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from Boston, living in Portland, OR (and loving it!)
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Desiree was able to accommodate us very last minute, which we really appreciated! Her place is well kept and in a really neat area of Portland. You're only a few minutes walk away from lots of pubs, restaurants and stores on Alberta St. Although we didn't meet Desiree she was very communicative and thoughtful- she left out maps and guides for us, bottled water, etc. Alberta St. is worth a visit if you're in Portland, plus the bus to reach downtown is within walking distance from her place if you want to do more exploring.
The Hip & Lively place was great!
Desiree had the place ready and waiting for us when we arrived. Desiree provided maps and books for the Portland area and was always available for any questions or information we needed. She was also concerned about the noise above from the walker rolling along the floor as had been commented on, but, it was not a problem and she even left ear plugs just in case. The neighborhood is quiet and we slept quite nicely. It is exactly as described and the Alberta Street area offered a diverse collection of shops to stroll through. One nice surprise was a smattering of food carts within walking distance.
If we're ever back in the area, we'd definitely stay here again!
Amazing neighbourhood and the bed is comfy like a cloud. The bathroom is super cute too! As is it a basement suite, there was some noise from the people living above (as to be expected)but it was never late at night or ealy in the am. We were out exploring most of the time anyways so it was totally fine.
Communication with Desiree was straightforward and easy. We'd definitely stay here again
The apartment is located in the basement of a split family house. It is very pleasant and well appointed. Everything was cleaned thoroughly upon check in and Desiree was very flexible and easy to communicate with. There was indeed a nice assortment of hair and body products provided in the bathroom. If you are looking to be close to the main drag in Alberta - this is the place. My only hesitations are that there is simply not much light in the place due to the fact that its a basement apartment, and that the floors are relatively thin and so noise from the apartment above us came through during both of the nights that we stayed.
Desiree' was very kind and accommodating. I really appreciated her desire to make our stay in Portland be as pleasurable as it could be. She even left some really nice hair products out for us to use. The apartment was pretty and the bed was very comfortable. There was an outer room that connected to a washer and dryer area, a nice sized bathroom with lots of character and a separate bedroom. The bedroom had hooks to hang clothes and a little dresser to store clothes. She also has wi-fi. Her location is great, within walking distance to restaurants and stores.
This was my first experience with Airbnb and it was great! It was a great little self contained apartment in an area where there were not really any traditional accommodation options. It was a really short walk down Alberta St. to a bunch of bars, restaurants and cafes as well plenty of cool shops.
Desiree was a great host, she even picked me up from the train station when I arrived! Once I was settled she respected my privacy but was available for any local knowledge if I needed it. I would definitely recommend this place.
The location is unbeatable if you want to live like local.
There is a driveway to park in, a washer and dryer, a really nice private bathroom and a big comfortable bed. I found out that Portland is all about main drags, and Alberta is a great one to call home. Lots of cafes, bars, restaurants. If you want to get to another part of the city, 33rd street is two blocks away (a major cross-town street). You can get to SE or downtown in 15 minutes by car. Desiree was very helpful with getting me oriented and suggesting places to check out.
Desiree and Chris were very considerate guests and left the apartment clean and well tended. We would be happy to have them back!
Desiree and her beau were absolute sweethearts! They left a few treats and some very cute notes for me upon my return... and clearly cared as much about my home as I do! I would gladly invite them to return... and would hope that next time Id be in town as well to enjoy their company.
Desiree is a real sweet gal. She's my girlfriend, so I'm a bit biased, but those who meet her will undoubtedly agree with me (or else!).
Her room is also very comfy, private, and located right on Alberta which is kinda like the heart of Portland. It's super close to all sorts of wonderful bars, restaurants, and other things you will love.