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Best thing I got was a $25 gift card to Petsmart but at $50 a night I’m sure no one will buy me a $150 coffee machine. In terms of behavior, gratitude, cleanliness, charm, talent, helpfulness and so on I’ve had too many exceptional guests to choose just one best experience.
Me too. But I’ve also had many gift cards (mostly to restaurants but also to the cinema), brand new books, bottles of wine (once a bottle of Scotch), boxes of chocolates and plenty of times a ten, twenty - or on one occasion - fifty dollar bills along with nice little notes.
I have had a guest couple insist on taking me out to a fancy restaurant on the water. They must have spent $200 on dinner. Too bad it was one of the overpriced tourist places!!! I was embarrassed at how bad the food was! Not that it stopped me from ordering the steak.
Lots of thank you cards, several bottles of wine & bubbly, choccies and a few cash tips. Never more than £25 I did have one of my first guests take me out on the toot in town. That was a blast and a half, heh.
We just had the most wonderful Korean couple leave. They were super respectful, nice and fun to have in our home, and yesterday we cooked a Korean meal together. Which was totally great, because no one in our family had ever eaten something Korean. And to top it all off, today the girl gave me a tiny scarf for my tiny cuddle toy donkey “Burrito - El burrito viajero”. She had knitted the scarf in the last 3 days and it was the first thing she has ever knitted. To me it’s one of the best presents I have ever gotten, and Burrito is also totally over the moon with it .
This morning, our guests left a lovely note and a bottle of Philosophy shower gel/bubble bath. I thought that was such a sweet gift for a host, and I can’t wait to use it!
I had a one-night guest leave a $100 bill tucked in our guest book. I was pretty shocked by that, to be honest. We have received candy, liquor, $10, $20, etc… Most people write lovely notes in our guest book, and I truly cherish those. They are the gift that keeps on giving. Our first guest started our “guest book” in a blank notebook, and most everyone writes in it.
Have you ever posted the link to your VR on here? I’m sure all us hosts would love to see it!
You say you cherish the “lovely notes” in your guest book because “they are the gift that keeps giving”. Heck, the gift that would “keep giving” to me is $100 left in the pages of my Guest Book…or in any other place.
I really looked forward to reading my Guest Book. There were about 10 pages of the 300 pages filled out. Then, someone decided it was a pretty cool book and apparently put it in their suitcase.
We’ve had so many. This is the payoff - meeting interesting persons from around the globe. We love the little gifts, notes and cards. On any given night we can be hosting a schoolteacher from New Hampshire to the CEO of Warner Bros. We’ve had photographers - big names and amateurs, authors, cattlemen, and artists. It’s like being Mr. Rourke on Fantasy Island.
I have never received cash, aside from spare change, but a couple years ago, guests who had booked Christmas week texted to ask me my favorite colors and brought me a hammock from Ecuador. They were a sweet couple from Switzerland on a round the world holiday, traveling from Air to Air.
I was shocked myself! To be completely honest (and this is so hokey), I keep it on my fridge off to the side next to my check-in calendar. It lifts my spirits when I’m having a tough guest day. I’m sure I’ll spend it one day, but it has also become the gift that keeps on giving in its own right.
I have not posted my listing before, but thank you for asking. I’ve been a bit shy, but I will share it.