Velma K., Greenbelt, Maryland, USA
9 Nov 2020
Listing is the Opposite of Accurate
This “cozy cottage” is severely misrepresented. It is not a cottage. It is extremely far from “a secluded and private cottage in the woods”. It is an older unremodeled (with a couple of exceptions) ground-floor apartment in an old several story apartment building, no soundproofing, drop ceilings with fluorescent tubes. It worked for us in a way, in that my elderly father and I stayed at a house from the same host a block away towards the lake, and my brother came in from California and stayed in the apartment, so we did our best on a physically distanced socially connected visit. It didn’t work for us in a way in that my brother couldn’t get any sleep with the noise from neighboring apartments. I take this to be an investment unit that the hosts have never actually slept in. (I notice the other site has changed to say “apartment” since we reserved; assuming someone complained, so hopefully VRBO will also require some accuracy corrections.) Window only on one wall in living room. My brother wrote: “The apartment had what I needed, except sound proofing from the perpetual foot steps of my upstairs neighbors. Most things were directly from the 1960s, with the exception of the toilet and the refrigerator. In some ways that was stylized: A record player with 45s. In other ways it was run down: Water stains on the ceiling, sagging paint on the wall, and a couch with worn-out cushions. I did not care for the headboard (of the big bed) which was a piece of old barn door mounted to two unpainted, unstained 2x4s, although it definitely went with the theme, in both ways.” No house handbook or wireless card. There was no apparent wireless information when we arrived. Fortunately I did have cell signal, I was able to send a message on the VRBO app, and then call VRBO, and a couple of hours after arrival I got a message back with the info. For your information, at the time of our visit, the wifi info was on the router on the floor of the bedroom.