I am originally from France/Quebec, living in Mountain View, CA... currently in Washington, DC for a project. Makes sense? ;-)
Alex is great host. He takes care of his guest. In my first week
he went with me out for dinner and gave me important information
about the bay area. This was a big plus!
The cleanliness of the appartment thought wasn't as I expected it to be.
The carpet in the livingroom and also all other rooms is very dirty.
It would be definitely a good idea to hire a cleaner for that.
Also the bathroom, especially the shower was disgusting. I only went
into it when I was wearing slippers.
Alex is an excellent host! I've stayed in his apartment for several weeks now and I haven't had any problems. He addressed any questions I had right away and even joined me for a few sushi outings!
Alex was a very friendly host. When I moved in he showed me around Castro Street where there is an amazing variety of very good restaurants, The amenities at the apartment were great! It's a very nice location and a nice space. The apartment was very quiet during my stay.
Overall, my stay was not as advertised. I first contacted Alex the day before moving in to arrange a time. He said he wouldn't be there, but that he'll email me with instructions on how to get in. This was okay, however I never got an email, nor an answer to the phone call I made the day I wanted to move in. Only 15 minutes before I told him I wanted to move in I received texts from Alex with instructions.
When first walking in, the apartment isn't the same as the picture anymore. There is no white board, no armchair, no floor rugs, and no small table. There is a no shoes rule, but the carpet was dirty regardless. Alex told me I'd be staying in his room, which seemed nice as it had a desk. It turned how to be just one more thing I had to clean before moving my stuff in. The bed sheets were washed, but everything else was dirty or dusty.
The kitchen wasn't close to being clean, the one or two plates and utensils sat dirty in the sink the entire week I was there. I understand I should cleanup my own mess, but didn't feel I had to cleanup his or his other roommates' messes. The shower in the bathroom never fully turned from bath to shower, so there was hardly any water pressure.
The AC unit in the window is a joke. I had it on max the entire time I was there, but the thermostat for the heating still said the apartment was 86 degrees. (And yes, I made sure the heating wasn't on)
If you're staying for a week like I was, take this place only if you have to. Or if you really enjoy having a host who can't prepare a space and doesn't communicate with you at all.
The only redeeming quality about the place is that it has good location. Close to Caltrain and Castro Street (Mountain View's downtown). I did not think it was clean at all. That orange carpet you see in the photo is used to cover up the dirty carpet. Maybe the carpet was less dirty before Alex started accepting AirBnB customers but it is dirty now. Nothing worse than dirty carpet. I used shower slippers in the shower because there was mold. The least Alex could do would be to hire a cleaner every 2 weeks or so. His customers would enjoy that a lot.
Very convenient location and reasonable price for the area for short stays.
Alex is a great host!
Everything went fine. I even extended my stay.
Alex was a very friendly and helpful and when I visit the bay again his place will be my first choice. The place was very spacious and comfortable and within walking distance to all the great restaurants,shops and the caltrain for transport around San Francisco.
My first airbnb. The place is cool, and Alex has good taste picking roommates. Everyone was interested. I was glad to have met them.
This was our second visit from Alex. He is a great guest, polite, easy, charming and neat. We would love to have him stay with us anytime.
Great guest, again! Thanks alex!
Alex is a lovely, charming man. Very easy going and delightful to visit with. Also, very clean and considerate! Highly recommended!
Alex didn't get to spend much time at my house, but when he did he was quiet and gracious. He even helped us practice French. I would definitely have him back again.
Great guest. Helped with keeping the room clean for follow on guest.
Alex is a very quiet and considerate guest. He left the room in excellent condition and we would love to have him back anytime. Highly recommended A+.
Alex is fantastic, very clean, quiet and considerate, I felt like we had been roommates forever. He has traveled quite abit and has alot of great stories. I can recommend him without reservation as a guest. A++
Alex and his girlfriend were wonderful guests! John and I feel extremely lucky to get to meet such wonderful people from all over the world. They were clean, friendly and super respectful with our house and pets. Alex was also a wonderful communicator and his french accent was a plus! Please come and stay anytime!