The location was great - lots of easy access to cafes, metro, and so on. Also, El was fantastic. He responded quickly to questions both via phone and text, and he was very flexible and accommodating. I wish we could have stayed there longer!
L'accueil d'El a été très chaleureux. Il s'est rendu tout à fait disponible lors de notre arrivée. L'appartement est très agréable, lumineux et avec une bonne literie.
Il est bien situé dans un quartier animé.
Apartment conveniently located in area with lots of restaurants around.
Metro was 5 blocks away, Whole Foods about 4 blocks away, but local market and CVS drugstore were within 2 blocks. Nice, modern apartment building, though some renovation was taking place. Not really inconvenienced by reno, however, just kinda dusty here and there.
Apartment itself was nice and modern, obviously recently renovated. Only downside was it just wasn't clean. Cheap linen (OK, not a big deal), mismatched, stained towels (but I think they had been washed). However, apt clearly not vacuumed, floors not washed, and not dusted regularly. Hubby swept the whole place with a broom on arrival; picked up a fair amount of hair, etc. Normally we're "shoes off" people inside, but not here. The shower stall, though not gross, had obviously not been scrubbed in a while; soap buildup, grout dirty; same w/shower door. Nasty toothbrush holder cup full of old chalky white "drainage" and hair - gross- why leave it out at all? Hair, dust , etc around toilet bowl bottom and bathroom floor...
Texted El on arrival to let him know I was displeased at apt not being clean. He seemed genuinely surprised and offended (and said so) and offered to come clean it. I declined, as wanted our privacy and was pretty sure it wouldn't meet my standards anyway; clealry quite different than his. He asked to come in the night before we left, to clean. He changed the sheets and replaced towels with more old, mismatched (though clean) ones. I think he had someone checking in the next day, so I assume they were going to be using the same towels and sheets we had used our last day there. He clearly dusted and tidied up, but, again, no vacuuming and no shower scrub. He DID leave me a bottle of wine to compensate me for my dissatisfaction, which, though not expensive or fancy, was a nice gesture.
Overall, would have much rather just had a clean place. My friends will tell you I am very clean (I'm a nurse, after all!), but I am not a germaphobe or unreasonable. I expected a similar level of cleanliness to a Motel 6, at least, and it wasn't met. Though he tried, I just don't think the host has the same basic cleanliness standard that most people do. Maybe I'm unrealistic to expect the same standards in a privately owned apt as a motel, but, hey, it is a rental and I'm not a friend or relative, I'm a paying "customer". Would not rent again.
P S - No hair dryer or soap; bring your own.
Lily & Rick (stayed 5/17 through 5/21/14)
My girlfriend and I had an awesome experience at El's place. We came in to DC pretty early and he was nice enough to let us drop off our bags while he finished up the place so we could cruise around luggage free. The place is nice and clean with an amazing view. The location is awesome. Just walking around was a sight. And very close to some great restaurants and bars. Would definitely stay here again and recommend it to my friends.
El was a great host, he couldn't have been more helpful. The apartment was in a perfect location and had everything we needed for our stay. I would definitely stay there again.
My parents and I enjoyed our stay at El's apartment. The place was clean and had everything you'd need for a comfortable stay. The location is really great in terms of restaurants, shops, and transportation. It's a quick 5-10 minute walk to the DuPont Cirlce metro stop and the metro is super easy to navigate.
Overall we had a great time and I'd defnitely consider staying at El's place again!
This is a great space in a very good location, with many amenities and transportation options available. Dupont Circle itself is an extremely charming neighborhood, and we had a great time exploring the restaurants and museums nearby. The apartment was very clean and hospitable, and having a balcony at night is very nice complete with a view of the Washington Monument. The only reason this review is not five stars is due to a very early unanticipated visit by the management to repair something in the apartment. At the very least a heads up about this would have been appreciated, but in conjunction with the general construction going on in the building it left us feeling a bit unsatisfied with the experience.
El's place worked very well for us during our stay in DC. It is centrally located and also has access to many decent eateries and shops. There is even a small market in the same building.
We found the kitchen and living area to be perfect for our needs. The kitchen is very clean and up to date and includes some great necessities like a coffeepot and sweetener. The living area is large and has a comfy couch with great light. The internet also works very well. The bath is bright and modern which is great too.
El was very easy to get in touch with and was prompt and courteous.
We really enjoyed our stay in Washington and thought that the apartment was located in a very convenient place for creature comforts and accessibility to the city. We used public transportation the entire trip and had no problem getting around without any familiarity to the area before. The apartment was comfortable , seemed very safe and secure , clean and accessible. I would contact El again if I were planning another trip to DC and will let friends know about it as well.
The apartment was in a great location, 2 min walk from the metro, and close to a ton of great restaurants. I just wish I had had time to take advantage of the amenities (Apple TV, rooftop deck, gym). El was a courteous host despite my being overtired and scattered. I trusted a cabdriver's estimate of my arrival time and El dropped everything to be there to meet me... in the end, he was there on time and I wasn't! He was also available via phone for anything I needed.
El and his friend were good guests and friendly people, treating the condo and me with respect.
El was great to deal with and is welcome back anytime.
They were very nice
We certainly enjoyed meeting El and Jess and hope to see them again soon.
Great guest! Excellent with communication, took care of our house as if it was their own and left the place spotless! Welcome them back anytime.
Nice guy! He sure enjoy the island with his friend! They were funny & expressive ... and of course El, handsome too, hahaha! Take care guys! God bless you!!