Response from Esther:
For me the spirit of this site is to give an honest, fair review for future bookers of this location. And that is what I (we) did.
I must say I love Peter's use of the words "extremely, very, extensively, slightest exaggerated and subjective" in Peter's review of me. Sounds very objective :-) It reads more like a revenge act then - as in the spirit of airbnb - honest, fair feedback. But if he thinks that giving him 4 or even 5 stars in the star-review part is negative? That a 4 star hurts his business?? Giving him as a host and the location of his appartment 5/5 point? Does that hurt his business also?? So next reviewers, be aware, this host, after reviewing him turns a Jackal & Hyde on you if he doesn't score an A+. That is HIS spirit of Airbnb.
To comment on the content of his review on me:
* First of all; if I am demanding, I would book a 4/5-star luxury hotel and would not travel half the globe using only a backpack :-)
* And I did not need to be 'demanding' as Peter (until I gave my review) was an excellent host (as I mentioned in the review giving him 5/5 points!!). While there we were taken good care of him.
* If me being honest about the bathroom being small is being demanding, then so be it. And I did write that my review of the bed was a personal one.
* About the noise - I indeed always travel with earplugs. And "professional" in this case means, earplugs adjusted to my rather small inner ear that cannot be fitted with the cheap cotton version you can buy everywhere :-) so I did not take my noise-level into account. I used my partner's opinion, as that would be fair. And my partner is an easy sleeper (anywhere, anytime). Even he slept badly during those 5 nights! One night or two nights may not be an issue, but when you do more than that, the lack of sleeps kicks in. So the noise was, for the both of us, a deal-breaker. And yes, we did take into account that we were in the old busy part of Barcelona!! And indeed, from that part I advised people not to book this room if sleep is important. But I also said that if you don't mind, and location is everything, it won't be an issue and this would be the perfect city trip apartment.
So I wish Peter the best with his bookings. But I hope he would be a bit more reasonable with other non-A+ ratings!