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I had a guest stay for two nights. The first night they kept the guest in the adjacent unit up till 4am partying. I sent them a message the next day reiterating the house rules. No complaints the next night but they did leave the place a mess. 6hrs after checkout they wanted to get back into the unit to look for some missing clothing. My cleaners said they did not find any clothing so I did not let them back in. I probable should have but I gave the other guest $30 for putting up with the party and had to pay my cleaners for an extra hour so I was not feeling that accommodating. They left a 2 star review and the comment was just one word “Meh” I left them an honest review mentioning the party and extra cleaning.
So annoying when guests who behave badly rub it in by leaving a bad review. Hopefully you gave them a low rating as well as an honest review, so they can’t IB with future hosts.
Hope you charged them for the extra cleaning @John_Vann
“I’m sorry you had a meh stay after. The fact is you did party until 4 am and the other guest complained to me about the noise and then you left the room so messy that it took the cleaner one more hour to prepare it for the next guest.”
to me as a guest a “meh” comment to an otherwise good host makes me wonder what the heck happened, so that’s why i think the response is important. to me as a host, the reply is important because perhaps you didn’t detailed in the review what he did and I want to know so that I won’t host him. I believe the response is important.
I did hear from a user from another local fb Airbnb group if you had record of prior good reviews and explain the situation to Airbnb about removing the negative review. If they find it acceptable, they could do so possibly. Worth a try contacting them to see. Haven’t done it myself.
I think no response is the right response. If you frequently respond publicly (“thanks for staying,” etc.) it might be OK to say something neutral that would warn off other partying guests.
“I agree there was a mismatch of expectations. I’m sorry I had to ask you to shut your party down the first night, but it was well after midnight and I was getting noise complaints from the neighbors. I wish you happy travels in the future.”