8 Aaltje B. Featured #Advice Welcoming our guests 8 Aaltje B. Now the hosts: Welcoming our guests whenever we can. A joy for all of us. Breaks the ice, and sets up the guests for a relaxed time away. Though a bit older now, losing hair and teeth, we still love the hosting! Greetings from Gijs (Guy) and Ella (Aaltje) B. from New Zealand. 5 Don Burns Meadows Lair hosts Don and Linda Burns of Murphys, California, USA. We have been renting our home's downstairs guestroom suite since June 2018. The rental income helps pay our annual $7,300 (USD) house property tax. Don is a retired newspaper editor, publicist, and special event coordinator. Linda works as a hair stylist at her two hair salons, which she owns. 2 MOCAP Alice thanks l also rent out one of the rooms in my homestead and the money goes to educate and pay school fees a vulnerable child at MOCAP project Uganda. 1 Marién Rubio Great!!!! 8 Aaltje B. Thank you for posting, Don! Lovely pair. May you live a long life. Greetings, Aaltje B. 10 M Adamopoulou Hello guys!!! Beautiful pictures....beutiful people.... We are Nikos and Maria....we have two beautiful children, one amazing grandaughter and Banana our black beauty!!! The Adams Studio in Oropos is our new challenge!!! Wish you all a wonderful day. 8 Aaltje B. Welcome to the photo gallery! Precious moments. Beautiful couple you two and amazing hosts! 10 M Adamopoulou Thank you Aaltje for welcoming us to your photo gallery... Keep on shooting... 7 Isle of Wight … I can't post a photo of me like that, I'm tooooooo ugly! But more seriously, I have an agency and manage a lot of properties and we don't want to get all friendly and cuddly with our guests .... we rent out to make money, simple as that .... 10 M Adamopoulou Hi Isle, Making money doesnt mean you cant be friendly!!! I am sure you are the best in your business... Cheers!!! 2 MOCAP Alice True its passion having various people around you even if it doesnot meaning earning alot from them for example the fee l charge is so little to even take care of my expenses but gave it out to unprevilaged children to acquire further education 1 Elizabeth Milder Wow, that is AMAZING! Good for you! We are active supporters/contributors to a local non-profit supporting youth at risk of homelessness...giving back us super important! 8 Aaltje B. Hi isle , Be the best! Be blessed. Ella B . 1 Peter Holmgaard Welcome is as important as goodbye - we spend a lot of time welcoming guests and showing them around our Chambre d'hôtes and equally we have made it a ritual to get guests to our gate and wave goodbye when they leave. In November some of our guests even got the Movember treatment before leaving ;-) This is our first post so probably the picture is going to be f... up.... November guests from Paris - looking good with their MO before getting on the road... 1 Elizabeth Milder Hahaha you guys look like a fun group to stay with! 10 M Adamopoulou Hi! Peter and welcome to the Partner Community. I agree, welcoming our guests is the same important as goodbye is. I am always there to wave goodbye and give a small gift to them. I think guests highly appreciate when we show them our appreciation. Thanks for sharing your experience and beautiful pictures. Wish you a pleasant evening. 8 Aaltje B. I do like to wave bye bye but many are not bothered and drive off. Just like that ! There I am with lipstick on , hair nice and teeth brushed.. At least hubby will like it hahaaaa 11 BrookAve haha fairplay 10 M Adamopoulou Ha...ha...Aaltje...how happy your hubby... I never let my guests leave without waving bye bye... I ask them a day before leaving their approx. time of departure explaining to them that I want to give them something... It works... 8 Aaltje B. I know why our guests leave in a hurry ; the bed is too good , hahaaa 2 MOCAP Alice what something do you give them please share 10 M Adamopoulou Hi! Alice and welcome to the Partner Community. Actually little things like, mostly local products....home made marmelade, herbs from my garden, walnuts from my walnut trees, virgin olive oil etc..sealed with a kiss...ha...ha... Cheers!!! 10 M Adamopoulou Bed is always a good reason!!! Hihihi... 2 MOCAP Alice Thanks partners for this forum am sure it will help some of us learn alot of which did not know and we improve on our hosting services like l did not know giving a guest a big smile adds popularity of the facility 10 M Adamopoulou Dear Alice, A big smile and a warm hug do not cost anything but are so welcoming...you do not even have to speak the same language for others to understand your feelings.... Wish you happy guests. 5 Don Burns With each new group of arriving guests, I give them our business card that has our home and cell phone numbers and street address. This is comforting to our guests, who might forget where their guestroom is or a phone number to call if they have an emergency while sightseeing. 8 Aaltje B. Great idea Don I may need a business card too. Pondering about a design now. Greetings Aaltje B. 10 M Adamopoulou Don, very thoughtful of you to give your guests your card.... I urge my guests to safe my location in their google map in their iphone so if they are lost they can find their way back.... Thanks for sharing... 5 Don Burns Here is our business card (front and back sides): *** 10 M Adamopoulou Dear Don, ....Stay among the Pines.... Love your description!!! Your card is very elegant!!! 5 Don Burns 10 M Adamopoulou Your card is excellent and very informative!!! Don, thanks for sharing... 5 Don Burns Booking,com just deleted my front-side business card image, which was above. I now believe any image with a telephone number, e-mail address, or street address is not permitted to post on this community forum. 10 M Adamopoulou Don, I guess you are right.... It was a beautiful card....lucky I saw it... 11 BrookAve I know its ridiculous, like how it is a problem when its a partner forums with other partners. Shouldn't we be able to contact each directly? I cant think of one reason why not. 10 M Adamopoulou Barry, I think its not allowed to give personal data in the Community. Can you tell us the one reason you are thinking or is it improper???? 11 BrookAve Hi So if you think about it, firstly it is all public info, its not actually private. example, your name, your service name, location, phone number email. It does not take much to find this info when you have some partial info and access to google. My second reason is for it to be in our profiles so when we get new partners who are lets say in same country, city or region and are struggling , not tech savvy, no hotel experience, winginig it...and there have been several who have asked for someone to just ring them to help. Should we then choose to, we can reach out and talk to them over phone or whatsapp or other internet service (such as teamviewer remote desktop support tool). Not everyone here will have the time to do it or want to offer that level of help and that is fine. 10 M Adamopoulou Yes, I think this info is public...and everybody can access it very easily... Barry thanks for posting. 5 Don Burns Our guests' TV-lounge has a 12-cup coffee maker, which we provide ground coffee, sugar and cream. When our guests check-out, we give them paper coffee cups (with plastic lids), so they may enjoy their morning coffee while returning home. 10 M Adamopoulou Dear Don, Very thoughtful of you....little things count... Seven thumbs up.... 5 Don Burns Plus, we give our departing guests a few of our guestroom advertising postcards to share with their friends, family and co-workers later. I would gladly display our guestroom postcard here, but Booking,com will delete the image, as it shows my telephone number, website and e-mail address. 10 M Adamopoulou Thats ok Don, thanks for sharing... I was thinking of making a small magnet card...what do you think??? I 5 Don Burns The problems with a magnet card are: The magnet can erase embedded data, when carried home next to a cellphone or credit card. Many newer refrigerators have stainless-steel doors, which magnets cannot stick to nor do people want to clutter.