Thanks Fiona, hope to see you again soon.
Each listing does in fact mention that no meals are included and that it is shared accommodation rather than bed and breakfast. Unfortunately the name Airbnb does have an inherent suggestion that breakfast is included but local council conditions prevent this being offered.
Thanks Anders. Unfortunately your stay coincided with exceptionally hot conditions in Sydney which subsided the day after you left with temperatures back from 38º to a comfortable 23º. Nonetheless I take your suggestion seriously and should you venture back I will ensure your request is met!
All listings make it very clear that conservation of this house is an on going event and only one area at a time is ever undertaken so as not to unduly inconvenience occupants. It is the guest's responsibility to read the listing and ask questions first if uncertain about suitability not base comments on fanciful assumptions.
No where has it ever been claimed to be a 4 or 5 star accommodation and indeed Amit appers to over look the fact that this is definitely not a hotel but shared accommodation in a private home. 5 star accommodation is availbale around the corner at the Hyatt Hotel where room prices start at $850 per night for a basic room so if Amit is unable to afford his champagne taste on a beer budget it is unreasonable to express dissatisfaction for the very modest price his private room cost with large digital TV, queen size posturepaedic bed and sofa which also includes full access to a very well appointed gourmet kitchen, fully equipped laundry, courtyard, balcony and most of the house other than other private rooms.
The only area in which conservation works were in progress was the formal breakfast room which hardly constitutes all public areas, in fact it being a room seldom used by guests anyway who invariably prefer to eat in the completed colonial kitchen, balcony overlooking the Harbour, formal dining room or various facilities within the garden courtyard.
Cockroaches and the like are an integral part of life in Sydney especially in summer and cannot be eradicated from any building as they are insects which fly and can easily gain ingress through open windows. They are a common sight in the street given the age of the area and its traditional old stone buildings not compliant with current building ordinances. Accommodation in a 5 star hotel with air conditioning and hermetically sealed windows minimises this risk, an option not available in an historic building of such significance as is this particlar home where the Government will not permit the installation of air conditioning or or any interference with the original fabric of the building. This was fully explained to Amit so if he has no comprehension of these constraints he should not have entertained the notion of staying in an historic building in the most important historic precinct in the entire country. Amit's room, like all other rooms are thoroughly cleaned before new occupancy with fresh bed linen washed and pressed for each new guest. The rug was professionally cleaned less than 2 months ago and was perfectly clean when handed over to this guest. Being of exceptionally deep velvet pure wool pile supplied by Stockwell Carpets of London, I suspect Amit has mistaken this luxury pile showing natural shadowing by nature of its thickness as being 'dirty' which it most certainly was not. Clearly unfamiliar with this level of luxury.
The bathroom is cleaned regularly and to suggest it is unhygienic is an outrageous claim based presumably on the fact that it is the original built by the Governent in 1916 however recently fitted with new toilet pan and hot water service to replace the old gas fired water heater. Such comments are based on ignorance rather than fact. Each guest is responsible to leave the kitchen and bathroom in the same condition in which they found it. Outrageous and exagerated claim that 'pubic' hair everywhere in the bathroom, quite untrue and most probably his own if he did find any.
This is scheduled for major upgrading and refurbishment when the appropriate approvals from the Heritage Branch of the Department of Planning and the Environment, Local Council and other statutory Authorities have been obtained. Amit had the opportunity to inspect and reject this accommodation prior to moving in as he was shown extensively through the premises upon arrival so to raise these issues now, after the event, is malicious and unwarranted.
Altogether a most disappointing response from a person who clearly has little appreciation or discernment of cultural values and expectations not matched by a realistic budget for this unique location in Sydney.
No listing in this house claims to be 5 star accommodation nor will it ever be as it is a private home not a hotel which seems often to be overlooked.
If an original bathroom of 1916 installed by the Government of the day is considered scary, then I would suggest it reflects a life cocooned from reality, I make no apology for the piece of history this building represents and the programme in hand to ensure this remains so for the benefit of future generations. This building will never be a private hotel, the overriding objective being to carefully peel back the layers of damage and neglect for over a hundred years and restore the building to its former status of the residence of a gentleman of substance in a growing colonial British outpost. Any one unable to appreciate this objective and what it entails to achieve same is clearly an inappropriate guest and should seek more commonplace accommodation of which there is plenty to choose albeit at a much more elevated price.