Why Airbnb is a Better Lodging Option
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard of Airbnb. It’s a fantastic concept that allows you to list your entire home or even a room to rent out to traveling guests, and likewise, is a great opportunity for you to rent out an amazing space and live like a local in the city you’re traveling to, often for much less than a hotel room.
As a guest, it couldn’t be easier to use Airbnb to set up your accommodations for your next trip anywhere in the world. While there are many fans of Airbnb, there are also many tips for you to get the most out of your guest experience. If you want to avoid potential disappointment, here are a few things to know.
Browse around first
Before diving into anything, play around with the site. Choose the city you want, the dates you plan to be there, and the number of guests you’ll be with. You can use the filters to help you narrow down your choices from price to style of neighborhood. Even if you’ve never been to a certain city before, you’ll be able to find the good parts of town or places that are close to the experiences you want to have by using the filters to help guide you.
Check out the host
Every host has a profile. Don’t just fall in love with one place and not take a look at the stats on who will be hosting you during your stay. Each host has a response rate. You’ll want to choose someone that has 100% response rate or else when you contact them about their Airbnb rental, they may never respond.
Look at host stats
It’s not enough to like the photo of your host and check out the response rate though. They could say all the right things in their profile description and be prompt with their response. Each host is rated on a 5-star scale (1 being the worst and 5 being the best) on things like accuracy, cleanliness, check-in, communication, location, and value. You’ll want to choose a host that has 5-star ratings.
Think about it this way: if you choose a host that has a lower rating on check-in, you might just be stuck waiting around for hours for the keys to your Airbnb rental if your host isn’t prompt. That’s no way to start off a vacation.
While there are some horror stories, most people enjoy using Airbnb because it allows you to choose the neighborhoods you want to stay in and have the kind of experience you want. Just take a look at sites like TripAdvisor and you’ll see you’re getting more choices at better prices. Hotels are located in areas zoned for them but with Airbnb rentals, you can be living like a local in any city you visit.
One thing you might not like about Airbnb is that unlike a hotel, you have a bit of back and forth with the host you’re trying to rent from to solidify your plans. If you’re the kind of person that likes a sure thing, you might not want to deal with that, however Airbnb is certainly worth a try to get bigger, better accommodations for less than hotels tend to charge. It’s a great option if you have a big family or group to rent a home than to stay in several different rooms in a hotel.
If you’re going to use Airbnb, make sure that you leave honest reviews to help the community grow and allow good hosts the recognition they deserve.