Having had a couple of “dud”’bookings/guests over the past few weeks I’m happy to report lots of wonderful charming guests in my listings at the moment:
-a fabulous Russian student here for a summer course at a University in central London, she loves the apartment as it’s her first time living outside of home!
-4 very charming French ladies here to explore London for a few days, keen to make the most of every single moment.
-A great German guy, who’s in for a long stay. The washing machine broke down and had to be repalaced and he’s taken the whole thing in his stride and with very good humour.
-The coolest guest from Beijing, staying in my private room listing! She’s up and out early every morning after breakfast making the best of every moment even though the weather has been terrible here in London!
Anyone else got any good guests?
I've got a lovely Chinese guy and his two sons, very easygoing and enjoying London to the fullest despite the weather - today in the rain they went to Brighton! Bless. They are first timers but so relaxed.
On Tuesday, he pointed out to me that it was 'raining in the room' and smiled and I went to look and to my horror there was water running down the wall 😮 They were totally unfazed!!
Much better than having come home after a guest (not present during their stay) pulled down the curtains, left food on the floor in the livingroom, and left the gas stove on 😮
Raining in the room! Sound like very chilled guests @Tracy0....can't tag you......the madness of tagging continues!
The weather has been terrible, even with an umbrella I have been soaked the whole time
Sweet post! Glad you're having good'uns at the moment – long may it last 🙂
We currently have B staying, he comes about twice a month, for 3 nights, for work. Lovely guy, semi-retired, no bother, out all day working, always pleasant when we see him – which is rarely, and that is fine! Hope that doesn't sound bad; I just mean that it's quite nice/easy to have a guest with a set routine, who doesn't need much interaction with us. His wife and their dog also come occasionally, and they are around more, and they are lovely too 🙂
He never leaves a review; I don't even care, it lets me off the hook 😉
B sounds like a great guest @Patricia0, again tagging not working!!
I love seeing and caring for my guests, but when I have ones who want to do their own thing, don't want breakfast and aren't fussed about seeing me, I do enjoy that time- in a good way 🙂
What a nice topic! 🙂 Too often we focus on the dud guests and not appreciate the nice or fun ones.
I've had good guests all year I think. I get a lot of repeat guests some of whom are on their sixth or seventh stay.
@Paul1255 I've just had 5 nights off - I aim for about 60% occupancy - so have been able to watch the non- stop rain without having to worry about wet guests. Tomorrow I have a couple from the USA for 4 nights who are coming to see the Spice Girls and next week a really lovely couple are coming for 6 nights which is their 3rd stay in 3 years with me. Last week I had a strange experience with a young couple from S Korea. They booked to stay for 5 nights and during all that time they only ventured out of the house twice for 2 half day trips into central London. They had never been to the UK before and I am at a loss to understand the logic of travelling thousands of miles to stay in the rooms all day and occasionally come downstairs to eat noodles that they had brought with them. Apart from that I have bookings up to October but am slightly concerned that I have had no new bookings for about 3 weeks now, which is most unusual for me. Is anyone else experiencing this?
@Rachel0 and it really has been non-stop!
Interesting about your S Korean guests, you'd think they'd want to be out the whole time enjoying all that our town has to offer, but I guess everyone travels in their own unique way ahah
Are you booked through to October? If you are then guests probably won't be booking now for further than that into the future? Have you checked you're appearing in search and where?
Firstly - thank you for posting this, it’s really nice to read all the positivity!
I have a lovely German student here for a long stay while she’s on work placement. We’ve been following the German woman’s football together, so far two wins for us 😄
I also had a friendly PhD student arrive today for an interview with the local branch of the Forrestry Commission tomorrow, so fingers crossed for him!
Am happy to report that I had lovely guests all season. Not one who made me feel the least bit like I couldn't wait until they left. My hosting season is over now- going on holiday myself in 2 weeks for a month. Seldom get bookings in the summer here, anyway, although my calendar is open for when I return.
Very odd thing- the last booking I had this year, in late May, the guest came to take exactly the same course as the last guest of the season in May I had last year. And both had done the same- booked my place for 3-4 days before moving over to the retreat center where they were taking the course, as room and board comes with signing up for the course. But they wanted a few days to explore and relax beforehand.
That's good to hear @Sarah977 ! And good you get to go on holidays for a month, that's really good 🙂
And strange about your last bookings of the season to run in that way...odd how things like that work out
I really don't want to jinx myself so I burnt some sage before replying- after hosting 150 or so sets of guests we have only had a handful who ranged from meh to rotten & each problematic group taught me a valuable lesson- the Italians who taught me not to relax my boundaries prematurely, not to lower my prices too far andnot factor in the multi-day discount and, that a week is too long a stay for my listing-
The crazy grandmother taught me I can pull the trigger for the "better suited to a hotel review" ( Ido pity her daughter in law)
The AXE man taught me some guys never outgrow the middle school that dousing themselves in scent is anything but a terrible, horrible idea, he was bemoaning the fact that, in late middle age the ladies didn't view him as prime husband material- he's never getting married, if the AXE doen't chase 'em off the stank of desparation will..
We have only ever gotten one mediocre/poor review and I learned that my spouse is right- someone who has a profile picture of themselves 20+ years ago is rather out of touch with reality & will feel gypped by our clearly listed suite of rooms not being a 4 bedroom & 3 full bathroom house in the Berkeley hills (without a cleaning deposit even?!)
We are close to an Islamic college and we have hosted some lovely parents of students but I just learned that if Ramadan falls during the long day side of the calender & a family group wants to book, I'm going to suggest they look for a listing that accomodates a dining room for into the wee hours eating, especially if they are fond of seafood & I'm very glad I switch out duvet covers (bedding is not improved by crab feasts)
But the great guests, the wonderful group of musicians who sang to us, the fabulous chef who gifted me a copy of her excellent book "How to Taste" The many adorable prospective Cal students, the proud families of graduates, the many sweet millenials from China ( our fellow Warriors fans!), the Aussies who have been such fab guests, all the Europeans, the folks from all over the States, the Swiss family who didn't review in time but sent us a box of treats at the holidays. The German mama who is such a kindred spirit- my fellow rock collector. our last set of guests with darling baby in tow, we have been really, really lucky.
Spencer, that wise little boy who told me to focus on what my fragile old cat Could do, I remember that advice everyday.
Please let me not have tempted fate, I do instant book & often my first messages from guests from China are pretty brief - that's probably the language barrier and by now we have lots of reviews written in Mandarin & so people know it's a suite, not a whole house, we have friendly cats and we are old school on site hosts-I hope that by hosting folks like this (I don't require previous reviews ) I'm educating them on how to be a good guest. I also don't do early check in, allow extra guests to stay or do discounts. I hope all of you get the guests you want & deserve & the haters & whiners go stay in a motel or hotel XO Sally (hoping my luck holds out)