First, the pros:
Alejandro was gracious and met us after late flight (delayed) that put us at his place about midnight. He is an artist and has decorated the unit with his work, some of which is quite good. He speaks very good English.
Fifteen minute walk to the beach, or $2 cab.
Safe development – cul de sac. Guarded at night.
Window AC units in both bedrooms.
Best tacos in Playa are just around the corner market at a street stand called “Neza York”. (Worth the trip for these alone.) after 5 pm, often with a guitar player serenading the market parking lot with lovely tunes.
Now the cons:
It was morning when we first felt the place was wrong for us.
First, it didn’t meet our expectations for a view. We were on the ground floor so we didn’t have a view of anything really. Yes, we could see greenery from plants but not like photos from the upper floors.
We found a different standard of what we think clean is. Admittedly, we are picky. The place was clean-ish. The floor was clean. But lots of scuz, especially in bathroom, kitchen.
As Airbnb Super hosts, we leave oil and butter and ice and pancake mix and rice and oatmeal in our larder of the house.
There was nothing but a half pitcher of water in the fridge. No seasoning, not even salt and pepper. There were two packets of dry milk substitute. Coffee machine, but no coffee.
Holes in the screens let in mosquitoes.
Front door had the handle an inch from the hinge of screen door, making it awkward to open
There was a small stink from the shower, so it smelled of sewer.
I wouldn’t call it a pool, there was a large concrete and tile basin in the courtyard. It might fit an adult seated and a child, but it was dry.
The cat yowled for a few songs at the bedroom window, at 2 AM.
The deal-killer for us was the laminated 8x10 placard on the kitchen counter that read to the effect of: If you make the room cooler than 24°, or leave it on when you go out, we will charge you $20 usd. We felt that wasn’t very welcoming. As the place was overpriced IMHO, we should be able to use appliances appropriately as needed – without a threat, however small. We would not return.