Cleaning concerns are valid
Submitted: July 14, 2012
Stayed: June 2012
My wife, daughter and I stayed at this studio from June 2-8, 2012. On the positive side, the studio is in a very safe area and in an excellent location with metro stations, restaurants etc very close by. The kitchen is well equipped with dishes, coffee maker, toaster, refrigerator etc and the decor is modern and comfortable. The owners Elsa and Natasha, were very friendly, organized and helpful.
I must be totally honest for the benefit of other travellers however, and say that other than the above plus points, the studio was a huge disappointment.
The first impression as you walk down the narrow stairway to the entrance door to the studio (really a converted cellar) is the overwhelming stench of musty, damp air. The musty smell does not get any better inside the studio although we found that running the dehumidifier 24 hrs a day helped (had to dump the collection bucket full of water twice a day) although you have to then put up with the noise from the machine. Further evidence of long term moisture exposure are causing paint and plaster to chip off throughout.
The lack of cleanliness was what really got us and pretty much match what the previous reviewer from Austin Tx complained about. My daughter found a black hair on her bed sheets. A filthy dry and stinky sponge was in the bathroom, the bathroom towels were dingy, old and gray and should have been replaced long ago. The carpets were reasonably clean in the open areas but the re were balls of dust under the beds and along the edges of the wall. We saw silverfish (yuk). The bathroom was absolutely filthy. The curtain "door", was old and at least 30 cm too long so it gets dragged like a mop, making it a tripping hazard. A bathroom really requires a solid door in my opinion. The shower was dirty with scum and black mold growing along the floor and ceiling tiles. The toilet had a slow leak which was hardly noticeable since the curtain mopped it up. The sink appears to be coming loose from the wall as the caulking is no longer sealing water away from the wall. Balls of dust and long hair were evident beside the ironing board next to the washing machine (note that there is no dryer).
Again, the location is excellent and the owners very friendly but unfortunately, this place will be a disappointment for travellers expecting clean accommodation.
Owner's Response: The studio has been entirely painted, renovated and redecorated in August 2012.
Helpful votes: 9/9
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