Decent value for the money.
Submitted: April 28, 2013
Stayed: April 2013
My wife and I stayed two nights in mid April. This is an older building, and while the reception area is well kept, there aren't any amenities in the building such as a pool/spa or fitness center (at least, I didn't see any such amenities).
The communication left a little something to be desired. I emailed the owner and told him that we would be leaving on our trip and needed the address before we left. He didn't email me until after we left, which meant I had to access my work email to retrieve the details while on the road.
Also, there were no details regarding the best place to park, so we had to drive around and look for an overnight parking garage, which we found at $18/night (many of the parking lots are day-only lots, but fortunately one of the residents informed me that you'r car would be booted or towed if you parked in those lots overnight, something the front desk attendant failed to mention). I later saw that the owner did email me to ask if I was driving, but not sure why he didn't just send me parking recommendations in the first place. He might want to consider providing all details in a Word file or something so that renters know up front.
The condo itself had all the necessities, except for toilet paper! Fortunately, we found some at the liquor store on the same block. The place wasn't spotless clean, but was clean enough I suppose. The bedding is just awful though, especially the pillow cases. I had to take off the crummy synthetic cases to get to the cotton pillow cases, but ended up washing those for obvious reasons (no laundry detergent either, but I don't expect that to be provided when I rent).
The place has a killer view of the downtown area from the balcony though, and I suppose for most people that trumps everything. The king bed was comfortable, and it's always preferable to the queen beds that most condos have. There's a failry nice living area too.
The one thing that bothered me more than anything was the fact that it doesn't have a dead-bolt lock. There is security at the lobby and you can't get in the building without the fob, so that's good. However, one of the condos on our floor had a court notice sticking in the door, so I did secure the door with a couple of chairs just in case. Didn't know what the court notice was for -- could have been unpaid parking tickets for all I knew. But to not provide a dead bolt when all other doors have one is just plain strange.
Without the balcony, I would have given it 2 stars.
Tourists without a Car,
Families with Teenagers
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