I’m not sure this could be considered someone asking for a discount, per se, but that is pretty much what it boiled down to in the end.
I have a listing for one room with a queen bed and a private attached bath. A Canadian couple inputs the dates for their 7 night vacation in the very heart of the coming summer season, and sends me a message asking if, by chance, I can also accommodate their two children, aged 16 female and 10 male.
I’m really not sure what they expected. The guest suite, though attractive and comfortable, is small, which is depicted in the pictures. So I don’t know where they thought I was going to put 2 more people that, most likely, would want their own bed. I can’t see a 16 YO girl in any way being okay with sharing a bed, no matter how big, with her 10 YO brother.
The 7 night price for the couple would have been around $650. I wrote back and told them that as it happens, I do have another bedroom/private bath suite that they could book for their kids, but that suite costs the same as first one. I’m sure they had figured this out, but they were trying to see if I’d give it to them for free.
After I’d told them of the 2nd room, there were a million questions (most of which were answered in the listing). They wanted to know if they could cook meals in the kitchen at night, if they could watch TV in the living room, if they could use the outdoor space, if we had bicycles they could use, if there was transportation to the beach, and so on. Basically, they were hoping to take over my whole house, use everything I own, hope I’d move out for the week and pay $650 bucks for the privilege.
They have just signed up on Airbnb. They wrote back and told me they thought Air was where you got good deals, and $1300 was WAY too much money to stay in someone’s HOME. By all means, they can pay me $1300 for a week to spread out in my nice home, with 2 BR’s and 2 full bathrooms, or they can spend $1900 for a hotel room with 2 double beds and a crappy “kitchenette”.