"My wife and I stayed for 2 nights to decompress from a week with family in San Jose. This is not a Marriott, and it took us a few minutes to re-orient our expectations as to what exactly we had rented. First, you drive up and are looking into a shop full of machines, parts, and people working. The loft is on the upper floor of the shop, up some wooden stairs off to the side of the building. Once we got the key -- be sure to ask in advance for the code on the lockbox -- we were in the unit quickly and easily.
The loft has a lot of space, and there is an eclectic collection of objects. Not cluttered, but stuff you are not used to seeing in a rental. We loved the electric art after finding the various switches to illuminate things and we quickly settled into and embraced the character of the place. The "master bed" is tucked away in a corner of one of the rooms with some vertical blinds separating it on one side, which were useful for blocking the morning light. This is not, however, a private space if other people are in the unit with you. There was another double bed made up in the main room, which may or may not be a futon. We would be fine having our kids share with us, but it would not work for two couples, for instance, at least not for my wife's need for privacy.
There is a kitchen with stove, refrigerator, dishes, and a microwave. We did not use it, so all I can say is it was there and looked useful. The bathroom has been recently remodeled and is very nice. The shower stall is large, the water was as hot as we needed, and there were shelves to store stuff. The kitchen area has a very large dining table, and we ended up sitting there a lot when doing e-mail and hanging around. There are other sitting areas in the loft, and the furniture is easily moved around. The space invites it.
Definitely need a car to get to and from the property. There is a designated parking space, which is nice as parking in the immediate neighborhood seems to get used up. You are just across the highway -- there is a crossing signal a half block up the street -- from an area of small shops, coffee places, and a few restaurants. We ended up having breakfast three straight mornings at Breakers, which is three blocks down by the waterfront. You are about 20 minutes from San Francisco, 30 minutes from places like the Park.
Do visit Cork in his studio. It is a unique experience and part of the charm of the place."
Guest: Jack B.
Date of Stay: June 2015
Review Submitted: July 2, 2015