Dear Rachel, thank you for your feedback. You did arrive at an unusual moment. We had a guest previously who got sort of merry, jumped into the shower tray and made a hole in it. The ceiling of the apartment underneath started getting soaked as well. Our listing is popular because of the low price so I barely had any open days to get the leak fixed. It was under construction when you arrived, so this is the reason you saw construction items in the hallways.
Yes, you were invited to be part of the family. In case you have a requirement of personal items and of other people not being present, you might like to choose the kind of airbnbs that have specifically been made for renting. These are basically sterile and uniform and cater to the guests who want a sort of hotel room. You can find a lot of them in Budapest, though often not at this price. The trend had wrecked our real-estate market as it had done in many other cities as well, supporting the 1% here. I am not that. I am a single mom, supporting two kids studying, and every stay is a support for these two young men to be able to have an education. Yes, it happens here, that resources are scarce. Yes, you as a young "Westerner" might have never experienced that kind of challenge in your life, and I wish you never will, but here it is very real.
Also, I do still uphold the old values of airbnb from where it evolved, where hosting is welcoming people in person, we often go for a session to the spa, we have coffee and a chat together, and get to know each other's culture better. For some people these hold greater value than design furniture and flat screen TVs, etc., and they choose us specifically for this. Some true, deep friendships have developed this way.
Anyway, the construction work is over, I am looking into your wifi issues. I am here with an open mind and an open heart, doing my best, welcoming everyone who really wants to get to know the city and to connect with people living here. Love and light,