I'm a software developer at Airbnb. I've lived in San Francisco for five years.
Fun location and a comfortable space, and Raphael made everything easy and hospitable. I had a great stay.
Raphael's place was great! The kitchen was absolutely adorable and I wish I would have had time to use it! The place was very clean and offered plenty of space for my friend and I to stretch out after a long day of exploring. It's in a great location as well, just up the street from tons of cute stores and eateries. Thanks Raph!
I rented this place for two visiting family members and they found it very comfortable. It has a nice view of downtown and great eat in studio kitchen.
They did not have any trouble using the nearby bus lines to execute their SF adventures.
Raph's place was (email hidden) amazing neighborhood within walking distance of haight and golden gate park...but we mostly wandered around within a few blocks as the restaurants and shops there were great!
he even offered us any food/drinks that he had left in the kitchen...what a host!
His apartment had a great view of the city...was very comfortable...and he was very nice and helpful in getting us settled in...sorry we had to disturb him about the complicated video game/digital projector setup...we finally figured out that we had to turn the volume way up in order to hear any sound...
Raph was a great host! The place perfectly fit the bill for my son and I and could not be more conveniently located to Hayes Valley. If you don't feel like hitting one of the multitude of great restaurants nearby, the kitchen has everything you need to whip something up yourself. As an added bonus if you have a car, most of the streets nearby are only restricted once a week for street cleaning, not the typical 2 hour permit parking! Traffic noise from Fell was noticeable, but certainly not a deal breaker. I'd definitely recommend staying here!
Raph's place is great: it's comfortable and tidy and stocked with just about everything you could need during your stay. Having a well equipped kitchen was a definite plus for me, and if I had had more free time, I would have played games or DVDs. Other advantages include the light and the very San Franciscan view.
The location is ideal, a couple blocks from the coolness of restaurants, bars and shopping in Hayes Valley and the Haight. It's hardly further to get to the Fillmore, the Mission and beyond.
Raph himself was a gracious, if virtual, host. We didn't meet, but his instructions were clear, his suggestions about the neighborhood very good and if I needed anything, I knew he was just a phone call or an e-mail away.
I wouldn't hesitate to stay again. Thank you, Raph!
Raph's place was beautiful and comfortable, and the location was as ideal as the name suggests. I walked myself all over SF during my 4 day stay and couldn't have enjoyed it more. Raph was kind and accommodating, and was more than happy to help me out with any questions I had. Definitely the spot!
Raphael was a great guest. He and his partner road bikes over from San Francisco which seemed like a great weekend adventure. Bikes are also a good way to explore Sausalito, Mill Valley and the Marin Headlands. He left the house in great shape and my cats relaxed and happy.
Raphael and Margaret are independent, easy going, respectful, kind, considerate and clean. I definitely recommend them as a guest, if you are looking for a cool and friendly person to host. Thank you Raphael and Margaret. I hope you return to Rio in the near future!
Lovely guests - very polite, friendly, positive, clear communications, no problems at all, would definitely recommend them to any host!
What a treat it was to have Raphael & Margaret as guests in our little treehouse. They were so thoughtful and considerate about communicating arrival times! We were so impressed that they road their (very cool) bikes all the way from S.F. for the experience! So personable and appreciative! We would welcome them back any time and highly recommend them as guests!
Lovely guests! couldn't have been nicer! AND, they rode their bikes to my house (halfway up Mt. Tam!) from San Francisco.
Raphael and his friends were excellent guests. They were easy to communicate with and left our cabin very clean.
Great guests, communicative and fun.
Raph y sus amigos: Margaret, Kasia y Jamie han sido unos huéspedes estupendos. Ha sido un placer compartir con ellos y nos hubiese gustado poder tenerlos en casa un poco más. Los podemos adoptar?? ;)
Ha sido muy respetuosos con las normas de la casa y muy ordenados.
Obviamente, recomendamos a Raph como huesped y será siempre bienvenido en nuestra casa.
Raph, I promise improve my english for the next time ;)
Para Hostal del Cerro , Raphael Lee , ha sido un excelente huésped , por su simpatía , cooperación , amabilidad , respeto y adecuada convivencia. Sus amigos al igual que él , merecen la mejor de las calificaciones. En nuestro país , Chile , las notas en número son de 1 a 7 , a ellos les ponemos un 7 de todas maneras.
I've known Raph since July 2011 when he was a final candidate to live in a room available at out house. His warm personality, genuine curiosity, and sense of adventure were a big hit. Since then, I've grown fond of his creativity and willingness to step out of his comfort zone ... a real gem!
Raph was a coworker of mine in 2010, and he was the most helpful person in the office, and the most pleasant person to be around. He is a fantastic host, and a completely agreeable personality. I would recommend him to anyone, as a host, a guest, a coworker, pretty much anything.
My good friend and former colleague, Raph, is awesome. He's a great conversationalist and an all around nice guy. Also, he's got a kick-ass sense of humor. His apartment is located in Hayes Valley (one of the hippest neighborhoods in San Francisco), and Raph can give you an expert opinion on all the hot places to go. The apartment is sweet -- nicely furnished with a comfortable living room and breakfast nook.
Raph is one of the best people you can have sitting next to you for 8 hours a day. He's kind, funny, and a great resource for visting travelers. He can dish out advice ranging from the correct SQL queries to the best lunch spots in SF!
Raph is super neat. Once I watched Black Swan in this EXACT VERY APARTMENT, and it was a grand time.
Raph is fantastic! He's as smart and funny as they come. I'm on Team Raphael, and you should be, too!
Raphael (he goes by "Raph") is fun, funny, considerate, and has a sweet job at AirBnb. I've known him for five years, now, as long as we've both lived in San Francisco.
You'd be a fool not to want to hang out with him, or rent his place.
A+++++, would befriend again.