.
I spend a very nice stay at Mei Lin's. Very nice house, very close to grocery, restaurants and Caltrain. Ideal for visiting Stanford. I hope to get back soon!
Mei Lin and hosts have been very friendly an helpful.
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I have lived and worked in Asia, Europe, Australia. We are alumni of MIT, Stanford and Australian National University, and affiliated with the National University of Singapore. My husband Ross and I regularly travel to Asia and Australasia, and appreciate the joy of travel, and understand the needs of travelers - so we make your stay as enjoyable and trouble-free as possible.
We extend an especially warm welcome to international visiting scholars, interns and the families of Stanford University students, faculty and staff. Our well-equipped kitchen is ready for joyful meals, and on special occasions we get together with our guests and have a potluck dinner.
Music is a big part of our lives, and our living room is our music room hosting a collection of musical instruments from around the world. Mei Lin likes classical music and plays the piano, Ross like Jazz, and plays the clarinet.
We enjoy walking, biking, swimming, cross country skiing and gardening.
As hosts we are "no fuss" and want you to feel like you are visiting friends who don't mind if you come and go at any time, We are also good for tips on the area - what to see, where to eat. And we're happy to have a conversation with if you feel like it, or just as happy to let you come and go as you please.