Aloha Milu, This behavior really had me going, which I believe I'm just about to the point that not too much surprises me anymore.
I've seen my guests itinerary that states in bold caps CHECK-IN: ANYTIME AFTER 4 PM.
So you meet them an hour early due to their rudeness of not informing you of their ETA, and then they ask for more favors.
I'm sorry to say, but I have changed tremendously as a host, every time I 'be nice' and accommodate whatever is stated in the listing and house rules are not available, then their additional requests or intrusions never seemed to end.
CC has always stuck by her idea that if she had a beautiful house she'd be a Stoopid Host in a heartbeat.
I finally had to give in to her theory; I've turned into a down right Biatch, don't speak to half past the welcoming gig, ignore 25%, and there's probably 25% that are able to engage in a truly enjoyable conversation.
Just saying, I spoke, listened, and learned. Life is SO much easier and enjoyable now as a host.
As always, With much aloha
Can't wait to see the total message of a 64 year old dad looking for a last minute deal for December 12-15th. Ya Think? Never mind, I'm not going to waste my time thinking about it. There's only one way to spell NO.
OMG, I have got to stop sharing crap, things were going great until I chimed in on the ETA thing.
I responded to Mr Looking for a last minute DEAL with "Thanks for the inquiry, but I have nothing to offer besides my already totally reasonable rates plus the collection of the State of Hawaii taxes at the rate of 13.42% of your room rate.
I wish you well in your search for acceptable accommodations. "
I refrained from responding I never asked for a DEAL with my mortgage, electric, all the crap he thinks he's going to enjoy here. Plus, it was the loft with 3 day minimum stay due to me already booked beyond the sharks gills I couldn't identify the other night.
Note to CC: was your bodily removal/ Mr Yukon named Larry? Gut states same scenario.
I'm expecting a German couple on Saturday (note to Milu); figured I'd send my "I just wanted to touch bases with you as there is a new traffic revision, blah, blah, blah. Any idea of your ETA?"
If the chit ass answer didn't come back as 1 pm.
What's wrong with these people, and how flippin rude they are to think we don't have a life to enjoy and live. Some old phart wants a DEAL? of course his phone number was blanked out...ha-ha! Another thinks.....we'll get special early check-in?
This made the B personality come out again, thus, my point, how many more rejections you think they'll set themselves up for?
Oh...this gets even better as I'm typing my grumble.
Here's the original response from guest to my blah blah blah:
"Hey Rhonda, Thanks for letting us know. Our ETA will be at around 1 pm, if that's fine for you. I would let you know, in case anything changes. "
And mine: "I'm sorry, but I cannot accommodate you prior to the stated "Anytime after 4 pm" check-in.
I am a sole proprietor, and it is almost an impossibility to switch over and clean this house within 2 hours.
I will be happy to greet you properly if your arrival time is 4 pm. Please let me know if you will be enjoying many of the night time activities going on (lava viewing, star gazing, etc.), if your time of arrival is later.
With much aloha,"
And now from guest: "No worries Rhonda. Then we will check out the island a little bit and will come to your house at about 4 pm. I let you know if something changes. See you on Saturday looking forward to meeting you."
OK, so I stated I'd be here at 4 pm, although there's a gazillion things to see and do. He'll let me know his plans like he promised in September when he made his reservation. Ha-ha! Like at the moment they happen?
So, I'll have my arse home on Saturday at 4 pm waiting for an update.
I'm such a new Biatch, you can bet I'll plan something that will take me more away than Calgon ever imagined at 4:30 pm, and it won't be a bath at home.
Grrr......I'm not sending my letter to Santa for a receptionist and a check-in desk.
I've reclaimed my Selfishness in my own enjoyment of life.
So Be It, Ms Loo/Maintenance/Laundry/Gardener/et al, but most importantly, a morning swimmer who returns at 10:30 am to make sure they got their rear in gear and out the door by 11.