@adrienne12 I can understand that and I always think hosts should go with their gut feeling, as it usually turns out to be right.
But I had a guest I accepted, a single guy, whose profile said he was a student at the polytecnnic university, and liked a mix of partying and being quiet. So I’m thinking, yeah, right, 95% party and 5% hang-over quiet. Additionally he had had an Airbnb account for 3 years and not one review. And his profile photo was of him and 2 other guys (so I don’t which one is him) holding up wine glasses.
Red flags all over, right? But I just host a private room in my home for 1 guest, it’s not like they can throw a party or sneak in extra guests, and he’d sent a nice message, so I accepted.
He turned out to be the nicest guy. He had never updated his profile since he joined, he was no longer a student, he was the manager of 10 Dominoes pizza outlets, and when I asked him about not having any reviews, he explained that he had joined 3 years previous, planning to take a trip, but wasn’t able to get away and mine was actually his first Airbnb stay.
Poor guy had his phone and debit card stolen on the beach when he went in for a dip his first day here, and I felt terrible for him, but he wasn’t even fussed- said that it was actually fine, because now his employees couldn’t call and bother him with issues, as they had been, they’d just have to work it out for themselves and he’d made sure to only carry the debit card for an account with a small amount of money in it, he had another one.
I guess he’d emailed his sister earlier in the day and told her about the theft, because that evening, when he was out, his mom phoned here, concerned about him, we had a lovely conversation where I assured her he was fine, and we commiserated about worrying about our kids even though they’re adults.
After he checked out 3 days later, I went up to his room, fully expecting a bit of a mess, single guy and all, and my jaw dropped when I opened the door. It was so immaculate that apart from the used towels hanging neatly on the rack, it didn’t look like anyone had stayed in there since I’d cleaned. He’d swept, wiped down the bathroom counter, there wasn’t a speck of garbage anywhere. He’d even made the bed perfectly.
I gave that guy his first review and it was glowing.