Guests who stay longer tend to be kinder to the property and spend more. One night bookings are a hassle. These are among the many reasons hosts choose not to allow one night bookings and why some cities have even created laws mandating minimum stays and thereby banning one night bookings. I often hear that hosts who accept one night bookings are just greedy and while I’ve heard so many compelling reasons not to accept one night bookings, I rarely hear people make a case in defense of single night stays, so I’m going to do it right here. You shouldn’t feel bad if you accept one night bookings, in fact you’re a better person for doing it and here’s why.
The revenue argument: This is the most obvious reason, you can make more money. Some hosts would argue that allowing one night stays can interfere with people who want to book whole weekends and this is absolutely true, you don’t want someone booking your property for only one night of the most popular weekend of the year. This is why we only allow one night bookings within a certain timeframe of the stay so that one night bookings are filling up free nights that otherwise would sit empty. We won’t let someone book only a Saturday night, unless we have a guest checking out Saturday morning and another checking on Sunday.
The environmental argument: I know, I know, it may seem like a stretch to argue that one night bookings are better for the environment but hear me out. Not allowing one night bookings will create more gaps in your calendar with nights where nobody can stay because there aren’t enough nights available to meet your minimum requirement. This in turn means that short term rentals are used less efficiently and so the market for short term rentals is larger with more people using more properties. Eliminating those gaps allows for the more efficient use of less property by the same number of people and if overall more environmentally friendly.
The disruption argument just isn’t compelling enough: I have yet to see any compelling evidence that guests who book for one night are any more or less disruptive than guests who book for two or more.
It’s the right thing to do: Not everyone has the means to visit your town and pay for accommodations for two or more nights. And not everyone can afford to take the time off. Allowing one night bookings gives people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to visit your locale the ability to do so if they had to stay longer.
You’re helping people: Whether it’s a cancelled flight, or a burst pipe, or one of any number of other reasons, sometimes people just need one night and that doesn’t make them any less deserving of accommodations.
Vacation rental managers and hosts who accept one night bookings aren’t greedy, they’re doing a service to a lot of different people and helping to use property more efficiently and yes they make a few extra bucks in the process, but as long as they do it responsibly we’re all the better for it.