The worst apartment building I've ever lived in. I've lived in New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York City, Dublin, etc. etc. and this is the worst building I've EVER lived in. The staff and leasing office act like they're doing you a favor by assisting you in any way. The apartments are mediocre; clean, but way, way overpriced. The apartments are really small and so are the kitchens and closets. Additionally, there are only four elevators for the entire apartment building, so get ready to wait 10 minutes for the elevator every morning during the work week, and 15 minutes every Saturday and Sunday! It's so annoying. Also, if you have a car and rent a space, don't ever get your car serviced while at the Meridian. They only give you one parking pass, and will ticket you (or place a sticker on your windshield you cannot get off) if you have any other car in the spot. When I was getting my car serviced (and paying for a monthly parking spot), and had a dealership loaner car, the leasing office actually wanted to call the dealership to confirm that my car was being serviced, to allow the loaner to be parked in my spot and not ticketed. Moreover, the times available for moving into the complex are totally insufficient and make sure you're not late for your move in time appointment because the leasing office will not help you and will probably be rude to you. Basically, this is the worst place I've ever lived. Overpriced and a terribly rude leasing office and staff. They know they have a constant stream of tenants (Chinatown, DC), so they don't really care. Just be advised of what I've written before moving in. I would try the building across the street at 425 Massachusetts Ave or up the street a little further.
BUGS! Be careful. Carpet beetles...like bed bugs but instead of biting you, they live off of carpeting and other cloth items, can make you itchy. They do spread from apartment to apartment like bed bugs. And we had to pay for treatment to get rid of the bugs! The leasing office is useless and rude. They have been very unhelpful during this whole process. The only reason why I give two stars is because the concierge guys are awesome and friendly.
Generally location and overall facilities are ok fort the price they are asking. Sadly the management and generally organization of these apartments are very poor. The only goal is to get more tenants regardless of the space available in the rooms and that is why building is usually overcrowded and noisy...Customer srervice is also something bellow my standards.
Horrible Leasing Office Reps, Love the building and residents. The building and amenities are respectable. The residents are young busy professionals or students. The Leasing office staff are incompetent, unreasonable, and disrespectful. They can not communicate the processes for new leases, transfers, or terminations. They are not helpful or proactive in solving issues or problems. I would keep the building and residents but do away with the management.
I've lived in the Meridian for a few months now, but visited friends who lived there for years. The building tends to draw the mid to late 20s crowd. People are VERY social with rooftop gatherings on the weeknights and people who are usually wiling to say hello in the elevators. The rooms are well taken care of and we've never had problems with our AC. Whenever a service request is sent, the problem is usually fixed within 48 hours. I've seen a few complaints about the doormen in this building. People fail to understand that Chinatown is a somewhat rough area and sketchy people tend to try and get into a luxury apartment building (for obvious reasons). It just takes a bit of friendliness and respect to get on their good side. I've found them to be extremely accommodating and friendly.