We were excited to stay at this rental because the reviews on VRBO all sounded so wonderful. Didn't know at the time that VRBO owners have control over posting their reviews, so potential renters will never see the negative reviews. Our experience definitely turned negative during our stay, and has soured our memories of the trip to the point that we will probably not rent another VRBO again.
Two things happened. First, this rental advertises "a secure GARAGE PARKING, which is heated in the winter time, with RESERVED PARKING space (Floor/level 1)". WOW, this is great in theory. The problem we had is that on our 2nd night there, someone else parked in the reserved parking space for our rental. After discussing the situation with the on-site office manager, we were told we could not have a pass to park out in one of the many spaces out front (the easiest solution for all), nor could we park anywhere else BUT our supposedly reserved spot. She was not very helpful since we were renting from a private condo owner, and the office manager was there to represent condo owners who used HER services to rent their condos vs. VRBO. A towing policy was posted on signs in the parking garage for those who violated, so we had to call a tow truck to remove the offending vehicle, and my husband wasted 2 hours of precious vacation time dealing with the tow truck process so that we could just park our car for the night. First tow truck was too big to fit through the garage door opening, and we had to wait for a second truck to show up. Then we had to worry about having damage done to our rental vehicle, keying or whatever, due to an upset owner of the towed vehicle. It cost this guy $250 to get his car back. So lesson here is (1) definitely don't park in anyone else's reserved spot, and (2) heaven forbid that someone else park in your reserved spot as you will get stuck wasting your vacation time to arrange for towing so you can park your car. I'm not blaming the condo owners for this incident personally, but just noting it is a "benefit" - ? of this rental that can turn quickly into an undesirable situation for you.
The second thing that happened concerned the king-size master bed. My husband (6' tall, 190 lbs. - normal weight!) went to lie down for a short nap on the afternoon of our last full day. After a few seconds, the side board of the bed collapsed. It was made of some type of softwood, with large grain variations and knotholes galore. The sudden drop actually jarred my husband's back. We called the local property manager (Rob) immediately, and waited 1 1/2 hours for him to show up. He looked at it and noted that the weak point seemed to have been a rather large knothole right smack in the middle of this sideboard. We sent the condo owners a cell phone picture of the damaged board. The condo owner husband quickly texted back that he was sorry for the inconvenience, and that it appeared to him as well that the knothole was a weak point AND stated to us that he was a safety inspector for his career. THEN, the real problem started. The condo owner wife called me about 2 hours later, and started making accusations that my husband or I must have stood on the side rail to cause it to fail. I told her we certainly did not. She was wanting us to pay for the damages, claiming we had CAUSED the problem. If we had caused any damages, we certainly would have paid - we are honorable, church-going people. But we had done no harm. If a 190 lb. person lying on a bed results in the bed collapsing, then one has to question the integrity of the bed. When inspecting the bed after the collapse, while the property manager Rob was there with us, it was noted that the bed had no vertical supports underneath the mattress and that the bed side rail had an inferior quality wood that was used to support the horizontal slats underneath. Most of the weight to support this bed was resting on these side rails. Paired with all the knotholes in the wood, it was clearly an accident waiting to happen. I'll save you the long story of the next few days concerning all the phone calls and e-mails from the condo owner wife seeking payment from us. Bottom line, she deducted the money from our $400 security deposit to repair this faulty bed. We came away from this experience grateful that something more expensive had not failed during our stay - a heater, a refrigerator... as we obviously would have been blamed if it had occurred during our stay.
So do yourself a favor. Don't assume, like we did, that just because a VRBO has favorable reviews that you will have an enjoyable experience with that rental. Truth be told, if the condo owner wife had been more sympathetic and understanding, we probably would have offered to pay for some or all of the damage of this faulty bed on our own initiative, just out of human kindness. But she insisted on falsely accusing us of CAUSING the damage (which we did not do), and that does not make for a very conducive environment for reaching a settlement. I would not rent this VRBO again. The owners operate under the company name of JMD Vacation Property Rentals (or JMD & Associates for billing purposes). Their names are Jeff & Maureen Kleinfelter, and the condo address is 5519 N. Lillehammer Lane, #1403, Park City, Utah.