@TuMo, yes, I have traveled as a guest a handful of times in the last year and have had great experiences. I even picked up a few ideas on how to improve things in my own listing. I also highly recommend it to other host who haven’t been guests yet.
You are absolutely right that it’s super easy to click a day and block it on the calendar… but I can also see plenty of understandable reasons why a host (especially a host who has chosen not to opt in to instant book) might not want to accept a last-minute booking. Sometimes, when I’m under a lot of stress in my personal life, I am forgetful. I think you may have actually dodged the bullet here by not having to stay with someone who wasn’t completely prepared to host the next day. Unexpected things happen all the time, and when I am in the middle of a personal crisis updating my Airbnb calendar isn’t usually my top priority.
I’m not saying I would respond like that today, but in the first several months, especially right after being burned by an ungrateful guest (which, in my experience, happens more often with last-minute reservations), I could have easily sent that message.
I also noticed recently that Airbnb made it more difficult to decline a guest. You have to explain to both the guest and Airbnb why you are declining, and they make you pick from a multiple choice list of reasons, where none of the reasons usually apply to my situation. Overall I think this is an improvement for the entire system, but there have been a few times recently where I have let a request I’m planning to decline linger just because I didn’t have time for the extra clicks while I was out and using the mobile app.
Anyway, to me “short notice” is a valid reason, not no apparent reason. I’m not trying to insult you by sharing that opinion, and I’m sorry if I offended you with my post. I’m just reminding you that many hosts are just people living their lives, and hosting is often not their entire life. To me, it’s not worth the strain on my mental health to accept every request, especially under tight time constraints. That may make me a sloppy, unprofessional host, but my sanity is more important to me than any guest’s opinion.