Parents, Read This Review - Great Flat for Couple and Toddler
Submitted: April 7, 2013
Stayed: January 2013
My husband, 18 month old baby, and I stayed in this fabulous apartment in January 2013. If parents are reading this review, here are some things to know.
Gear: We bought and left behind a Graco Pack n Play, and a booster seat. The lovely hosts should still have those baby items there. Also, we didn't bring a carseat because we took public transit the whole way. SFO to BART, then walked the beautiful walk to the flat. The flat is central to everything, so we just walked with an Ergo and took the trolley. This flat makes it possible to come with minimal baby gear.
Safety: The flat is not baby-proof, but with a few quick fixes, it felt safe to let our toddler tool around. In the first five minutes after our arrival, we stowed some lovely glass vases in a closet, and moved some other fun-to-touch goodies out of reach. There are a couple of steps in the bathroom, but none in the flat itself. The neighborhood itself felt safe, and the door was only accessible to those with a code to the charming courtyard.
Sleeping: This is really a 2 bedroom, I think, because you can close the door to the living room. We put baby's Pack n Play in the living room, and we were able to enjoy the kitchen, bedroom, and bath (which is off the bedroom) without disturbing baby. For being so centrally located in the city and in a building with other tenants, this flat was really quiet. Baby, who is a pretty light sleeper, didn't wake up at all during our multi-night visit.
Eating: This kitchen is nicely appointed. There were basic spices, pots and pans, a nice dish set, tea kettle, utensils, etc and a range, stove, little fridge, etc. We've got a kid with a nut allergy so we have to do lots of BYO meals for him. The kitchen was great for that. There are even Tupperware containers to borrow. There's a tall table in the kitchen which was not ideal for the booster - pub height chairs are a little tippy, but we just sat next to baby to make sure he was secure. Also, at the end of the block is a great little corner store with everything from Cheerios to avocados to nice wine, and the owners knew our names by the end of the visit. So no need to come hauling a bunch of food.
For anyone who's not terribly familiar with SFO, just remember, dogs outnumber kids by a lot, so don't expect to find Butt Paste in every corner store - or even diapers for that matter! But, you do end up feeling like a celebrity carrying a kid!
This flat is a great home base for a little family.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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