I have had a carpenter in to build some new back stairs and outside door so I don’t need to ever go through the guests area downstairs when in use. It is outside and away from the guests but there is an adjoining wall to the second bedroom. I blocked off two days without guests and checked the next lot wouldn’t be arriving till late which gave him three straight days to do the job as agreed. He was a no show on the first day and didn’t turn up till midday on the second. Worked the third. He said he would work the next day when I had guests staying and would arrive early. So that left me with the predicament of trying to fit in the builder with the guests. I am pretty much booked up this month and leaving days unbooked didn’t work anyway. I explained the situation and assured them he would be out the back but he didn’t seem particularly interested in my problem. Anyway he didn’t turn up that day either, or the next Monday. Maybe he’ll turn up tomorrow when I have new guests?
Anyway I tried to arrange things (I know triumph of optimism over experience) but have to work with his tardiness to get it all finished asap. I don’t want to alarm people but there will be some noise but not for an extended period. I have warned them he might be here. He may not turn up again anyway. If it was just me I would “suck it up Princess” as we say here as getting builders in the country is difficult and it is winter so weather is a factor.
I feel bad because I don’t want to be like that hotel that “forgets” to tell you when you book that there is a building site next door. Should I offer them a gift (say a bottle of wine) in advance or wait and see how it goes and bottle of wine if minor disturbance and free night if worse? Anybody have a similar experience and what did you do? Were your guests really annoyed or understanding? Worst case scenario I might have to put up with a full refund or a bad rating.