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Hi, my name is Darlene, I live in beautiful Durango, Co. I have been hosting my Air BnB for almost a year and just became a Super Host! I believe in treating my guest like family, I am always available if they need clean towels, to do laundry, they have their privacy at our cozy Bear View Loft. My husband and I even play music for them sometimes. Being in Durango for 48 years and being a tour guide I share all the fun things to do in our area. Having a super clean place is so important to me. It is truly a Blessing to be in this business.
Hello guys, I'm Ferraz and Barretto Vacation Home!
Okay with you, know that I am very happy to participate in this community, it is an honor. I am Brazilian from the State of Bahia and I have only 1 year and 6 months living in Florida. I am Evangelical and I love our GOD too much, He is the provider of all things, that's why I started recently in this wonderful business that I learned to love. GOD PRESENTED ME!
I'm going to need the help of all of you. I am a baby in this activity and I intend to continue as SUPERHOST!
THANK YOU FOR THE CARE AND SUPPORT! NEEDING ME, I AM THE DISPOSAL.
Hi all, I'm new here and thought I say hello. I am an architect who lives in New Jersey and hosts short term guests in my apartment since I also live with my GF.
Since the place I rent is my own place, I do meet everyone face to face and give them a quick tour of the place. I also do this since my home is hard to find give where the GPS takes you. Being there makes it easier to communicate and to get guests to the right spot. Most guests have been very respectful of my home, and I feel that meeting them first sets a tone for my expectations as to how to use my house.
Even during the pandemic, my place has been renting at 65%, and I need to turn people away to allow time between guests as I feel that leaving the apartment empty for at least 2-3 days will make it safer in terms of the virus.
I'm Andy, also a super host. We own and operate 3 entire spaces and do ONLY extended stays of 30 days or longer. We have carved out our on niche and work with realtors in my area to help folks relocating to or from the Charlotte, NC area. I like to provide all the housing information on the refrigerator and I also email it to my guests before they arrive. We prefer to use lock boxes and sometimes don'e even meet our guests. One thing we strive to do is handle issues as they arise as quickly as possible. This could be anything from the air conditioning being out, to a heating element going bad in the oven. We strive to be a cost effective, clean and pet friendly solution for people needing to live "home away from home" for a while. We try to be very diligent and accept all reservations that come our way. I have only had to cancel one reservation and that was due to double booking.
I am pausing my listing for a while so I'm reflecting on some of the things that went well over the past 2.5 years and things I would do differently. If I host again I'll charge for early check-in/late check-out. It throws off my whole routine. I would also limit the amount of toilet paper, towels, garbage bags, blankets, pillows, basic kitchen items, tissue, etc. that I leave available. People seem to use it if it's there even if excessive. I would also vet people more thoroughly, based on past reviews, and give less benefit of the doubt with my own reviews. I would have all white sheets, towels with dark, patterned comforters. I would have priced the place higher in my first year rather than use the auto pricing. Also, I'd leave no items in the house that I care about if they disappear or break. I'd have damage deposit from the beginning and use it instead of worrying about their review. That being said, I'd say 10% of guests were perfect, 70% were just fine, 10% could have done better, and 10% I was not happy with how they left the place.
I have a small cosy apartment in lovely surroundings with beautiful views and lots of trees. This already makes my guest take a deep breath and relax. Of course not every guests is a soul mate, but because my home is small and intimate, there are many guests I have very wonderful conversations with and I think we both feel enriched by the communications we share. My guests also love their breakfasts. My home is entirely organic and I really appreciate it when guests actually look at my profile and try to match their needs with mine. We really need to stay in homes that we can feel comfortable in and I think that is key to the experience.
I JUST...48hrs ago...got my super host status. What I learned...1 have a decent matress to start...as we got more guests we were able to get an AMAZING matress at a super discount$...overstock.com
My guests were eager to give me feedback AND wonderful suggestions...get an iron and ironing board...hair dryer...one guest suggested shampoo and conditioner...soap...one of our more recent guests forgot tooth paste. So we bought large sizes of shampoo and conditioner for color treated hair I am a hairstylist...fyi...and large bottles of body wash. And now keep travel sizes of tooth paste and mouth wash in addition to disposable razors. I would also suggest band aids and Neosporin...just in case...cleaning supplies and extra paper towels and bathroom tissue. One thing I have been 100% surprised was washcloths...I keep them in a basket in the bathroom. My husband and I host ALOT of Int'l guests and they LOVE it and use them! Another important and WELL loved thing is a coffee maker and GREAT coffee...complete with creamers that don't need to be refrigerated...sugar...and a non sugar..like splenda. We also offer tea bags and during the winter hot chocolate mixes. We have amassed LOTS of brochures...bus and subway maps and our favorite restaurant menus...hope this helps. BTW....NEVER nickel and dime...we post our prices and we advertise we welcome pets and smokers (on our balcony)...It REALLY makes a huge difference to booking...and making our guests feel special.
Sorry...one other thing about my listing is my husband and I live here. So we make SURE we are available to greet our guests. We have a few quirks ...how to use their shower and how to enter and exit the building...we have found by being flexible...i.e flights or transportation issues by our guests...AND allowing them to store their luggage...after check out has REALLY gone a long way to their experience. I also do walking tours IF they want...and have made LOTS of lovely friends. It's really been a fantastic experience!
Being a Superhost on AirBnB, I personally go above and beyond for all my guests! Some things that I do that go above and beyond for my guests are...
1. I bought mini fridges for each AirBnB room I rent and I stock water inside.
2. I leave 2-3 spa face masks (not mud ones cause they’re messy) in the bathroom for guests. These don’t get used often, but when they do, guests love it!
3. I stock the bathroom with cotton balls, q-tips, travel toothpaste, travel toothbrushes, peroxide, & band-aides. People don’t use these often either, but I’ve had a lady mention this in her rating and she left me a stinkin’ awesome review!
4. To the room, I’ve added a sleeping noise machine, heated blanket, & fan. I’ve had guests use all 3.
5. I recently added wall mounted heaters, that include a thermostat, to my rooms that way during the cold winter months, guests can heat their rooms to the temperature they prefer.
These are just personal things that I do & offer that I believe are above and beyond things for all of my guests!
Most of these are things we do as well, plus others that are specific to our location. I have traveled a lot in my life and use my own experiences as a basis of what I might wish for. I also furnish and stock my guest space the way I do my own living quarters, with the same high quality everything. It is such a pleasure to pamper my guests!
I am wondering if someone can explane the level number under each host's name? Thanks!
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As superhost of you think somone is going to give you a not very good review because they are one of those people that have to find fault then i would advise not to do a review and then they can't do a review and not everyone does a review anyway. i find it very stressful all this review superhost stuff, very American and all a hype. I would just rather enjoy the old fashioned British way of dealing with guests. Most Air Band B don't rebook in my experience anyway.
Also i find there is a great pressure on hosts to lower the price.as with most things we are doing all the work, getting the stress and a big company is making a lot of profit out of us beavering away, so eventually i might switch to a monday to friday, less work, no tax and no silly reviews to fill in.
Hi that is not true that if you don’t do a review they can’t . Host and guest each have 14 days from checkout to submit. Whoever writes one gets published .
I have Gestapo style of hosting. I always frighten my guests with police right away and make them sign long contract of what's forbidden to do inside the house. I mean, A REAL SIGNATURE ON THE PAPER at the moment of arrival.
And I am a superhost. Most of my guests are a hell of affraid of me. And I am happy with my style. It works in 99% scenarios. There were only two dudes I gave to police last year. They risked and tried my boundaries. the first one was so naive. He asked what will i do if he invites a girl over. I told him "I will give you to the police". Taking to account that our house is consisting of police neighbours on 70%. He answered "Ha-ha". And he brought a girl. And both ended up their night in police department. The second one was a horror writer (was my mistake to take him), he didn't wanna pay for the dirty carpet he left. I locked him in the apartment ( i have 3 different locks, the guest is getting only 1 key) and started to call to the police describing to the guest how he will loose 1 week of his life in local prison now and miss all his tickets for the next months. He gave me money for dry cleaning of the entire apartment right away and was running away from the house as crazy. Other guests were very ok and honored with my good review.
I agreed with everything but the part of locking your guest! I would just let him go and contact Airbnb! Airbnb policies, regulations and insurance are there to protect the Host as well as the Guest!
There is no support from air B and B for guests that cause damage and nick stuff despite what they promise. They do not vet people properly and as far as i am concerned only interested in their profit.
No. It's a part of the game. The more frightening - the better. I think, they are getting excited by the process. I have to charge extras for my style. P.S. The dude I locked was from booking com. He said, he had profile on airbnb also. But, I bet that horror writer already got so many bad reviews in his profile so he went for another booking company to get a chance to book at least some property at last moment. Coz any normal owner would refuse on airbnb with such pre-history of behavior. On booking com he is in the black list of users already.
As I Superhost I have done a few extras that have been really appreciated. One of the things I do for each guest is write a handwritten welcome note. It takes less than a minute but adds a personal touch to welcoming guests especially when I can not be there.
I host in our home so I can try to ask when guests would like coffee (and set the timer on the coffee pot) and am open to answering questions and offering help throughout their stay.
Most of all the number 1 tip I have is be hospitable and kind. Being kind and connection are keys that have found most guests enjoy. Some come and do not want to interact, but very few.