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“Responsive host, extremely clean apartment and well located. However do not expect any luxury (basic furniture and small apartment)”
Should I reply to such a review?
I do not promote any luxury, my place is for travellers on a budget and the price reflects this. The apartment size is clearly written in the listing (50 square meters) and an apartment plan is in the photo gallery.
I would reply, for clarification. Your first sentence is fine, the second one comes across a little annoyed (which you have every right to be, but you don’t want everyone to know that). I would soften it a little:
Many thanks for your review. I’m pleased you enjoyed your stay. I do not promote any luxury, my place is for travellers on a budget and the price reflects this. Best wishes
I wouldn’t. Partly for the reason mentioned by @KKC and also because by replying, you draw attention to the review.
Reviewers are only human and potential guests know this. For example, I received a great review that said that there was no need to have a rental car here because of public transport and uber/cabs. Just a few weeks later another review said that a car is essential for guests here. They are only stating their opinion and it’s up to potential guests to decide for themselves.
I would ignore it and I would also not write pleasantries I don’t feel. “Best wishes,” etc. I know you English have been brought up to extend lovely manners but I just wouldn’t to someone who cracked me.
Now, as to replying, don’t. It just brings more attention to the review and extends the drama. Very tricky to write replies that do not sound defensive!
I would replay " Thank you for your feedback. My place is for travelers on a budget and the price reflects this. It is a simply small but extremely clean place." It’s time to turn a review to an advertisement for you.
I addressed a nasty guest review in the third person to explain the situation. "THis guest was… blah blalh…"
One of the few times I have ever responded. Remember, they are not probably ever going to read it. You are actually addressing the hosts reading and considering them.