Wow--where to start?
I would never host this guest or his friend ever again. I did not want to leave him a review because I was very upset when they finally checked out after a week of rude and intrusive behavior. I wish now that I had left a review because I would want to warn other Airbnb Hosts about them.
Yannic told me that he is a teacher from France & had just finished a field trip to the East Coast with his students. I suspect that he is used to staying youth hostels with kids, because that is how they treated our home--like a youth hostel.
The biggest problem is that Yannic did not read the house description posted on Airbnb or the House manual before he booked the room. I suspect that he was trying to save money but still wanted to stay in the Castro can be expensive--he saw it was the least expensive room in the Castro & ignored everything else. Every complaint he has listed here was addressed in the guidelines.
--He stated that he didn't know I had a housemate. I sent him a notification when he booked the room who lives here (which he also did not read, apparently) & it clearly states in the first paragraph of the house description that "The home is shared with myself & my housemate Rebecca and 2 very curious, fun-loving cats, Monty & Prudence (who are not allowed in your room;)" If he had read either the description &/or my confirmation email, he would know that.
--He stated that the bed is too small for 2 people. The bed is a standard double bed size from Ikea, no different than any other double bed (the profile photo on the Airbnb website shows a photo of it--it's the first thing you see.) I've been to France, so I know they have double beds there, the same size as ours. No one has ever complained about it, and people have said it's very comfortable. There is a futon in the room they could have used as well.
---- He stated 'I was simply having breakfast and not cooking," like seriously? If I put oatmeal in a pot, make coffee, toast, pastries, spread out all over the counters, pots on the stove--that is cooking, right? It's in the description on the Airbnb website that our kitchen is not set up for cooking large meals, so when they brought in 3 bags of groceries from the store, we had no place to store it for them--that's in the house description as well. It was awkward but again, I said that "Hey, ya know, we really aren't set up for that, " but they ignored me & said "Oh we're not cooking, we're just re-heating our meals,"--"just making spaghetti but the sauce is in a jar"-- but like, that is, ya know--cooking. They did wash their dishes, but they left the rest of the kitchen a mess--crumbs & bits of food all over the counters & floors that they did not clean up, every single day. They took over the kitchen for hours 9AM to 11 each morning & 6PM to 10PM each night--so basically no one else could use it. I had to step over Roman just to make a cup of tea. He was just oblivious. My housemate eventually left to stay at her sister's until they left because of their intrusive behavior.
--The House Manual on the Airbnb website clearly states: "USE THE SCREEN IN THE WINDOW—keeps pesky mosquitoes out! Just slide it to fit snugly within the window frame. " I returned home one night to find the kitchen full of smoke & all the windows wide open--not "partially open" as he has stated here-- without screens. I don't know what they burned while they "weren't cooking" in the kitchen, but yes, it was upsetting, to say the least. Common sense would tell most people, in the summertime especially, to use window screens because there are mosquitos & flies and the screens keep bugs out. I was understandably upset, and this was.
But that is what they seemed to lack--common sense, and to be able to read social cues.
--As for the price, our home is the least expensive listing of its kind in this popular neighborhood. But I think that is why they cooked all the time--they were doing San Francisco on a tiny budget, and as I said, should have stayed at the HI Fort Mason Youth Hostel. Fort Mason Hostel has a large communal kitchen perfect guests like these guys, with plenty of storage for large bags of groceries. And that is exactly how they treated our home--like a youth hostel. If you've ever had that experience, you know what I'm talking about.
Yannic & his friend Roman broke the house rules & had absolutely no regard for me or my housemate. Most guests we have have been great, thankfully. But-- I have never hosted any 2 people who treated us with such disregard. At one point, Roman actually said to me, "Oh I could never host for Airbnb." That would be true for me as well--if I had to host guests like him every day. Fortunately, no guests I have ever had behaved like he did.
On the surface, they were nice, & they did not mean to be rude--but they were. It's too bad they didn't explore the budget restaurants we recommended. Part of the San Francisco experience is going to restaurants. It's a culinary Mecca, & we have great restaurants at all price points, like Yamo on 18th has delicious chicken curry dinner for $6.
When they checked out, they left a mess in the bathroom & the kitchen--it took me 3 1/2 half hours to clean up after them when they left.
And no--I would not recommend Yannic Tgr or Roman to any private home in the Airbnb network. As I said, they should stay in a Hostel because that is their style & apparently their budget.