Walk just 7 minutes to the convention center and downtown San Jose!
We offer four two-bedroom apartments in the same building (capacity: 20-30 people). Each apartment offers these features:
Two bedrooms (and one bathroom)
Two HD TVs
Vegetable garden and fruit trees
Cotton bedding and towels
Our four apartments were remodeled elegantly in 2015, in an 1896 Victorian-era home.
Our Downtown Location; Easy Walking and Easy Parking
Our apartment building is in downtown San Jose. To walk to the convention center, you need about seven minutes. The main nightclub and bar district is even closer.
Below you can read details, especially about our location and sleeping arrangements, as these topics are more important to most guests.
We are 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometers) away from the San Jose Convention Center, Tech Museum, Children’s Museum and light-rail station, 0.6 miles away from San Jose State University (SJSU), and 1 mile from the SAP Center. Across from the SAP Center is the Diridon Caltrain station (which takes you north to cities such as Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, and San Francisco).
By car, we are:
- one minute from route 280 (north or south), and five minutes to route 101 (and 87)
- ten minutes from San Jose’s airport and more frequently visited districts (Willow Glen, Rose Garden, Japantown, Little Saigon, etc.).
For free you are welcome to use our property’s back parking lot. If you need more parking, public parking is available down the street.
We offer four apartments, all in the same building with these common features:
A) all private and separate living spaces, not shared with other guests (unless you include them in your group)
B) spacious size (about 750 square feet or 70 square meters)
C) two bedrooms, with a king bed and other beds to maximize occupancy (and save you money)
D) two separate entrances, front and back, giving private access to each bedroom
E) a comfortable bathroom with a custom-marble shower between the two bedrooms
F) a full kitchen with granite countertops, a small dining table, stainless steel appliances and everything else a cook can desire (such as a gas stove and oven)
G) five-star reviews
H) the same daily rates and extra-person charges
I) fast Internet and large-screen, high-definition “smart TVs”
J) shared access to our basement laundry (and outside barbecue and sundeck)
All apartments are of similar high quality, with slightly different configurations. They all have one king bed in one bedroom and 2-5 other beds in the other bedroom. When renovating the building a few years ago, we converted each apartment’s living room into a “second bedroom” to accommodate more guests (this allows you to avoid booking two places and incurring more cost). In other words, each apartment lacks a dedicated living room but one of the rooms easily serves as a living room (six of our eight bedrooms have at least one sofa, all bedrooms have a TV, and all apartments have a few tables).
If you have a larger group and will fill both bedrooms and need additional space, you may consider the option of renting an additional apartment.
About 1/2 of our bookings are groups of 3-5 people such as families or corporate teams (all men, all women, or a mixture of genders). The other half of our visitors comprise 1-2 people. All bedrooms have spacious king beds to please the picky single traveler or couple (like me and my wife).
If you are traveling in a larger group, it may comfort you to know that we can host up to 25 adults in our four apartments. We sometimes have more than 30 guests at the same time but don’t recommend this.
For your reference, you can see each apartment’s photos and calendars here:
Unit #1 (downstairs, across from #2 and below #3): https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/10533278
Unit #2 (downstairs, across from #1 and below #4): https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4118960
Unit #3 (upstairs, across from #4 and above #1): https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6797579
Unit #4 (upstairs, across from #3 and above #2): https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13140058
While my apartments are very comfortable for daily living and working, I have tried to optimize the units so that they are also ideal for sleeping. We can all enjoy our days more if we sleep great during the night, right? I strive to optimize the balance between cost, capacity and comfort.
This “Sleeping” section is detailed, since some guests want to know where they or their group would sleep more specifically. But if you are traveling alone or with only 1-2 other people, you can probably skip these next sections (all you need to know is that all our beds and bedding are comfortable, and a king bed awaits you).
To make it easier to remember each room, we call the front bedroom the Cactus Room (near our cactus garden); the rear bedroom is called the Sundeck Room, near our back sundeck.
Sleeping: Overview of Each Apartment Separately
Each of our apartments accommodates a different number of people, as follows:
#1, downstairs, has a king bed in the Sundeck Room; the Cactus Room contains a bunk bed (with single on top and full/double on bottom), and queen sofa bed; #1 can sleep four people if each person wants his or her own bed; if people double up in the king and queen beds, six people can sleep comfortably in this unit. This apartment’s configuration is similar to #2, which is across the hallway downstairs.
#2, downstairs, has a king bed in the Sundeck Room; the Cactus Room contains two bunk beds (single beds on top and bottom), a single bed and a long leather sofa (similar size as a single bed); #2 can sleep six people if each person wants his or her own bed; if people double up in the king bed and if one person uses the sofa (for which we have an excellent bed mattress), seven people can sleep comfortably in this unit. This apartment’s configuration is similar to #1, which is across the hallway downstairs.
#3, upstairs, has a king bed and love seat in the Cactus Room, and the Sundeck Room has a queen leather sofa bed and a futon full/double futon bed; #3 can sleep three people if each person wants his or her own bed; if people double up in the king bed and queen sofa bed, five people can sleep comfortably in this unit. If the sofa bed is pulled out next to the futon sofa bed, it is tight when walking in that area but good for sleeping. This apartment’s configuration is similar to #4, which is across the hallway from #3.
#4, upstairs, has a king bed and full sofa bed in the Cactus Room; in the Sundeck Room are a bunk bed (single on top, and a single or full/double on bottom) and sectional sofa; #4 can sleep four people if each person wants his or her own bed; if people double up in the king bed and sofa bed, six people can sleep comfortably in this unit. This apartment’s configuration is similar to #3, which is across the hallway from #4.
In addition, if you want to accommodate more people, our apartments have high-quality Sealy Posturepedic mattresses that can be placed on the floor. If these mattresses are used and if sofa beds are pulled out, walking space is more limited.
Sleeping: Overview of All Apartments Together
If you are interested in booking all two or more apartments for colleagues or friends, this option is sometimes available. All apartments are rarely available at the same time unless advance notice is given, but I’m providing capacity information for your reference, starting with most spacious beds and ending with the smaller sleeping surfaces (for “younger children”):
Our apartments have these beds (can accommodate 16-26 guests):
Beds in downstairs apartment #1 (can accommodate 4-7 guests):
1 king bed in #1 Sundeck room (can sleep 1-2 people)
1 full futon bed: bottom half of bunk bed in #1 Cactus Room (can sleep 1-2 people)
1 single bed: top half of bunk bed in #1 Cactus Room (can sleep 1 person)
1 queen sofa bed in #1 Cactus Room (can sleep 1-2 people)
Beds in downstairs apartment #2 (can accommodate 6-7 guests):
1 king bed in #2 Sundeck room (can sleep 1-2 people)
1 single bed: bottom half of dark blue bunk bed in #2 (can sleep 1 person)
1 single bed: top half of dark blue bunk bed in #2 Cactus Room (can sleep 1 person)
1 single bed: bottom half of medium blue bunk bed in #2 (can sleep 1 person)
1 single bed: top half of dark medium bunk bed in #2 Cactus Room (can sleep 1 person)
1 bed-size leather sofa in #2 Cactus Room (can sleep 1 person)
Beds in upstairs apartment #3 (can accommodate 3-6 guests):
1 king bed in #3 Cactus room (can sleep 1-2 people)
1 queen sofa bed in #3 Sundeck Room (can sleep 1-2 people)
1 full futon bed in #3 Sundeck Room (can sleep 1-2 people)
Beds in upstairs apartment #4 (can accommodate 4-7 guests):
1 king bed in #4 Cactus room (can sleep 1-2 people)
1 full sofa bed #4 Cactus Room (can sleep 1-2 people)
1 full bed: bottom half of bunk bed in #4 Sundeck Room (can sleep 1-2 people)
1 single bed: top half of bunk bed in #4 Sundeck Room (can sleep 1 person)
In addition to these normal beds, we have five single mattresses (each 38x74 inches or 96x188 cm, which can accommodate 5 guests). Our high-quality Sealy Posturepedic mattresses can be used to fill available floor space (guests have put mattresses next to the king bed, corridor, etc.).
Sofa Options – Partial Beds (can accommodate 4-6 younger children, 3-5 feet tall):
1 love seat in #3 Cactus Room (can sleep 1 younger child)
1 sectional yellow sofa part in #4 Cactus Room (can sleep 1 younger child)
2 sectional sofa parts in #4 Sundeck Room (can sleep 1-2 younger children)
A) Total sleeping surfaces outlined above: 29
B) Range of occupancy (with two people in king and queen beds): 21-31
In case this isn’t obvious, squeezing 25-34 people into four apartments will be, well, a squeeze. (Some guests prefer to squeeze their group, in order to not squeeze their wallet.) I do not recommend any squeezing but it has been done, with more pleasure than anguish, according to guest feedback. As you can see from your booking website, we consistently get five-star reviews.
Some of the information above may change, depending on your arrival date. For example, we might add another sofa bed to apartment #4. (Often 1-2 people stay in our apartments, but equally often our bookings comprise 3-6 people, or 2-4 apartments rented by the same group.)
Details about the bed dimensions are available upon request.
Sleeping: Further Analysis and Configuration of Options
The occupancy numbers of the “Overview of Each Apartment Separately” do not exactly match the “Overview of All Apartments Together” because the latter shows maximum numbers.
- each apartment has a bathroom and corridor separating each bedroom
- to get to the kitchen, guests sleeping in the Cactus Room need to either A) walk through the corridor and Sundeck Room or B) walk outside the building by taking their separate exit (each apartment has two exits, through the corridor and through the kitchen)
- the Cactus Room is about twice the size of the Sundeck Room
- the prior owner used one of these two rooms as a living room but we use them both as bedrooms to accommodate larger groups
If you have a larger group but want fewer people or only one gender sharing one apartment, look carefully at this configuration and remember that, if you need more space, you can book up to four apartments with me. It’s your choice if you want males and females to share, or not share, beds, bedrooms, or apartments.
Some groups like to, or need to, squeeze into one apartment. For example, in the summer of 2016, one lady wanted to put 18 family members into one apartment (with some coaxing, she ultimately decided that three apartments would be more sensible). If families, friends or coworkers want to cram into one of my apartments, that’s fine with me, as long as they don’t complain later about having only one shower or too little space.
When making the booking, unless we agree separately, you will be assigned as follows: if you have 2-3 people, the upstairs apartments #3 and #4 are more appropriate; if you have more than three people, the downstairs apartments #1 and #2 are better.
If you decide to include more or fewer people before or during your stay, we can modify your fees accordingly quite easily through your booking website.
Larger Groups and Events
This home is ideal for larger groups! Not only can you enjoy our four apartments and many beds, you may especially enjoy our industrial-size barbecue and comfy sundeck out back.
Larger groups tend to need a good washer and dryer for laundry, which we also have for your free use. And if you want to cook up a storm, we have large-capacity refrigerators as well as gas stoves and ovens (plus dishwashers, microwaves, etc.).
Four cars fit in our back parking lot (one per apartment). If you need additional parking or have a larger vehicle that won’t fit easily through our narrow driveway, public parking is available a five-minute walk away ($5 per day).
Besides taking good care of my property, the only big requirement of you is to follow our house rules (especially do not disturb our neighbors with parties or other loud noise before 9 AM and after 9 PM).
Unless you book hotel rooms downtown at probably at a much higher cost, there is probably no other option as conveniently located and priced. (And remember, most hotel rooms accommodate only 2-3 people per room).
Internet and TV
Each apartment has two TVs and offers fast Internet and free Netflix. The room with the king bed has a 55-60 inch LED TV (it’s a “Smart TV,” that enables you to surf the Internet and use apps relating to YouTube, Yahoo, music, photo sharing, etc.). In addition, in the smaller “Sundeck” bedroom of each apartment, we have an additional ”Smart TV” (38-55 inches).
Our Comcast Xfinity internet service is both wired and unwired, providing up to 150 Mbps in speed (shared by all guests).
Our nightly fees vary from $120 to $400 per apartment, depending on the seasonal demand. (We target a cost of 50% of local, excellent hotels.) Each guest over two costs $30/night more. In addition, a cleaning fee of $100 per apartment and 10% city occupancy tax apply. Most booking services add a fee of 5-10%. We have a $500 refundable deposit on each apartment rented (a larger deposit can apply to a riskier group, like a bunch of students).
To give you an example of our pricing, in the summer peak season our nightly rate is $200. If your group has five people, each night would cost $290 ($200 + 3 x $30). Five nights would cost $290 x 5 ($1450) + 10% occupancy tax ($145) + $100 cleaning fee, giving a total of $1,695. In addition, your security deposit is $500, returned by your booking service, typically within 5-10 days.
Pricing is often set by the booking service, using data that reflect regional vacancy rates, quality of accommodation, etc. (“dynamic pricing”).
If you have a larger group, you might find that two apartments might cost less than one apartment (or three might be less than two), as the fees for additional people add up fast.
By not skimping on quality, we feel, and hear from guests, that our apartments are superior to virtually all hotels in San Jose, and provide important advantages like allowing you to 1) have a larger group at a lower cost, 2) cook your own food, and 3) have other benefits like a barbecue in back, free parking, free laundry, etc.
If you are with an organization booking more than 30 nights per year with us, we can offer a 10% reduction off of our published rates after the 30th night.
Unless you have already booked my apartment, you are probably simply collecting information in order to make a decision. Alternatively, if you want to book the apartment immediately, please go ahead with this option by accepting the apartment’s rates shown and calendar availability.
We work on a “first come, first serve” basis. We encourage you to book rather immediately as demand is often high. About half my guests book instantly, without any questions or other discussion.
Not all apartments are available at all times so if one apartment is not available, please check the availability of the other listings, using the links above.
After booking my apartment, a few days in advance of your arrival, you will receive complete information to get situated, such as your keypad code (we don’t use keys).
You may arrive any time after our 4 PM check-in; arriving earlier is usually possible, so that you can leave your bags when the apartment is being cleaned. Check-out time is 11 AM.
We have tried our best to transform our apartments into a set of premier short-term residences in San Jose, proving a high degree of comfort to match the high degree of convenience of our downtown location.
As you can perceive from the detail of my information and my five-star reviews, I am a careful property owner who has created a low-risk and high-value opportunity for you and your upcoming stay.
San Jose, CA, United States