i’ve sent the following email to airbnb admin. i’m hoping that others on the forum who agree, will do the same.
i think the location rating is completely counter productive. one’s location is what it is. people see this rating and think it refers to “actual location”. i suspect you are trying to keep hosts honest about their neighborhoods on their listing descriptions but i believe many guests will rate down listings that are simply not what they had hoped for. for instance, i’m near the beach but not ON the beach. my neighborhood is lovely and convenient to everything but i often get graded down on location even though my description is VERY clear. i’ve spoken to other hosts of the forum and they often complain about the same category. please consider removing this category and allowing guests to use the overall rating if someone is not upfront about living in a bad neighborhood.