Saturday, February 06, 2016

Don't Let the Airbnb Eat You For Breakfast

Take a good look Pat, because we won't be back. 

Not to beat a dead horse but my friend Lar brought up a good point about Airbnb's.  Where is the "breakfast" part in the Airbnb?  Well folks, there is no breakfast in the Airbnb.  See the below article:



The name "Airbnb" is a misnomer, because there is NO BREAKFAST in the "Airbnb." 

One of the commenters ("Anonymous" as always when someone leaves a negative comment) said:



So this old fart (which I plead guilty to, can hardly get away from that description since I actually AM an Old Fart) won't be staying in any Airbnb's anytime in the near future.  

Pardon me but I prefer clean accommodations and fresh towels and hospitable surroundings.  What I don't is being made to feel like a poor country hick interloper in the neighborhood.  But you know folks, I chalk this whole episode up to experience. A learning experience.  


Entrance to the Hollywood Bed and Breakfast, we WILL be back here where we were welcomed and luxuriated in the hospitality of our hosts and no angry neighbors venting their tirades at us AND we could walk to wherever we wanted to go in Hollywood.



18 comments:

  1. Don't really know what to say... Oh well.

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    1. Fit Studs,
      Oh, all 30 year olds aren't bad (I think) :)
      Ron

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  2. It's ironic that anonymous commenters always love to hang around blogs that they "hate" - making snide comments and eagerly (HUNGRILY) waiting for a response.

    And one more thing - - any 30-omething person who would stay at a crappy airbnb would have to be a jackass.
    The owners of that pitiful establishment - and their haughty neighbors - should have more respect to the paying guests.

    I'm in the mood to say that "ANONYMOUS" can shove it.....

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    1. Jon,
      Lately I've been getting negative comments from the trolls ("Anonymous"). You're right, they're anxiously awaiting a response.
      They're out there Jon. I haven't quite figured out what their problem is other than that they're probably desperately lonely or full of self hate. Sad.
      Ron

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  3. We are going to stay at an Air B&B for the next 2 weeks and we know we will be either making our own meals or going out to the restaurant. It is part of the contract and that is how it operates. As for the B&B when the concept started it was just that a bed and a small breakfast, unfortunately and I mean unfortunately the concept became something else, more like a 5 star hotel without the high price but the expectations of a lot of people go well beyond what was intended in today's B&B. In Europe it is still a bed and a continental breakfast. I have heard people ask for the full breakfast which outside of N.America is not well known. As for hospitality I really do not need it. I have my own program and things to do and the last thing I want to do is spend time with the owner and chat. However if the Air B&B you rented did not live up to the contract you can complain in writing and Air B&B is monitoring the situation, you are not left hanging.

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    1. Larry,
      Thanks for the tip. I think I will write the AirBnB folks just to let them know of the situation. It is not my desire to cause those proprietors problems but they should at least clean up the place before they rent again. It's not fair to the renters.
      Ron

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    2. Ron, you will not cause any problems, the Air B&B model is based on feedback, you will do everyone a big service. It also goes both ways, the owners do leave comments on the site about their guests, if a guest misbehaves then other owners of air B&B are forwarned and will refuse to rent to such guests. In your case it looks like the owners did not properly warn their neighbours of what was going on and that they had a space to rent on Air B&B. Pat should not have had any problems and the screeching neighbour should have addressed any comments to the owners not you guys.

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    3. Laurent,
      Thanks for this good advice. I will contact Airbnb and tell them of my experience with the place where we stayed. I think they should know as well as inform the owners. I don't mean to do a disservice but someone should know.
      Ron

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  4. Looks like the Hollywood B&B is the Best.

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    1. "Tommy",
      Yes, the Hollywood B&B IS the best. I hit a home run when I chose that establishment. I will return. However, the owner said his business was being affected by the proliferation of AirBnB's.
      Ron
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  5. From one old fart to another, don't people in their 30s have breakfasts then? Ah, so THAT'S where I went wrong!

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    1. Ray,
      I suspect to may 30 Somethings, breakfast isn't a big deal. I don't eat that much for breakfast myself. At home it is a bowl of bran flakes with strawberries. At the B & B where we stayed, I have one piece of toasted raisin bread, a thick slice slathered in butter. Maybe a half a glass of orange juice. Not much but just enough to keep me going. I don't think any of the Airbnb's offer anything to eat, even a stale piece of bread. They should take the "b and b" out of their title.
      Ron

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    2. Nevertheless, Ron, I do think breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I've got to have at least something or I don't function at all and I get a headache. In my more 'active' days on holiday I'd hate it when I got picked up and taken back to spend the night at someone's house or flat - and then come morning they don't offer me anything, not even a cup of coffee. Most inconsiderate. I wouldn't dream of being so inhospitable.

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    3. Ray,
      I'm the same way, breakfast is important to me. I don't eat a lot at breakfast, usually just a bowl of cereal with almond milk and some fresh strawberries, but something to get me started for the day.
      Ron

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  6. Ron,

    While in Philly last year I stayed at my first AirBnb. It had some of the same issues you experienced with an added poop in the toilet and freakin construction being done in the middle of the night in an apartment next door (the house seemed to have multiple tenants). BUT, the main thing I'm stating is, you could've and can contact Airbnb during your stay when there are issues. I did that during the construction incident and I was pleasantly impressed that they provided me a $300 voucher to either change accommodations or use it in another experience and it's good for a year I believe. I chose to stay as I was only there for two nights. Like you, I don't think I'll choose Airbnb again when traveling but do have this in my account. So know, should you reconsider, you do have options with Airbnb directly.

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    1. Jardley,
      Poop in the toilet? Wow, that would have been a deal breaker for me. I've tried to contact Airbnb through their website but apparently I have to be the one paying for the accommodations (which I didn't, Pat did) to air my grievances. If you know of a way to contact Airbnb directly, please let me know. But I don't think they want to hear from anybody other than those who actually paid for the accommodations.
      Ron

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  7. Now you've experienced Airbnb you can cross it off your list sort of like a cruise I don't understand those you go on them yearly, once was enough for me.

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    1. Roger,
      I'm not saying I would ever go to an Airbnb again, but I doubt it. I would rather go to a good hotel or an established bed and breakfast first.
      Ron

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