As a guest and frequent user of Airbnb - wanting to know the exact address helps us determine if the host is being accurate in their description as well. We have had some doozies!!
Not true - my wife walks with a rollator and we need to know the precise access roads - so we need to know the precise address so that we can study its suitability on Google street view for example. In addition we are trying to book a place to attend a wedding on the same villiage and we want to know what distance the host place is to our party venue. Human lives are much too complex for you to try to second guess all the special needs of all the members of bnb. Its a failure and a non-transparent aspect of the system.
I am not a host, and I really would like to know the exact location. At least main intersections.
That help a lot for your plan as a tourist.
Sorry, you are thinking as a host and service providers must be empathic with customers.
I always have people confused about my exact location--where exactly on AIRBNB is that automatic message they receive after booking, so I can see if it is descriptive enough? I can't find it anywhere????
When I listed my home information as a host, I entered the exact address and next to this information, there was a statement from Airbnb that the exact location would not be revealed until a guest booked. After a guest books my home, they can view their itinerary which contains the exact address of my home, but not on a map. It's just the exact address. They can then find it on google maps, etc
My guests have been confused too about where to find this mythical message.
Now I send them a detailed message 2 or 3 days before they arrive with my address, directions from the nearest main road, and my cell number. I ask them to call me if they are lost. I sometimes have to walk out to the street and look for them! and it just turns into a joke.
If they arrive by bus I go up and meet them.
They all appreciate this and it gets us off to a good start.
Actually this is a big problem. My daughter books airbnb because she commutes to college 4 days a week without a car, so without knowing how far can be a walk of a couple of miles or more. Basing vague locations on assuming everyone is driving isn't fair.
Pamela - pease tell your daughter to explain to the host that she will be walking and ask exactly how many miles. The host can check on google maps - I've done this many times for guests. ( sorry it won't let me tag you)
Guests want to know where they're staying. For instance, is your house on a busy street or a quite street? Is the street lined with trees or commercial buildings and traffic? When doling out hundreds of dollars to stay somewhere guests like to know where that "where" is. Motels and Hotels don't keep their locations secret; they have that much going for them. The need for host's security is perfectly understandable! It's a conundrum though, because guests like to know the lay of the land. On the Airbnb site the house location is now a mystery point within a large lavender circle on a map.