We needed to be close enough to the centre of Jerez to be able to walk to restaurants, to have a safe place to park, the use of a pool and the ability to drive to the beach. Javier's place fitted the bill very well and his attention to detail and incredibly hospitable nature made our stay so good. He was always in touch with instructions leading to our arrival and description of all amenities was most generous of him. When we struggled to get a taxi (because of our poor Spanish), we Whats App-ed him and it was all arranged for us. The Loft is a different space than a normal holiday rental but it is a large space and open plan so be aware that you will need to appreciate that style, it is a Loft after all. It is extremely well equipped with everything that you could need and more. I have not come across such a good host before so we really appreciated Javier's friendly and accommodating style. We are sure that you will enjoy staying here. We have reviewed several of the restaurants that Javier recommended as well - there are some lovely places to eat only 10 minutes walk away, Antonio's, La Cruz Blanca and slightly further afield (hence the taxi although we walked back) La Carbona. Just wished we had a few more days, enjoy.
It is unfortunate that we have to write this review, as the owner of the apartment seemed like a really genuine guy and many of our issues had nothing to do with him in all honesty. The building has the wow factor, but the description is not very accurate. The building is actually made up of numerous apartments, most of which are owned by locals who live there as their permanent residence. This is a major problem when sharing the pool, as the "community" who share the pool want a very quiet atmosphere around the pool. We came here on holiday with 2 children, one of which is disabled. It is very difficult to tell children to be quiet all day, especially one with Autism. The residents complained about our son using a doughnut in the pool because it was too large. My husband who is from this town, was not able to invite any family members to visit us, as again there were complaints. In the end we were blamed for all sorts, when we had not been anywhere near the pool. We were blamed for leaving clothes and rubbish. However there were other holiday makers who had also rented out apartments. My husband even made a video of some teenagers jumping into the pool at midnight, but that was obviously deemed okay by the residents, as they were Spanish and probably lived there. I might add that they were extremely noisy. Unfortunately, we found the complaints so upsetting, that in the end we did not use the pool for the rest of our holiday as were were too worried about upsetting the residents, which was a massive shame, as we had paid an extortionate amount for the apartment. The reason we do not believe the apartment was that luxurious was because everything was from Ikea and half the draws did not open or close properly. The towels were old and stained. The air con was good and the beds comfortable. The allocated parking was also a nightmare, as it was not easy to park in a very tight space which was located in a basement carpark on the next street. For the £3000 we paid for 6 people for two and a half weeks, we would have been better off renting a private villa with its own private pool, closer to the beach. Some residents were very friendly and some were clearly not happy to share the pool with tourists. This place is simply not for families and not for tourists who want to feel relaxed. There are too many rules and regulations and I would rather have stayed in a hotel. We booked through Airbnb, but missed our review cut off date.
We had a pleasant stay in this beautiful loft. Javier is an attentive, responsive, and committed host.
We stayed in this loft for three nights in November. Everything is as it appears in the photos except that it is even bigger than it appears! During our check-in Javier discovered the dryer had been broken by the previous guests. We were still able to use it, but not easily. The curtains in the livingroom are extremely long and very difficult to open and close which needs to be done if you want darkness for sleeping. There are bedroom areas, but no enclosed rooms, therefore no privacy (not a problem for the two of us). The pool and pool area looked good and would be nice to use in hot weather. Everything was within walking distance of the loft, except for the train station which was a short taxi ride away. We were given the option of leaving a cleaning fee or cleaning the loft to the same standard in which we found it (not including sheets and towels). We also stayed in Javier's apartment in Sevilla.
The owner is very helpful and clear. The parking is a bonus although it can be a little difficult to get in and out of the garage - rent a small car! The apartment is a good size - with distinct areas for each bedroom/bathroom. Lovely big sofas to relax on. Everything you could possibly need is in the apartment.
Only minor point is that all the downstairs windows are opaque - so there is no view at all. It is difficult to judge the weather. Also the outside seating is in a public area, so there is nowhere to sit and drink a coffee in your PJs! I think this was particularly an issue for us as we had three days of solid rain. Normally you'd be out and about. Also the apartment is open plan - so there is limited privacy, which may not be an issue.
The apartment is a great place to be and is perfectly located to walk in to town to eat etc.
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