I’ve rented a two-bedroom apartment vacation rental since more than 4 years. I’ve used several vacation rental sites like Airbnb and from my experience there is a clear difference when it comes to the type of guest I receive from the different vacation rental sites:
Flipkey by Tripadvisor:
Mostly families with older children or elderly couples. Nationalities: American, UK, Australian. Staying typically 2-7 days and in average longer than guests from the other vacation rental sites I’m using. Guests require a high standard, but are paying well and there are very few problems and complaints.
Wide variety of guests: Groups of young people, families with younger or older children, groups of elderly people, solo travelers. Nationalities: Any, I’ve received people from most countries worldwide. Most guests are overally happy with their stay, but many guests (especially Americans) seem to always have “suggestions” for improvement. More than 50% of my bookings are from Airbnb.
Mostly European guests. Many elderly couples / groups or families with older children. Nationalities: Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, French. Less then 10% of my bookings come from Wimdu. People from the South of Europ (Spain, Italy) rarely leave reviews and if they do they keep it veery short with usually a good rating. Can be some language problems as very few guests from these countries speak proper English
Very similar to Wimdu, but I’ve had very few guests from this site the past two years.
Wide variety of guests: Groups of young people, families with younger or older children, groups of elderly people, solo travelers, business travelers. Nationalities: Any, I’ve received people from most countries worldwide. Many Asians. Guests seem to love or hate the property, 90% of the reviews are 9 or 10 star reviews (out of 10) whereas 10% of the reviews are really bad (less than 5 out of 10). Often possible to charge higher prices compared to the other vacation rental sites listed above, but payment must be done on site (Booking.com has no system for collecting payment from the guests). Guests from Booking.com often leaves the apartment dirtier as they expect it to be a hotel and there is more risk involved (not possible to pre-screen guests)
Elderly couples or families with older children. Nationalities: British and Australian. Most guests are overally happy with their stay, but many guests seem to have “suggestions” for improvement.
What’s your experience with the websites listed above or other vacation rental web sites you’re using??
Do you use any particular website to attract certain types of guests?