So we’ve been hosting for two years as of this weekend. Thanks to a guest we had a couple weeks ago, we now have our first 1 star review…
I have instant book on, but don’t allow guests without previous reviews to instant book. I review the guests profile and what they say the purpose of their visit is. This guest did not have previous reviews, but had been a member of Airbnb for a year. I accepted the booking because it was a high value booking, 6 nights during a large convention in town. She stated she was coming to visit family in the area… My guess is that she had tried to book a hotel, and couldn’t find one for less than $300 per night because of the convention, so she turned to airbnb.
Here is the review:
This stay was an awful experience. We were woken up every night by people living in the house fighting & coming home late at night. We had 3 people for a week stay & given 3 towels. 4 days in we asked for clean towels & were told most people take the hosts towels to the laundromat! We had to text the owner every time we came & went. Even to walk out to our car. This was not a good stay. I do not recommend & I will be reporting to AirBnb. They should not be hosts!
Soooo… Our space is a loft above one side of our house and our garages. It’s pretty isolated, especially when the AC is running. We’ve had other guests mention in their reviews about noise from downstairs… We are a family that has teenagers… Occasionally disagreements happen, but generally they aren’t that loud, and end up resolved fairly quick. I work two jobs, so yes, I come home late at night. The airbnb space is above the garage, so you would hear the garage door open and close, but that’s about it. My older kids sometimes come home late from being out with friends, but they don’t open the large garage door, just the side door to come in. It’s not loud at all. Neither of these sound issues were mentioned to us during the stay.
It’s true, since access to the loft is a shared entrance to the rest of the home, we ask our guests to let us know when they come and go so we can put our dogs away so they don’t escape out the front door or cause a ruckus. With strangers coming and going, the dogs bark… A lot… So we like the put the dogs away when people come. This is mentioned in our house manual, which users have access to once they have a reservation, and we’ve had people mention it in their reviews, so it’s not a secret.
Then there were the towels… The morning of the third day, my wife gets a text. “I’ll leave the soiled towels on the stairs when I leave so you can wash them.” Huh? We were like “what the F did they do to our towels?” When she came down, she demanded clean towels. The towels weren’t soiled, just used… My wife told her that we just had enough towels for 4 people up there and we generally don’t wash towels mid stay on shorter visits. She also brought up that there weren’t enough towels for 3 people. Umm… 3 towels for 3 people…
When she pressed about longer stays, my wife thinking she was referring to when we’ve had people staying several weeks to a couple months, mentioned that those people usually washed the towels on their own. My wife was just so taken aback that this woman would demand we launder her “soiled” towels. I’m not sure why there were only 3 and not 4 towels up there, but really, that’s picking nits… My wife ended up just giving her some of our own personal towels. The thing is, had this guest just politely asked, my wife probably would have just washed them. It was the whole entitled attitude and demeanor that made the situation difficult.
I realize the need for spare towels just in case someone does ruin one, and those are on our shopping list for later this month along with a 3rd set of sheets.
I purposely didn’t leave her a review because I have this “nothing nice to say, don’t say anything” motto. I now regret not leaving a review. I feel that I need to leave a public response to her review, but I’m trying to come up with the wording that is polite, yet firm. Any ideas how I can politely tell this lady she’s better off staying at a hotel? How can I remind her that she was a GUEST, albeit a paying one, in MY HOME?