Articles by Phil


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3rd time lucky!

As hosts we know where we are at and judging on feedback, we’re meeting our guest’s expectations and giving them a great experience during their stay in Barcelona. But as guests, we had no luck with our first 2 attempts and did not have good experiences. Until last Friday….. Which I will come to shortly.

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Do you like our new look?

Delighted to introduce Ourbnb’s new look for Autumn 2014! So the past few weeks between hosting and other life things I’ve been busy working on our new look for our blog. Along with our fresh feel we’re adding some new features to help you guys out. Our high season has come to an end and this gives us time…

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At Last San Francisco Makes Airbnb Legal

Airbnb and local city councils have a history of not being on the same page in some major cities. Airbnb was born back in 2008 and brought about a new way for guests to stay. It changed the way people travel and as we all know Airbnb grew fast….really fast! As this was a new format in…

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3 years, 700 reviews and a day off!

A couple of weeks back Airbnb reached out to us to remind us that it was our three year anniversary since we had our first Airbnb guest! All the memories of our first experience as hosts came back! Wow was that 3 years ago already! At the same time we reached a great milestone of…

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Phishing Emails

We’ve had quite a few phishing emails recently from unscrupulous folks pretending to be Airbnb and asking us to follow a link and sign in due to some made up reason. Of course the link will take you to a page that may or may not resemble an Airbnb looking site, but checking the URL it…

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The Birth of PhilonaRooms.com

When we started out with Airbnb if we were asked by some one for a link to our apartment we would have to give them something like www.Airbnb.com/rooms/12345. Which was fine of course but we wanted something more precise for the prospective guest! So I put together a basic website site with our rooms. Then…

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Essentials!

Just a quick heads up to all hosts reading. Airbnb recently added a new category to Amenities for listings. Its called ‘Essentials’.  Its to let guest know that you supply the basics, such as towels, bed sheets, soap and toilet paper. Of course the majority of us supply these basic things for our Airbnb guests….

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A New and Better Way To List

Airbnb recently changed the way in which you put in your information for a new listing. It’s great as you now have new text boxes for each section to describe your property and area, which not only looks better on Airbnb when a guest is viewing, but also makes sure you are giving prospective guests…

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Software to help you host

We recently had a message through from Oriana, one of our readers, asking us the following; “I’m finding the need to have some sort of management software to consolidate my bookings, calendar, cleaning etc. I was curious to see what do you guys use. I need help!” Well, we can help with this one……….Big Time!

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Chips Tips

Firstly, Happy New Year to you all! To our fellow hosts, hope you had a great break over Christmas but benefited from the tourists who like to get away over the festive season. For us we spent our holidays in Barcelona and had a busy Christmas and New year’s week with reservations, now we’ve been…

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