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I work in museums. My specialty is contemporary art. I travel often for both work and play. Currently based in NY but own a property in LA. I love to cook and eat delicious foods. I'm a very tidy and respectful guest.
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Mia's place was so well thought-through that we took pictures to remember the design elements. We really enjoyed our stay and we're sad to leave. The apartment is located at the heart of the gallery scene and we definitely took advantage of opening and exhibits and whatnot. Parking is ample on Yale Street and the metro is convenient.
Loved Mia's place! When I arrived on a hot Saturday it was in the middle of one of the Chinatown arts festivals and there were 50 girls in tighty-whities covered in Hello Kitty stickers doing interpretive dance and taking selfies out front of my door. One hour later there were 3 people in horse masks doing yet more interpretive dance under my balcony followed by a dude in a dress with an electric guitar and Casio keyboard that was absolutely insanely good. Then I went to Melody Lounge and saw a killer band there. It was a great intro to a great neighborhood that has so much great art and music happening in it. And it's not generally loud, it's usually incredibly serene, like an oddball artist colony in an abandoned section of Disneyland.
I rented Mia's spot for 5 weeks it was great. Really well put together, spacious, nice lighting, great kitchen, great bathroom two spacious bedrooms. Little balconies are cute. Front one might be a bit close to your neighbors' windows for after dark hanging out.
Mia was a good communicator and although I didn't meet her she was easy to reach. She has Audrey on hand as a caretaker and she's just across the street which is great if you're a klutz like me and you lose a key and need to be let in at 9 on a Sunday night.
I highly recommend renting a parking spot from the lot on the north end of Chungking Road. It's $5/day and $75/month. It was great as Chungking is a really just a private pedestrian walking mall so it feels like a strange front yard when you walk from the lot.
I'd rent it again. Chinatown is an unusual enclave in LA and worth a visit and Mia's crib is the perfect base. 110, 101 and 5 are literally right out the door, perfect center to commute from. Recommended.
Very nice appartment in a very nice street. The appartment is close to every neighbourhoods by car. Very good choice.
This is a cool and well equipped apartment very close to downtown and yet private, set amongst art galleries in Chinatown. Mia was away in another state for our entire visit but responded promptly to requests. Visit restaurants such as golden dragon for dim sum, Phoenix inn for Cantonese cuisine, Ooga Booga for good design publications and try some of the artisan beer on tap at the tucked away melody lounge a few steps away.
My husband and I stayed at Mia's lovely apartment on Chung King Road for 3 nights in August while we were in LA for a music festival. Mia has incredible taste and the delightful details throughout her home made us feel especially welcome. It is clear that she is a talented curator, and it was inspirational to spend a few days in her loft!
The apartment is spacious and bright, with a fantastic shower, a large and modern kitchen, a wonderful deck overlooking the pedestrian alley of art galleries and antique shops, a comfy bed and plenty of awesome magazines and books! There is air conditioning in the apartment for when it gets too hot, which we only needed to use one afternoon while we were there.
Mia was great and met us when we arrived late Friday evening to introduce us to the space. On her recommendation, we had a beer at Melody Lounge (a stone's throw from her apartment), a friendly neighborhood bar with a large selection of microbrews.
We were excited to have a chance to explore Chinatown during our visit. As previous reviewers have mentioned, Mia's apartment is above Fong's shop on an alley lit every evening with beautiful red lanterns. We always felt very safe and found the neighbors friendly. Chinatown is also only a 10 minute walk to downtown LA, and we spent one morning wandering around the shops, restaurants and cafes that have recently sprouted up there. Public transportation is easily accessible too.
We had a wonderful experience at Mia's home and hope to visit again!
The short version: This place is excellent and Mia is lovely. Just stay here, it's completely unique and you won't regret it.
The long version: I requested a booking with Mia at the very last minute when other accommodation in LA fell through. She was nice enough to accept the booking at this late stage and gave me a lot of help guiding me to the apartment when I arrived in LA. When I finally made it to Chinatown she met me at the door, gave me a quarter for the parking meter and ran me through the apartment.
The place itself is perfectly positioned above a little shop named Fong's in a Chinatown arcade adorned with lanterns. Walking home through that at night always made me smile.
Some highlights outside of the apartment.. There's a 24 hour gas station directly across the street which I used several times at all hours to get snacks / phone credit. Super convenient. Also, not 200 feet from your front door, the arcade the apartment sits atop turns in to a car park for the conveniently located hospital next door. There is a little guard station right there that seemed to be manned 24 hours a day. I parked on the other side of this car park in a side street and cut through it when going to and from the apartment, and it was nice to know there was always a security guard within shouting distance.. not that I felt I'd ever need help, as the neighbourhood is perfectly safe, but it was nice nonetheless. Last but not least, there's obviously a litany of Asian restaurants in the surrounding blocks. If you're hungry and feeling lazy you need not walk far.
Inside the apartment.. The description and photos of the space on the listing are accurate to a fault - very tastefully decorated, spacious, and comfortable. Another reviewer has mentioned the shower which is like a waterfall - pretty relaxing at the end of a warm LA day! The kitchen is terrific and somehow bigger than in the photos with huge double fridge/freezer. The bed - I slept like a baby every night.
My only other tip.. Parking enforcement in LA is crazy and Chinatown is not exempt. Make sure you feed the parking meter and obey the signs or you will definitely get a ticket.
Mia - thanks for everything. You were a great host.
The loft was super comfortable and conveniently located near the event I was going to in Chinatown. The loft has a balcony you can sit outside and relax on or a comfy couch you can lounge on also. My favorite part was the shower though, it was big and had an awesome rain nozzle on it and there was a bench you could sit on too.
I wasn't sure what to expect with this place but it ended up being really comfortable and enjoyable. I'd definitely stay here again.
Seriously amazing location and apartment. This place is worth just the beautiful entrance. At night, the red lanterns and vibrant decorations of the walk way up to the apartment makes the entire experience unforgettable. Really nice apartment too, tons of space and Mia even left behind some beers!
Even though I've never had a bad Airbnb experience, I always try to keep my expectations firmly in check as I know how easy it is to take "MySpace angle" photos of, well, anything, to have it look great. Mia's place is actually better than it appears in photos, we were actually really surprised.
The location couldn't possibly be better, as you're directly off the 110 and only a minute from the 101 in a super centralized location. Sure, LA highways are absolutely terrible, but it's nice not needing to spend 20 minutes on surface streets to get to them.
Overall, highly recommended.
Excellent guest--clean, respectful and trustworthy!
I did not get to meet Mia in person but would definitely recommend her as a guest. Mia was super pleasant and easy to communicate with via air bnb messaging. And key exchange was arranged without a hassle.
Mia is a lovely and interesting person who was a great guest in every way. We enjoyed her company, wish her well, and hope to see her again some day.
Mia was an absolutely perfect guest! Considerate, respectful, friendly, quiet, and clean. The pre-booking communication was great, checkin/out was a breeze, and she left the place spotless! I'd recommend Mia to any host! Thanks Mia!
Great guest :-) was pleasure to host kind lovely and so very pleasant parson she left the place in a great condition, would love to have her again. I would highly recommend him as a guest +++
I've had the privilege of knowing Mia for over fifteen years, as a roommate, travel companion, and friend. She's incredibly sharp, cultured, and generous, and her sense of style is exquisite. If you're lucky enough to stay in her ultra cool, immaculate Chinatown loft, or to have her as a house guest, the experience will no doubt be memorable.
I have cooked, dined and slept at Mia's place more times than I can count, and it is always a pleasure. Her kitchen comes equipped with a dishwasher, top-of-the-line stove/oven and a fridge with spaceship-appropriate lighting, ideal for cooking, eating and entertaining. The whole place is casual and breezy and has been tended with perfect taste. The photos don't do it justice. With its slate tile, rain shower head, dimming lights and skylight, the shower alone is worth going for!
The apartment is on a sweet pedestrian street in the heart of LA's Chinatown. It is perhaps the only residential pedestrian street in LA, and it is as quirky as it sounds. The block is full of galleries, artist studios, antique and tchotchke shops, and the red lanterns lighting the way make for a cinematic nightly homecoming. Chinatown is basically an extension of downtown, nestled between it and Echo Park, Silver Lake, Dogers Stadium, and Highland Park with a metro stop two blocks from the apartment.
Although she is not around much, Mia is even better. She is as gracious as she is sharp. Going frequently to all corners of the city, she knows LA better than most Angelinos. Not only can she tell you the best route to reach your destination, she can tell you the best farmers' markets, hikes, runs, shops and restaurants. And she knows the cultural landscape at least as well as the geographical one.