Hobbies : cooking, travels, literature, cinema, ballroom dancing, hiking, swimming.
Bilingual French-English, can hold conversations in German, Spanish and Portuguese.
I have 3 grown-up children, studying in various places
I feel Donatella’s criticism of cleanliness was unreasonable and I told her so at the time. The kitchen was certainly clean enough to prepare food and eat in. Many people have. Nonetheless my husband took two hours to wash the kitchen cupboard doors and the fridge. Donatella said nothing about the oven; we clean it regularly but not after every guest.
Donatella operates 4 “luxury” flats in Florence. Salaries in Italy are low, so I imagine she has one or two full-time cleaning ladies who allow her to ensure they clean to her standard.
The flat I offer is a normal accommodation that anybody in Geneva would be happy to live in. Cleaning staff is much more expensive here. I spend 2-3 hours cleaning and preparing the flat between guests. To have it cleaned to her standards I would have to charge guests much more for extra cleaning fees.
When people arrive the flat is clean and healthy. Every other guest has found it so and been happy. I do not clean the fridge, the oven or the kitchen cupboard doors after every guest. Nonetheless the flat and kitchen are clean. It never occurred to me to polish the bed lamp light bulbs, as Donatella suggested.
The whole point of flexibility is that it varies, according to arrival of guests, some people arrive late and therefore I allow for late check-out. Some people land at 8 am and, if no one has been staying, they can check-in immediately. It is flexible. If guests leave and arrive on the same day, I ask them to check out by 10 am so the next guests can check-in by 12 noon. It seems reasonable.