I didn't seem to be expected, despite having booked months before, and having sent a confirmation email a couple of days before arriving. I didn't dare touch anything in the kitchen, because it didn't appear to have been cleaned since the previous occupant had vacated, who may have been a lady judging by the long hairs found in the bathroom, or a bloke with long hair judging by the car mags in the drawers. The bathroom had a shower over the bath, controlled by a gas burner which fluctuated wildly, between scalding and cold. There was no bathroom sink; this was very inconvenient. The washing machine worked after a visit from a handyman. The kitchen sink wobbled in it's stand. The oven was filthy. The fridge was old and dirty. The microwave oven failed and was replaced with an oven from another flat. There was minimal crockery, glasses, cutlery or cooking utensils, which were dirty. The flooring was dirty. The electric kettle worked.
The bed-settee was stuck in fold-down position. There was no wardrobe, and the chest of drawers were blocked with spare pillows and blankets. I blitzed the kitchen, and vacuumed the living room, and mopped the bathroom. When I washed the bathroom mats, huge amounts of dirt came out. After I had cleaned up, I enjoyed the apartments adequate well-lit roominess, central location, and quiet. I wouldn't advise this apartment in the Winter, or if you are not prepared to be self-sufficient re cleanliness. Before booking this apartment again, I would carefully check the alternatives equally near to the city centre.
I booked the apartment for a study course. I needed central location and facilities for study.
The apartment is effectively a bedsit with attached kitchen, and separate bathroom, on the third floor of a postwar 5-floor block in a quadrangle of similar blocks, facing inwards, double glazed, with one window having a mosquito netting, overlooking quiet gardens and a school playground. Secure key to communal entrance door, and reinforced secure door to flat. Decoration dated. Main room feels light because the flat is at the end of the block, and is lit from the East and the North; the room would be bigger if the bed settee could actually be folded back up. Wifi worked. Rent modest. One of the administration ladies wrote English, and spoke a little; another lady spoke Russian.
There was a TV, vacuum cleaner, and extra electrical heater. Very convenient 24/7 mini-market on the ground floor. Very near to tram stop, and bus stops into centre, otherwise 20-min walk.