A California native, living and working in Moscow ID
Really nice place. A small apartment with the comforts of home, such as a full kitchen, and and easily accessible to downtown Moscow and Pullman. You won't go wrong in this selection, unless you are looking for the Ritz..
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Kelly was a very warm and kind hostess, and the apartment I rented was cozy and comfortable. It was a very hot summer weekend and the air conditioner cooled the space off wonderfully. The location is fantastic, her dogs are sweethearts- I would definitely stay here again!
I found Kelly's apartment to be totally ideal for me. The cute craftsman home is perfectly located in the Fort Russell neighborhood, nestled on a quiet, shady corner. It's a short walk from Main Street, the Co-op, the Library, basically everything you need is a five minute walk away. Kelly was gracious and incredibly attentive, but I always felt autonomous and happy. I was never self-conscious that I was living above my lovely host. I totally fell in love with her two dogs who were so gentle and sweet. I often worked from home and never found them to be distracting or noisy in the least. The apartment itself was roomy and had a really well-curated collection of books, which I appreciated. The kitchen had everything I needed, everything was clean, and the bathroom had nice little amenities that I wasn't expecting. Absolutely an ideal experience for me, and I am already planning to go back this summer! You really can't beat the price either. Highly recommended!
My stay in Kelly's run-down old house was disappointing. You can tell there are maintenance issues before you even set foot on the property, because the gate latch is broken, and the gate requires two hands to open and close. Inconvenient when you're trying to carry in luggage and/or groceries and need to set things down on the ground. Even less fun in the rain. Paper grocery bags don't do well being set in puddles and then carried up a flight of stairs...
The unit is large, but consists of many small rooms. The bathroom has no window and no fan, which violates building code. Speaking of which, there's no smoke detector either, and only one way in or out (a steep and narrow flight of interior stairs).
There is about one outlet per room, except that I couldn't find one in the bathroom. So if you have to charge a cell phone, camera battery and laptop, you wind up scattering your electronics all over the unit.
The one twin bed is slanted so that I felt I was perpetually going to roll out of it. There are magazines under the legs of the bed, I suppose in an amateur effort to keep it somewhat level, so it can't readily be moved. Don't try to sit up in bed, or you'll smash your head into the ceiling.
There's a tiny, bare-bones kitchen. The sink backed up the last day I was there. (I had done nothing but rinse out four bottles in it.) The sink filled with dirty water and old food that had been in the drain for several days (at least five, prior to my arrival). It stank and would not drain back down. Gross!
I spent four night here, and was woken up every single morning by Kelly's two large dogs barking incessantly. It was a very unpleasant way to have to wake up while I was on vacation!
Kelly insisted that I leave the front door unlocked, which made me feel very insecure. I also didn't want to leave anything valuable in the unit, since it only had a doorknob lock and no deadbolt. So I packed and unpacked my valuables every day, rather than risk having anything stolen from the unit.
The night I checked in, after a long day of driving several hundred miles in the rain, Kelly asked me to look at her camera. She said she was having trouble changing a setting on it. While I would've been happy to do so almost any time during my stay, I felt her timing was awful. I was exhausted and just craving a hot shower and a mattress. I looked at the camera anyway, but couldn't figure out what the problem was. I offered to look at it again for her during my stay, but I never saw her again.
The first night I checked in, I lowered all the blinds. They were difficult to lower and several needed to be coaxed into the fully down position. Because the blinds were a hassle, I left them down the entire time I was there. When I went to raise them the morning I was leaving, the third blind I touched fell off the window and onto the floor. I left Kelly a note explaining what happened, and left the remainder of the blinds down.
Four days later I got an email from Kelly accusing me of breaking her blinds. Kelly insisted that I pay to replace the blind that fell down. I explained to her that nothing I did caused the blind to fall; in fact, I was trying to push it up with one hand while pulling on the cord with the other since it wasn't moving easily. Raising and lowering blinds should be a simple, one-handed task.
The broken gate, the flimsy blinds, and the clogged drain are all signs that this unit, house and property are not maintained well.
Finally, know that you can get a hotel room for the same price as this unit in Moscow, and it will likely have functioning window coverings and drains and a deadbolt and a bathroom fan and a smoke detector and no early morning barking dogs. And if you get a hotel room and something breaks, the hotel will fix it, or move you to another room. If I ever go back to Moscow, that's what I'll do, and save myself a little money and a lot of hassle.
Kelly was just the type of host i was looking for. She greeted me when I arrived and said goodbye when i left. I was in Moscow working for several days and desparate to find someplace during graduation weekend. I am so thankful for her very comfortable apartement. The single bed was REALLY comfortable. The apartment was clean and well appointed with a full kitchen, TV and wireless internet access.The towels were fluffy, the soap was really great! It is a terrific location for walking to dinner, shops and grocery stores. Communication was easy for needed items by using the entryway table and a note pad if she was not available. She is a thoughtful host who is trying to make the experience comfortable for her guests. Thanks Kelly!
Kelly (and her pups!) were great. Easygoing, accommodating, and terrific to talk to. The upstairs apartment is quiet, comfortable, and the space is rather large with lots of interesting books on the shelves. It's also just a few blocks walk down to Moscow's charming main street and very close to the U of I. All in all, I had a very pleasant stay in this little gem of a town.
This apartment, on a quiet street in Moscow , Idaho was very appropriate for it's location...low key, relaxed and "down home". The owner was very welcoming, and organized.
I'd stay with her again...
Kelly and her daughter, Delaney were great guests. They were friendly, called when they had concerns, and left the apartment in good shape. I would be happy to host their visit to Portland again.
Unfortunately, I didn't get to meet Kelly. Our schedules just didn't coincide. I hope her interview went well and she had a great time in Portland.
We didn't get to see much of Kelly: she was busy attending a graduation and enjoying other activities while staying with us. She and her daughter were quite friendly and pleasant, and they left the rooms in excellent condition. They even washed the containers for the coffee cake and orange juice!