People are highlighting cases of Airbnb hosts demanding exorbitant upcharges and cleaning fees and wondering if they should just book normal hotels.
There was a time when people opted for staying in Airbnb over hotels because of how convenient they were. In the initial days of Airbnb, it was a comparatively cheaper option for travel enthusiasts and vacationing people and was favored for providing a homely environment. You could book an entire cozy property or lavish bungalows which were more affordable and relaxing compared to a generic hotel room.
But things have changed for the worse as some Airbnb hosts have surprisingly come up with ridiculous sets of rules and extra charges that have left visitors baffled. Some TikTok users have been highlighting this issue of Airbnb hosts implementing over-the-top upcharges and exorbitant cleaning fees. TikTok user @doveslayer89 called out one such greedy host of an Airbnb and exposed her massive set of rules to the internet.
The internet is debating over how this is the end of an era where hotels are making a comeback and Airbnb has started to flop. As TikTok user, @doveslayer89 detailed his horror story at this Airbnb we couldn’t help but grimace in shock and confusion. "And not all of them are that nice. Some of them are crazy hosts, like this particular lady who sent me a DM two weeks before my check-in with all of her extra rules and extra charges," the man said in the video.
"On her extra rules, it was $50 a minute for late checkout. Mind you, she had it listed for $25 an hour. Airbnb did reach out to her and she did say it was $50 a minute. If you had guests or visitors come, say you have a friend come over, you know you’re hanging out, and she’s going to charge you $50 per guest," he continued.
The man also added how losing the remote control, cooking utensils or anything else would also cost the guest between $50 to $500 per item. The incredibly long list of house rules and upcharges was sent to this man when his date of booking the Airbnb approached. However, that was not the end of his bitter experience. As some viewers of the video questioned the legitimacy of his claims, @doveslayer89 had to make a second video to clarify everything.
He dissolved the skepticism of the viewers by showing them screenshots of that Airbnb's rules and requirements from the booking website which showed the detailed listing of the property.
The lady renting out the property has apparently removed the prices of the upcharges from the list since being called out on the internet. Thankfully, the man was able to get in touch with Airbnb who contacted the property owner and @doveslayer89 could cancel his stay and get his money refunded.
Viewers were stunned by the ludicrous list shared by the host. "Does she want guests to file her taxes too before they checkout? Good lord," commented @geminiqueef. "If you have to have all of these rules to 'protect' your property, just don’t offer it as a rental," pointed out @alexandriagalore. "I'm trying to figure out how extra trash bags are $2000?!" wrote @napstan2.
Airbnb has been around since 2007 and with over 6 million active property listings on the site, you can’t always expect every host to be gracious enough. Another person on Twitter, @coryfalter, shared his experience of booking an Airbnb and how they ruthlessly upcharged him.
He revealed in the video that "the night before they checked in, the owner informed them that they have to pay $109 just to heat up the pool on the property." We guess that people have had enough of Airbnb’s inconsistencies in hospitality and maybe it’s time to switch back to hotel rooms that aren't Airbnb.
Is AirBNB losing its luster? 👎— Cory Falter (@coryfalter) January 23, 2023
Extra charges and hassle are discovered AFTER check-in.
Not the good surprises that make guests happy.
Are you paying attention hotel marketers?
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