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Just for fun: worst suggestion EVER included in a review


#1

After reading the thread in which a guest complained about a small shower and suggested the addition of a large tub would be nice, I started thinking about comments guests have made that tell me they have no idea of the: cost of providing a rental, and most rental property owners depend on the revenue to pay the mortgage, utilities, taxes, etc., plus the guests have watched too many DIY shows.

Let’s share:

An Airbnb host stayed in my 650 sq ft (198 sq meter) condo having a 10x10 ft (3x3meter) bedroom. Her suggestions: 1. Ceiling fan to large for room. Remove it. 2. Furniture too large for room & unnecessary storage for guests staying for a week or less so I should replace it. 3. I should move the bed to not be directly under the heat/air conditioning vent.

  1. Fan: in the heat of summer the fan is needed. It is the size recommended for that size room. The option exisits to not turn it on.

  2. Furniture: Many of my guests stay a month or more. They need the storage space. I cannot have “short term” furniture & “long term” furniture and swap it for each guest stay.

  3. Heat/cold blowing on bed: it is a 10x10 room with a closet, window & door. It is not physically possible to place the bed so no part is under the HVAC vent.

As Yoda would say “Not magician I am”.


#2

Guest in my super-humble $25 a night simple room suggested I obtain dedicated parking for the listing.

FYI I am in an area with absolutely packed on-street parking.


#3

My guest hated the rain. Well, since I am a goddess I’ll just stop it for you next time… also I live IN A RAINFOREST!


#4

People just want to change my neighbor’s house, and control their behavior. Fortunately only in private comments so far!


#5

“I expected long white sand beaches with no people on them.”

Oh you mean like in tourism authority photos of other islands?


#6

Lol…how dare you have other people on the same island!!


#7
  1. Although in the private comments…every morning (5 night stay) there were cockroaches all over the kitchen which my partner was not happy about!!!..
    mmm…not one mention when I checked on them on the 3rd day plus I go in straight after they leave to do my 4 hour clean, did the cockroaches know I was coming because they obviously jumped in their bags and left with them…

2.Instead of doing the lovely wine and fruit platter guests would much prefer free Wi-Fi…its very clear in my listing I don’t have Wi-Fi so why book?


#8

Had a guest suggest I get a cucumber slicer. Although I have no idea what that is.


#9

It’s part of every hipster salad bar! :rofl:


#10

Like a knife?!!!?!?!?!?!?


#11

Over the years I have been told to add -

  1. a screened porch ( dont want )
  2. a hot tub ( dont want one / have a pool )
  3. a fire pit ( bought one )
  4. street lights ( out of my control )

#12

No, really!!! :laughing::laughing:


#13

A guest suggested adding a (private) bathroom to our 70 sq meter, 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, rental apartment.

Note for people who have no idea: When you put 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living area, a kitchen and a laundry in a 70 sq meter (753 sq feet) apartment, this means these spaces are already quite small and there usually isn’t ANY space to put in an extra bathroom :roll_eyes::roll_eyes::roll_eyes:.


#14

@georgygirlofairbnb

screened porch—:laughing:

Well alrighty then—pull out that extra $7,000 usd and build one!!!


#15

I have never read mine, wonder why.


#16

@GutHend

Add a bathroom!! Proof they’ve seen too many DIY shows for tiny spaces :rofl:


#17

I’m still reeling from the guests who suggested that we should have a dishwasher. I know that doesn’t sound too strange but imagine an apartment that’s under 450 square feet. Now imagine how tiny its kitchen is. It’s a miracle in itself that there’s room for a full size fridge and a full size cooker. (Both of which most guests - and definitely those from the US - expect.)


#18

It wasn’t in a review but I had a guest who suggested a clock in the room. There is a Bose clock radio next to the bed. He also suggested a more powerful exhaust fan for the bathroom. The bathroom has a 2 year old builder’s grade fan and a window in the arid desert where mold and humidity are rarely issues. Spending $100+ for a better fan is the only guest suggestion I’ve not followed.


#19

I did once have a “place would be better with a dishwasher” suggestion. This was when I was renting a full apartment by the beach in Hawaii for $89 a night.


#20

@jaquo

I’ve been using my rental revenue to pay the bills for and gradual updates on a condo built in 1995. In my intro in the guest book, I explain the condo is a work in progress as I can afford to make updates.

All of the 20+ year old appliances were clean, in good shape, and worked. A few years ago, a guest told me the appliances were just too old and that new stainless steel appliances were needed.

It is so easy for someone paying $80 a night for a beach area condo to suggest that I spend >$2,000.


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