You get what you pay for...
Submitted: October 23, 2012
Stayed: October 2012
The location was fabulous. Great neighborhood for kids. Safe to be out and about after the sun went down, at least before kid bedtime. The bus was close, the metro an easy walk and cabs were to be had without a problem. The playground is an easy stroll and small groceries are near by.
And then there was the apartment itself.
The bathroom was a disaster, with tile coming off from around the sink, large cracks in the plaster, paint flaking, and a toilet that no matter how we jiggled and flushed, ran off and on all night long. Hot water was plentiful.
The kitchen was in better shape, but if you intend to cook for and feed a family, bring your own pots, pans and cups. There was a great coffee press, and three mismatched cups. There was a fine little oven, but few pans to use. The refrigerator was large, and missing both vegetable bins. Wine glasses yes, regular glasses...no.
The bedroom, was not. It was a common room off of the bath and kitchen, with a screen provided to block off the living room. For us, with little kids, this wasn't a big deal. But if you need privacy, this isn't the place for you. The only chest was full of linens, curtain accessories and stuff. We emptied it so that we could put away our suitcases, as there was no place to have them out.
There is one room with a door, that holds a twin bed and had room enough to place a twin pad, such that we could put the three kids to bed and have some adult time in the living area.
Our landlord kindly brought up toys for the kids, and that was a wonderful gesture and godsend. The kids had a ball. And I might add, they loved camping out together in their room and for them, a breakfast of rice crispies and yogurt is good anywhere.
It was a great price and a good neighborhood. Having renovated houses, I know what it takes to fix things up. It wouldn't take much to make this a really nice experience. It's too bad it is what it is.
Owner's Response: The toilet started running during this stay, it has since been fixed, for a short stay we did not want to intrude with repairs. The tiles were fixed at the same time. There is some attrition of cups and glasses-we resupplied the cups and glasses 3 weeks prior to this stay, we have resupplied again. The layout is mentioned in the apartment descriptor and that information is reinforced to almost everyone who enquires.
In terms of pots and pans, there is a pasta pot, 2 smaller pots, a frying pan, 2 griddles a kettle as well as a cookie sheet, an 8x13 glass baker, pie pans, and an oven safe ceramic olla. In the oven there is a broiling pan. There are mixing bowls and measuring cups and spoons. There are at least two good knives, and a cutting board. There is also a blender, and a hand mixer above the stove as well as a really good espresso maker and coffee grinder. We make sure that there are staples such as oil, baking powder, and salt…. I am not sure what else should be supplied and would be grateful to learn what might be expected. Certainly we are happy to accommodate specific requests if we are able.
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