When you look up this listing you will see what Stella and I thought we were getting. VRBO is like the cake in the game PORTAL...it is a lie!
I have stayed in dives before in my many years of travel and usually the dive-ness is reflected in the price. not so with this one! Expensive and utterly disgusting.
Every utensil was put away in crumb filled drawers, used and caked with old food and gunk, every pot, pan, colander had dried food in it, every glass covered in lipstick and grease , every smeared, crusty plate put away without being washed! Wet towels still in the washer.
The advertised outdoor space "patio" , overgrown, mossy and stacked with broken stuff, dangling line and mysterious garbage.
The windows , grey and streaked, the curtains ill fitting and filthy.
but, by far, the worst was the black mold everywhere.
It made us quite ill.
Old , dirty, broken furniture.
The advertised second bedroom down in a hole, totally unusable due to black mold,
lighting was dodgy and dirty,
oven unusable, caked with years of whatever...
silverfish slithered freely all over the kitchen.
no light in the loft type bedroom upstairs, Dangling exposed wiring in it's place and a broken floor lamp without bulb as a hopeful, sorry remedy...
Diapers left behind on top of the wardrobe, dirty crusty blankets wadded up along the side.
Stella and I immediately set to cleaning it up. Made a modest complaint to the caretaker but were told that the owner did not care and that Americans were just too fussy...we stopped cleaning after that and camped out in the upstairs bedroom where the mold and mildew and filth had not reached. We stayed out all day.
I wrote a review on VRBO which did not get published so I hope that this reaches Google, to warn others .
I do not believe that this apartment has ever been cleaned since the lipstick was applied, the mold has increased!!!
The toilet is in the kitchen and the shower is in the living room, awkward...
I will say that the location was superb and the water pressure was great- a lot of money for this place on our Amsterdam holiday- a lot of money to stay in a dump, insulted by the owner and pretty much told that we were a bother.
We made the best of it however - went out everyday, all day, enjoyed Amsterdam tremendously.
Now, you are wondering why we did not leave this hole ...everywhere else was booked, we paid cash in advance...our bad...lesson learned. SO...beware of VRBO, do not believe , do not pay cash in advance, do not EVER stay here!!!