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Stayed for a couple of days before going to a friend. Super smooth and easy. Emerson & his girlfriend are a friendly couple who were easy to talk to and also let me have my space. I don't think the place is quite as presentable as the photos suggest but it didn't detract from the experience so don't let that put you off. Very close to Abbot Kinney and shops. About 15 minutes walk to Zinque & my fav sushi place in Venice (Wabi Sabi) so v. happy overall. Good strong internet too.
Emerson was one amazing host. He kindly accommodated me even though it was a last minute thing. He also offered a bike to use which was very convenient. The location is superb, literally 10 minutes away from the beach, even closer to all the restaurants of Abbot Kinney. Definitely recommended.
Emerson was a great host. Super friendly and knowledgeable of the area. Would definitely recommend.
There are several concerning issues with regard to this accommodation.On arrival the first impression was that the original photos are very misleading-the place had a cluttered untidy look,the beds were not dressed and there was an air of grubbiness about the place.The issue regarding clutter and undressed beds was dealt with.
The main concerns were the assortment of weapons in the apartment-several knives and machetes,as well as a rifle and a box of live ammunition.These were in cupboards but within easy access for children.The 'art-work' on the walls was somewhat pornographic and a little disturbing in its content.There was also a pornographic dvd on one of the shelves which when pointed out to the host was immediately disposed of.The weapons were not discussed with the host,I do have photos of the weapons should AIRBNB wish to see them.
Other minor issues-there is no kettle and the laundry facilities are shared with an apartment block.There were problems with security as there are no locks inside the apartment main door-we waited several days for a 'friend ' of the host to return the second key and collect his bicycle meaning that someone would enter the apartment whilst we were not present as he did not show up on a number of arranged occasions.
This apartment and certainly some of its contents is not suitable for families.Students,backpackers etc might find the grungy look and slightly risqué atmosphere appealing so the advertisement should mention this.
Finally during our stay we could not access the description of the apartment on AIRBNB as it appeared to have been withdrawn for the duration of our stay.The email thread between us and the host was also lost,fortunately the payment section and confirmation appeared to have been secure.The host's explanation was that his account had been hacked!!!
I await your reply and will gladly send the said photos on requestOne further issue worth mentioning-Emerson's profile picture is deceptive-it is not possible to see his face so when one is meeting the host one doesn't know if it is the person in the photo or not.This particular person may or may not be Emerson but several items of post in the apartment were addressed to Austin Davis.The host was also upset when he discovered that I had casually discussed AIRBNB in the laundry room with other tenants -the host is either allowed to legally rent out their property or not-asking the guest to engage in cloak and dagger antics is not acceptable.
The reservation was canceled 2 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Austin/Emerson is a cool dude and super helpful. The apartment has a fun, happy vibe. The area is awesome, right on Abbot Kinney. Thanks for having me Austin. Stay in touch.
Had a great stay at Emerson's place in Venice. Nice area in close proximity to the beach. Would recommend.
Great apartment in a nice area. Emerson was very helpful and quick to respond to messages. Highly recommended.
Emerson was awesome. Very helpful and communicative. I got. To use his bike..A LOT!.... Which was very helpful. Great location near Abbot Kinny shops and lots of good restaurants around.
Emerson's place was great for our group, the price was fair and he offered good advice and was very friendly, i fully recommend staying at his place if you're in the area. cheers mate!
Emerson was a very good natured and gracious guest. Would have him back anytime.