100 Questions to Ask a Host on Airbnb (Essential Checklist)

Ready to book that dream Airbnb but not sure what to ask your host? Don’t fret! The key to a great Airbnb experience often lies in asking the right questions. 

Our comprehensive list will guide you through what to ask, ensuring you know what to expect and making your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Let’s dive in!

Questions To Ask About Booking And Pricing

  1. What is the booking process, and what identification do you require?
  2. Is the calendar updated, and the dates I’m interested in definitely available?
  3. Are there additional cleaning or service fees not included in the initial price?
  4. Can you provide references from previous guests who have stayed at your property?
  5. Is there a security deposit, and if so, what would cause me to lose it?
  6. How much notice do you need to book the property?
  7. What’s the typical energy cost for guests (if there are additional charges for electricity, gas, etc.)?
  8. What is your policy on long-term stays? Is there a discount for booking a longer period?
  9. Are there any home-sharing cameras or security systems inside the property?
  10. What’s your cancellation policy in the event I can’t make it?
  11. If I arrive late, is there a possibility for self-check-in?
  12. How flexible are you with the check-in and check-out times?
  13. Is there a policy or fee if I need to change my reservation after booking?
  14. Are there any fees for additional guests?
  15. If I need to extend my stay, what’s the process?
  16. Is there a preferred way to leave a review or feedback after my stay?
  17. If I love the stay and want to book again in the future, do you offer discounts for repeat guests?
  18. How often is the property booked?

Questions To Ask About Facilities And Amenities

  1. If there’s a coffee maker, what type of coffee does it use?
  2. Does the property have a good, reliable internet connection that can support video calls?
  3. Does the property have any eco-friendly features, like solar power, recycling facilities, or composting?
  4. Are there any smart home features like a smart TV, home assistant (e.g., Amazon Alexa), or smart locks?
  5. Can you provide a crib or high chair if I have a baby?
  6. Can you accommodate special requests, like decorations for a birthday or anniversary?
  7. Does the property have central heating or cooling, and can the guest control the thermostat?
  8. Is there an elevator in the building, or is it stairs-only access?
  9. Can you confirm that the property has all the amenities I require, like a full kitchen, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, etc.?
  10. Does the property have blackout curtains or blinds in the bedrooms to ensure a good night’s sleep?
  11. Are home appliances like a dishwasher, washer, dryer, or hairdryer available?
  12. Are there child safety locks or gates if traveling with young children?
  13. If there’s a fireplace or barbecue, can I use it, and are there any safety instructions I should know?
  14. If it’s a shared space, how many other guests will be there, and what are their arrival/departure times?
  15. Is there an iron and ironing board available for use?
  16. If I encounter an issue during my stay, is there an Airbnb support contact available locally?
  17. Is there a workspace suitable for long work hours, like a desk and comfortable chair?
  18. Are there any sports or recreational equipment available for use, such as bicycles, a ping-pong table, or board games?

Questions To Ask About Preparations And Provisions

  1. Do I need to bring my own towels or bed linens?
  2. Are there any basic supplies provided, like toilet paper, soap, and coffee?
  3. Do you offer basic cooking ingredients like salt, pepper, or cooking oil?
  4. Are there any specific instructions for using appliances or technology in your home?
  5. Can I receive mail or packages at your address during my stay?
  6. Are there any potential allergens in the house, like pets, certain plants, or dust?
  7. Are there supplies for cleaning and laundry, like detergent and cleaning sprays?
  8. Do you provide any kind of guest support during the stay?
  9. Is there any construction going on in the neighborhood that could cause noise or disruption?
  10. Are there extra blankets or pillows available if needed?
  11. Do I need to do any specific cleaning tasks before I check out?
  12. Are there any local apps (for transportation, food delivery, etc.) that could be useful during my stay?
  13. What is the weather typically like during my visit, and what should I pack accordingly?
  14. Do you provide any additional services like meal preparation or grocery shopping?

Questions To Ask About Property Details

  1. Is the property you’re listing exactly as shown in the pictures?
  2. What’s the capacity of the property? 
  3. Can it accommodate my group size comfortably?
  4. Can you provide a bit more detail about the layout of the property?
  5. Have any significant changes occurred to the property or its surroundings since the photos were taken?
  6. Are you the owner of the property or a property manager?
  7. What kind of neighborhood is the property in? Is it residential, commercial, or rural?
  8. What kind of views can I expect from the property?
  9. What’s the bathroom situation like? Are there enough for the number of guests?
  10. Are there any additional perks or features of your property not mentioned in the listing?
  11. What is the exact address of the property?
  12. Is the property near any major roads or highways?
  13. How private is the property?
  14. Are there any maintenance or repair works scheduled in or around the property during my stay?
  15. Are the neighbors aware that you rent out your property on Airbnb?

Questions To Ask About Rules And Expectations

  1. What are your expectations from guests in terms of behavior and housekeeping?
  2. Is the property non-smoking, or is smoking allowed in certain areas?
  3. Are there any restrictions for filming or photographing inside your property?
  4. Are there any restrictions on using outdoor spaces, like a balcony or a garden?
  5. Are there any specific items or areas on your property that I should avoid touching or using?
  6. Can I have visitors over during my stay? If so, are there any limitations or rules I should know?
  7. Are there any local customs or regulations I should follow?
  8. Can pets come along, and if so, are there any restrictions or fees?
  9. How do I get to your property from the airport/train station?
  10. Are there any areas in the house that are off-limits?
  11. What’s the trash disposal system, and how do I sort recyclables?
  12. Are there any environmentally-friendly practices I should follow in your home?

Questions To Ask About Safety And Security

  1. Is there a backup power supply or generator in case of power cuts?
  2. Is there a secure area where I can store my luggage before check-in or after check-out?
  3. Is there a list of important local phone numbers (emergency services, a nearby hospital, etc.) available?
  4. What’s the process if I lose the key or can’t enter the property?
  5. Is there a protocol in place for handling disputes with neighbors?
  6. If I encounter issues with the property, how quickly can they typically be resolved?
  7. Do you have a first aid kit and a fire extinguisher in case of emergencies?
  8. Are there any special accessibility features, such as grab bars in the bathroom or ramps for wheelchair access?
  9. Are there any safety precautions I should be aware of in the area?
  10. How often are the smoke detectors checked?
  11. What is the most convenient method to reach you in case of an emergency?

Questions To Ask About Location And Community

  1. What kind of clothing would you recommend?
  2. Are there any nearby health clubs, fitness centers, or pools that guests can use?
  3. How close is the nearest public transport stop, and where can it take me?
  4. Are there any supermarkets or convenience stores nearby for basic necessities?
  5. Are there any local markets or festivals happening during my stay?
  6. What type of shopping is available in the surrounding area?
  7. What’s the best time of year to visit your area?
  8. Can you recommend any local restaurants or cafes?
  9. What local customs or traditions should I be aware of?
  10. What’s the best way to get around the local area?
  11. Can you tell me more about the local cuisine and any must-try dishes?
  12. Are there any special attractions or landmarks nearby that I should visit?

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I talk to my Airbnb host?

Talking to your Airbnb host is quite simple, but there are a few things to keep in mind to make communication smoother:

Use Airbnb’s messaging system: It’s the easiest way to contact your host. This ensures all your conversations are kept in one place and can be referenced if needed. You can find the messaging option on the booking page.

Be clear and concise: Clearly explain your queries or concerns. If you have multiple questions, bullet them out to make it easier for your host to respond.

Be polite and respectful: Remember, hosts are opening their homes to you. Always use respectful language and tone when communicating.

Respond promptly: If your host messages you, try to reply as soon as possible. This helps keep communication open and efficient.

What if I need to check in late or check out early?

If you need to check in late or check out early during your Airbnb stay, it’s important to remember that clear and early communication is key. 

While it’s true that many hosts can be flexible with their check-in and check-out times, this can depend on several factors, including their personal schedules, cleaning schedules, or if they have other guests arriving or leaving on the same day.

Here are some steps you can follow:
1. Review the listing. Check if there are set check-in and check-out times.

2. Contact your host. As soon as you know your schedule, inform your host about your early or late plans.

3. Provide specifics. Let your host know your expected arrival or departure time.

4. Discuss key exchange. Ask how you’ll get the keys if arriving late, or where to leave them if departing early.

5. Confirm the arrangement. Once agreed, make sure you and your host are clear on the plans to avoid any confusion.

What should I do if there’s a problem during my stay?

If you encounter a problem during your stay at an Airbnb, here are the steps you should follow:

Contact your host: The first thing you should do is get in touch with your host. You can do this through the Airbnb messaging system. They might be able to quickly resolve the issue.

Document the issue: If it’s a physical problem like a broken appliance or unclean space, take photos. This helps when communicating the issue to your host or Airbnb.

Contact Airbnb: If your host isn’t responsive or can’t fix the problem, your next step is to contact Airbnb. You can do this through their website or app. Be ready to provide details and any photos you took.

Remember, the sooner you report an issue, the better the chances are that it can be resolved quickly.

What do Airbnb guests want most?

While every guest may have unique preferences, here are a few things most Airbnb guests look for:

Cleanliness: Guests appreciate a clean, well-maintained space. They expect clean linens, a clean kitchen, and a bathroom.

Communication: Clear, prompt, and friendly communication from their host is crucial for guests.

Location and description accuracy: Guests appreciate when the listing accurately describes the location and amenities of the property.

Flexibility: Guests appreciate hosts who are flexible with check-in and check-out times.

Value for money: A reasonable price for the quality of the accommodation and amenities offered is vital.

Local experience: Guests often choose Airbnb for a more local experience. Providing local tips and recommendations can be very valuable.


Now that you’re armed with this extensive list of questions, you’re ready to make the most of your Airbnb experience. Remember, a well-prepared traveler is a happy traveler. So go ahead, ask away, and ensure your next Airbnb stay is nothing short of perfect! Safe travels!

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Robby Salveron

Robby is a multimedia editor at UpJourney with a journalism and communications background.

When she's not working, Robby transforms into an introverted art lover who indulges in her love for sports, learning new things, and sipping her favorite soda. She also enjoys unwinding with feel-good movies, books, and video games. She's also a proud pet parent to her beloved dog, Dustin.