I never had any contact with Jordan who was originally the host. Some verification details didn't seem to match, which I didn't find out til later. His flatmate had been managing the profile. Thank you to Airbnb for sorting this out. Jessica was very communicative before my arrival &gave great directions from the tube station.
Photos from the site have been done up well, made nice &bright, but doesn't reflect the flat even on a sunny day. The bedroom window view will be of a cement wall. The bed is right by the bathroom so you will hear when your host &any visitors arrive after 2am and 3am to have showers etc. The kitchen is laid out differently to the photo.
I was not given this pre-info before my arrival& it would've certainly been useful for more ease. Please note:
If you have a large bag note that the flight of stairs up to the flat is narrow. Ensure you receive info about which door to unlock as the flat number doesn't match the door. I think I scared the neighbours in trying to open their door! Both doors can be tricky to unlock, especially the front door.
For safety, note that in the bathroom re: taps; cold is hot &hot is cold. The hot water takes a good few mins to warm up. There's a switch outside the bathroom for the fan, high on the wall.
I had to make up the bed as Jessica said she had people checking out the same day I was checking in &didn't have time.
The place was tidy but not totally clean to be honest. Grime & mildew in the shower, as well as some mould spots around the sink.
I dropped my bracelet which went a little under the bed. When I picked it up, out with it came clumps of dust.
I was attending a course in London &thought if I contacted airbnb I may need to find a new place to stay.I didn't want to do this as it was already after 6pm &I needed to prepare for the coming days, but found out I could've contacted them anyway.
Never thought this would ever happen, but you may need to make it very clear for your host not to touch items of food. I bought a loaf of wheat-free bread for a friend &kept it in the fridge. Jessica &her sister helped themselves to it without permission on my last day. She let me know about it later &said the bread would be replaced the same day. This did not occur, nor did she return that night. I asked her to drop it off at my course, which wasn't far, but it was an inconvenience for her. I then opted for her to do a bank transfer for the costs, but she didn't seem to think she was responsible for even half the travel costs, nor cared about the difficulty I had in trying to find this bread again.