Joseph HIll - international school teacher (American) living in Shanghai, China (beginning 29 July).
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Joseph was very accommodating and helpful throughout the trip. We had an issue with a toilet and it was fixed the next day! Great location, great apartment. Very highly recommended!
We stayed at Joseph and Iman's Shanghai apartment for nearly one month in the summer of 2013. It was a true oasis for us in the crowded city, and a fantastic value for us and our two teen and pre-teen kids, providing us with a comfortable home base with all the western-style "basics" that we needed for a long stay in this unfamiliar city and country. Even while we were in the apartment, the truly fantastic views of the Former French Concession and the Shanghai skyline (we watched the final floors being added to the new Shanghai Tower while we were there!) let us feel connected to the bustling city in a way that would be hard to replicate anywhere else.
Joseph and Iman's hospitality also made it easy for us to feel comfortable in the apartment. They were responsive to our questions as we prepared for our trip, anticipated our needs, and were easy to work with throughout the process.
The apartment's location nicely accommodates travel via Metro or cab. Although we worried that it was a bit far from Metro stops, it's really only a 10-12 minute walk to the closest stations (and we easily adopted Jiangsu as our home station). Its position on the western edge of the former French Concession also makes it really easy to walk to a number of great restaurants and markets. We felt like it presented us with an easy opportunity to access both old and new Shanghai.
The apartment itself is a classic with hardwood floors, excellent AC, full kitchen, and fantastic view to the east. Whether clear, hazy, or rainy, it was sometimes hard to leave the view and get out into the city itself! The apartment itself was very clean, beautifully decorated (though not so much that we felt like we had to tiptoe around) and quite spacious. We appreciated the strong wi-fi. Although with western comforts, the apartment gave us a real feel for a nice, local Shanghai apartment. The building comes with a couple of added plusses -- the bellman's desk always welcomed us back, regardless of the hour, and the pool (open in summer) was great for the kids. While some aspects of the place were a little dated and Shanghai plumbing city-wide needs upgrading, we knew we weren't signing up for the most recently built 5-star hotel, and in the end, nothing seriously undermined the value that we got from our stay and this fantastic Shanghai beauty with views. We wouldn't hesitate to return.
Staying in Joseph and Iman's apartment had been a great experience for us. We had felt like in our home since we first opened the apartment door. They provide all the things we need perfectly in their beautiful apartment. Thank you for your hospitality, Joseph and Iman.
An excellent apartment in Shanghai. We recommend 100%!^_^
I was in Shanghai with my family for 3 nights. We were 5 people and I slept on the couch, which was really comfortable. Everything was nice and the flat quite and warm. Really good experience.
Joseph and Iman were fabulous guests! So easy going, and interesting people to talk to.Great with communication. They really liked being here and appreciated our BnB. Quiet, low key, and very nice. We look forward to hosting them again.
Joseph and his friends were a pleasure to host in the apartment. They left the apartment very tidy. Joseph is very responsive to all emails. I would recommend them to any host.
Joseph is a very kind guest, who communicates very well. He was very nice to our staff. Take this guy as guest and your house will be happy.
Joseph was a great guest. Easy to communicate with, and left the place spotless. Rent to him with confidence.
It was a pleasure hosting Joseph. Interesting world travelling (and teaching!) fellow. Great guest.