I have traveled around the world quite a bit and am happy to share my home with fellow travelers. I have lived in San Francisco for nearly 20 years. If you are a fan of live music, good food and/or outdoor endeavors, I would be more than happy to share my insider's tips with you. Enjoy your time in San Francisco....the best city in America!
As you can see from my reviews, lots of first time airbnb guests have enjoyed a positive first experience at my home. If you are new to airbnb (or not) and want to book one of my listings, please consider these 'pro tips' gleaned from my airbnb experiences...both, as a host and as a guest:
1) make sure you are completely verified and have a nice, clear photo of your face on your profile *before* sending a note/booking request to a host (trust and transparency are keys to success here);
2) read through the airbnb FAQs thoroughly! Hosts with popular listings are busy people and we appreciate it when prospective guests ask questions unique to their travel situation and/or the listing in question. We appreciate less those that ask us general airbnb questions that are answered already in the FAQs;
3) please, please, please thoroughly read through my listing(s). I assure you that your questions about parking, public transportation, check in/out, etc. have been included in the listing(s);
4) since you may have few/no reviews, hosts like me must make a guess as to what sort of guest(s) you might be (and some hosts won't even consider people new to airbnb). In the absence of a review, you might consider the following to ensure I (other hosts) will feel comfortable approving your request:
• get another airbnb member to write a reference on your behalf (click on "reviews/references" on your profile page and you will see how to do that)
• in your initial note, it is appreciated when you include what your plans are during your stay (sightseeing, attending a conference, partying at clubs, etc)
• include assuring comments about how you will treat my home (i.e. "I will treat your home with the same respect I treat mine")
• please make sure you've carefully thought out how you will feel about sharing your space, and sole bathroom, with a complete (male) stranger. This is a shared living situation and quite different (better) than a normal hotel room stay
**let me know you've read the house rules, and that they are agreeable to you (this is a must, please)**
5) airbnb does not allow for third-party bookings (so, no, you aren't able to book for your parents/son/daughter/etc). Here is airbnb's policy statement around this: https://www.airbnb.com/help/article/427
6) For international guests - please make sure you have your smartphone connectivity sorted out for your stay in America. USA phone networks are not very flexible so it is advised you check on text/data options *before* your trip. At very least, install WhatsApp on your phone (like SMS and freely usable over data/wifi connection). Being able to communicate with me/other hosts on your day of arrival is crucial...especially if such things as a lockbox, or other unattended key transfer is used.
7) Finally...I, like other busy hosts, keep my calendar up to date. So, if airbnb is showing either of my listings as available for your dates - the place is available! If my listing suits your needs, it is best to send the booking request right off. If you hesitate, the other person looking at my place for your dates will get it!
Hope this is helpful. Welcome to my home.