I was a host for a year and half. I decided to stop hosting and have renters, and then I sold the home.
It wasn’t until this year that I decided to be a guest.
My first experience was lovely and exactly as how I would expect it. I did not have any pets with me.
I decided to travel with my pets. And I’m wondering if the majority of pet accommodations are generally… on the funkier end of things? I’ve documented them below.
The second stay was extremely nice except for a strong odor that the host tried to cover up with air freshener. Upon mentioning it she pretended like she didn’t know what I was talking about, but then later admitted it was “something” that had gotten on the carpet-- possibly from a pet. The smell was like spoiled milk.
The next place I stayed was a charming older home that was well decorated but had a lot of unfinished DIY projects (the house needs a lot of work and is quite unhospitable feeling to be in). The listing was marked as having AC but the space got up to 85 degrees every day until about 10pm when the window units could actually get a handle on the heat and cool the space. It also had extremely creaky floors and I was above the hosts, so I was very afraid of annoying them.
The next place I found has helpful and interactive hosts. I have a large room and can use the kitchen and washer/dryer. AC always below 75. Off street parking. Fast internet. Flowers in the room. But the house is so dirty! There is mold in the shower (and all over and on the ceiling). The toilet exterior is covered in hair, dirt, and dried urine. There are mouse droppings in the kitchen. The rugs never get vacuumed. My floor is so dirty. Covered in animal hair, dirt, and kitty litter.
Since I have pets it’s harder to find accommodations… so I asked to use the vacuum and cleaned the shower stall and a portion of the bathroom myself. When the host noticed I had cleaned she made a surprised “wowza” face but didn’t thank me.
She has another room for airbnb and I checked and the floor is covered in hair and kitty litter.
She has glowing reviews from so many guests! I didn’t go through all of them but only found one where the guy said it wasn’t clean enough so he left early. The host denied the problem and said they never had any complaints before.
I never realized that so many guests just straight up lie about the condition of the rental! Now I wonder what all my guests really thought of me and my home considering all the BS I’ve read on this host’s listings.
What do I do in this case? Leave a pile of BS just like everyone else? Why are people so afraid of being honest? And her cleanliness ratings are 4.9 and 4.8!
Edit: here are some photos I took today: https://m.imgur.com/a/wsKG4gt
Edit 2: and I forgot to mention the kitchen often has a strong odor. Two days ago it was so strong i could smell it on the other end of the house… maybe 40 to 50 feet away.