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Saved by an honest review! Phew!


I just had a rather terse request late this evening for tomorrow through the next two weeks.

When I checked his 5 reviews, 4 of them were pleasant, but suspiciously short. You know what I mean.

His last review, however, detailed a 10 day hell best managed with a pressure washer. Guest responses to the host essentially backed up everything the host said.

Talk about dodging bullets!

Long live the honest review!


Thank goodness for hosts that aren’t afraid to leave an honest review!


I too was saved by honest reviews this morning. I was awakened at 5 am by a request for tomorrow night, my only open night until 18 June. I glanced at my phone and saw they had overall 4 stars as a guest. Ugh, so much for going back to sleep. I also see that they have marked check in as 2-4 pm; I have 4 pm as my earliest check in time. She had 19 reviews and is recommended by 12 hosts. All 19 reviews are from local hosts in April and May. I can only imagine how many hosts she stayed with who didn’t leave reviews. She says she is “traveling through” which is clearly a lie. The main problems are checking out late and leaving the place a mess. In particular more than one host says she left toilet paper and paper towels all over the place. One said she left a white powder all over the place. I can’t imagine she left cocaine but whatever it is, I don’t want it. I have a booking in for the next day and while I sometimes enjoy a challenge I can’t take a chance on losing that 4 night booking because this strange woman has wrecked the room.

So here comes my second cancellation ever (4 years/400 guests). I went to cancel online but I was unable to “cancel a reservation that has already started.” Here’s a shot of what it looked like:

Quite annoying as this reservation doesn’t start for another 33+ hours but whatever. I call in and get it canceled straight away. I went to block the guest but didn’t have the “something else” option at first (under the report this guest). I subsequently messaged Airbnb about blocking this guest. I got a reply within an hour and a reset on the report option. Now I was able to block the guest.

The good news here is that Airbnb worked the way it was supposed to. I read the reviews, wasn’t comfortable, had no problem getting it cancelled penalty free and got a quick response with the outcome I wanted from the messaging for support staff.

If there was an easy way to message other guests I would message them all and thank them for the heads up on the reviews.


I share my home. This guy is a very heavy drinker. I don’t allow alcohol, and I’m sober. I even have meetings here, if you catch my drift. Would be a major league drag for him, so I stated that it “wouldn’t meet his needs”, which is technically true.

Oddly enough, however, the room he had in mind is self contained, and everything is protected against damage. If I tiled it and put a drain in, you could run the hose through it! Might be a thought for the future… :wink:

PS - yes, I did try to contact the host. The idea was to find a listing of his, and press the “contact host” button. Unfortunately he is no longer hosting, but hats off to him!


Dusty, I don’t know which decline options are considered “penalty free”. I guess that’s why I’m nervous about declines. How can you tell?

Also, are we penalized for declining inquiries, or only for cancellations of booked stays?


Keeping in mind that this is one of the benefits offered to hosts who have IB, here are examples at this link.


Today’s guest had several bad reviews. The other one I cancelled questioned my pet fee. I had also hosted her 3 or 4 times previously so it was clear it wasn’t “discrimination.”

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