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Top 5 tips to get the best reviews from your Christmas Airbnb guests

Written by City Relay

Christmas is the time for gifts and incredibly delicious and plentiful foods. But Christmas can also be the time of the year when guests are at your home! Take advantage of the joyous atmosphere and generous spirit of your guests by encouraging them to give you great Airbnb reviews. How? Here are facts that are proven to result in the best reviews!

#1 Be Festive

Oh yes, you read it right. Do you think that putting your flat on Airbnb would mean avoiding spending hours decorating a Christmas tree? Well, you’re not entirely right. It’s not mandatory, but trust us, everybody loves Christmas trees and having one in the living room will prove you care about the experience of the incoming families. If you’re not into Christmas trees, you can still opt for Christmas socks or kitschy wreaths. No need to put all of these at the same time – just don’t forget to remove them after January, otherwise, you will have strange reviews…


#2 The Gift

You know what Christmas is about? Jesus Christ and Gifts. In this case, no need to put a big cross in your living room. A few small gifts should be enough to impact your reviews. For example, a mug with a London print or some chocolates with a Christmas Card wishing them a lovely stay would do just fine. You will earn an award for the best host ever and it will be reflected in the review.

#3 Make your flat Christmas-ready

Christmas is also the time of the year when it’s very cold outside. To avoid terrible reviews about ‘no heating/boiler not working/we were freezing during the whole stay/etc.’, make sure that the boiler works and that the flat is at ambient temperature. You can also leave blankets, candles and throws so that your flat looks ready to tackle freezing temperatures – which seem to be the norm nowadays in London… What is the go-to Christmas activity that everybody loves? Watching hours of Christmas movies! Don’t forget to leave your DVDs this year for your guests to use – or your Netflix passwords!

#4 Provide a Christmas House Manual

There are tons of things you can do in London during Christmas. So try to think about a winter attraction close to your neighbourhood and it will be amazing for your guests. Also, don’t forget that most of the shops are closed during the bank holidays so try to mention the open ones. Lastly, don’t forget to add instructions on how the boiler works. 🙂

Read our review on how to do the best House Manual.

#5 Dress like Santa Claus while checking guests in.

This one’s just an innocent joke, so don’t take it seriously. But try to be very welcoming and inviting when checking guests in. Christmas is supposed to be the time of the year when everyone is happy, and who does not want happy guests?


Away for Christmas? We can take care of everything for you! Christmas is one of the best times of the year to short-let and you will easily be able to get more gifts for your family 😉

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