Eric

Central guestroom! Walk everywhere!

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About This Listing

Convenient to both the Magnificent Mile and the Loop, and very close to major 'L' metro stations, this is a comfortable guestroom in a quiet vintage building in the very popular River North neighborhood.

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All the necessities and still plenty of room to turn around.

All the necessities and still plenty of room to turn around.


The Space
Bed type: Real Bed
Property type: Apartment
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: 7:00 AM
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

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Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $600 /week
Monthly Price: $2500 /month
Cancellation: Strict

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2 nights minimum stay
Peekaboo hanging out on a previous couch.

Peekaboo hanging out on a previous couch.

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From Atlanta, GA · May 2015
Eric
Response from Eric:

There is a fan kept by the window in the guest room that can be used to help air circulation or to draw outside air in. I'm not sure whether they thought to use the fan in that way.

I mention the stairs in my description - it's even explicitly mentioned as a "caveat" of my space so, yeah. The single bathroom is also mentioned in the listing.

I didn't eat their pizza but it's possible John inadvertently did and, I apologize for that. Neither of us intentionally take guest food and far more often we end up with food guests leave behind and end up throwing out so I can only guess he confused your pizza with pizza we'd had earlier in the week. Nonetheless, it shouldn't have happened and is not a typical occurrence.

"Borderline pack-rat" is certainly a ridiculous description as everything in the public area - except mail that sometimes collects on the front table - has a use and is used. Many of the things are specifically for guest use (such as a variety of coffee tools in the kitchen) and have been provided based on specific requests from other guests and, in the case of the coffee tools, for example, are left in plain view so that guests know they are available. We do keep common hand soap, our toothbrushes and toothpaste on the counter - as I'd imagine nearly every person in America also does, and we keep body wash, shampoo and conditioner in the shower area due to guest requests because multiple guests requested those things that could be discretely "borrowed"! I understand that not every guest needs or wants those, and Eliesa obviously doesn't, but other guests do need or want them. Eliesa's "pack-rat" implication is absurd.

I'm not sure if Eliesa has ever stayed in a vintage building before - and the very first sentence in my listing does describe it as a vintage building - but the plumbing is not always something I have full control over and there is very much intentionally a hair trap in the bathtub that I personally clean when I'm done showering. I have no idea if her husband cleaned it after his showers. If neither of them are used to old-building plumbing, he probably didn't even think of it. I did notice one of them very much intentionally removed the hair trap, allowing hair to wash into the drain and requiring additional work on my part to maintain the drain flow after their departure. Causing the poor drainage and then complaining about it is certainly a novel approach to Airbnb reviews on their part - 300+ guests and no one else has had the temerity to complain about an issue they, themselves, caused.

I will also say that the guests immediately ahead of Eliesa used the kitchen, as do about 1/3 of my guests. It's bigger than a New York kitchen, but it is a city kitchen, functional but not spacious by any stretch of the imagination.

As to her "bizarre" claim, I don't know how to respond. This is the first I'm hearing about it. This is the first any guest has ever reported anything like that. I have no idea what may have happened and since she didn't mention it during her stay and decided to mention it first only via a public statement, I'm admittedly a little defensive. If she or her husband had brought it up during the stay, I would have gone out of my way to make them happy or at least try to offset what she describes as an upsetting experience. I spoke to them and asked them how things were every evening when they returned from their daily activities, which I try to do with all guests exactly so I can fix any complaints. They didn't mention ANY of the things they mention here.

I understand that people can be reluctant to complain in person, but it's incredibly frustrating to want to have happy guests and then to have people who choose to voice problems after their stay - some of which would be easy to fix or provide context for in real time if only they'd ask.

May 2015

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From Holywood, United Kingdom · April 2015

About the Host, Eric

Eric
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Member since July 2010
Response rate: 100% (last 10 contacts)
Response time: within an hour

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