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I'm a native Austinite, creative professional, and small business owner that loves to enjoy the best of what my city has to offer. I'm more than happy to host you and also answer any questions you might have about what to do or where to go.
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The reservation was canceled 38 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
When I arrived the house was waiting for me: The AC units were on, the fridge had a few goodies in it and a note that read "help yourself". It was clean and tidy, albeit a little too packed for my taste. I am a minimalist so a space full of old stuff drives me crazy. But I knew what I was getting into: An old house (which, if you like antiques, you will fall in love with). With that in mind, the place grew on me after a couple of days: Strong character, pleasant area, warm light.
Then the Internet went down and never came (website hidden) profoundly apologized and politely offered me a $50 gift card for a nearby cafe so I could use the WiFi there. I did it a couple of times but I could not have my early morning or late night meetings there. So, although it was a great gesture, it did not solve my actual problem. So I had to stay late at the office numerous times (I visited Austin for business).
Three nights before my departure I came back to the house around midnight and there was neither electricity nor water. It turned out there was a problem with the utilities account. Again, Mk offered to get me to a hotel for that night and investigate in the morning. But I was done with the house, moving around would be unnecessarily frustrating. So we reached an agreement (very easily, I must admit) for no refund (which I was not interested in) but for her to put me in a hotel for my last three nights. I hastily packed my stuff at 1 in the morning under my cell phone flashlight and Mk drove me to the hotel she booked and paid for me. It was a lot further from where I needed to be but it was a nice place and I would be ok for three nights, I just had to get a cab at least twice a day.
All in all (and I think I am as objective as possible; maybe a tad too nice, I must admit), I think Mk is a good host: Friendly and capable of responding to the unexpected. However, the unexpected should not have happened in the first place. And two hits in a row makes me wonder if the house itself is ready for AirBnB (I do not know if there have been similar instances in the past): No Internet when you expect to find it can be damaging for one's work or even vacation and lack of electricity/water is a clear deal-(website hidden) was indeed cooperative in all this but I fear I have to classify this as my bumpiest AirBnB ride by far. I hope this was just an unlucky exception and the issues get addressed, the house is beautiful. But I would never pick this AirBnB listing again for obvious reasons.
MK was a fantastic host. Her apartment looks exactly as it did in the pictures and it was very clean and (website hidden) left a welcome list for us of everything that we needed to know about her apartment and even drew us a map of how to walk to Zilker Park for ACL. She also has some snacks for us, which was a very thoughtful touch. The neighborhood was a lovely residential area with some great cafes and restaurants nearby. As another review also mentioned, head to Cafe Medici for coffee and the breakfast tacos. 24 Diner was another great local option for delicious upscale, farm-to-table type food at all hours.
Overall, MK's apartment was a perfect home base for us for our weekend visit and I'd highly recommend (website hidden) was very accessible and responsive.
Great location. Walk over to Blake's for some solid breakfast or to Cafe Medici for awesome coffee. Nice quiet street, easy parking, easy to find and get to. The place certainly has some charm.
Had a great time staying in Clarksville at Mary Katherine's place. She was flexible about both check-in and check-out times, and the house itself is super adorable. Gave us great recommendations for good places in the neighborhood, and the house is a quick 10-15 minute walk from downtown Austin. Would definitely stay here again.
Great stay. Friendly host, and nice neighborhood. Very close to the downtown, good restaurants and cute shops. Some were walkable, and metro buses were near too. The house was very unique, if you love art and vintage, you will enjoy the place very much. Flexible check-in and out time were the best. Only thing was that I'd like the place much more if it was cleaned better. But overall, recommended.
MK was a lovely guest! Her and her boyfriend stayed for the weekend and as both Airbnb hosts and guests -- are super respectful, clean and friendly. We'd love to have them back to our place anytime.
MK was a great guest she communicated throughout the reservation process as well as was appreciative and respectful of my property. I certainly hope MK visits again!