How to Book Great Airbnb Guests


It can be exciting when you see a reservation request come through for your Airbnb property, but you don’t want to accept the reservation without doing a little research first.

Obviously you don’t want to be too picky, but you also want to make sure that you’re comfortable with guests that stay in your rental and that they are good care of your space.

Before accepting a reservation, here’s a quick checklist for you to run through just to give you confidence in your potential guests.

Review Their Profile

You want to look for complete profiles that include a picture. Some newer Airbnb users haven’t figured out their profiles yet, so if you still want to give them a chance you can ask for them to complete their profile and ask them to complete the verified ID process.

As further verification, check the reviews they’ve gotten from other hosts, but also check reviews that they have given. Sometimes you can get a better feel for the guest when you read the reviews that they have given their past hosts. If they are particularly rude or nit-picky, they might be more trouble than they’re worth.

Ask Thoughtful Questions

It’s important that your guests are a good fit for you and for the space that you are renting. To make sure that you and your property will be a good fit, ask your guests questions that allow them to talk about themselves a little bit. You can also find out some additional information about their trip this way.

Having this conversation with your prospective guests will give you a better feeling about whether they are a good guest for you. You can make sure that you are comfortable with them and also allow you to have some extra information that will help you know if your rental is the right fit for them.

Check Out Their Social Media Profiles

If you still aren’t sure about a prospective guest, most people have some kind of social media account that you can check out. This is the time to put your stalking skills to the test. Do a little research to make sure that the information in their profile matches the info that you find on social media.

Really, you just want to know that the person is who they say they are, that they’re going to respect you and your space, and that they are going to give you a fair review in the end.

One final note, in order to make sure that you are getting quality guests to stay in your rental, you need to have some deal breakers.

Deal Breakers

  1. Don’t book guests that try to negotiate prices with you. Virtually all Airbnb hosts have had negative experiences with people who try to negotiate right from the start.
  2. Don’t book guests that ask you a lot of questions about details that you covered in your explanation of your space. It is important that guests read and pay attention to the details of your property. If they can’t read the basic explanation, you can’t be confident that they are going to read and follow the policies in your house manual.
  3. Don’t book guests that don’t communicate well in the message thread. You want guests that are accessible and communicate well. If they are giving you one-word answers or not answering your questions, chances are they won’t be an easy guest to work with.

How to be a 5 Star Airbnb Guest

Airbnb has been around for awhile, but a lot of people are still unsure of what to do when they are guests in Airbnb rentals. Airbnb doesn’t offer a lot of guidance for how to be a good guest, so we’ve compiled some basic guidelines that you can follow to assure that you have a good stay and get good reviews from your hosts.

Because the Airbnb system works entirely on a peer review system, so it’s important that you receive good reviews from hosts. Without good reviews, your future booking requests may be turned down.

Read the Entire Listing and Follow All the Rules

This is critical when you’re sharing the space with your hosts. You should treat the stay as if you were staying at a friend’s house and not like you are staying at a hotel. If you’re sharing a bathroom, don’t spend 2 hours in the shower and getting ready in the morning before your host has to leave for work. It’s important to communicate with your host to make sure that both of your expectations are being met.

Hosts take time to write very detailed listings about their properties and it is well worth your time to read the entire listing before requesting to book the property. Make sure that all of the information in the listing matches up with your goals for your stay. For example, if the listing says “Washer and Dryer in unit, but not available for guest use,” don’t plan to do laundry during your stay.

Once you agree to stay at a property, make sure that you pay attention to all the rules in the listing and in any material provided in the space. Hosts write the rules for a reason and do not look favorably on guests that ask to change or bend the rules that they’ve laid out.

Communicate with Your Host

Starting from the first time that you contact your host to ask if their property is available, you should be honest, friendly, and forthcoming with the details and expectations for your stay. Make sure that you let your hosts know when you’re arriving (and that you ACTUALLY arrive at the time you say) and if you will be arriving later or earlier than the time you initially communicated to them.

If you are sharing the space with your hosts, communicate with them about your schedule, if you are going to be using shared spaces, and if you are planning to invite anyone to their house.

Be Clean

Hosts are much more likely to give you a good review and be happy with your stay if you keep their space clean and well taken care of. This doesn’t mean that you have to make your bed everyday (although that probably wouldn’t hurt), but try to keep your things tidy. If your shoes are muddy, take them off before walking through the house, clean up any messes that you make in the kitchen, etc.

Basically, treat their house better than you would treat your own.

Best Restaurants in ABQ

Albuquerque is home to some great restaurants. These are some of our favorite must-try dining experiences in the area. If you have other favorites, be sure to share in the comments!

Duran Central Pharmacy

1815 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

A favorite counter service restaurant tucked in behind a fully functional pharmacy, serves up huge portions of classic New Mexican fare. This is definitely a unique restaurant experience worth checking out!

Green Jeans Farmery

3600 Cutler Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Green Jeans Farmery is a multi-purpose destination constructed completely out of stacked shipping containers. Visitors can find restaurants, bars, confectionaries, shops, and places to hang out; all with a message of fun, community, and healthy living. Green Jeans hosts weekly yoga and other community events throughout the year (check their website for the events calendar). There’s something for everyone to enjoy!

La Salita Restaurant

1950 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

La Salita Restaurant has been serving quality New Mexican food for over 40 years. All of the food is made from scratch daily and they offer both vegan and gluten free options, so there something for everybody.

The Grove Café and Market

600 Central Avenue SE, Suite A, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102

A favorite spot for coffee, breakfast, or lunch in the trendy Edo neighborhood, the menu features traditional breakfast and lunch items made primarily with local and organic ingredients. After you eat, stop by the market to find specialty groceries, tableware, and other unique gifts.

Humble Coffee Company

4200 Lomas Blvd. NE, Suite C, Albuquerque, NM 87110

505 Central Ave. NW, Suite C, Albuquerque, NM 87102

A relaxed, comfortable coffee shop that specializes in single-origin coffee and espresso. Humble serves some local foods and pastries for you to enjoy with your morning cup of joe.

Farm & Table

8917 Fourth Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87114

An upscale restaurant serving a seasonal rotating menu of fresh, local food. Located in Albuquerque’s north valley, Farm & Table includes a restaurant, a 7-acre farm, and a sister store right next door to the restaurant. Come in to the restaurant for week night dinners or for brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings.