Thank you Alice -- I'm glad that you enjoyed the amazing location and quietness. I was happy to quickly respond to all of your requests and accommodate your early check-in time.
Unfortunately, not everyone likes all of the same kinds of mattresses, but I've never had a complaint about mine before. It's a Sealy Posturepedic Mattress with a Euro Pillowtop and has a firmness rating of 7 on the Sealy scale. It was an $800 luxury mattress, and is not an IKEA or economical mattress that is often found in other Airbnb's (in fact, it's the same mattress used by leading hotels).
With respect to the hallways in the apartment building, there was some temporary renovation work going on in the building during your stay, which unfortunately is not something I have control over as a host. All work has however been completed for 2015.
Since Alice's stay, I have overhauled and upgraded the apartment for 2015! There's all new paint in the unit, new pieces of furniture, new amenities for guests, and a host of other changes -- please see my complete listing for what is included, and of course, ask me any questions.
Regarding the price: I do not believe that it's possible to find something of equal location and size for even close to the price I'm offering. If anyone can find a hotel room in SoHo for less, I am happy to match the price!