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Young professional working for UW-Madison. I travel a lot for work and for fun. Might as well make use of my apartment while I'm gone!
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Sofia is not only a great host, but she went out of her way to make the apartment warm and inviting, including twinkle lights for the holidays, a welcome gift, and personalized welcome note. The turn around on questions and key pick-up/drop-off was within hours (if not minutes). The only challenge was parking, which is streetside. The posted 2-hr parking on Livingston and Mifflin are hit or miss, so I'd recommend always parking further down Mifflin in the free parking. Very worth it.
Some big wins for this apartment: a) the view is impeccable - a straight shot of the capitol dome. A great place to relax and enjoy the floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass of wine, b) definitely within walking distance to the Square (in decent weather), James Madison Park, and even across to Willy Street shopping, c) Johnson Street and other Tenney Park restaurants are a stone's throw away. Plus, a great restaurant, a bar, and a coffee shop IN the building, d) safe and secure, e) access to a decent gym and short-term parking in the building (for dropping off loads of groceries, etc)
The only (smallish) downside: lots of students, so if school's in session, be prepared for weekend partying and loud hallways. Folks are very nice, though, and the location and hospitality can't be beat! Thanks, Sofia
Sofia was quick to respond to accept my request to rent her apartment. Several days in advance, she contacted me with details on key pickup and made sure they'd be ready upon my arrival. Her apartment was exactly as described - well-kept and a warm & friendly environment. The location was IDEAL with everything in walking distance (I was there for a Badger game). The apartment also has a coffee shop on the main level which provided a great start to the mornings. I certainly will check to see if Sofia's apartment is available for future visits to Madison!
Loved the place. Very convenient and close to the Capitol. Nice building, good amenities. Host was quick to respond when I had gotten confused about where to pick up the keys.
Great location, easy to park, and clean, bright, and airy space. Nice welcome note upon arrival.
The reservation was canceled 3 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Our stay in Sofia's apartment completely met our expectations! Sofia did everything she could to ensure that our stay was pleasant and comfortable. The apartment was very convenient to downtown with an easy walking distance. Thanks Sofia for making our weekend in Madison wonderful!
Sofia was very helpful, from booking to arrival, provided useful information how to reach the apartment from bus station, she was on time to provide keys. Even when she was out of town, she provided great help with high response. Nice private apartment with high value. The place was clean and every thing you need was available.
The building is amazing, nice gym, great neighbours. 10 min walking to Capitol, restaurants, bus is just a minute to take you around. I ll be happy to stay again in this great place.
We arrived at her building and it's surrounded by UHauls. It's moving weekend. And there are only two elevators in the building. One of which, at times, didn't appear to be working.
The building felt more like a dorm than an apartment. In addition to the key to her apartment, Sofia left us a card to use to access the building at the ground floor. That door was usually propped open for movers, so we barely had to use it. I'd be surprised if apartment managers are aware that she's operating an AirBnb.
The apartment was clean and simple. I looked for a guest information note, but none had been left for us. I text Sofia asking her how to get on the Internet. She had previously told us she would be out of town, so we only texted through the weekend.
At this point, she sends us a "blurb" over text explaining that she books rentals back-to-back, often when she is out of town. Because of this, she requests that we launder the sheets and towels before we leave. She has left us a card for the laundry machine, and says it's $1.50 per load per machine. We have no idea how much money she has left on the card, or if there is laundry detergent in the apartment. She says we can use the laundry room down the hall. If we cannot wash sheets/towels, we should bring our own from home.
We were in town for a very short time, with a very busy schedule. We don't have time to do laundry! And we don't travel with sheets and towels! Still, we don't want to be rude to the next guy renting after us, so we figure we'll clean and do the laundry. Sofia had earlier texted me something asking to let her know if the apartment was left dirty by the previous tenant so that she could leave a negative review for them if they didn't clean.
The fire alarm went off at the building at 3 AM. We waited outside with everyone from the building for at least an hour and a half. Tenants were complaining that this kind of thing has happened several times before in this building.
There was only one roll of toilet paper left for our 4-night stay. We had to buy 4 rolls for $5 from the convenience store across the street.
Getting ready to leave, I text Sofia asking when and where I should leave the key. I had thought she was still out of town, but she writes back saying she can meet us in the lobby. I texted her back saying that, since she was in town, it didn't seem necessary for us to was her sheets and towels. She said that was ok. I give her the key. I get on Airbnb to read previous reviews more closely. Others had complained of the "blurb" sent after check-in and I missed it somehow. Read reviews closely, people!
The space was perfect for my visit to Madison: a new building and an apartment that was appropriately furnished. Sofia was very accommodating and communicated well even though she was not on site. A small glitch with previous tenants but all was handled well. Thank you for the opportunity!
Sofia's place was a perfect location for our visit to Madison. It was a great size for us and within walking distance to everything fun in Madison. Sofia was out of town during our stay, so we had to pick up some supplies for the apartment, but had she been in town I know everything would have been stocked for us.