Bit of a rant I guess.
We’re in the tropics in Australia and have been hosting since 2018 but closed because of COVID in March last year. Almost all of our business was young international travellers from Europe. We loved hosting them.
We nervously opened up again about a month ago. Not nervously because of COVID but because we feared hosting Australians on holiday would be more difficult. We felt that they would be harder to please because a lot of what we offer is already familiar to them. And they’d rather be in Bali or Fiji.
Seems like that is how it is shaping up, only worse. Now we are at the start of a 5 night stay by a local local. My wife works in a local shop a couple of days a week and this woman is a customer.
She only joined airbnb this month and her blurry profile pic is her against a snowy mountain scene. Her first message was “Look forward to relaxation in (our suburb) at your lovely property.”
She was four hours late for check-in and I had to message her that I was picking my wife up so would be out for half an hour. When we returned home she was already there. “Surprise. I thought I’d surprise you Mary. Do you want a drink. I just put a bottle of wine in your freezer.”
Who does that?
So, we’ve had to hide. Mary in the bedroom. Me in my office. And I’ve blocked both of our rooms in case she tried to extend or whatever. I would like to cancel her. Mary thinks we should try to stick it out.
She can’t find a place to rent apparently and so, it seems, we’ll be fulfilling that role. And I’m thinking when it all ends in tears we get the one star rating.
I realise this subject has come up a lot but how do you block local guests? As I said, bit of rant. Thanks for listening.