Guests not living up to what they agreed on
Offering one of the lowest prices in the Netherlands I demand guests to agree and live up to my special concept of not having any reception around, entering with a door code, registering and paying in advance, drying everything that was left wet, like shower, sink, floor, etc.
BOOKING.COM SEEMS TO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY FOLLOWING REQUESTS: 1 My consent, for admission for Booking.com guest service into communication with the guest. 2 Block for giving a review after misconduct (= repeatedly not living up to what the guest agrees on). 3 My consent, for admission for Booking.com guest service in my special concept (house rules), in which I and the guest agree that the guest can be asked to leave the property without reimbursement of any remaining nights or deposit. 4 To see the host as a partner instead of an enemy. = First verify that what the guest claims corresponds to what I have to say about it and no discussions about "true" or "not true," before literally threatening to pass on the costs of relocation. 5 Including a summary of my concept in the fine print. 6 Recognition of my refusal of guests who have not complied with my repeated request to send a photo of ID data and to repeat+agree with my conditions within the 48 hours that I propose. Despite my repeated request to repeat my conditions before agreeing or to cancel the booking and avoid the costs of the entire booking 3 days before arrival the guest repeatedly didn't want to repeat my 5 conditions, simply replying that he agreed with everything.
I was literally threatened by Booking.com guest service, to host him anyway under threat of the costs for an alternative stay. As I returned home myself in order to make sure that he wouldn't cause any problems, I had to send him away immediately after the first night because, as expected, he simply wasn't drying the shower, the floor, leaving all sinks and taps with lime scale and eventually mold. In the end, the booking was simply cancelled by Booking.com and the payment for the first and remaining nights was paid back to the guest. In addition, all messages that show that the guest has never complied with my request have been removed, including my request to pick up his things that are still in my locker and to return the key.
The guest was allowed to give me a review with the lowest possible score, threatening me with the police because I seem to refuse to return his things. When I contacted Booking.com by telephone in order to let the guest know to pick up his belongings, as I couldn't contact him anymore, I never received the written confirmation of this that was promised to me, and suddenly everyone (except me) seems to have decided that this case is closed. Anyone else having this experiences?
Sorry to hear. My own experiences have been mixed and similar to.
I simply adapted and rewrote auto message templates; Put up posters in different lanaguages with symbols etc
But then there is also managing realistic expectations.
Yes you can ask for things to be done like clean up after yourself but then there is no way to enforce it either.
Taking prepamyent via BdC is really the only way. Even Better is Non refundable rate.
Increase your rate too, underselling is also a bad idea as it can attract undesirables, I too made that mistake and was later advised against it.
TIP: if you enter 2 carriage returns after a line or paragraph you can space out the text so it is not one block of text. ergo easier for us to read and digest. Shift+Space also helps.
Consider linking your Property link into your partner profile as it helps other partners assist you, especially when starting out .
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