At the moment, I do not offer a TV screen or any visual amusements in the rooms that are being offered on AirBNB nor in any of our common rooms. I decided years ago that we would not have a tv in our living room or bedroom.
As I put together our AirBNB suite, I decided that the types of visitors most likely to want to stay with us would not value a TV. I live in a historic urban area and assumed that my guests would be here to do things such as touring, attending seminars, speaking at symposiums, defending their dissertations, etc. During the summer months, in fact, most of my guests were out until at least the sun went down, but many stayed out even later.
I also assumed that my guests would be younger, traveling with their own screens and content. Reality has shown that I am attracting some older guests, many of whom don’t have smart phones or laptops. Seeing a lot of tablets or no electronic device at all. [Still can’t imagine that!]
As the sun is setting earlier, I am noticing that guests are arriving back at the suite earlier as well. As I imagine Boston in the winter time, I am starting to realize that guests may not want to go out at night at all when it is 20ºF and there is 3 feet of snow on the ground. Though there are over 300 books in this room, it is possible that reading random materials won’t amuse many visitors.
Finally, on another thread, quite a few people who seem reasonable otherwise, indicated that they would want a TV in any place that they rented, even if it was just to watch 15 minutes before crawling into bed. I don’t generally watch tv while on vacation, especially when I don’t know the language! Clearly, I have much to learn about how other people live their lives.
I am reconsidering my TV decision. I offer a private suite on the top floor- two rooms plus a private bath. One we call the bedroom, and in fact that is what it is. The other room we call the Living Room/Den, but it can also function as a second bedroom since it has a nice futon for sleeping. Almost 50% of our guests use the two bed option.
We do have cable coming into the house. We do not have a Netflix account and own very few DVD’s. Occasionally, my husband uses my Prime account to stream movies but I would never share that password with a stranger.
For those that would not choose a space with no TV, is a smaller TV in the living room/den with expanded cable [sports channels galore, my one pre-nup from husband- you marry me, you commit to cable for sports] and the ability to connect to an online streaming service using your own account enough? Or when you see TV = √ and cable = √, do you expect more than what I think I can offer?