Here’s what I wrote last Tuesday on the airbnb page on Facebook
“Hi folks - I’m a HUGE airbnb fan - travelling as a guest since 2010, and hosting for the last two years. I’ve had almost universally excellent experiences and I’ve encouraged many many people to join up.
However, there’s an issue I’ve come across which I’m very unhappy about and I think needs a heads-up for hosts, and a big shout out to airbnb - children, babies, and pets and the change in policy regarding their stays.
My place is an adult space, top floor flat, no lift, glass furniture, sash windows (fully opening), table and standard lamps, and silk cushions etc. Not child friendly, in fact, frankly unsafe for wee ones, and vulnerable to heavy wear&tear from children, and nuisance factor for neighbours if children’s natural effervescence is unleashed there! As an asthmatic, I am sensitive to pet hair. So no pets, or small children. No exceptions. And yet…
…There is a new approach to 0-2s, and in the booking process a seeming invitation to add children or a pet! Yesterday I was booking to stay in an airbnb for an overnight trip. I’d searched for places for two - my husband and I, then as I went on to complete the request via a screen and drop box was asked how many children I planned to bring, and how many infants - with the helpful encouragement that they weren’t ‘counted’ as part of the fee! This by the way, is a place stating it has one bed, accommodates two people, is in a family home (ie not stand alone/entire space) and it has the pets and family-friendly amenities crossed out. WHAT ARE AIRBNB THINKING OF?! Sorry to shout, and I know people are already saying this, but since I just saw for myself how bonkers this is I felt the need to weigh in.
We have got to stop this - having worked so hard to get off to the right start with guests with ensuring they’ve accurate expectations of our place, I strongly object to this unwelcome, unworkable, and frankly unsafe development. PLEASE - will the powers-that-airbn-be can reflect and have a rethink?! Please. This is important.”