Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Member since October 2011
I love Spain, travel, good food and wine. Hunting for beach glass is one of my favorite things to do when I'm in Valencia. When I'm not busy with my family and children, I make jewelry from the seaglass I find.
Response from Emily:
Ilya's was the very first deposit I have held in the 5+ years that we have rented our home. Yes, our apartment is non-smoking and if Ilya had smoked on the balcony and not flicked his ashes on the clothes below, or threw his cigarette butts below, or if his children had not spilled an entire ashtray full of butts onto the neighbor's balcony below, it probably would not have caused so much attention.
When guests break items, they typically tell us and occasionally they replace the item, but it is never a big deal. When there are several large items broken with no mention of it, there is a problem.
Years ago (like 10+) some streets in the neighborhood were considered unsafe and occasionally a taxi driver will mention that. That is no longer the case. However, I would not recommend keeping money in a stroller unattended anywhere in Spain unfortunately.
Streets are dirty in Valencia and in general there is a fair amount of dust that can enter the apartment when windows are open. Families typically sweep every day for that reason. I myself am allergic to dust and do not have a problem in the apartment.
The "desagues" or sewer gas smell that is mentioned can be a problem in all of Valencia at different times throughout the year and can be worse in the neighborhoods near the sea depending on a variety of factors including tides and rains. It exists even in more central Valencian neighborhoods, on high floors and even in luxury apartments.
Ilya rented our apartment and even wrote me emails about his experience there when it turns out he had gone back to Russia and another guest was in his place. He was however completely sneaky about this in addition to everything else.
The vast majority of my guests have been honest and respectful of my home. I can not say the same about Ilya.