Mixed experience, but on the whole positive
The studio casita (essentially one room with kitchen, bed, and a bathroom) is quite attractive, and very tastefully decorated. The fresh flowers, that lasted through our week-long stay, were an especially nice touch. The location is convenient to major roads (Oracle and Ina Roads) and grocery shopping and restaurants, not far from Arizona highway I-10. It is a separate and private unit with a lovely yard (including a swimming pool and sauna), and the yard is nicely landscaped. On the whole we enjoyed our stay, but we had a few problems that could be easily corrected. 1) We entered the address in my smartphone GPS and it took us to what looked like the right road, but to an address that was clearly not correct. Somehow I mistakenly substituted Dr (for Drive) with Rd (for Road). The correct address ends in "drive" not "road". That was disconcerting at then end of a long drive; the directions could easily be amended to include that caution.. 2) When we entered the casita, it undoubtedly had been recently cleaned, perhaps earlier that day, and we knew it instantly because of the extremely strong odor of cleaner (perhaps it was Lysol, which I find particularly unpleasant.) We immediately opened all the windows, and left them open throug the night which did improve the situation, but the scent was still there throughout our entire stay, particularly noticeable when the casita had been closed up during the day. Perhaps the person who cleans the casita could use a different cleaning agent. 3) I believe there may be an outdoor light over the casita door, but we could never find a switch inside that activated it. Perhaps there was a burnt out bulb, but some instructions on light switches for outdoor lights might be useful for guests. 4) The kitchen is well equipped with good quality plates, bowls, silverware, pots and pans, and most common kitchen tools. There is a high cupboard for the cups, bowls, plates and glasses, but neither of us was tall enough to reach the items above the first shelf. A step stool, that could be easily stored in the clothes closet would solve that problem nicely. I write these comments not to discourage staying at the casita, ideal for one person and comfortable for two == especially if they sleep and rise at the same time -- but to suggest some simple ways that our stay, at least, might have more fully met our expectations.

February 2017
The Casita - A Private Guesthouse
The Casita - A Private Guesthouse
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