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No regrets at all. Easy, last-minute arrangement with some unusual logistics on my side (flying in from Ulaanbaatar, with a fever, at 4am, so my friend got the keys on my behalf) and yet no hiccups from Sophie's crack team on the ground.
Good American meat locker A/C (it was early September). Two sets of keys. Big fluffy IKEA bath towels.
What else? Oh, three blocks from a well-regarded restaurant called Southern Barbarian which serves Yunnanese oddities (fried bees and caterpillars) alongside Belgian beer.
Not a lot of pots and pans in the kitchen (unless there was a drawer I missed) nor was there a hairdryer, an iron, or a drying rack for clothes (but the new, top-loading washing machine worked great, and came in handy after a fortnight in Mongolia).
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Sophie's great and the apartment is simple, central and clean. She even left us marmalade for breakfast. Recommended.
I found this room for my dad last minute and this is what he had to say:
Sophie’s place was great and she was fantastic to deal with. The location is perfect and her apartment is very clean. The logistics of getting the keys was completely hassle-free and Sophie made sure of that. For the location and the ease of dealing with Sophie, this is a bargain. I would stay there again in a second!
Sophie stayed with her (email hidden) for two days. They were wonderful guests. We enjoyed hosting them and hope they will stay with us whenever they visit New York.
Sophie was a great guest. She was very respectful of the apartment and left it as she found it. Welcome to stay any time.
Sophie was fun and cheerful to work with, quick to make a decision and completely fuss free. Recommend 100%. Thanks Sophie!!
Thanks to Sophie to look after her friend. We didn't really have to do much at all other than coordinate check/in. We are happy they liked the place and took care of it too!! Would love to host them again any time! :)
It was a great pleasure to host for few nights Sophie. She is easy-going and friendly. Thanks for your coming ! ***** Cyril from Paris
Sophie was a fine guest... quiet, respectful, responsible, trustworthy. Recommended.
It was wonderful to host Sophie. The apartment was very clean, tidy and she showed great consideration for all things. I would welcome her back anytime. Thank you, Sophie!!
Sophie was a great guest! She was was approachable and very pleasant. It is a relief to have someone totally trustworthy like this stay ! Please come again.