from Melbourne, Australia. I'm a photographer/ journalism student on exchange in Toronto, Canada at York University.
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Hosting David and Christie was a pleasure. They were very easy to be with, great conversationalists, good listeners, and very interested in learning what I was interested in. David was really enthusiastic about being in NYC, in fact he told me "I love your city!" They went to several comedy clubs during their stay so you can tell they enjoyed a good laugh and liked to have fun!! I would definitely welcome them back any time and recommend them highly to other Airbnb hosts!
"The house is very unclean, dusty and run down. Vera told us to let her know if we needed anything or wanted anything done differently - but who wants to tell someone their house is like a thrift shop that hasn't been dusted in a year?"
Out of 69 (mostly favorable) reviews, this one was by far the worst. And it was frankly rather shocking in it's level of unkindness. I was first and foremost very saddened to hear their stay with me in Boston had been so unpleasant for them. Secondly, I was also saddened that my generally good reviews had been so badly skewed in the negative direction. I can only hope that other people interested in my place will read ALL the reviews, and not stop after this one. I ask all guests to give me honest feedback, to allow me the chance to try to make their stay more comfortable and enjoyable, if there is anything they find disconcerting or displeasing. I can only hope that people will be honest with me upfront, and not after the fact, but I guess that is too much to expect of people sometimes. A simple "we are sorry to have to tell you this, but the place is below our personal standards of cleanliness and we need some improvements made in order for us to feel comfortable here" would have been responded to with my best efforts to make the necessary improvements. If that involved going over all the surfaces again with a dustcloth, I would have been happy to comply. Not all peoples' standards for cleanliness are the same and after 69 reviews I have 4 out of 5 stars in this category, so that tells that I have met most peoples' standards of acceptability in this area. I found the gratuitous insults associated with the critique to be unnecessary and extremely unfortunate. The pictures of my place accurately depict the "decor" so I wonder why they chose my place in the first place if the furnishings were not up to their taste or standards.
I really enjoy hosting to meet different people from all over the world. However, and to be quite frank, one experience like this is enough to give me pause and reconsider that it might be better to not be a host after all.
David and Chris were wonderful guests. Both David and Chris are great conversationalists and are so friendly.
Tommy and I would have loved to spend more time with you and bring you to Suzy Q donuts but alas we had to work!
We strongly recommend David and Chris as guests in your home. I know we were really happy to meet them.
Jen and Tommy
David and hes wife so nice, friendly guests.
It was short, they had family( friends reunion) in Two Rivers B&B, and we really enjoyed having them as our guests.
We will welcome them any time in the future.
David and his partner were here for one night as a quick pit stop. I did not get to speak with them all that much, but they were fun to talk with and talk about travel. They were truly easy guests to host and I would definitely host them again.
David and Christy are perfect airbnb guests. We had some good conversations and enjoyed hearing stories of their travels. They were only here for one night but we would be happy to host them again anytime. We hope to make it to Australia one day to visit them.
These Aussies were a pleasure to have.. I always enjoy and learn from the young internationals!
Response from David:
Thanks Patty, we loved our breakfast at Cafe Eclectic!
Very polite, clean, and respectful guests. We highly recommend them and would welcome them back at anytime.
David and his wife are awesome!!! He was the best guest! Such a fun and funny guy! David and his wife were so much fun to host. Immediately they felt like old friends to me. Soon I had them out sailing the high seas, and sharing jokes and vegemite sandwiches. Next time he comes to town, he will be staying for free. If he sends you a reservation or request, you'd be mad to not give him a special offer.
David and his friend were perfect guests. I did not see them much but they left the house in good order. There was good communications before and during their stay.