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?
Almost entirely lovely guests so far (touch wood).
Polite, tidy and clean.
Minor annoyances include the woman who got stroppy when I said no to her extended family coming from the campsite for a shower, the woman who left a day early and tried to cancel the second day after check in without having told me she'd left. Pretty good in all.
Since 2015, I have been VERY lucky and have had 99 percent nice, 1 percent duds. Our space is seasonal mainly during Nov- June and the summer months (July aug and sept are super hot ( triple digits here in the desert) and I give end of season bargain rates which seems to attract the duds! I have had so many great guests, and ready these make me realize how lucky I am!
We have been hosting for only 2 months, and have been very lucky so far. We have had two guests ask to check in early, but it was not a problem. Also—so far— every single guest has been respectful of the rules, they have been good communicators, and have left our home clean and tidy. I hope this luck continues.
Last week I hosted a lady from China who was planning to celebrate her 30th birthday alone. So I thought I might as well buy her a birthday cake and also wrote a lovely note for her. She told me it was very nice of me to do these things but she left the cake untouched in the refrigerator and just checked out. I know I gave it to her and she had every right to do with it as she like but still, I don't feel she really meant it when she thanked me. She also wrote this long review, complaining about how I could do better. What really upsets me is that I couldn't contact her, she never got back to me, ignoring my message and my helping hand. The whole experience is very frustrating 😞
So, my last guests, who were here on a nice cool week, with the highest temperature at mid 80sF, and getitng down to 69F or 70F at night, AND having been asked to increase the AC temperature when they left the house...instead, had the air conditioners set at 68F for the last 5 days. Nice! Thanks! They also failed to follow instructions on putting their garbage out and are sure to leave a bad review because they got lost getting here from the airport.
Just had a delightful local stay who is currently living in a tiny settlement called Kakanui, Oamaru, South Island, New Zealand.
If you are reading this folks check out her review when she's written it & network with her - Kakanui has a beautiful historic church built in 1860 so include a visit to it in your itinerary.
She has adopted parents who are Dutch, lived in Netherlands, loves Dutch food, like I do too, & we shared so many great linkages it's incredible.
Her dad died a month after ours was tragically killed in a car accident a number of years ago.
She was in Auckland for a conference & whilst she was out I had popped some Heritage Post cards & Swan plant seeds & a chocolate on the beside stand for her.
When I got up she couldn't thank me enough as had been cleaning out her dad's glasshouse & been trying to get Swan Plants & seeds to grow for the Monarch butterflies since her return to NZ just under a year ago.
It's guests like her who make one truly appreciate why we love sharing our homes with others.
All the very best
Central To All Home & Location, Auckland, NZ
I have to say we have been very lucky with guests. So far all of them have been respectful and all have left our house clean and tidy. I do get a little annoyed with people who ask for early check-in after they have booked without bothering to ask us first. Because our Airbnb is in a beach community, we have had mostly back-to-back bookings and with turnover cleanings taking time, early check-ins can sometimes be problematic. But aside from that, so far so good. Hope all is going well for you!
I have had all good guests in for summer!
Just said goodbye to the guest ever, who was from NZ.
A dream to host, he was great and fully cleaned the apartment before he left- it was as if he was never there :))
Well, it's been a looong weekend for me (and it ain't over yet!)
I have 12 Welsh guests in since Thursday, who are over for the rugby. All in their late 50s, 60s and 70s. Really warm, friendly, lovely people, who I've rvery much enjoyed chatting with and getting to know. (They've even insisted on taking myself and my two drivers, Bob and Robbie to lunch later today, as a "thank you" for taking such good care of them)
Absolutely love them. But dear god, are they louuuud!! My nerves have been in tatters since they arrived on Thursday, trying to keep them to a reasonable decibel level, and walking the very narrow tightrope between allowing them to enjoy themselves to the fullest without me being too heavy-handed, and watching them like a hawk to ensure my neighbours aren't disturbed in any way.
Not an ounce of badness or malice in them, and they're certainly embracing the "live like a local" vibe - every time I leave the house, someone asks me if my lovely Welshies are still here - but boy, am I looking forward to them heading back home tomorrow morning! At least I'll be able to get a proper rest tomorrow night, without having to sleep with one eye open, and my blood pressure might return to normal. Well, until the next crew arrives, anyway... 😉
@Paul1255 Most of my guests are fine, very few complaints from me even after almost 5 years of hosting now.
However, I have just had the pleasure of hosting a lovely guy from Canada called Tim who was here for 3 nights. Tim grew up in this area of London in the late 1950s before his family emigrated to Canada. He had not been back to London since 1978 and had not been in this area of Ealing since he left as a nine year old. He was searching for old haunts and was trying to recapture some of his childhood memories. We had such fun investigating how places had changed, how some places had stayed exactly as he remembered them and I discovered new information about my area that I hadn't known before!
On top of it all he left me one of the best reviews you could wish for.
It's guests like him that make it all worthwhile.