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I'm a recent transplant to SF by way of DC. I love reading in the park, local food and engaging conversations.
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We had a lovely stay in Washington DC at Lin's apartment. She and Jane are really friendly hosts, have lots of recommendations, and the fact that the two-floor bedroom is separate from the main living area means that it is like having your own apartment. The location is walkable from the main sights and has lots of bus connections as well as metro nearby. Would recommend this for any first-time or returning visitors to DC.
We stayed at Lin's place in mid May. The location was in a very safe neighborhood and an easy walk to the metro. Lin and her sister were friendly and helpful. The pictures do represent the rooms, but I have to admit I was taken back by the clutter and uncleanliness of the place. There was moldy tortillas on the counter the entire time we were there as well as an open pot of something on the stove. I did not feel comfortable cooking there. Our room was in the front of the house and it is the sister's room. I thought we would be renting an actual guest room and was disappointed that this was someone's actual bedroom! The bed was comfortable, but the room was very cluttered and dirty. We had to clear space from the closet and tables to put our things. It would be okay for an overnight visit, but we stayed for 6 days. There was lots of dust and it clearly hadn't been cleaned before we arrived. The bathroom smelled like mold ( there was no window or vents). The sink had been wiped out ( I think), but we had to ask for soap to wash our hands and toilet paper. The bottom of the toilet had urine on it. We were provided 3 towels for the 2 of us for 6 days. We each had our own and 1 to use as a hand towel. When I asked for a hand towel and wash cloth I was told they didn't have and she gave me a kitchen towel. The bed was located on the loft and it was comfortable, but they did not have a top sheet ( only an old comforter). She did give me a top sheet when I asked for you. The room was incredibly hot!! There are 2 ceiling fans. There are no window coverings for privacy or to keep the temperature at a comfortable level. The room is located off of the kitchen and there is a french door that leads to it. It also did not have any cover on it. When we asked about a sheet or something she said they couldn't do that. We hung a blanket over the balcony to at least give us some privacy while in bed. I think places should be required to have a cleaning service come before guests arrive. When talking to the hosts, they admitted they did this for extra income which is fine. What they need to do is provide a comfortable place that is clean and has the basics that travelers expect. I would not recommend staying here or would I stay here again. Hopefully, I will get a partial refund.
Lin and Jane were great hosts! Both were very informative and hospitable. Their place is in the perfect location to experience everything DC has to offer on foot or by bike. The apartment was one of a kind and the room had more than enough space for two people. I would recommend their place to anyone looking to stay in the city!
Nous avons passé une excellente semaine à Washington chez Lin. Très bien situé et dans un quartier calme l'appartement est très lumineux et très plaisant. Lin a tout fait pour nous rendre le séjour agréable et partager cette semaine avec elle a été très facile.
En résumé, une magnifique expérience que nous sommes prêts à renouveler à la première occasion.
A great place to stay. Plenty of space with a private bathroom. We could use the living room and the bedroom with loft. Walking distance to 14th street with the restaurants and bars. If you want to go further, easy to walk to the metro station (15 minutes) Lin let us use here smart-cards for the metro. A lot easier than having to buy tickets for each trip separately. First day we chose to walk to the museum area. This is a good hike of about 30 to 40 minutes but well worth it.
I would recommend everybody to stay at Lin's place.
Both the location and the hostess exceeded expectations. We had a great time in a gorgeous loft. The museums and attractions are at walking distance. Lin is a very hospitable, intelligent and well-read host, which made the stay very pleasurable.
My girlfriend, her 9 year old son and I were extremely pleased with our stay at Lin's and Jane's loft. Lin and Jane are wonderful hosts full of good cheer, large smiles and kindness. The location is very good. Easy walking distance to restaurants on 14th street and about a 25 minute walk to the National Mall. The space is large and bright with a private bathroom. I don't think it is possible to beat the location for the price.
My parents stay at Lin's apartment in April. Everything was great. She was very responsible and easy to contact. The provided with everything they needed.
The loft is beautiful.
Definitely recommendable for anyone wanting to have a beautiful place to come back after a long site seeing day
Positive: Before we got to the apartment and upon arrival, Lin was very nice. She even offered us metro-cards so we wouldn't have to buy some. The apartment was beautiful and spacious and in a good location.
Negative: The room looked like someone had just left or permanently lives there, as there was private stuff lying around everywhere. There were no cupboards to put/hang one's stuff. The bathroom was not clean (make-up, a clipper and other stuff all over plus very dusty), there were leftovers of toothpaste and hair from former guests in the sink and the toilet seat wasn't cleaned either. We were three people who rented the room and were provided with only two blankets, furthermore the heat wasn't turned on properly during our stay.
There was molding garbage composted in a pan on the kitchen counter (!) and when no clean dishes were left in the cupboard, we kindly asked Lin on a note (since we didn't see her anymore) to please throw the garbage away, run the dishwasher (there was nothing to wash the dishes by hand or put them to dry) and some other minor things. She provided all that but instead of talking to us directly, she sent us an e-mail calling in a mediator from airbnb and offering us a cancellation of the remaining nights plus complaining about paying airbnb for contacting us! We were shocked, since we asked for absolutely legitimate things. So, as nice as the apartment was, the communication with Lin just went absolutely wrong and even though everybody has "different expectations for tidiness", the above mentioned things shouldn't even be a question of arguing.
Staying with Lin was one of the best decisions when planning this trip! She was a great host. The location was great! It cost little to get to all the major locations. I would recommend anyone to stay hear who is looking to fully experience DC!
I hosted Lin and her friends for 5 short days and all went fine in terms of cleanliness, obedience of house rules & cooperation. All 5 were pleasant company and hope to host them again in the future.
Great guest! Lin is very nice, clean, quiet and responsive. I would host her again anytime!!!!
Lin was an exceptionally considerate guest and absolutely lovely to have in my home. Super neat and tidy, I wholeheartedly recommend her!
Lin was a wonderful guest. Unfortunately, we were unable to officially meet due to conflicting schedules. I would undoubtedly host her again, however! She left the space just as she found it.
Lin and her sister stayed at Bernal-in-law for five nights. They were great, easygoing guests and we'd definitely host them again.
It was a complete pleasure hosting Lin. She was very communicative about her plans, easy going, independent, and smart and interesting to talk with. I liked having her here. I'd be happy to host her again anytime.
I've been an Airbnb host quite a number of times and I don't say this about many of my guests, but I would rent to Lin any time. She was very easy to work with, responsive, and left our place the way she found it---clean. Excellent experience from our end.
Lin is the ideal guest, and a great pleasure to host.