Staying in professionally managed short-term leases isn’t any assure of an optimum visitor expertise. When your host’s profile image seems to be a free inventory photograph, you’ll be able to guess how this ended up.
On-line Journey This Week
A trip journey during the last two weeks to California highlighted to me what a crapshoot staying in short-term leases continues to be regardless of the supposed heightened professionalization of the trade.
Whereas I booked a mixture of short-term leases and motels throughout the journey, a keep booked by Reserving.com and a second reservation I made on Airbnb, each in Los Angeles, made me longing at instances for the relative reliability of a resort the place I’d have some sense of what I’d truly be getting.
The condo resort I secured on Reserving.com in downtown Los Angeles was a visitor expertise nightmare throughout the course of main as much as checking in though the keep itself turned out nicely sufficient.
A Meetup Location, Not a Property Deal with
The host didn’t give me the title or tackle of the property, which turned out to be Degree Downtown South Olive, even on the day of the keep till truly assembly me there after a protracted course of and handing me a key card. Main as much as that the host had despatched me a 15-paragraph e-mail informing me I ought to present an arrival time, and that the tackle was a “meet-up location.” I admittedly didn’t learn the e-mail as a result of I used to be driving six hours to the property and never checking emails. So it was partially my fault, however shouldn’t you have the ability to e-book a property, get the tackle, and verify in? Duh.
Previous to check-in, the host gave me no property title or exact tackle however merely supplied a Google Maps hyperlink with instructions to an intersection in Los Angeles that turned out to be 10 miles from the property. After I arrived on the intersection mid-evening on the night time of the keep and didn’t discover an condo resort, I known as the host, who instructed me she was in church, and wouldn’t be leaving instantly so I’d have to attend an hour to verify in. Hadn’t I learn all of her emails? No, I used to be touring, specifically driving throughout the state to get there.
This was all going down at round 9 p.m. after a protracted day of driving. The host met me an hour later on the property, and I checked in, though she warned me a number of instances to not inform the Degree employees or strategy the entrance desk saying I had booked the keep on Reserving.com as a result of then “they won’t assist you to.” The rooms ended up being OK, and the situation was alright, however there was nothing luxurious concerning the facilities on this supposed luxurious furnished condo.
Downtown LA, Not West Hollywood
After two nights there, my Airbnb reserving in a supposed trendy, luxurious West Hollywood condo for the subsequent two nights with pool and health club turned out to be worse. First, the property truly was in downtown Los Angeles and never West Hollywood so the host may circumvent “native Airbnb restrictions,” and I needed to navigate a two-block-long homeless encampment to get from a parking storage to the condo.
Once more, as with the Reserving.com reservation, I needed to pledge earlier than the host accepted the reserving that I might inform nobody within the constructing that the place was booked by Airbnb.
This “luxurious” condo didn’t have a single glass or cup in it, and the swimming pool entry turned out to be a delusion as a result of the host later instructed Airbnb after I complained that I ought to ask constructing residents to let me into the pool as a result of the doorway to the pool was all the time stored locked. I knowledgeable Airbnb the subsequent morning, after staying there for the primary of two nights, that I’d be packing my luggage and leaving, and I needed a full refund as a result of the host hadn’t supplied the promised facilities, together with glasses and cups, in addition to pool entry.
At first Airbnb customer support instructed me I wouldn’t get a full refund as a result of I had slept on the property for one night time, however after I despatched customer support representatives a video of the locked pool doorways, Airbnb issued me a full refund for the 2 nights “on condition that some facilities had been lacking.”
The Elusive ‘Vivian’ Used Inventory Photograph for Profile
It’s unclear whether or not my Airbnb host “Vivian” actually exists. Her profile photograph turned out to be a free inventory photograph. I by no means truly spoke along with her on the cellphone regardless of calling her twice. The cellphone quantity on the itemizing went to somebody who was clearly aggravated as a result of she had nothing to do with the property, and I left a message and bought no reply when calling a second supplied cellphone quantity. Airbnb initially couldn’t attain “Vivian” both however hours later obtained a textual content from a property supervisor — seemingly Luxurious Leases LA/Yoffa Administration — who purportedly was en path to ship cups and glasses.
“Vivian” despatched me what clearly had been automated messages all through the keep, none of which addressed any of the problems I had been texting her about.
All of this made me suppose I simply ought to have booked a resort — particularly one which had parking. For the Airbnb keep, I needed to lug a bunch of baggage from a car parking zone two blocks away by the homeless encampment to get to and from the Airbnb. All of this for a property that was listed as being in West Hollywood.
The problems right here didn’t even revolve across the benefits and drawbacks of particular person versus skilled hosts as a result of each of the problematic bookings appeared to be for properties that had been professionally managed, and will in idea have met greater requirements.
This tiny sampling of two subpar short-term rental experiences clearly can’t purport to symbolize a complete trade. However they provide some random fodder displaying how far the trade has to go to make sure a dependable visitor expertise. Or perhaps the character of the gig economic system can by no means lend itself to that.
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