‘Nothing but five star reviews’? I’m surprised you haven’t been rewarded a medal Billy Bob (beyond the usual superhost). Excuse me if I find it just a little bit hard to fathom that in all the years you claim to have been using Airbnb (from its inception in other posts), and how many ‘units’ you have, and all the guests in and out of your doors, that not one person, or even 1 percent of guests decide it wasn’t necessarily a five star experience, but a four star. I have yet to see a host that has had enough reviews over time, to have 100% 5 stars every time. I’m surprised you’re not on some kind of speaking circuit such an advocate are you.
Back to the subject at hand, yes, new hosts happen every day, but did you take 2 years to take your first trip, or list your first unit? These can be red flags. I would assume the guests looked to see if they had other listings already, but if not it bears mentioning.
As far as what he is thinking, this requires communication between guest and host to ascertain. Assuming anything is never recommended. Bad things can and do happen, and recommending that a guest throw caution to the wind, simply because you feel you’re a great host and everyone must be like you is flawed advice.
I’m a frequent traveller to Paris, part of my career being based there, and have spent months at a time living there. There are many issues to take into account such as communication - please do NOT expect fluent English, and in some cases any English at all, and secondly increasing crime from a frustrated population dealing with immigration issues. These things do play into the safety of booking in certain cities. One more thing to be aware of, is that although Paris is in large part dependent on tourism, it is not totally uncommon to find people unhappy about it, particularly if you don’t speak a lick of French.
There’s even a psychological syndrome Japanese suffer after their dreams of what Paris is like are shattered by facing rude Parisians. It is similar to a post traumatic stress disorder.
This is not to say that your trip won’t be amazing Bola - all international travel can be fantastic if you have the right expectations. Expecting everyone to be just like us is not the best start though, and that is why you are asking the right questions.