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The first thing you should know about this listing is that it should be written in Russian. The fact that it’s in English implies that you will be able to speak English with the host. From my experience, that is not the case. I stayed at this apartment for a month and I never met or spoke with Zhenya. I only dealt with her parents, who seem like nice people, but people who don’t speak English.
As for the apartment itself, the best thing I can say about it is that it’s centrally located. It’s across from a nice park and only a short walk from city center and a metro station.
Other than that, the apartment is pretty run down. The hosts allow smoking, so there’s a lingering smell of stale cigarettes throughout the unit. There are loose floorboards that creak whenever you step on them, and the bed is uncomfortable and cheap. If you so much as turn over during the night you’ll rattle the bed frame and wake yourself up. The large couch in the living room is incredibly uncomfortable and should be replaced. It should also be mentioned that, despite advertising a kitchen, the apartment does not have an oven. So you should take that into consideration if you plan on cooking.
The apartment has a nice balcony overlooking the park, but you have to share the balcony with a neighboring unit. The neighbors had several large parties during my visit that made sleeping difficult, so light sleepers should definitely pack ear plugs.
And I hope you like baths, because there is no shower curtain in the tub. There’s also no curtain on the bathroom window, so don’t be shocked when you see neighbors looking at you as you use the toilet or bathe.
Overall, I can’t recommend this apartment.
Zhenya was an excellent host, recommending some nice places to go amongst the impossibly long list of diversions that define Austin. ....and the apartment is as warm, cozy and inviting as the pictures you see. Highly recommended!
The host canceled this reservation 5 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Very nice apartment and a pleasant host. Location is splendid! The botanical garden creates a special micro climate and one can enjoy always a fresh air and quiet surrounding while everything you want to see in Kiev is in close proximity either by foot, or metro. The apartment is clean and exactly as on the pictures. It has everything you need for a comfortable stay and is super cozy. The bathroom with a balcony is something..:) Irina, Zhenya's mom is warm, open and flexible host. We did late check in and check out. She was OK with that. And..thank you for the beautiful flowers for my mom's birthday! Next time in Kiev, I would definitely stay there again.
Zhenya was a lovely host. The apartment was clean, cozy, and well stocked with everything we needed! We especially enjoyed sitting on the balcony and watching the deer roam around the woods. The location was about 15 to 20 minutes from downtown Austin but there is plenty to do nearby as well.
This apartment was wonderful! It surpassed our expectations, so much that it left us wanting to move to Austin! Zhenya has decorated her apartment so cozily, and the view from the porch is great! It backs up to trees with families of deer coming through often. We never had to drive more than 20 minutes to get anywhere. It was a wonderful location in the hills, and an amazing apartment!!!
Very convenient location, nice and easy.
Very responsive and welcoming host, great location, all easy and straightforward.
Location of the apartment was perfect for the purpose of my trip. Everything was extremely clean and we really enjoyed the outdoor area of the apartment
Great place as described and as pictured. Location was conveniently close to Mopac and 360, yet was very quiet. Great host! Communications with Zhenya were proactive and complete. Perfect.
Great guest! Very laid back and friendly. Clear communication. Hope you enjoyed and come back!
Great guests. Zhenya and friends were amazing. Left the condo clean and in perfect conditions.
A very nice couple. Super friendly, very tidy and nice.
I'd always host them again and I can only recommend
them to any other host.
***** out of 5
Une voyageuse très agréable et souriante.
Totalement discrète et parfaitement respectueuse.
Quoi d'autre à attendre? Peut être qu'elle revienne...:)
A very pleasant and smiling traveler.
Totally discrete and perfectly respectful.
What else to expect? Maybe she comes back ... :)
She is a lovely woman, always wellcome!!!.
It was a big pleasure to host Zhenya and her friend in Casa Kan Balam !!! I know that my words feel like the same but I host amazing people and Zhenya is one of them !!! 100% recom !!! Don't hesitate to host and you will feel what sweetness means !! Thanks Zhenya and hope to see you soon
very clean, professional, quiet and communicative, i would defintely recomend this guest