Upon arriving at the property in St. Albans, the first obstacle was parking. The driveway is short and the street that it is on is narrow and one-way, making it a challenge to get my truck parked. The people that we were traveling with had to park at the sports complex due to the driveway situation. We could have worked with that.
Heading up the front steps, the railing was terribly unsteady and did not appear to be anchored on to the steps very well. The code on the lock seemed to work fine (more on this later) and upon opening the front door, the place just plain smelled bad. Like it had a string of previous people that vaped in it and did not get cleaned. Stepping in, the carpet on the steps was matted and filthy. Obviously not cleaned for a while, much less vaccuumed.
Heading up the stairs to the main level, the furniture in the living room was broken down and dirty. Heading into the kitchen, our shoes were sticking to the laminate floor, like they had not been cleaned in way too long. The floor in the dining area was the same. On top of this, there was a bag of trash on the deck from a previous person and the blinds were stained and dusty.
Going up the stairs to the bedrooms, the carpet was again matted and dirty with obvious stains on many steps and the landing.
In the main bathroom off the hallway, the floor had small pieces of toilet paper balled up on the floor. In addition to this, there were still spots in the toilet where someone obviously ate something that didn't agree with them and sprayed the back of the bowl. Disgusting.
Heading into the master bedroom, at least the bed was made, but the floor in the attached master bath was again sticky and there was an oily haze all across the bathroom mirror, obviously not cleaned.
In one of the other bedrooms, the bi-fold door on the closet was broken and upon opening it, it had a strong marijuana smell.
On top of all of the above, there was visible dust on the tops of the door casings and on the air vents.
After considering our options, we decided to cancel our second stay on the way back home and stay at a hotel in nearby Charleston. While checking in to the hotel, the person working the front desk said that they used to work for the cleaning crew that was responsible for this very property. They indicated that the crew was fired and they were unaware if anyone was actually cleaning this property.
Do yourself a favor, get a hotel room in Charleston.