A couple weeks ago I wrote that we would be using Airbnb for the first time. I am happy to say we had two positive experiences! We stayed one night at two different places.
Night 1 – We were originally more nervous about this one, because it was just an extra room in somebody’s house (rather than the whole place). As it turned out, it was our favorite night of the trip! The host family was extremely welcoming and friendly, and made us feel right at home. Additionally, they had some great recommendations on places to see and things to do, which just added to the experience.
In short, we thought that staying at someone’s house with them still there would be a drawback, but it wound up being great!
Night 2 – We were going to an event (a basketball game), and wanted to stay as close as we could to the arena. At first, we looked at hotels, but they were very pricy (and had huge parking charges on top of that)… so, we looked into Airbnb. We found a place about a 10-15 minute walk away, for far less. It was a studio apartment, and worked out great! We were a tad sketched out by the neighborhood on the walk back, but I don’t think we really had anything to be worried about.
Final verdict: We had always wanted to try our Airbnb, and it met the expectations we had for it! It was nice to stay at a house or apartment as opposed to a hotel, and it was cheaper too for something in similar areas. The only thing that is a little bit of a pain is communicating on when to check-in, but it was really a minor issue. We would definitely use Airbnb again!
Have you ever used Airbnb? What did you think?