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When it comes to Internet you want everything is as close as they listed. But this is not the case for Al. I do not know why he wanted to put that and a fake photo of him but I would feel more secure if he can be honest up front.
Also Al is not as punctual as you think other airbnb place would be. I stayed in quite a few places through airbnb but Al is the only one that let me waited for half an hour. I did told him that I will be late but I never expected he will ask me to wait for him after I told him my time.
Of course the place is clean and tidy but it's still a very weird experience for me. I hope that airbnb can reverify Al's ID.
Only book this if you have more than 3 person.
Al was excellent! We arrived later than we expected and Al was there to accomomadate us. The secured parking was great as I have a work truck with tools on board. Breakfast and coffee was a bonus. And the commute to UCLA was short without dealing with the 405. I will definitely stay again.
everything is nice
The pics don't do this place justice. It's absolutely charming! The living room is fantastic with the windows open during the day, listening to the boardwalk come alive(Micahel Jackson dance party!) while reading or working on the computer. Also a fantastic room for the evening with the ambiance. Bedroom, kitchen and bathroom are all great as well. Al is super nice and accommodating! Leaving breakfast food, even bringing extra toiletries and leaving them outside a few days into my stay!
Al is nice and friendly～we feel comfortable～
The space was great! Beautiful apartment, shabby chic building and decor right near Venice Beach Boardwalk. I felt welcome: Alva left snacks for us, gave us a tour, and was accommodating with our timing. Only awkward part was having to go through the back door to avoid the neighbors. Lovely stay, thank you!
Great place to stay! I contacted Al at the last minute due to my flight getting cancelled. He responded within the hour and was available to let me in to the apartment soon after.
Great spot. Conveniently near LAX and Manhattan Beach. Very accommodating on short notice. Clean place.
Al was a good host. We booked last minute and arrived well after planned (11pm). Despite being late, he had fresh baked cookies waiting for us! The building was as described: its pretry decrepit. The apartment, however, was in good condition. It had everything we needed for our stay...except a tv, lol. A couple of cons: stairs...SO MANY STAIRS, the condition of the outside, no tv and it's not truly a one bedroom, there's a Murphy bed in the middle room. Pros: LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION. Al's place is only 1 block from the boardwalk! We rented bikes and toured from muscle beach to Santa Monica. Abbot Kinney is a 5 min walk and it's 10 minutes from practically everything else. We had a blast and would stay there again in a heartbeat!
Al was very gracious in allowing us to stay on such short notice. he met us at the unit and made us feel welcome, even providing breakfast items, which we were not expecting!
Al is a really nice person. I met him the summer of 2011 as I stood at his appartment int Los Angeles. After the trip I flew back to Europe and realized that I forgot my new sunglasses in the rental car in LA. I asked him to go to the rental car company, pick them up and send them to me. He did everything very quickly and without giving any problems. So I am very happy that he helped me.
I recommend to anyone to go to his nice place in LA, as he is a great host.