OK so in this scenario, there are things I could’ve done better as a host but I’d like input anyway to see if I’m overreacting.
I am a live-in host with one guest bedroom. I make it clear in my listing that check-in time is 3 PM and then in my pre-arrival message I reiterate my check-in time policy.
So last night, my guest for tonight messaged me and said she wanted to check in between noon and one. I replied to her and said I could not accommodate because as stated in the listing and my arrival message, check-in is firm at 3, and I had guests last night to flip the room from and I couldn’t guarantee they’d be out before my 11 AM check out and etc. She said OK to that.
This morning they were gone by 8:30 so I was able to get the room flipped so I messaged tonight’s guest to let her know she could come at 1 if she wanted, but she replied and said she was going to go downtown instead. So I asked her what time she’d arrive instead and she said “around 6.” It took her until almost 4 PM to let me know that. I decided to take a nap upstairs in my master bedroom and set my alarm for 5:45. I left my side door unlocked, but I didn’t leave the key in the lock box for her.
When I came downstairs after my nap, she was already here in my house.
This is where I’m not sure how to proceed.
She arrived after check-in time, but I don’t really like that she let herself in at some point when I was sleeping, when I hadn’t left the key.
Leaving the door unlocked is entirely on me, but she told me around 6, and arrived way before that (she’s American, as am I, so this isn’t a cultural misunderstanding of time).
I feel really weirded out and etc. by all this, and again I know it’s on me for leaving my door unlocked instead of following my usual procedure of putting the key in the lockbox for the guest. Which is the same thing (letting themselves in) but the former doesn’t bother me and the latter really does. The lockbox doesn’t bother me because I fully expect them to let themselves in, thus I’m prepared for them to be here, but it’s rather startling otherwise like today.
I’ve been hosting for about a year, highly rated Superhost, etc. and I just really don’t like how this check-in happened. I almost feel inclined to mention it in my review of her, but I feel like it’s mostly on me. What do you guys think?