** If you have booked and confirmed a reservation, please note that I have detailed all info on how to get into the building and any other information in the itinerary under the "Directions" and "House Manual" sections. It should cover everything, but email me if you have any more questions!
My place is a 700ft 1 bedroom apartment at South Congress and Riverside Drive, several minutes walk across the bridge into downtown. The living room, kitchen, and bedroom are all well sized... and the bathroom is huge! With a large tub and closet, as well as two sinks. The apartment complex is pretty new; all new, nice appliances -- including washer and dryer.
And, the view! I have an amazing view on my full balcony, on the third floor, overlooking downtown and this part of South Congress. We have a pool and awesome rooftop hangout lounge area with grills here too -- I can recommend other water/river hangout places as well (I prefer my favorite nearby river beach over our pool).
I have a dog myself, so pets are welcome. You will have the whole apartment to yourself when I rent it out.
I'd say that my place is super ideal for renting during events like SXSW or Austin City Limits, being only a short walk away from the stages.
**** I WILL NOT BE approving SXSW reservations until at least February 2014 *****
I cook a lot, so there are plenty of kitchen ware at your disposal and a dishwasher.
There is not* a TV -- in the sense that I do not have cable. BUT I have an HDMI cord or whatever that plugs into Mac laptops... so you can watch stuff on the TV from a laptop. I hope that makes sense?
There's a bus stop right downstairs.
ALSO-- the main bed is queen size, and the couch in the living room lays down into a futon and can fit at least another person.
My first airbnb experience! No complications, everything was as described, and Laura was great about responding in a timely manner. The location is close to down down, parking wasn't a problem, and the unit overall was quite comfortable.
Great place to stay in Austin, relative be close to the downtown area. Laura was easy to communicate with, she gave excellent instructions and all went smoothly. Would stay here again.
Awesome place, hassle-free ...
Lovely, spacious apartment in a great location. Laura was very easy to deal with even from so far away and everything was in the apartment that I needed for my stay. Highly recommended!
Laura's place was great! I can't think of a better location. Central to everywhere I wanted to hit: SoCo, Barton, Zilker, Downtown, South First and more. This stuff is all walking distance or an $8 cab ride at most (and cabs hit the corner of Congress and Riverside all day, so no need to call them)! Duel sinks in the bathroom, washer/dryer, and plenty of closet space to hang your clothes... most agreeable :) I'd stay here again, thanks Laura!
Laura was a great host and the location of this apartment was perfect! The price is right and it's such an easy walk or a quick cab/rickshaw ride to downtown or the places on South Congress. I definitely plan to stay again when I'm back in town and would highly recommend anyone going to Austin to stay at this property. Also, the bed is insanely comfortable!
There were many problems with my stay at Laura's apartment. First, the place was not ready at our agreed-upon time. I was called 5 minutes before I arrived and told that I would need to find something to do while her boyfriend "straightened up". An hour later, I was notified that the apartment was ready. When I arrived, it was clear that the place had not been cleaned - not even close. There was mold and grime half way up the shower tiles, around the rim of the tub and along the inside of the shower curtain. I had to scrub for 30 min before it was even close to clean enough to use. The ceiling fan had 1/2 an inch of dust caked over the entire thing, the cabinets were streaked with dirt and there was only a half a roll of toilet paper in the place. I was beyond disgusted to have paid $123 p/night to stay in such filth. It had clearly not been cleaned in a very long time. Furthermore, when I confronted Laura about it she was rude and dismissive. I would NOT stay at Laura's place ever again and I don't reccommend anyone else stay there either.
I said everything that I needed to in my review on your page, but will reiterate a few things. Your complaints about any supposed cleanliness issues were incredibly exaggerated, and I can only assume you did it in attempt to avoid paying for your stay.
An excerpt from Airbnb's resolution of the issue, emailed to me: "Upon review of the data, and additional documentation provided by each party, we have determined that there were some minor cleanliness issues. A ceiling fan was dirty and dusty, and the grout int he shower appears to have some minor mildew or mildew stains.
Airbnb does request that guests contact their host and allow the host ample time to remedy their cleanliness concerns. In this instance, it does not appear that your guest gave you this opportunity. Given this detail, instead of the typical refund we provide in these instances (up to 50% per night effected, depending on severity), Airbnb has issued a refund of the $20 cleaning fee to your guest."
While I can concede that the shower and fan were apparently not spotless, it Airbnb confirmed that "filth" is a gross exaggeration. Resolved.
Laura was an excellent host and was always available through messaging when needed. The apartment itself is spacious for two people and has a great view of downtown Austin. We also could walk to all the shops on south congress avenue, since it was just a few minutes away. I highly recommend this place for anyone looking to be near downtown Austin!
This place was awesome! Laura was a great host and it had everything we needed including an awesome view of downtown. Everything is super close too!
Laura was a terrific host. The apartment is perfectly located near South Congress, a fun and trendy street, and in walking distance of many other great sites, restaurants, bars, and activities. There is also a parking garage attached to the building for those with a car. This is a lovely apartment and I highly recommend it.