I am disappointed to hear that Raphael found me to be picky. I want to be clear about my experience with him though. First, the neighborhood and location of Raphael's place was incorrect on his Airbnb posting. As a result, we ending up staying at a different location than we had intended. Second, as Raphael was not available by phone or text during our stay, it was extremely difficult to determine where his place was actually located and it took us more than an hour with a very patient taxi driver to locate the actual apartment. Third, when we arrived the apartment was not clean. There were rotten vegetables in the cupboard and a layer of dust across many surfaces.
Airbnb actually offered a substantial refund to us due to the errors in the listing and the lack of cleanliness. However, I had no particular ill will towards Raphael and declined the money. We were the first guests to stay at Raphael’s place, and though we had a less than optimal experience, my main concern was that the next people to stay there would have a better experience.
Therefore, I did end up communicating more with Raphael then I ordinarily would, but this was the result of trying to get the place ready for the next guests, not trying to change or enhance my own experience. For example the next group of people were due to arrive the day we left and there was a limited window for a cleaner to prepare the apartment. Raphael asked me if I could strip the beds of all sheets and pillowcases and launder them. He also asked if I could then put them in the dryer so they would be both washed and dried for the cleaning person. All of which I did for him.
I have stayed at a number of Airbnb apartments and all my other experiences have been very positive, it is very unfortunate that it was not the case this time.