Valerie was the consummate hostess. She went above and beyond by keeping constant contact with us during the week before our arrival and arranging to meet us. Upon arrival, she didn't inundate us with obscure rules, or rush off after showing us about. Instead, Valerie greeted us warmly as new friends and took her time in making us feel comfortable with her place and neighborhood. Her place is well-appointed, down to earth and perfectly suited for two (in some senses, far more comfortable than some 4 star hotels I've stayed at in major cities). We spent the majority of our time in the Gay Village and the Latin Quarter so the location could not be beat. The wifi, cable tv, the shower, coffee maker all worked without a hitch. Valerie takes time to create a simple and wonderful experience in her absence. In other words, she's a host who makes it nice and easy in equal measure.