We travel for six months of the year and find it easy to choose a good apartment on airbnb. The one thing you can’t choose is the neighbours!
We stayed at Hugo’s apartment for ten nights,
seven of those nights were sleepless due to the inconsiderate noisy young neighbours above. Hugo said he had never had this problem before … that’s because they moved in the same week we did!
You can hear every footstep coming from above as they stomped endlessly across the apartment in the early hours of the morning. Finally the noise would stop around 1:30 am when they went out to party. Then it would start again when they arrived home between 3am and 4am. Doors slamming and thumping footsteps directly above the bedroom. It was impossible to sleep through all the noise.
They certainly let you know when they arrived home as they stomped up the small wooden staircase, which is only metres from the bedroom in Hugo’s apartment. We informed Hugo of the problem after 2 sleepless nights. Hugo did say he would visit and speak to them however I’m not sure this happened as he didn’t bother to call in on us as suggested. Either way, these two young party girls have absolutely no consideration for the comfort of those around them as nothing changed.
The only positive here is that the apartment is as depicted in photographs and the location is central. The shower needs some work as there is only a make - do flimsy plastic shower curtain which sticks to you every time you shower as the space is very tight. If you book here you may also have to work around Hugo’s clothes. There’s not much domestic order here as there is no empty drawer space for your clothes. Also a full basket of dirty washing left in the laundry. We found it rather unusual as it’s the first airbnb we have stayed in where the owner leaves most of their clothes in the wardrobe, drawers and laundry. Not what you expect when paying $465 per night. Also it should not be described on airbnb as a ‘Penthouse’ … this implies you are on the top level and you don’t have neighbours above you.
We’ve since checked other sites and found many similar (better priced) apartments in the same location … probably with more respectful neighbours.