I'm a clean energy entrepreneur frequently working in Africa, originally from Minnesota by way of San Francisco.
Xavier was a wonderful communicator. He resolved some planning issues with where we were going to stay up front and made all of the proper arrangements. My mom, sister and I were all comfortable in the apartment. It was clean and well located. A very quiet neighborhood. Madison was a really neat town. I was really excited about the easy public bike rental system. The downtown was amazing. I would recommend Xavier to others for a place to spend a night or two in Madison WI...
We had a very pleasant stay. The view of Lake Menona is magnificent. The apartment is adequate, though sparsely furnished and less than sparkling clean. Xavier was a very pleasant and responsive host, though we never actually met in person. Only down side was that several of the screens had holes, and leaving the windows open on the first night brought in a lot of mosquitoes. Hopefully this will be fixed soon. The apartment is located on a busy street, though the noise wasn't bad. And the location is great, just off James Madison Park and a 10 minute walk from the center of Madison.
As Xavier was really busy with a conference during his stay with us we didn't really see much of him, which was a shame because I think he has many interesting stories that I would have liked to hear more about. Anyway, he's a really nice and easy going guy who it was a pleasure hosting. Definitely recommended!