I debated whether this was worth posting about. It’s certainly quite trivial compared to some of the situations people find themselves in, if this forum is any indication. But it does not hurt to discuss things. So, I’m going to ramble on a bit. Feel free to ignore the rest of this post.
I just hosted a young American Midwestern couple (21) who just left. I didn’t have any problems till after they left. Aside from a general lack of communication. But more on that in a bit.
After they left, my cleaner told me that this has left the room very dirty. However, by the time she told me, she had already cleared most of it out. The rubbish included at least one cigarette and a couple of boxes of matches. My rules say no smoking. I’m not sure if there were partially smoked cigarettes - I didn’t go grubbing around in the trash to find out - there was an impressive amount of trash in the room, considering they had only been in the room for 6 days. This included an empty bottle of whisky, a opened and partially eaten jar of peach jam, misc other bottles (I forget what). Apparently the (small) rubbish bin was overflowing, and they had thrown a bunch of additional stuff in the vicinity of the bin. Also, there was a lot of water on the floor - I suppose they spilled it. In my case it was a tiled floor (the whole room is tiled), so it didn’t matter.
However, there didn’t seem to be any actual damage to the room, nor was there any smell of smoke. My people speculated that they opened the window in order to smoke. Though I don’t have any actual proof that they smoked in there. Also, they left an umbrella behind. I don’t know what to do about that - I’m inclined to just ignore it.
I’ve now told my cleaner to let me know immediately if there are problems with the room before cleaning it. That way I could take photos if I want to/need to.
Before this minor cleaning issue, I had noticed one slightly odd thing about this couple - their general disinclination to communicate. This started with the lady’s original request for booking, which read (in its entirety):
My boyfriend and I are travelling around India for a few weeks.
One would think she was having to pay per word. I was tempted to write back and wish them a nice time.
This extended to their actual stay, when, after the initial meet and greet, they scarcely said one word to me. This is quite unusual in a hosting situation. Even the most independent person would have some questions, along of the lines of - where do I find this, how do I do this, is it Ok if I…? One specific instance was when it occurred to me that they had probably run out of toilet paper. They had been here maybe three days at that point. And they indeed had. So I went and put more in there. But the striking thing is that they didn’t mention it themselves at any time.
Anyway, the upshot of these ramblings is - I’m not sure I’m comfortable writing a review for these people. My options are
a) Write a nice review, and don’t mention the mess they left behind. And the possible smoking issue. This sticks in my craw,
b) Don’t write a review at all.
c) Write a review which says that they left trash in the room (which I didn’t actually see), and smoked in there (which I have no proof of). Also, they don’t seem like bad kids, so I don’t particularly want to trash them in the review. I didn’t have any actual problems with them.
I’m inclined to go with (b). And bye-the-bye, I’d just like to say I don’t think I’m being paid enough to have to think about this kind of stuff. Just saying.
Oh, and I think I’ll install a smoke detector and CO detector in the room. They’re a bit of a pain when they go wrong, but they are recommended for safety. And they might discourage people from smoking in there. And maybe I’ll go work on my house rules to make them more explicit about strewing crap around the room. Maybe mention rubbish bins in a pointed way. Also, I currently have that rooms are cleaned weekly. I wonder if I should change that to every 3 days, to forestall this kind of thing.
This came out pretty disjointed. But responses are welcome.