As we continue hosting, we get a lot of guests from different places (wherever the regulations allow). Every guest that visits you probably has a certain plan on what they want to do when booking your place.
Having said the above made me wonder if you host a lot of repeat guests? Is there a specific reason that they book your place, or is there anything you do to drive repeat bookings?
In the past, I've only had one repeat host from Glasgow who booked my place about 4 times. He gives regular lectures at a university nearby, which was his reason for booking my place.
It would be great to hear your thoughts and experiences on this!
Really great! @Quincy I actually prefer having longer stays and find it way more convenient, for many different reasons, most importantly that I don't need to go through the same procedures over and over. As you can imagine this works in my favour not being close to make arrangements all the time.
But form what I've seen, it's better for the hosts as well as they get to know the place and the area. So if and when a problem might occur they are more patient about it. Having spent lots of time in the house, I guess they feel more connected and are more understanding when something isn't going the way it should.
And because you get to talk with them for a longer period, you have a better connection and understanding, at least from my experience. For example, I had a couple of guests who were staying for months and at some point, one of them had their birthday. They asked me if they could have a party, which I appreciated and although, against the house rules, I agreed to it. But the guests, also from their side did take extra care and they were respectful, not only to the place but to the neighbours as well.
@Nick I wonder if the novelist is someone well known who has published before. I am actually a writer myself (non fiction) and have a published book at Amazon. I can't tell you how many stories I've heard of soccer moms and young people trying to find themselves going off to "write a novel" who never published anything. That's OK we all need dreams.
haha anyway I can help @Yadira22, here's one from my recent trip. Opposite the flat building, is a classic Athenian building which used to be an elementary school but is now an all-day restaurant. You can almost see its triangle shape roof at the bottom of the photo. The school's yard in front of it is transformed in an open garden to dine and wine with a roof of vines over your head. So what I see from the balcony is the top of that vine roof and Acropolis in the background.
My apartment is in the town centre, in Exarchia/Strefi hill area, so anywhere on that side, the angle will be the same or similar. Places like Kolonaki, Lycabettus hill, probably Gyzi and Kypseli as well, although would seem a bit further away from there. Do you remember the name of the area you were staying @Huma0?
I have a real mental block when it comes to place names, but I am pretty sure it was Kolonaki. The Airbnb was a five story building with a roof terrace (we were a fairly large group) so the view from the top was pretty good and very similar to yours even though it may have been further away.
I know what you mean. I'm the same but also with people's names, not just places. It's an everyday struggle 🙂
Yes, Kolonaki sounds about right, it's the next area further up from my apartment heading East.
@Quincy We've had several repeat guests at our home listing (currently blocked due to pandemic) over the years, & we enjoy seeing their reservations pop up again. They come here to work in the area for several days at a time. We give them "frequent flyer" discounts after 7 days, such as a free night, and often have them join us for dinner. Our other listing is more of a destination, in the White Mountains, so we don't get many repeat guests, although we've had a couple who have come every August. That's always nice!
Hi @Scott-and-Mary-Ellen0, I hope you're well now!
That's lovely to hear! It sounds like you have a great relationship with your repeat guests 😃. I wish I had more repeat guests as they know how everything works and what the rules are.
When are you thinking of opening up again?
@Quincy Hello! We have 2 listings: White Mountain Sunsets in Campton, NH, USA, and Be Our Guest in Merrimack, NH, USA. The latter is our home and it's a shared space, so this is blocked for now given the coronavirus situation and that we (hosts) are both older and at higher risk, since my surgery this summer especially. (Also Scott had to clean all by himself in the mountains while I was out of commission. I owe him big time!)
However, White Mountain Sunsets is open and we've been lucky to be pretty busy since the state allowed Airbnbs and hotels to reopen to guests end of June. Unlike other summers, where we've had lots of international visitors, this summer our bookings have all been from the northeast of the US. So we are open in the mountains, but will keep our home closed into early 2021 at least. M.E.
Yes I've had several repeat guests, both locals living in New Zealand and when we had them also international travellers.
They have enjoyed my kind hospitality, Central To All Home & Location, been fabulous people to stay and I highly recommend them to others in our Community to welcome them with an open heart.
I'd welcome them back anytime, just like I would most of those I hosted as International Language school students when I hosted them.
@Quincyas it so happens I've been having a sort through some personal papers, cards and things I've had stored away that those very people wrote and gave me.
I'm hoping to hand write as many of them I can a Traditional Christmas / New Years Card as I think it's a great way to reconnect and keep our Postal services in existence.
It's much nicer to have a card one can pick up, place on a table, dresser or decorate on the Christmas tree than an email one may not access or see so often.
Let's start a trend, educate those who may not know about this tradition as they grew up only with the internet and revive a lost traditional ....
That's so sweet @Helen427! I like that you let other hosts in your community know about your lovely guests.
I think I've only had one guest that left a handwritten card behind. I will see if I can find it and post it here.
How many cards have you received so far?