So I get a guest who wants to stay at my property. He tells me he’ll be in town filming a movie and wants to stay for 8 days…
Red Flag #1:
He asks for a bigger discount during peak season even though he’s already getting a 15% weekly discount.
So I explain to him that we have already extended him a discount and there’s not much more we can do. He then complains about Airbnb’s guest fee as if I’m taking the whole thing. I kindly explain what the guest fee is but by then he’s like “don’t worry about it.” Even though it’s clearly an issue. Anyways he’s already had three positive reviews and because his booking dates basically shut September completely up for me I decide to approve him. Still, I was a little iffy because I don’t think he realized the value that he was getting by staying with us. I just felt that he thought he was some sort of hotshot and because he’s decided to bless our town with his presence to film his movie he deserves more than any other guest would. Mind you out of over 20 guests we have 5 star reviews across the board. We offer a space that makes the best hotel in our city seem like a lame studio apartment at twice the rate.
Red flag 2:
3 days in he needs more Nespresso Pods so he asks me where he can get some. Mind you we already left 15 pods and they run $0.75 each. On top of that we left them a 6 pack of craft beer and a bottle of good wine. We also fully stocked the Keurig with like another 24 pods. Either way I tell him there is no place to buy them we will bring more. So I give him another 15 pods…I inform him that the pods are in the mail box. NO THANK YOU, NO TEXT BACK, NOTHING.
Red flag 3:
Flash forward to check-out day, we have our next guests checking in at 4. We get back to the place and they left at like 6 in the morning. Here’s our check-out instructions. Put your dishes away, put your towels in the washer, put the key on the desk, throw away your trash and recycling in the bins out front…that’s it. A team of three people could complete those tasks in under 5 minutes if they were taking their time. Instead, they didn’t do a single thing on the list. They completely failed the check-out process.
Before we get there I text him at 8am letting him know the check out instructions so he calls me and tells me he forgot to read our book and how sorry he was. He also stated he’s been really busy. I apprciate that he’s been busy, as a photographer I know how busy it can get come pinch time. However, with how entitled he’s acted the whole time I’m finding it hard to believe that it was an accident. You’re telling me this is your 4th airbnb and you don’t know about check-out procedures??? Come on guy! This isn’t a hotel, this is our home! Dishes all over the kitchen, used towels all over the place, trash not taken out with fruit flies just starting to hatch. and…
Red flag 4 and the icing on the cake:
They were using our wood finished dining room table as a work station. It was scratched to hell.
We’ve been meaning to replace the table with something a little more durable, so I didn’t hit him up for the deposit because I feel like I should’ve said something…but really? Who uses a nicely finished table as a work station? Would you do that at your house…or your mothers house? Hell no. Plus, Plus! We provide a desk and our kitchen peninsula doubles as a work station. Coffee table included we have enough room for 5 people to work simultaneously without ever touching the dining room table.
Honestly leaving the place messy is one thing, but damaging our property is a whole other animal. I feel super disrespected.
So should I leave them an honest review or am I just being too picky.
Furthermore, because of the rocky start I feel we really went out of our way to make these people’s stay extra nice. Yet they felt like we owed them something.
What should I do? If there’s anything I could’ve done differently I would have not left them beer AND wine. Secondly, I probably should have coached them earlier on check-out instructions. Thirdly, we need to not in our book that the dining room table is not a work-station and if you use it our place mats are required.
Anything else? Should I give them a bad review or let them slide and just send them a message letting them know the things they need to change if they want to keep getting positive reviews.