First of all I would like thank Dil's sister Julia for sharing her house. Nice location in foot walk from Canary Wharf business district, quiet and peaceful outside, nice view and many stores available at any time.
However, my experience was very controversial, I can't be silent about some weird things. Being an Airbnb host myself and knowing what it's like to be hosting, I see it as a must.
So first the pluses. Julia and her sister are great people in relation to treating animals, big hearts who rescued 3 street cats, one of them was brought from Egypt, she came to sleep with me almost every night, which I didn't mind, as I like cats. The bed was very comfortable and the room was overall very nice. At first communication with the host was great, smiles and talks (just one thing - nobody offered me even a glass of tap water/ simply coffee, sth when I arrived from long trip, may be it's just our tradition and not so important for me in fact).
As for the minuses the host should definitely improve:
- the apartment is not optimum clean (especially the kitchen where it was impossible for me to use the kettle with white dirt floating in the water inside. All the surfaces seem untidy you wouldn't want to cook and eat inside. The bathroom is also kind of ill kept, the carpet for feet was never changed in 10 days)
- sometimes there was no tissue paper in the toilet
- I never used anything except my bed and shower. Once I tried to get my jeans washed in the machine, and believe it or not the host didn't share detergent (or didn't bother how to get a small handfull of it - just an example of hospitality)
- I love and own cats but sometimes there was strong cat toilet odour (this was not that of a problem to me though)
- the biggest minus of all is lack of respect to guests. My host was singing karaoke with her male friend on Friday night till 3 (!) AM while I was trying to sleep in the room...... Sure, Friday night isn't for sleeping but once you're on a business trip you aren't always on that schedule. If you share your house and earn on that, it seems obvious you need to correlate with what your guest is up to. Lack of respect and communication was throughout other days. I came home tired after very long workdays, my host was speaking hours so loudly with whoever that was (wasn't introduced), it was impossible to get a break.
- When the day to leave came, I knocked on the door and said good bye, and there was no answer. Well, it was too early. May be.
Such a contrast. Great nice people and 0 hospitality (may be attitude changes after the money was transferred? Joking.
I hope all this will be reconsidered. Guests - think twice.