A redditor asked users, “Airbnb hosts, what did your most memorable (either in a good or bad way) guest do?”
People quickly began sharing some of their hilarious, awkward, and absolutely terrifying stories about their guests.
Source can be found at the bottom of the article.
1/8. I had a very wealthy woman who came from China in order to give birth at my house so that the child would be a US citizen. She didn’t register the baby as a guest and when I returned I found diapers hidden in various places all over the house. DIRTY DIAPERS.”
2/8. Not me but a friend of mine (D) living In Holland had a guest staying from a small mountain town in Germany. Anyway the guy was kind of odd, referred to himself as Ragnar, with his long brown ponytail and role played viking pretty much the hole stay. First odd thing was (D) waking up in the morning having his toe tickled at the bottom of the bed by the guest, whilst he stared at him blankly to ask where to find something. Then Later on (D) went to the bathroom for his usual morning routine only to find the mirror wasn’t there. The thing is this was a mirror that was screwed into the wall. He knew it could only be “Ragnar” that would know where it is as no one else had been in the apartment. So he goes to the spare room and finds the mirror in there. Turns out “Ragnar” wanted to brush and tie his ponytail and decided to unscrew the mirror from the wall with his handy pocket knife and relocate it to the room he was staying in. There are a few more tales but I think you get the gist haha.
3/8. Background: I live in NYC in a 1 bed. I have a floor AC unit that I keep in my bedroom.
So, I had this women coming to NYC for the first time. She was staying for three days while I was upstate hiking.
Everything was great until the last night. She called and said the house was very warm and she didn’t think she would be able to sleep that way. So I said just turn the AC on.
I didn’t hear anything back from her until the next morning. She said she could barely get through the night and it was so hot because the AC was broken. So I get home and notice that the AC unit was on and blowing cool air but she had moved the unit close to the bed and detached the exhaust hose so all the warm air was blowing out the back and into the room.
I called her up and had to explain what was wrong and she said she just thought the cool air would be “more cold” than the hot air that was coming out the back.
Lesson: Make sure you leave detailed instructions on everything just in case.
On a good note she still left me a 5 star review so my 5.0 average is intact.
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4/8. I had popped my bike’s front tire, and I didn’t have time to take it to the bike shop for a couple days. Since I use my bike to get to work, it was a serious pain in the ass. My guest split the tires and re-inflated them, patching the hole with spare rubber. He also told me to call him if I broke my bike again. He wasn’t a bike mechanic, just a cycling enthusiast. Amazing guy.
5/8. I rent my furnished basement suite on airbnb. This one guest stayed for a week. He was a very pleasant guy: he hung out with my wife and me on the patio and chatted, he was in IT so we had a lot to talk about, he actually made ME lunch (burgers and a salad) one day (I WFH), but then toward the end of his stay it unraveled. He clogged the toilet downstairs (no big deal), but as water was rising over the toilet seat onto the floor, he began using our nice WHITE towels to mop it up.. I heard some commotion downstairs so I asked if he needed any help. When I learned of the problem I ran a plunger down there to him. As I was walking back upstairs I heard a loud crash! He accidentally knocked the toilet tank lid off the toilet and it crashed into 50 pieces on the floor! To make matters worse, on the day he was leaving town, he took our key and we had a guest coming in the next day.
We’ve had 20+ guests and most are lovely, but every now and then there’s an adventure involved.
6/8. I rented my house out for a HUGE annual event. My house isnt big, but I have three bedrooms and two living rooms. So I ended up renting to 10 Chinese who flew in for the event. While my house is rented, I sleep in the basement, which has its own entrance. These people where loud and obnoxious. They left the house a mess, broke two chairs, stained my table cloth, tried feeding mushrooms to my rabbits, and other things I no longer remember. I ended up getting almost $300 from damages, and left a bad review for them.
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7/8. My SO and I list the spare room in our home every summer on airbnb to make some money and meet cool people. We maintained a 5 star rating and had around 50 perfect reviews before we had our very first nightmare guests. They booked for three nights but after the first one, they left early in the morning and texted asking to meet up to talk about their stay in the afternoon. That was perfectly fine as we assumed since they were old as fuck, they were unhappy with the bed they were sleeping on and needed something firmer. When they arrived back at our place, they wasted no time.
The wife immediately started telling me she wanted a full refund of the booking and she was unsatisfied with the mattress she had to sleep on. We let her know we figured as much and would absolutely be refunding her. She decided to reply to our understanding with hostility. She stood in our living room for five minutes crowing about how unhappy she was and how she expected much better. I took the chance to remind her of our 100% perfect reviews and she responded with something like “well that surprises me”. Her husband stood in the doorway the entire time obviously hating his life.
At first, we asked them to leave and she refused. We told her we had zero interest in hearing her opinion of our place and she made it clear she had a lot of interest. We couldn’t get them to leave until we threatened to call the police. They left a horrible review (as did we) and guess who never received a refund.
8/8. Rented a friend of mine’s 1 bedroom apartment in a recently renovated building close to a university on Airbnb for the months he was abroad. A few stories, but this one was just the most bizarre.
Three very small girls planning to stay for one night arrived and seemed sweet and genuine. They had to have been about 20-23 years old and I assumed I might have a night of partying to clean up after when they left. When I went to prep the apartment for the next guest I was horrified to find that the door frame was completely split and the door kind of hung open. These tiny girls some how got locked out and kicked in the door to the apartment. I asked a friend of mine who lives a few apartments down if he heard the noise and come to find out one of the girls drunkenly climbed up to the second floor balcony to try to get in after finding out they were locked out. She was stuck on the balcony and was yelling at her friends below waking up my friend who was able to tell me the events that unfolded. Eventually someone let her friends into the building (key required to enter the complex, which they lost) and being locked out did what any drunk frat bro would do, kicked in the door. Remind you these girls were all under 5’5 and weighed a combined 300 pounds. Frat bro type mischief was the last thing I thought these girls were capable of.
Made my claim, got my friends door fixed, wrote a bad review on these girls, and learned a lesson: never judge a book by its cover.