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New guests after a long covid break

Putting my hosting hat on again. 

 

First booking for end of May. 

 

 

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Aaltje B.

Tried to add a photo, but no luck. 

6 months ago
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Aaltje B.

Sergei, it keeps saying image field is required. But did download the image and put description underneath. 

Obviously I can't download the screenshot as well. 

 

Greetings

Aaltje B. 

6 months ago
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Aaltje B.

It's the cleaning part...LOTS of EXTRA work. 

 

Somebody managed to book for one day only, though settings are for two days or more. 

Have politely asked them to add one more day. 

The guests could now pull out, because I changed all my bookings to very flexible. 

If not flexibe, people won't book, because of all the uncertainty everywhere. 

Anyway, Have to Get On with it, you know the drill. 

 

I will put medical mask on while cleaning and milking gloves from the farm. They are ideal. 

And did block two days before and after their stay. All part of protocol. 

AirBnb has a feature that does the blocking automatically. Super! 

And BDC has a new feature for bookings from own country to choose from, which is super too. 

 

Greetings, 

Aaltje B

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6 months ago
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Elizabeth Coffie

Hi, where can i find the new feature for bookings from own country to choose from please.

6 months ago
Anonymous

Hey Aaltje B.! Congratulations! Can I ask you to try to add your photo one more time and share a screenshot of what happens? So I can share it with my colleagues. 

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6 months ago
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Aaltje B.

YP, will try, thanks Sergei. 

 

 

Greetings, 

Aaltje B. 

6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Dear Ella,

Nice to hear that you are putting your hosting hat...

Wish you all the best and remember no hugs...keep distances...

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6 months ago
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Aaltje B.

No hugs, no handshakes, will go the Japanese way,  Bow Deep, haha. 

 

Greetings, 

 

Aaltje B. 

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6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Japanese way is perfect!!! Ha...ha...

Too much work...but we have to keep safe...

Will your guests have to leave their shoes outside???

Do you provide masks, gloves, sanitizers etc???

So many things to learn again...

Be happy!! 

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6 months ago
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Aaltje B.

I don't provide masks, 

They just have to wash hands. 

Will make a new protocol as a one off handout. 

Longer stays are more complicated when guests not hygienic during their stay. 

Will have to order two mesh window frames and allow for fresh air to go through the unit, so cats and birds will stay outside during " airflowing." 

 

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6 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Hi Mashi nice to hear from you...

Are you back to normal???

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6 months ago
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Le Balcon des Jasses

Hi, everyone. I had booked from the 15th. Mai, and still have. I have to say, visitors are confused, how to react, even I write on Extranet, some arrive with the mask, and very know how to do in the new situations. 

Big extra work to disinfect the room and even the whole house where visitors can go. (We say: It's not a hotel, it's your home so long you visit us) and I want to keep it this way, but lots of work, and not the same kind of contact with people ass before.

New guidelines in Kitchen, serve dinner, -not possible to keep the distance when to serve, -

and a little fighting if we get a problem... 

I do charge 4€ extra PR. night for extra cleaning.

Before I wash bedding, and Tawel on 40 degrees, now it needs a minimum 70 degree, and longer time before ready.

I really don't know if I enjoy this ass before the virus problem. But the visitors are all local, no booking from other countries yet.

Can anybody explain how you are doing, do you still enjoy??

Hi from Lucy..

6 months ago
Anonymous

Hello Lucy Le Balcon des Jasses! It would be great if you have time to start a conversation and share your experience. I would love to feature it and invite other partners to participate. I think it is really important to exchange opinions on how it works right now and what we all need to think about for future bookings. 

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5 months ago
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Le Balcon des Jasses

Thank you Sergei, yes, I really don't know how to say, its new situations, very different than it was before. You know the French style, to hug and kiss each other, a way to feel we are -together- and welcome people into our "family". This is missing, talk to people is missing.

I don't know if it is possible to enjoy to run this Bed and Breakfast as we did before the Chinese monster hid us. (sorry).

To now, I had 9 families from the 15. Mai, and tomorrow two family. Now I'm looking forward if I get a rating, -higher than our 9.5 - I will report it.

I will be happy for some support to tear up, from the panel, let's start a conversation, as you say Sergei. 

Hi from Lucy.me

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5 months ago
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michael beeston

Bonjour Lucy..............Two words .DAMN DIFFICULT !!!.I speak to my friend Maria almost daily and know the difficulties We are ALL facing. Greece is opening soon (good luck) and we in Queensland are STUCK due to the borders being closed and NO INTERNATIONAL travel, we have had a few locals staying over the last months but have rented the apartment out for six weeks long term due to the lack of guests..The problem I see is when we re-open (???) it will not be like before for a considerable time. Guests are a bit frightened and will keep to them selves. Although our Restaurants have opened ONLY 20 people at a time and my friends who own Restaurants are slowly DIEING !!!..very sad ...........Anyway what can we do but TRY to smile and continue to be positive....Good luck with your NEW guests and continue to get GREAT Reviews.............Not to show off but it is a WONDERFUl feeling to get 10 for reviews all the time, it makes it ALL worthwhile....Au revoir and bonne chance...Michael.pinnacle

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5 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Yes my friend Keep smiling!!!

Let your smile change the world!!!

Dont  let the world change your smile!!!

It makes people around you feel great!!!

Positive....positive... thoughts!!!

 

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5 months ago
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Aaltje B.

Hi Maria, 

 

How are you doing, and how has your summer been?

We are about to start here again after a long winter with no bookings. But have had French workers living here, who were stuck during covid restrictions and not able to fly back to France. They have been here 5 months.

We did put a washing machine in a room next door. Hopefully it is going to help people stay longer. 

So far no bookings through B.  It is very quiet. Everything changed! It is hard!

Love to see more of the sun and looking forward to holidays that may attract more bookings. 

All the best for you. 

Greetings,

Aaltje B. 

 

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2 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Lucy, thanks for posting your experiences...

Here in Greece accommodations are still under lockdown...

Hotels will reopen 1.6 and seasonal hote15.6.

Wish you great and healthy guests...with excellent reviews.

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5 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Hi Ella,

Long time no hear!!!

Coronavirus has changed our way of living but we are still alive!!!

I had only two reservations only in August....I was thinking of you...I had a marvelous family from Rotterdam!!!

Coronavirus didn’t stop us to have great times together... if Coronavirus allows it they will come back in October.

I am sure the washing machine will help a lot.

In Greece many accommodations didn’t even reopen...

Fall is here and cases have risen again after the Greek borders opened since last July.

Dear Ela, I don’t want to discourage you but we have to get used to living with the Coronavirus...

Put your hat on...and don’t forget to wear your biggest smile to meet and greet your coming guests!!!

 

2 months ago
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Aaltje B.

Thing is, B. want us to discount this and that, but all the extra work involved regarding the covid rules / cleaning.  Is it worth it? I find that really hard. 

I will probably sell more rooms if I go cheap, but I have to do all the extra work myself. ....hmmm

 

Focusing on art and photography in the mean time. Must do something to create income.

 

Stay well and healthy Maria. 

And hopefully the Dutchies will come back. Yes, they are open and great people ;) 

Cheery,

 

Aaltje B. 

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2 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Ela,

B. is trying to help us attract more guests...

I personally prefer to have less but best...

Art and photography!!!

Please share some of your beautiful achievements!!!

Oh my Dutchies were so sweet...I hope we see them soon...

Take care and have a wonderful day!! 

2 months ago
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BrookAve

One thing we may need to consider and it may need to vary based on your local restrictions is :

 

Allow minimum number of nights booked to be minimum of 13 nights.

i.e. If there is a travelers policy of  must self isolate for 14 days upon arrival by airport etc.

 

Now its also open to interpretation, in the context of.

Can they book  say 5 nights with you and then 8 nights elsewhere while still self isolating.

 

I would say yes, as its easily manageable, for that person to say , arrive at airport, collect luggage, go to car rental.

They then drive to the first accommodation, use the check in info to use a keycode or collect keys.

They then have all they need for their 5 nights , towels etc reused of course  and then you only clean after check out. Check out day they return key if any, and rinse and repeat at next accommodation.

 

To me its not rocket science and very doable.

 

All best wishes to ye all.... lets keep innovating... :)

 

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5 months ago
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Le Balcon des Jasses

We do not have this kind of bookings, here many one night, most local people, some for two to 5 days, Maximum we ever had was two weeks. We do have a shared well-equipped kitchen, it's very seldom anybody uses it for dinner cooking, only for drink, coffee and tea. My guest almost everybody, make a reservation for evening dinner, and Breakfast. It is very socialised, people are together, in the Garden, living room or on the Balcony. Always a party evening. 

French guest, always - Bed, Bread, Wine. No driving in the evening.

This year all guest from international are cancelled. Only French Booking and we are far away from fully booked, but it can come. Let us see.

We do it, but it's not the same at before. 

Hi from Lucy

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5 months ago
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Aaltje B.

Hi Lucy. 

Yes I agree. It is definitely different from before. My guests only stay two nights. Then I will use my unit for the winter workers, a young couple from France that were stuck in NZ. They are very strong and smart, and work hard. We are very happy with them. They stay in the unit till August. September we could see NZ open for international guests again. So we hope. Lets take a deep breath and make the most of our spare time. Enjoy the days and weeks ahead. And PS that photo only took a few seconds to put up. Great!  Wishing you all a great summer, stay safe! 

Greetings, 

Aaltje B. (Ella) 

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5 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Congratulations B&B!!!

Amazing photo...thanks for sharing your wonderful experiences...

Wish you many many more tens!!!

 

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5 months ago
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BrookAve

wow that is cool

 

 

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5 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Aaltje, very nice photo...

Greeks believe that if this flower gets into your house...you should expect visitors....so maybe you have new guests coming to you...

Wish you many many bookings...

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5 months ago
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Aaltje B.

Really!  wow, can't wait, haha. 

The government is promoting NZders to travel Nationally. So let's hope the guests keep coming. 

Have a lovely summer with lots of fruit and veges for everyone. 

Hugs from NZ Maria. 

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5 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Thanks,  Aaltje and keep being creative ..

Keep well...

 

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5 months ago
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Aaltje B.

Basically been photographing and studying photography during the last months. i think it has paid off well ;) 

 

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5 months ago
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Aaltje B.

These possums we have a massive overload off in New Zealand and on the farm.They are so soft, but can carry TB and not safe for animals. Not often can you find these in your backyard during the day, when carrying a lens big enough to catch the details. Our doggy found it. I hear doggy bark again, so she may have found another. Often you can find these on the road - flat - since they don't walk away from bright lights in the dark nights.They look so cute, but are actually a pest, officially. Though I love the soft eyes of these animals. Smart people use their extremely soft hair to mix it with merino and make the most soft possum-merino knitwear from them. One reason to come and visit New Zealand when the boarders open again ;)

 

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2 months ago
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M Adamopoulou
So nice...thanks Ela for sharing photo and incredible story. One reason to come and visit New Zealand....would be to visit you and your incredible farm. Keep well Ela with your hubby!!!
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2 months ago
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M Adamopoulou

Hi Tara, nice to have you here.

Keeping distances makes us feel more secure against Corona.

Keep safe and healthy.

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11 days ago
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Aaltje B.

Hi Tara, 

 

How is the hosting going your way?

 

greetings, 

Aaltje B. 

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11 days ago