An Airbnb guest has said she was “astonished” when reading the rules to her rental property after checking in – discovering strict conditions forbidding her from cooking with certain ingredients as well as instructions on cleaning up blood.
The accommodation was “a very sweet, elegantly decorated place”, she told The Independent, and it was actually somebody’s real home rather than purely a holiday rental, which Ms McManus said is “always preferable from a local sustainability point of view”.
While encountering odd rules isn’t something that phases the couple, who explained they “travel a lot and have come to expect some quirky little rules on Airbnb listings”, after checking into their Italian bolthole they were surprised by the terms and conditions.
“We read the house rules in detail and were astonished to see that they stated ‘it is not permitted to fry and cook using garlic, curry and other spices because the lingering smell remains for days’,” said Ms McManus.
“Of course we always try to respect the rules of someone else’s house, but surely it’s going a step too far to tell guests what they can and can’t cook? Especially if you’re renting out an apartment with a full working kitchen?”
It wasn’t just the culinary restrictions that caught the travellers’ eyes.
“What’s more, another rule included very specific cleaning instructions ‘in the event of blood loss’, added Ms McManus.
“I can only wonder what kinds of guests had stayed at the apartment before us.”
The pair found the whole thing “very funny” and would “definitely go back for a short trip” – though admitting the rules around cooking “might have been a pain” if they were staying longer.
A spokesman for Airbnb told The Independent: “We make it easy for hosts to share their rules so guests know what to expect, and any special requirements and local customs can be included as additional rules. We hope there were no cooking injuries on this Italian adventure and trust the guests took up a host recommendation for a fantastic local restaurant.”