About Joshua Black
At Cortona, we specialize in premium short term vacation rentals, as well as the acquisition and rehabilitation of residential and commercial property. Designing a space for a guest comes with its own component of art. Having the privilege to visualize such an idea and watch it come to life is incredibly fulfilling. I'd like to go on record and say all properties under Vulcan have been meticulously thought out, keeping you, the guest, in mind, each and every step of the way. Thanks for checking me out! - Julian
Joshua Black purchased this Apartment in 2017
Why Joshua Black chose Saint Louis
This property offers bold expression in the most minimalist of ways. It's exposed brick and chic layout make it a destination for the modern traveler.
What makes this Apartment unique
With this property being so close to 64, it serves a perfect location for anyone coming to Saint Louis looking to get out and enjoy the city. The building sits right in the heart of The Grove neighborhood, which is famous for its colorful bars and various restaurants.
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Children not allowed
Minimum age of primary renter:25
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Alexa instructions/ key entry
The Alexa instructions for how to get the light feature to activate were not provided. I sent 2 messages asking for assistance and never heard back from anyone. Also the key lock box code wasn’t correct. They did quickly respond and got us in the condo within a few minutes which I greatly appreciated!
Where was the "luxury"?
Problems started before we ever walked in the door! We were given the wrong access code for the key lockbox so we couldn't get in. The first phone number we tried went to a voice mailbox that had not been set up yet. Fortunately we did get through to someone that did help us gain access.We were quite pleased when we first entered. However, things went down hill from there. If you plan on staying here and going out on the town, eating out , and enjoying the local night life then this place is for you! However, as a family of four we planned to do most of our meal preparations here as it has a full kitchen. How disappointing! Barely enough pots and pans to cook a very simple meal and only four plates, forks, etc. We were constantly needing to wash dishes... no dish soap or washcloth provided and only one dish towel to dry. There is a dishwasher but not enough dishes to fill it with! So that brings me to the next issue. Whoever stayed prior to us tried to grind up a wine stopper that we found stuck in the garbage disposal which must have toasted the motor because it didn't work at all. The sink would hardly drain at all unless you stuck your hand down in there and swirled things around. Yuck! We did get a complimentary bottle of wine which was tasty. Had to use a knife to get the cork out since the cork screw in the drawer was broken. And no bottle stopper because that was ground up. These were the major issues we had. This place could be so much more with proper management. They obviously do not know what is needed to make a place user friendly and the cleaning staff did not check these things out prior to our arrival. And don't even look inside the closet at the HVAC unit... The rest of the place was decent... right out the Ikea catalog. A lot of emphasis on electronic gadgets, but no cable or satellite tv. You will have access to Alexa... "Hey Alexa, can you unplug the kitchen sink?" No answer... Friends were also staying in the same condo and they had a similar experience. Calls to management went unanswered or they texted "idk". Bottom line... loved the location! Lots to do and centrally located. But the lack of attention to detail with the important things RUINED it for us. Would we stay here again? Simply put... no.
Nice neighborhood, easy access to everything. Check in was a bit confusing. We never received email instructions on how to enter the condo. Tommy was cleaning the condo when we arrived at 4 pm and finished around 630 pm. He was extremely helpful recommending a restaurant for dinner while he finished. There was a bit of noise in the mornings due to construction going on across the street. The condo was very comfortable for relaxing after a busy day.
Loved the location, however, the area around here was a little run down. It looks like efforts are being made to renovate all around this complex. The high tech locks were unusual but we caught on eventually. Would definitely stay here again.
The property was clean and as advertised.
Luckily the cleaner was still there on site because I was unable to contact the property owner by the phone number given in the app. The neighbots were very noisy and up till all hours. The owner needs to understand and better accommodate those that aren't Tech savvy. As stated, ig housekeeper had not been there, I would have been out of luck getting in.
Cool Urban Setting
If your looking to stay in the big city with a true urban feel, without your standard hotel limitations then this is a great choice. The condo was centrally located within close driving distance of all of the main St. Louis attractions. For about the same price as a nice hotel, you can walk out your front door to setting of local restaurants, bars, and shops. In addition you get way more room, free parking, laundry and the choice to cook a few meals and save some money.
I would certainly recommend this property as well as stay in it again.