Yes, this is sad but true Healing. I found this early on… as I think all new hosts experiment with wanting to provide cool things guests will appreciate and notate in reviews. I used to leave chocolate covered Mac nuts boxes ($3-4 each) for every guest… I never once got thanked or acknowledged. I would also leave expensive Kona coffee (that didn’t last] and beautiful island grown papayas… again. No acknowledgment… but there was always a crack or nit pick about something else they didn’t like or the location. I began to realize that even I left a treasure chest of gold bars I would still get crap reviews about how the location was too far away from wherever…
I also recalled the times I have stayed in Maui at the Grand Wailea, or the Mauna Lani…other five star places that didn’t even leave so much as a fruit basket. I recently stayed at the Waimea Plantation Cottages in Kauai. Look up their prices. All we got was a tray of welcome notes and brochures and two mini packs of Kauai cookies . That’s when I asked myself why on earth I was giving guests more than I got at a five star resorts??? When my room, for most of the year, is priced under 99 per night.
Also, each thing you give away takes a wee bit off your bottom line and adds to your workload to stock. It’s enough that I have to refill propane for their BBQ and gas cooktop…
And time is money peeps.
A note about leaving alcohol… it’s in the terms of the host liability protection (not host guarantee) that claims will be denied if you provided guests with alcohol and they got intoxicated and fell or something.
Everyone is different but my mantra is, Just give a clean, nice space and do your best at helping them with sightseeing tips in the area. Be firm with boundaries. Don’t even give them a chance to walk all over you. Be Friendly but businesslike.
I also must add that I stress about Air guests the most because I have been backhanded by seemingly nice people more times than I can count. I have less to lose on other platforms.