This was by far one of my best experiences on air bnb, and I could not be more pleased with my visit. I only gave Gillian and her daughter Ilana one day's notice, and they responded immediately about the apartment. The day of my arrival, they were super responsive and after I told them I will be arriving at 10pm, Ilana was waiting for me outside the apartment building with the biggest smile and positivity you could ever ask for as a welcoming. I noticed as the taxi was pulling up that the neighborhood was full of nice restaurants, and people were out having fun, and the taxi driver told me this is a very nice, hip area of Syracuse. The apartment building itself seemed really nice, with exposed brick corridors and when Ilana showed me into the apartment, I was stunned. Doubtless due to her interior design background, the apartment is impeccably furnished and decorated, with an open living room, a kitchen with great amenities and a nice tea/coffee selection, nice leather sofa (make sure to be careful as it's white!) with TV with netflix and anything you could ask for. Ilana was very hospitable and made tea for me, and we sat down and got to know each other before she showed me the bedroom (a bed that is probably the comfiest bed I've ever slept on...), with clean towels waiting for me to use. The bathroom was also very clean and modern with a nice rain shower head. The next morning, Ilana had coffee waiting for me and her and her mom offered to drive me to the Syracuse libraries where I had to go, and lovely Ilana showed me around the nice places for food and drink after my visit there. Ilana went above and beyond to make sure I knew where I was going and to help me out during my first trip to the city, and even after I left and forgot my papers at the apartment she immediately scanned and sent them to me over email. I think the thing I enjoyed most about my short trip to Syracuse was my time and conversations with Ilana, and how much she restored my faith in air bnb after I had a couple of negative experiences prior to visiting Syracuse. Thank you Ilana, you've been an amazing host. I highly recommend this place for anyone staying, whether for a short, central stay or a longer stay with this host!