Olivier's place was everything my husband and I could have hoped for during our 5-night stay in San Francisco! The apartment itself was very clean and came fully stocked
with basic items such as coffee, cereal, cooking oils, etc. We ate breakfast in our "home" each morning, and were able to keep and reheat leftovers easily. The bed was
comfortable, and we slept very soundly... maybe a little too soundly at times since the place doesn't get a lot of direct sunlight in the morning. The shower never ran out of
hot water, although the spray pressure was not the best, it was adequate for our needs. We met with Olivier in person only briefly on our arrival and departure days, but he
made himself very available by text or phone call, and made sure to check in with us by text message to make sure everything was OK during our stay. The apartment has all the
maps and guide books you could hope for... no need to bring your own! We had only one minor problem while we were there; it was very rainy that week, causing ants to come into
the bathroom. Olivier fixed the problem immediately by re-caulking around the bathtub, so there was no inconvenience for us. One of the reasons the apartment is so clean is
that Olivier requires guests to spend approximately 3 hours doing a thorough cleaning before they leave (or pay for cleaning service, which must be arranged ahead of time).
You will find detailed cleaning instructions posted in each room, so it's easy to understand what is expected. He makes this clear ahead of time so there is no surprise, and
we liked being able to save money by doing this work ourselves. The apartment is a 15-minute walk from several good restaurants and many small markets, as well as a Safeway
grocery store. I highly recommend Beijing Restaurant for Chinese food (very authentic, and I have been to China many times), and Venice Pizza for delivery if you don't feel
like going out. We walked to Balboa Park BART station every day, and found it to be an easy 25-30 minute trek, although the city buses have stops within one block of the
apartment if you don't feel like walking. We did not have a car, and would not dream of renting one in San Francisco because traffic and parking are a nightmare. It was not
difficult to get around using BART and the bus system, and probably didn't take any more time than driving would have when you factor in the time that would be spent hunting
for a parking spot. If you enjoy walking, you will find the local area (and San Francisco in general) to be very easy and enjoyable to get around in. We recommend this place
100% to anyone that wants an excellent place to stay, doesn't mind doing a little work, doesn't need a TV and enjoys walking. Thanks, Olivier!!