Evolve Vacation Rental Network
- english, french, german, spanish
no eating table, no cable, spartan place
Could not get warm, even with the provided space heater, only internet TV, this stay was a challenge to endure for 29 days, hot water was good, only sectional to sit on, no kitchen/dining table...not what I expected
Hazmat Suit needed to stay here
I mistakenly booked this without having any reviews. Please review, as this is a major waste of money.
1. The Smell. There is a musty dirty odor smell that is frankly disgusting. I had to run to Meijer to buy an air deodorizer.
2. The Kitchen. It looks as a previous tenant was living there, left a bunch of junk everywhere, and there you go. Bunch of random food everywhere, a certified junk drawer, and one cabinet dedicated to pots and pans. Oh, and don't forget the chipped dishes. While at Meijer I purchased a pan to cook dinner on. The owner was kind enough to leave a gallon of milk for us; too bad it expired the next day.
3. See all those windows? The vast majority of the windows have bent screens on them, and only ONE window opened. One window had a broken casement opener on it. Charming so far, isn't it?
4. Bathroom. The faucet hot and cold handles are mixed, so imagine my 10 year old's reaction while using the cold water...yeah not so cold. There is also a hole in the ceiling. And the tub surround is full of mildew/mold.
5. Bedroom: not even a freaking mattress pad. Just a thin sheet on a stained mattress. Oh, and that was the other thing I bought at Meijer - a mattress pad.
6. General appearance. There are many places of chipped paint, dirty ceiling spots, etc. I would be absolutely embarrassed if this was my rental home.
With all of my disgust, and being involved with both Homeaway, Evolve, and the owner of this absolute dump, I am out tons of money. We left after the first night. The owner was oh so generous (sarcasm) and offered a Minimal credit Wow. That doesn't even cover my trip to Meijer. Evolve informed me that any refund would come from the homeowner. The homeowner texted me and LIED and said it was too late for a refund (I had asked for 4 out of the 5 nights refunded), but said here's a small credit. So, that shows just on what type of person you are dealing with. I informed Evolve to please investigate this property. I would also be embarrassed if I were part of Evolve attempting to rent this garbage dump out.
I would come back again.
Nice area and good location. Not as private of a setting as I would like because you share a backyard with people you don't know unless you rent both sides of the duplex. It was clean and overall a nice place to stay.
Not suitable for families and not as advertised
I booked this unit as a base location for a family trip (two adults, 3 year old, and 16 month old) to Holland. While Tony was able to accommodate my request for an early check-in, we were very disappointed in the facilities.
The place smelled like stale smoke - as a former smoker I can relate, but I wouldn't expect this in a rental unit.
There were holes in the walls. You can see the large hole under the TV in the shared photos, but you can't see the others in the bedroom, hallway, under light switches, etc. which just showed a general neglect for the place.
The bathroom drawers were filthy. They contained personal items of the homeowner/previous tenant, specifically used toothbrushes, razors, Q-Tips, brushes, hair, etc. The bathtub didn't have a drain plug which might not be an issue with many people, but is needed for baths when traveling with little ones.
The refrigerator also contained personal items of the homeowner/previous tenant, specifically half empty bottles of cocktail sauce, open bottles of BBQ sauce, bottles lying on their side, etc. The homeowner told me he left a half gallon of milk for us, but the message was totally lost due to the used and open condiments haphazardly thrown into the side of the refrigerator.
The towels used for curtains, stickers on the ceiling, not to mention all that I've listed above made the place seem more like a dorm room than a rental location for a family.
While the neighborhood was nice and not too far from downtown/the beach, it's my opinion you're better off to rent a hotel suite for roughly the same price...which includes the bonus of a continental breakfast and daily cleaning service if desired.
No Central Air Conditioning, extremely hot
No Air Conditioning
No Cable TV
Wifi wasn't fast enough for Netflix
Only provided one fan
The fitted sheet did not stay on the bed, I'd bring your own queen sheets if you stay
Light bulb burned out in the bathroom
Overall would not recommend unless they add an additional air conditioning unit
Kelly, thank you for letting us know about your stay. We're glad you appreciated this apartment's location, but apologize that certain aspects fell short of your expectations. We do not advertise that cable or a dishwasher are amenities at this property, but we apologize if this caught you off guard. We have shared your input with the homeowner so any updates may be made for the next guests. Thank you again! Best, The Evolve Team
Great location, some improvements needed
We booked directly thru the managing agency, which helped us get some answers prior to booking.
The location itself is central, with a quick drive to downtown, access to main roads, parks and such. Those with dogs, there is a great dog park only five minutes away.
Tony was very responsive and accommodating at first and we were able to do an early check in, this was perfect as we had a morning conference to attend. The unit was cleaned just the day prior, but we spent the first 20 minutes sweeping the floors as there was a lot of dirt everywhere. The bedroom carpets were cleaned but were still wet, Tony did provide a floor fan that helped with this situation.
Below are more suggestions for improvement, as this is a new location.
*Add lights to the initial entryway for the one bedroom unit.The initial entryway has no light, so coming back or leaving when it's dark was tricky with steps.
*Furniture definitely reminded us of a college pad. Maybe a nicer living rm couch and real blinds in the bedroom. Girlfriend almost stepped on a tack that fell from the wall, probably from the sheet acting as blinds that are tacked to the wall.
*Thermostat controls .There were no temperature controls in the one bedroom unit for central air, so we had to shut all vents as the heat was on and it was warm enough for us as is.
*Kitchen was pretty fully stocked for making breakfast. This was convenient.
There may be a few things I'm forgetting.
Also..there is a scent present that some may appreciate, but is definitely overpowering.
Overall, place has potential, but definitely not worth what we paid for it this time. Maybe with improvements.