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I’ve been meaning to talk about this for a while because it seems like there’s a lot of opinions about Airbnb these days.
Specifically, I’d like to talk about what it’s like being an Airbnb host, how it’s been staying at Airbnbs as a guest, and all the others that think it’s a great thing… and a terrible thing.
People who book lodging on Airbnb tend to be millennials who aren’t looking for a traditional hotel.
- You won’t receive points for your stay
- There may or may not be a “welcome amenity”
- There are NO “upgrades” – WYSIWYG
- There may or may not be breakfast included
- You’re at the mercy of an individual
- If you need multiple beds or rooms, it’s much cheaper than a traditional hotel suite
- You can stay in real neighborhoods as opposed to tourist areas, and feel like a local
- When it’s good, it’s great. People I’ve met are open and kind, and I didn’t miss the hotel experience
- It’s usually more private. No elevators and desk areas to pass through
- More negotiation is possible, especially in the off-season or for longer stays
- Lots of obscure locations where there might not be hotels – get a unique experience
Now, if your host doesn’t show up to let you in or leaves you hanging… that’s a pretty bad scenario. Fortunately, Airbnb has lots of verification systems, and heavily encourage reviews.
Bleep happens of course, but when you’re coming off a long flight, you don’t want an excuse, you want to get in and settled.
Most hosts I know have a Plan B. And a Plan C. And a… yeah.
When I’ve stayed at Airbnbs, I’ve never had an issue getting in.
Be communicative, give a heads up if you’re delayed, and stay in touch. It’s all about the little things, but they go a long way.
Considering a suite in a hotel can be over $1,000, you can save yourself a bundle of money by booking an Airbnb. Especially in expensive cities like New York or San Francisco.