AIRBNB HOSTS: 7 LITTLE THINGS THAT WILL GET YOU FIVE STARS
Travelers use AirBnB often enough to realize our hosts, nice as they can be, often misunderstand our needs.
- •We Like To Cook, We Don't Like To ShopKnowing a place has a kitchen is a godsend! But if we show up with a bag of groceries, we've often been so enchanted with local produce & delicacies we've overlooked staples like cooking oil, salt & pepper, sugar, and spices. It's wasteful to make every guest buy these, and very appreciated when they're provided.
- •Cooking Part II: Thanks For The Twenty Forks, Where Are The Spoons?Your kitchen may have a glorious view, and it may even have pots, pans, cutlery, and utensils, but it's not always a useful configuration. A frying pan needs a spatula, a pot needs a strainer, and lids are always a bonus. A good chef's knife is invaluable. Try cooking a meal in your guest kitchen and see what you reach for; chances are guests will love you for it.
- •Caffeine Addicts Are Easy To PleaseHaving "coffee maker" listed as an amenity may clinch more bookings from caffeine-heads. Tell us what you have; a 4 cup brewer, a moka pot, an espresso machine, a Keurig, a French press. Some of us will bring our own coffee, but it helps if we know what we're grinding for, or if we need to pick up a box of k-cups. We appreciate decent mugs and sugar, and will hug you if there's even a little coffee cream. Providing ground coffee is never a bad idea, and it doesn't have to be fancy
- •Everything About Your Home Is New To UsIt's amazing when hosts are available to field questions from us but maybe we're all busy or it's the middle of the night. Providing a laminated page things we want to know like the WiFi password, where we can park, and the checkout time is a great way to minimize nuissance. Bonus for relevant and well-chosen contact info for local doctors, taxis, restaurants, art museums, etc.
- •Turn On, Check In, Check Out,Some of the best hosts require zero interaction. They provide a lockbox code that lets guests access keys so they can check themselves in and out. If you do this, make sure you send the code in a message. Travelers will be on their mobile devices, and AirBnB doesn't always show the relevant info in the app. If you provide codes on your own website, make sure it's mobile-friendly.
- •Roleplay In The BedroomFinally, nothing beats testing your space to see how traveler-friendly it is. As good as you are at anticipating needs, it's still your home and you know how it works. Ask a friend to come over and go through all the steps of checking in and getting settled. You'll know if you need an electrical outlet by the bed or instructions for the shower.
- •Where The Wifi Signals RoamThis is so major it gets its own heading. Wifi is pretty standard at AirBnBs, and it's the traveler's lifeline, especially if our phones are roaming and we're trying to minimize data costs. Basically, bring your laptop and test it everywhere there's a chair or a bed. If you have trouble getting Netflix, move the modem or upgrade it to a newer model.