Traditional Japanese architecture tucked away in a great Berkeley neighborhood.
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This 'Tea House' is a converted, old garage. This is not a bad thing if done well, done with class and maintained. The location in Berkeley is great. There is on-street parking close by. Every problem with this property can be corrected but all should have been done before renting it out. We paid for three nights and we left after the 2nd. It was that bed. Start with the entrance from the street. The earlier review comment was correct. The two gates leading into the walkway are sticky and falling apart. We arrived after sunset. The walk down the side of the front house is over uneven stones, spaced apart and covered in slimy wet leaves. It's very dark. There are motion sensor lights which may or may not come on. The one at the unit is broken completely. I'm surprised no one has slipped badly and sued the owner. It's terrible. All it would take is to level these stones, put some gravel in between them and add some low voltage Malibu walkway lights. Entering the garage the sliding doors stick. There are two, the 2nd being a faux paper door, dirty and with a torn panel. Tacky. Inside there are more of these Japanese style paper panels and none of them slide properly. Then you open the closets to hang up your clothes and you find them stuffed with the owner's clothes, plastic tubs of crap and other garage storage. You might as well have rented a tin storage unit. The overall lighting sucks and there are no windows. There are ceiling transparent panels which are nice. In the bathroom the toilet is a barely functional, water wasting piece of junk. Water saving ones which work well are cheap at home depot. The sink isn't securely anchored and the light bar over it had one burnt out bulb. Getting in and out of the tub is an athletic adventure since no appropriate steps are provided. I'm leaving the bed until last. Getting in and out of it sucks. There is one overhead light but you have to get back out of bed to turn it off. The mattress, or whatever it is, offers no support at all. My wife and I woke each morning to neck and back pain. All of this stuff is fixable and should be done. If there is no attention to detail, maintenance and quality this property shouldn't be rented. Walking away from one paid night and finding a good hotel thankfully put an end to this experience.
Lovely part of town, shabby living quarters
Lovely part of town, easy to park and great accessibility to shops, dining, etc. Hosts were friendly and communicative. Space was secluded and peaceful (but not quiet).
The place was fairly run down however. Beautiful tea house atmosphere probably in its prime ten or so years ago: Gate falling apart, warned locks were in fragile state and to be cautious when using, dust and cobwebs everywhere. Towels were rumpled, bathmat was damp/wet, tatami stained in places. Seemed like it needed some tlc and a good sweeping.
Ofuro tub was lovely, clean, but grout appeared to have mildew in places. Propane heater kept space
Cozy, but banged loudly and at long intervals (sounded like the pilot light onitipn switch being pushed and pushed.)
There were no hooks/shelves for jackets/bags and closet space was seemingly storage for hosts' out of season clothes.
Overall enjoyed the atmosphere and the rate seemed fair.
A wonderful place to stay
Zan and Rainbow were gracious hosts and the space was everything they said it was-we loved the sitting at the table and having tea and relaxing.
Well kept classic Jaoanese tea house
Tranquil, clean, and convenient
Nice space with suboptimal bathroom
The space is nice and well done, though not perfectly clean. The bathroom is suboptimal, besides the Japanese tub that is interesting to experience for a short time. The hair dryer was broken and, when I let the owner know, he did not offer to just buy a new one and replace, although I had 3 days to spend there....and it is a cheap item, at least based on the one they had.
Good North Berkeley location but minimally appointed
The location was good and a short jaunt to Chez Panisse. It was also quiet being tucked away off the street but it was odd walking through what must have been the owners yard right next to their house. You had your own studio but it didn’t feel completely private. The design with the Japanese tea house motif is cool and we appreciate minimalist with no tv, etc. However, a closet would be nice or at least hooks to hang clothing. With a lack of that, an iron/ironing board would be helpful. The soaking tub sounded attractive but it ended up being a fungus lined tub I refused to use. What we didn’t realize was that the shower was a part of this deep tub and while my husband and I are fit and fairly athletic it requires acrobatics to get in and out and I feel is very unsafe in its current set up. There was no hand soap available that we could see but we had brought our own and the towels smelled musty and unclean. The frig was nice, but the sign noted wine, beer and sodas available and we found only a few items in there including someone’s partially drunk Gatorade. However, with the good location at least there is a Safeway close by. The wood stove was nice but only to look at since there was no wood available to actually use it and we were freezing when we got there.