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We are a thirty-something software engineer and photographer from Portlandia with two precocious kids and two adorable pugs. We love to explore new places, avoid the beaten path, and be adventurous when we travel. Also when we don't.
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Very nice place! Hosts were very responsive! Neighborhood was fun to explore! We would return :)
This was one of the best places I've ever stayed at through AirBnB. Ben and Becky were great hosts, and they have put a lot of thought into making their apartment extremely comfortable and accommodating for their guests. The apartment was far above average in terms of appointments, the furniture, bed, linen, towels, kitchen supplies - everything - was all of the quality you would have in your own home, or better. We stayed for a month and were very glad we chose this place over other options. The location is great, in a quite neighborhood close to both Alberta and Williams Streets with tons of bars and restaurants, and less than 10 minutes by car from the central Portland districts like the Pearl and 23rd avenue. The apartment is a downstairs unit, but noise was from upstairs was never an issue. This apartment is in a great location, has fantastic, thoughtful, hosts, and has everything you could need and more, I would love to stay here again and highly recommend it to anyone considering it.
My cat and I lived in this apartment for seven months while my own house was being renovated. The location is great. It is a small apartment, but more than sufficient for one person. For shorter stays, two or even three people would be fine. It gets a surprising amount of sunlight for a basement flat. I had only minor issues during my stay, and all of them were addressed quickly. Ben, Becky and the kids and dogs are very quiet.
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We stayed in Ben and Becky's apartment for 4 nights and it really felt like home. They have everything you could want in a kitchen (appliances, cereal, milk, bagels, fruit, juice) bathroom (lots of towels, extra soap, extra everything else). The apartment felt brand-new and is just super comfortable. Our interaction with them was minimal, but Ben greeted us as we arrived, showed us the layout and left us to it. They even left us a nice bottle of beer which was perfect after a long drive. Highly recommended.
Great place to stay- very clean, well appointed, and comfortable. Nice area for walking to restaurants and public transit just around the block for getting all around the city. If you are inclined to stay in and do your own cooking, the kitchen is well equipped and very nice. They seem to have thought of everything a visitor might want.
Our stay at the Alberta Arts district apartment was perfect. My daughter, her friend and I were very comfortable in the space. it was large enough for 3 to 4 people. The apartment was stocked with waters, juices, milk, bagels, teas and coffees. We didn't need a thing. It was spotless and clean.
The bus was one block down the street, and the Arts district was a short walk away. We ate at a few wonderful restaurants, all a short walk to Alberta St.
The neighborhood is very safe and I went out most mornings early for a run down Prescott St. When Prescott runs into 15th St. there is a wonderful coffee shop and a nice brewery/restaurant that also serves breakfast.
The Apartment is a basement apartment and the family lives above it. They were very quiet and didn't intrude on us in any way.
I would stay there again the next time I am in town. It was a pleasure.
Our stay in the Alberta Arts apartment of Ben and Becky Straub was excellent. I particularly recommend this apartment for those with children because there is a good selection of children's games...my son really enjoyed discovering Ninja v. Ninja! The king-sized bed was very comfortable.
My husband and I had a great time staying at Ben and Becky Straub's place. The apartment is spacious and well stocked with everything we needed. The hosts had a lovely aesthetic sensibility when they decorated this place, i.e., totally in sync with our taste, so we felt quite at home. We had a great time walking to the Alberta Arts district including the Kennedy School and local restaurants. There was even a craft store with daily classes nearby and I enjoyed taking advantage of that. On top of all of that, the public transit was less than a block away! We loved that.
Fantastic place with great attention to detail - our kids loved all little extras and it was an incredibly easy bike ride to everywhere we wanted to go.
nice folks welcome back anytime
They were very neat and left the house much as they found it. very pleasant folks.
Great guests! Everything went perfectly smooth and I would highly recommend! Welcome back any time at all! :)
Great guests! Left the house in great shape, would definitely rent to again.
Ben was a excellent guest. We never did get to meet him, but he was super polite and considerate in all communications and he left the studio in top condition.
ben and becky were great to work with. good communication and left the place in excellent shape. very happy to have them as guests and they are welcome back any time!
We were heading out of town when Becky and her son were arriving at our cabin, so we didn't get to meet in person, but I felt totally comfortable from out communication leaving the key for her. She left the cabin neat and tidy, and even took their garbage and recycling out with them, which was a plus for us since we weren't back up on the mountain to check on things for several days.
Everything was great!
Great people with beautiful kids. Left the house in great shape. They are welcome back anytime.
It was wonderful to meet and greet Becky and Ben for the first time, because I was traveling when they were our guests at the Cottage exactly a year before. They, together with their young children, where delightful guests and we hope they make this a yearly visit! - Don Johnson