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I am an investigative journalist and writer, based in San Francisco. Recently returned from four months in Venezuela.
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I would host Arlene again. I read what Nina, a previous host, had written about Arlene’s post-evaluation of the host’s space. If I had read Nina’s post before communicating with Arlene, I would have hesitated hosting her.
However, Nina’s post did prepare me. So, when Arlene took a wrong turn in her rental car and asked me to wait on the phone line with her, it was no problem. She was gracious. During the ½ hour that we were on the line, we decided it would be best for me to meet her and she would follow me home. That was not a problem. Likewise, she seemed to be forgiving when I forgot to give her an alarm code when she arrived at midnight, but I forget to disarm the alarm the next day; therefore the police arrived and startled her.
She is really a nice and good person. She can, however, be vocal about her needs, which some may view as demanding and too critical. But, again, I enjoyed her stay and would host her again.
I really enjoyed having Arlene as a guest. She has led a fascinating life and was so interesting to talk to. She is also a kind and considerate guest and I would be happy to host her any time.
Arlene was perfectly fine as a guest, clean and friendly. However, she was the first guest out of our more than 20 guests to leave a negative review so beware. For instance, she said that "the twin bed made me feel like I spent the night on coils". What she didn't mention is that she is an older woman with a physical condition and that the bed is only one year old (though she would have no reason to know this). My mother, of a similar age to Arlene, sleeps on the same bed when she visits and loves it.
She also said "For $80 a night, I think the host should take the time to provide a basic level of hygiene". In fact, our bathroom is hygienic, but this is not a hotel. We take out the trash and clean up, but we do not have a maid to scrub every nook and cranny with a toothbrush.
She also wrote "Pillows had no pillow cases and smelled of sweat". That is not true. The pillow on the bed when she arrived had a pillowcase. She then asked for another pillow to assist with her physical condition. I gave her two more. I thought she just needed them to prop herself up so I inadvertently forgot to put pillowcases on. If she had asked, I would have gladly done so.