I am Kostas from Greece. I live in Stockholm, but the studio i have listed in in the beautiful Kalamata (like the olives!) in Messinia - Greece. I finally got into AirBnB in July 2016 and my first guests arrived on the 9th of August. I am fully booked from 9-19 and 24-26 which is a decent start. I would like you as you are more experienced to let me know what you think about my listing, pricing and maybe what could be improved.
This is my listing: https://www.airbnb.gr/rooms/13695324?preview
I have hand-built everything in the apartment myself as well as decorated it too. Kitchen is brand new, bathroom as well. There is no Wifi but i will fix that. No aircondition either but there is a large fan and the room is really cool even in the summer due to the breeze and the mountain.
I have started low with around 21 euros per night, now up to 27 since it is still high season. From what i see the competition is not offering something amazing compared to mine and it is also very close to the airport, which is one of my marketing points. Beach and town center are also within 10 minutes reach.
My only issue has been guests not finding the place easily sometimes (traditional greek village = no street names).
Other than that i just had a guy arrive at 2 am, i picked him up from the airport and drove him around the next day for a lot of things, even made him lunch, poor guy was starving. I went the extra mile as i always try to do with guests, i believe this will pay off later on. What do you all think? I have also developed good relations with all of them and they have even asked me out on a drink (i politely refused) or said that i am welcome in their own country.
Compared to competition what do you think i should price my listing at? How will it affect business?
Kalamata is a very touristic place, it is a god damn mythical destination if you are into quiet, beautiful landscapes, beaches and architecture or history. Hundreds of thousands visit here every year.
Thanks everyone, sorry for the long post!