We enjoyed our stay at Rocio’s house in La Quinta -- it provides good space in a fine neighborhood. However, the rating of 3 for the overall experience reflects many factors that deserve attention for an airbnb rental. I’ll note the negatives first, and then address the positives about the property.
The negatives include outdated and poorly functioning appliances and bathroom fixtures, inadequate bed coverings (no lightweight blankets or top sheets for the queen beds, only a thick comforter), bedroom fan not functional, tiny shower/toilet rooms, poor cable TV system (no HD picture or program guide, and limited channels). The kitchen components, especially knives, pots, pans and cookware, were substandard (dishes, glasses and silverware were fine). The hosts left numerous items in the refrigerator; some were staples that were appreciated but the overall clutter was not a positive. The house had not been thoroughly cleaned. No written instructions were provided, although the owner said she will be preparing one soon.
Given the price charged (which is a fair price for the neighborhood and the space), the components of the lodging should be of reasonable quality and operability. At present we did not find that to be the case.
All this said, this is a functional house in an appealing high-end neighborhood, and provides a great base for La Quinta and the Coachella Valley. There is a nice high-ceiling living room, adjoining a good-sized dining area, and the inner courtyard area with spectacular bougainvillea makes a great breakfast and socializing place. The neighborhood is nicely landscaped, with great mountain views. Two top golf courses, fine community pools/hot tubs, tennis courts and the exceptional La Quinta Resort are all easy walking distance. And the owners made bikes available to use on the bike paths that run through the resort.
I also would add that Rocio was responsive in communication, and I believe interested in addressing the shortcomings that we found. It would be no surprise to see this property soon receive reviews of 4 or higher if the owners move forward to resolve the issues noted here.