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Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for June

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for June

Alcoves had more than 250 guests from Airbnb this June.

Always a pleasure and an awesome responsibility to host strangers from around the world in our Makati apartments.

 

 

Best Keyless Locks for the Home

Best Keyless Locks for the Home

If you browse around my blog you know I talk a lot about my business, which is an Airbnb style apartment rental in Manila. To enhance security and convenience we’ve installed keyless locks (ie. locks with an electronic keypad) in all of our apartments.

As it turns out many people are interested in keyless locks, I’ve even had a guest or two ask me where I bought them. A Quora post discussing their use also garnered a few views.

We’ve experimented with 3 different keyless locks over the years and I’ll list them down from best to least recommended. (Note that I can’t comment on how easy it was to install these things, I had our maintenance chief do it. He had no complaints though so I guess all of them are relatively easy to install.)

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Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for May

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for May

Alcoves had more than 220 guests from Airbnb this May.

Always a pleasure and an awesome responsibility to host strangers from around the world in our Makati apartments.

 

 

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for April

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for April

Alcoves had more than 200 guests from Airbnb this April.

Always a pleasure and an awesome responsibility to host strangers from around the world in our Makati apartments.

 

 

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for March

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for March

Alcoves had around 190 guests from Airbnb this March.

Always a pleasure and an awesome responsibility to host strangers from around the world in our Makati apartments.

 

 

LPG (gas) dryer – cheaper in the long run than an electric dryer

LPG (gas) dryer – cheaper in the long run than an electric dryer

For large households or small hotels, you can lower your electric bill by switching from an electric dryer to a gas dryer.

We have to do a ton of washing for Alcoves (towels, blankets, sheets, etc.) and what is washed of course needs to be dried.

Before we were using an old high capacity electric dryer but I noticed that as we expanded the business and did more washing, our electric bill started to go throw the roof.

As such, I eventually bought a dryer which runs on LPG (liquefied petroleum gas), the stuff which is also used to heat stoves. The gas dryer still needs electricity (for turning the drum, igniting the LPG) but the heat is all generated from the burning of LPG.

Since the gas dryer does not use electricity to generate the heat needed for drying you save a lot on your electricity consumption. Our savings from reduced electricity consumption have been significant.

A gas dryer is more expensive than an electric dryer so the former’s up front costs may seem prohibitive. If you use the dryer a lot though you’ll quickly make up the difference in the price from the power savings you’ll get from using a gas dryer instead of an electric dryer. Note when you go to any commercial laundromat, all of their dryers are gas powered – for high use situations a gas dryer is much more cost efficient than an electric dryer.

Some drawbacks to a gas dryer:

  1. It doesn’t heat up as fast as an electric dryer which means you’ll have to leave the laundry in longer for it to dry.
  2. You’ll need to have to keep ordering replacement LPG tanks. And then there’s the coupling/uncoupling of new/spent tanks.

Overall I’m quite happy with the gas dryer and if we need to buy another dryer (say Alcoves expands even more) I would definitely buy a gas dryer again.

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for February

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for February

Alcoves had around 170 guests from Airbnb this February. This month also featured Airbnb’s slight redesign with the introduction of a new “Stats” tab in the host Dashboard.

Always a pleasure and an awesome responsibility to host strangers from around the world in our Makati apartments.

 

 

2-way sync between your Airbnb and Google Calendars

2-way sync between your Airbnb and Google Calendars

There are a lot of instructions online on how to do a 1-way sync of your Airbnb and Google calendars.

Specifically, if you get a booking on Airbnb, the booking will also appear in your designated Google calendar.

I wanted a true sync though or a 2-way sync. That is, if your Airbnb calendar changes, that change will be reflected in your Google calendar and vice versa.

So, for example, if I blocked off June 1 on my Airbnb calendar, it would also be blocked off on my Google calendar. If I blocked off August 15 on my Google calendar, it should also be blocked off on my Airbnb calendar.

All of the instructions I found online deal with a 1-way sync and I don’t think that’s very useful.

As such, instructions on how to enable true sync, or a 2-way sync between your Airbnb and Google calendars, below.

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Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for January

Alcoves – Airbnb Guest Performance for January

Alcoves had around 150 guests from Airbnb this January.

Always a pleasure and an awesome responsibility to host strangers from around the world in our Makati apartments.

 

 

How many Airbnb hosts are there in Manila?

How many Airbnb hosts are there in Manila?

A few days back I posted about professional Airbnb hosts in Manila.

Because of the research for that post I became interested in other Airbnb statistics on hosts in Manila. In particular I wanted to know just how many people in Manila do host on Airbnb.

After more digging on the internet, I found airdna.com, a site which specializes in Airbnb statistics. According to Airdna, there are around 2,700 active Airbnb hosts in Manila as of January 2016. (They don’t describe how they define active.)

airdna january

So, a fair amount of competition for Alcoves.

In contrast, Seoul has around 5,100 listings, London has a whopping 29,600 and Jakarta has 687.