Hi folks. Wanted to tap the awesomeness of this group and get some feedback on a draft review I’ve already written. The guest left a couple of days ago so I have plenty of time. I know she’s already left us a review and I expect it will be positive given the messages in Airbnb and our interactions.
Here’s the part that makes it a little different than the 100+ reviews I’ve done before. I will probably run into this woman in the grocery store and around our small town as she’s here a couple of weekends a month visiting grandparents, and their place is a half mile away. This town is SUPER small. I only found that out once she arrived as her town shows a couple of hours away, so she wasn’t a “local” and therefore my antenna didn’t go up when she booked her girls weekend.
The four women are all mommas and so they aren’t kids, but they definitely came to party. No problem, we don’t mind folks having a good time, and they did! Drinking morning to night and loud but not over the line…very close, but not over. Where they went over the line was when two in the party (not the person who booked) broke two house rules – smoking on the property and having an unapproved guest come over.
I saw the pack of cigs on our dock, so there’s my proof on that one. And as for the unapproved guest, we came home at 9:30 at night to find a dude standing outside our front door with his two kids and a case of beer. The worst part is my neighbor was in our shared driveway and witnessed the whole interaction of us (nicely) kicking them off the property. We have a good relationship with the neighbor and doing Airbnb is no secret but still…
Back to the mommas…here’s what I’ve drafted as the review. I will give her 3 stars for house rules. BTW, when I messsaged her (in the app) about the guy in our driveway and our neighbors concern, she immediately apologized and said she’d handled it. The ladies had gone to a local bar to party, so they weren’t here.
It’s clear to me the woman who booked didn’t go over the house rules. My lesson is that I will go over them with everyone in a similar kind of situation when they first arrive. I’m not surprised she didn’t, but even my 22 year old daughter said “when she emailed the link the house rules are there to be read!” Love her for that…she’s got a good head on her shoulders.
So here’s the draft:
“NAME booked our place for a girls weekend, left it tidy, and was good with communication overall. However, her friends broke house rules by having an unregistered/unapproved guest show up and smoking on the property. As a first-timer on Airbnb, with closer attention to house rules she could be an excellent guest.”
My husband and daughter think it’s a fair review, but is there something else we should consider? Does it provide enough insight for you, as other hosts, to make a decision? I had a young guest with several reviews, one was like this, and I took a chance, overcommunicated and he was excellent guest.
Thoughts? Comments? TIA