American studying architecture in London. Travel quite a bit and love to have guests while I am away.
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Gabriels place is just awesome! He was very helpful upon our arrival and even managed to let us check in late. We didn't meet him unfortunately.
The apartment is really centrally located and therefore perfect for tourists. You're within minutes in the heart of London. Plus it is really quiet and cozy.
I highly recommend this place!
Thank you for hosting us Gabriel!
I booked Gabriel's apartment literally 1 day before arrival and he went above and beyond to sort out keys delivery and ensure the apartment was available upon my arrival. It is located right in central east short walk to Shoreditch, Barbican, St Paul and along the main road itself there are a few cafes and restaurants to get you around. The flat is very spacious and its decoration adds a ton a personal touch that in fact made me feel at home. Gabriel left tea, milk some fruit and cereal for us and even a special treat of red wine. Everything about this stay was just perfect and I must thank Gabe for being so hospitable (considering I haven't even seen him during my stay).
Funky apartment conveniently located for Shoreditch, Farringdon and Clerkenwell. Gabriel was super responsive and was kind enough to leave wine and cereals for my consumption whilst there. Will definitely stay again!
Great location and cool interiors in the apartment. Easily located near train - when you first arrive it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to find so ask for good directions before you arrive! Once you know where the entrance is it is fantastic. Enjoyed our stay.
The Good: Location is excellent; building is quiet; space is ample.
The Bad:Communication is bad to terrible; flat was dirty (had to have someone come clean it); had to accommodate host's schedule to get keys at last second; only had yoga mats for towels (told us to go buy some and he'd reimburse--that's what I want to do on vacation); trash on floor; science experiments in fridge.
The Story: Upon arriving, we were unable to contact Gabriel or the person he left in charge. After waiting an hour to hear from him, he put us in touch with his key holder, who could not leave work to meet us. We trekked to her (with luggage). Upon entering the flat, it was clear no one had prepared it. The beds were unmade and had been slept in. There were two trash bags on the kitchen floor, and rotted food in the fridge. The bathroom was dirty, and there were no clean towels. His worker asked us to wait for a cleaning crew and for her to come over after work. We wasted a vacation day waiting for her. They cleaned the place up a bit and changed the beds with (we hope) clean sheets. There were no new towels, however. We got yoga mats instead (I don't suggest drying off with these). Gabriel indicated we could go buy some and he'd reimburse us. The whole experience left us so angry, we contacted AirBNB, who asked us to resolve the situation with Gabriel first. Gabriel indicated he'd be happy to help us find alternate lodging (our suggestion) if it meant avoiding a negative review. In the end, we settled on a reduced rate.
We overcame the lost day and unappealing mess, making a joke about it all, but it isn't something I recommend others go through.
Bottom line: The location is great, and the flat (when taken care of) could be a good base. Unfortunately, it's clearly just rented out most of the time and not cared for.
We enjoyed staying in Gabriel's Clerkenwell loft. The location is terrific, within walking distance of several tube stations as well as the ultra-hip Shoreditch area for all your dining/nightlife needs. The loft itself is quite nice, as well. Comfortable beds, a nice bathroom, and a very spacious kitchen. The place could have felt a little bit cleaner, with sheets that hadn't been washed since the last guests and some long since expired food in the fridge, but those are small knocks against an otherwise very lovely loft. Gabriel was a pleasure to deal with and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend his place to anyone.
Great stay in a very tastefully-decorated and well-located flat. Booking, check-in/out, and the stay were all easy and enjoyable. Thanks, Gabriel!
Gabriel's place was great. I visited London with my 60-something-year-old parents. We enjoyed the space, and the price was hard to beat for London. We also appreciated the lift! Although there's a kitchen, there are also plenty of good cafes and restaurants nearby. Some of London's best coffee, Workshop Coffee and Ozone Coffee, are within walking distance. The place is about a five minute walk to the Barbican tube station--very easy.
Gabriel himself was very communicative and responded to inquiries quickly.
Gabriel was a most friendly & helpful host, despite not being in the country! He had arranged for a friend to greet us & show us around and she did this in a warm and efficient manner. We also enjoyed the flat which is stylish and accomodating and we enjoyed the inner- city location of Clerkenwell, a part of London I never knew before. I would certainly stay there again & can confidently recommend it to other travellers.
Gabriel was a joy to work with, and the flat for the money and location- honestly, I dont think we could have done better.
the quietest flat in London, SO, SO NICE
easy to buy basic grocery's in the hood
about a 7 min walk to either tube stop, very close buses
very safe neighborhood and extremely central
really nice that he has basic foods stocked
The washer/dryer were great!
flat could use an ironing board
and a hair dryer, but we totally made due without.
We had some cleanliness issues and once we told Gabriel he addressed it promptly, professionally, and with kindness. (He was away when we were in town and he had a friend doing the cleaning and greeting).
I strongly recommend this host and his flat, and I hope we can stay there again if we return as 2 couples.
Thanks so much Gabriel
A pleasure to host and welcome back anytime, for sure.
Gabriel was a great guest. He was easy to coordinate key pick-up / drop-off with, and he left my place very tidy. I would have Gabriel stay again!
Great guests and welcome any time. They sure enjoyed their stay here and safe travels Gabriel.
I hosted Gabriel and his sister in my flat in Milan for a couple of days.
They left the apartment very clean and perfectly in order.
The communication was very easy and smooth.
I do strongly recommend to host them!!!
Great guest. Very good communication on all aspects. Guest was flexible and left my accommodation in excellent order - clean and tidy!
Would thoroughly recommend.
Gabriel and Amanda were fantastic guests! They were super friendly and very cool. They took good care of the apartment and we would love to have them stay with us again...Good luck with the architecture schools!
It was a pleasure to meet Gabriel, Amanda and Alex. These 3 New Yorkers were like fresh air at our flat :) Despite of short time together, was really nice time we spent. Very nice conversations, good sense of humour and it was obvious that we should meet again ;) I won even bigger desire to return to New York and I will as soon as possible. Was a really pleasure heve meet u ;)
Gabe and Amanda were lovely guests, very sweet and courteous. They even put up with me making a lot of noise one night! It was good to have some friendly chats about New York. I would definitely have them again.
I highly recommend Gabriel to all Airbnb community. Gabriel is a young architect from Seattle interested in the cultural aspects of the city and really made the most of his short stay. It was a pleasure hosting him and I look forward to having him over again in the future.
Gabriel and I went to school together and we have also taken several trips together, some using Airbnb. He is very tidy, responsible, and also an incredibly gracious host. His apartment in in London is awesome. Very well located, and a super comfortable space. Highly Recommended!