Currently back in Warsaw. When I was here in September I stayed with a five star rated listing where the live in host:
Didn’t provide any hanging or storage space in the room
Needed to access the room several times to get additional clothing during my stay
Once knocked but then immediately walked into the room, catching me in a state of undress
Had a very infrequent cleaning regime; I watched dirt build up in the bathroom
Took too long to replace used up toilet rolls (48 hrs on one occasion. Yes I went out and bought my own.)
Was very untidy; piles of clean washing everywhere, every surface in the kitchen covered with something in the process of being used. Toys all over the place etc
Huge bag of recycling under the table which was attracting a lot of flies.
Location was terrible. Yes technically 25 minutes to Warsaw IF you drive. If you’re using public transport make that an hour sometimes more due to infrequent bus services.
The host was a lovely guy mind you.
I stayed three weeks, and left a 3 star review.
Roll forward and I am now staying with a superhost, another 5 star place.
Problems so far include:
Arriving at 8.15 to an overwhelming smell of curry, including in my room. I love eating curry but I hate smelling cooking smells especially in my sleeping area.
On the tour he showed me my room. I started to unpack before I realised I didn’t know know where the bathroom kitchen or loo were. Nor did I know if I was able to use the fridge etc… nor had I been given a key. I found the host and asked for all the above but felt his tone was a bit off as he replied.
The kitchen was also a tad untidy.
I had a mega restless night because the sheets are shockingly bad. They’re very rough, the type where you feel you’re rubbing against something mildly abrasive. I’ve never noticed this problem before and I’ve slept in a tonne of Airbnb’s since august.
In the bathroom I found silverfish and a little mould on the ceiling. I have not seen these since my student days or some shady house shares I’ve lived in. The decor is tired, think once white walls and a shower curtain that is severely frayed.
This guy has all 5 stars except cleanliness. I already know I won’t be giving 5 stars for this stay.
Now we move to my listing, which has a rating of 4.5 stars. I provide quality sheets, am a stickler for cleaning, I don’t even cook when I have guests in the flat because of smells, provide breakfast etc. The whole flat is freshly decorated; any signs of wear on anything and I ditch them. (for example I’ve gone through three toilet brushes) What am I missing ?? I do have 5 stars in all categories except location but I have had quite a few four and one three star review.
Am I imagining that there are serious issues with these listings or am I missing something? So far I’m finding that highly rated listings aren’t turning out to be so when I arrive …