Perfect, Modern, Quiet Downtown Apartment
Firstly and most importantly, everything which Peter (the owner) posted on VRBO, including photos, was totally accurate; and you couldn't ask for a finer owner/manager than Peter - he was courteous, prompt, responsive, reliable, hospitable, informative and, generally, a really nice and sincere guy. The apartment is spacious feeling, cheerful looking and uplifting, done in a Swedish modern, simple design. It was meticulously cleaned for our check-in. It is not only fully accessorized with many of the items you would have in your own home, but the kitchen is also equipped with most of the spices, oils, condiments and other goodies you'd need to whip up and serve any nice meal. The queen bed was comfortable for lots of zzz's, but firm enough for sore backs. The building is a modern-looking high rise with good and friendly front desk security, and includes a well-equipped small gym with treadmills, elliptical trainers, weights, mirrors and large-screen TV - that, together with lots of downtown walking, helped me maintain good physical condition, even after eating at many of the scrumptious restaurants close by! The building laundry room is clean and contains plenty of machines. The location was really perfect for us - it was close enough to Union Square, downtown, the theaters, Chinatown, the Polk Street restaurants to be walkable (5-15 minutes) without many steep hills, but far enough from the action to be relatively quiet. We used our car to make more side trips than we expected, so the protected in-building garage turned out to be a valuable amenity. The views from the apartment are of the lush, rear building gardens and the swimming pool. Every home or apartment has some drawbacks, but the only one that we found at Peter's was occasional exterior noise generated by ambulances or early trash collection. All in all, though, the apartment is very quiet and well insulated, with almost no noise coming from other apartments or the corridors. When we're back to San Francisco next, we will definitely try to stay at Peter's apartment again.

November 2011
Affordable Downtown Apartment
Affordable Downtown Apartment
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