Ten Tips on How to Pick an Airbnb Vacation Rental (y algunos extras)

  • ¿Cómo elegir un alquiler de vacaciones en airbnb
  • Muestra de un perfil de anfitrión buena airbnb
  • Type of Airbnb host to stay away from
  • La mejor alquiler de vacaciones en Florencia Italia

We started using Airbnb out of sheer desperation. We were in Paris. It was Antonio's second time in the City of Lights and my first. Parisian hotels are notoriously shitty and we picked the best our budget would afford us. It was a small room, with a "kitchenette". It just so happened to be Eid. This would not normally be an issue, except that a Muslim family had rented out the entire hotel (except for our room) and they celebrated - the entire - freakin' - night. There was not a wink of sleep to be had. We were jetlagged, underslept, and desperate. Antonio had heard of Airbnb and we decided to test it out. We ended up in a lovely Parisian apartment and had a wonderful time. We were hooked on the service.

How to Pick an Airbnb Vacation Rental

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Before you get started on AirBnB you need to understand that you are not staying in a hotel. Your home will not be staffed 24-7-365. For the most part, you will be staying at someone's home...but that brings up a great point that I will touch upon now. There are various types of AirBnB hosts:

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1. The Homeowner: The homeowner (renter) opens up their home when they are on vacation. They may also go stay with relatives while you are at their house. You need to understand that their homes will be filled with their stuff. This also means that you will be staying at a fully equipped house and that your host will know their city/neighborhood. These are my favorite hosts to stay with. I usually look for homes with family pictures, an aesthetic similar to mine, and people who like the same things that I like (more on this later).

2. The Investor: They've figured out they can make money from AirBnB. They have more than two apartments. The apartments are furnished head to toe with items from Ikea. These are my second choice. If you like a hotel, these may be perfect for you. For me, they lack a little bit of soul, but still beat out any hotel. With these hosts, you will need to look at reviews carefully.

3. The Realtor: I try to steer clear of these. Realtors have multiple listings and don't have a personal connection to their place. Some are great, others are horrible. You need to do extra research and really scrutinize their reviews before staying with this type of host.

4. Professional Hotels & Bed & Breakfasts: Hotels and bnbs got smart and started listing on Airbnb. This is not a bad thing. Many aparthotels can be found this way, AND you can cross reference them on sites like TripAdvisor. I still book via AirBnB, but it makes me feel better about staying in a hotel.

Siete años despues, todavía estamos enormes ventiladores de Airbnb. Hemos tenido buenas experiencias en su mayoría, some amazing ones, and very few negative ones. Over the years, we've learned what makes a good host. If you're new to Airbnb, there's no need to worry. I'll give you my tips to selecting the perfect apartment for your needs. If you have more questions or want advice, leave it in the comments and I'll get back to you ASAP.

ARTÍCULO RELACIONADO: consejos de viaje & trucos que le ahorrará toneladas de agravación. 

Muestra de un perfil de anfitrión buena airbnb

Things to look for in a host profile include good reviews, ID verification, and a full profile



1. Start with Amenities: There are certain things you need. For me, it's four things: fast internet, a washing machine, a kitchen, and temperature control. I do not even bother to look at apartments that do not have these amenities. These items may be different for you. Don't budge.  Me parece que esos tiempos me han sacrificado estas necesidades, ya sea para el costo más barato o barrio, I've been disappointed (and I can blame no-one but myself).

2. Read Reviews: It was not until recently that Airbnb hid reviews from host and guest until both had reviewed. This means that older reviews usually skew towards the positive. If you see a listing with anything less than a 3 star rating - skip it. Heck, I skip anything that has less than four. This is a bad apartment/bad host. You also need to read between the lines. Issues tend to sneak into reviews, so pay heed to certain wording (acogedor - significa pequeña). Reviews will tell you if the host is attentive, if they go above and beyond, and if their home is secretly noisy.

3. Check out Host Profiles: This is HUGE. First, make sure your host is verified. The more verifications, the better. Then check their write ups. See if your host has similar interests to you. Check out their reviews from hosts to find out where they have traveled. If your host has traveled to locations you've traveled to, they will probably fit your travel style. Check out their write up for interests. If they love cooking - and you do too - chances are their kitchen will fit your needs.

4. Photos: I will not stay at a listing that has no photos/bad photos. I am of the belief that details matter, and if you have not taken the time to put TLC into your listing, you probably won't do the same with your home. You also don't want any surprises. If the apartment looks cluttered, there may not be a place for your stuff. Es su armario lleno de ropa? Entonces usted necesita para hacer esta serie si tendrá espacio para sus artículos. Put the photos into context. Check out the photos to see if there is enough counter space, if the kitchen is good, if there is a shower curtain...you get the gist.

5. Verified Photos: These are great, pero ten en cuenta estas fotos tomadas Airbnb hacen de los apartamentos se ven mucho más grandes (fish-eye lenses) and gorgeous. After checking out the photos, read reviews and look for people saying "looks just like the pictures".

6. House Rules:  Lee esto. You don't want surprises when you get to your host's home. Some homes don't allow alcohol. I'm a wino - this would never work for me. Other hosts will charge you a cleaning fee (Estoy totalmente de acuerdo con esto - es posible que no), or a late check in fee. Make sure you read these thoroughly.

7. Pida un descuento: Don't do this if you're just staying for a week or two, but if you're staying for more than 15 days, it is totally ok to ask for a discount. They can decline the discount, and you can still take the place at full price if you really love it.

8. Ask questions: I work online. Internet speed is very important to me. I always ask my hosts how fast the internet is before booking. A few other helpful questions:

  • Is the bed a true bed? Sometimes hosts will put two twins together. This can be incredibly uncomfortable.
  • Is the hot water stable? Una gran cantidad de listados europeos / latinoamericanos no tienen agua caliente o calentadores tienen poco fiables. There are few pleasures to life like a hot shower and I'm big about making sure I have one daily.
  • How's the water pressure? Water pressure is an issue in many countries. Even if you see a gorgeous bathroom, ask about the water pressure. I once stayed in a place with a shower that looked like it was from outer space. I was tired and weary and so freakin' disappointed when I jumped in to have a dribble of water land on my head. Turned out the owners were very much into water conservation...trust me, ask.
  • How many sets of keys do we get? Antonio and I travel together, having only one set of keys can be quite inconvenient.
  • How does check in/check out work? Are the hours rigid? Will someone be there to meet me, is there a lock box, what happens if your flight is delayed...
  • Will a cleaning person come in weekly?  Creo que todos los hosts deben agregar un servicio de limpieza semanal con el costo de la lista. It just helps you to not have to work extra (and their cleaning person can make sure you as a host are not messing up the house or breaking things - benefits both parties).
  • Storage: Will there be a spot in the closet for me, and will there be a good number of hangers? I travel for months at a time...so this one is important to me. I absolutely hate to get to a place to find there are only 5 hangers for my 15 days worth of clothing.
  • How does garbage work? Trust me, many hosts forget to tell you about garbage and recycling. Ask!
  • How should I deal with neighbors/their questions? As an Airbnb traveler, it is your responsibility to care for your host and keep the system going. This simple question will get you into your hosts' good graces.

9. Check them out on Social: You'd be surprised how easy it is to find people's profiles on Facebook, Twitter, and even Google .  Me gusta stalk really get to know my hosts before staying with them.

10. Cancellation Policy: This year while we were in Portugal, we got two pieces of bad news. This meant that we had to fly back to the US in just a few days. We ate the cost of the rest of our rental since we were already there. Things like this can happen. They can even happen before you get to your host home. Pay heed to your host's cancellation policy. Hay varios tipos que you can see in more detail at this link. I tend to stick with flexible and moderate, just to be on the safe side.

  • Flexible: Full refund 1 day prior to arrival, except feesFull refund 1 day prior to arrival, except fees
  • Moderate: Full refund 5 days prior to arrival, except fees
  • Strict: 50% refund up until 1 week prior to arrival, except fees
  • Super Strict:  50% refund up until 30 days prior to arrival, except fees

11. The Spreadsheet: yeah...it's 11 because I promised a template of my spreadsheet for you. You'll have to edit this to fit your needs (if you're a smoker, for example). I'd be thrilled if you had suggestions too, so let me know in the comments.

12. Haga una Walkaround: Airbnb sólo le dará una estimación de donde los apartamentos son. Coge la "dirección" y copiar pegarlo en google maps. Haga una vuelta a su alrededor. Esto le dará una buena idea de lo que la zona es como. ¿Qué desea buscar? A ver si hay un bar de abajo de su alquiler (esto podría significar que será fuerte en la noche). "Caminar" a pocas cuadras, ver si hay delis / supermercados / tiendas. Esto le dirá lo conveniente es su área. ¿Hay un montón de basura en la calle. Usted se sorprenderá de lo útil que una vuelta a su alrededor será la hora de elegir su alquiler de Airbnb.

13. Nunca intercambio efectivo de Airbnb: If your desired host is asking you for contact information or suggests that payment be made off the platform, No elija el alquiler de AIRBNB. Esto es una estafa y no tendrá ningún tipo de protección Airbnb.   

La mejor alquiler de vacaciones en Florencia Italia

Sabina's AirBnB in Florence was not only a fairy tale, she was an amazing host.


These are hosts that went above and beyond and have amazing apartments. You will not regret staying at any of these lovely homes. Happy Airbnb hunting.

Airbnb escandinava de Troy en Hyde Park NY: Troy is the best host we've ever stayed with. Hemos roto nuestra única alquilar una regla de toda la casa porque sus críticas eran tan increíble. Puedo ver por qué es un SuperHost. Titulamos él el 3 Michelin estrella de Airbnb. No voy a decir más, navegue y echa un vistazo a sus comentarios. Troy es increíble.

Airbnb de Matthiew en París: Pedimos prestado mucho de su sentido del estilo. He had an HD projector, we have one in our apartment now. He had a floor bookshelf, we have one now. When we arrived at his place, he greeted us in his silk bathrobe, then sat us down and explained the neighborhood, where to buy the best baguette, what restaurants were worth it and where to go. Staying with him taught us a lot.

Airbnb de Sabina en Florencia: Estoy encantado de decir que nos quedamos primeros anfitriones de Airbnb Ayuda de Sabina. She is an amazing host and her home is like no other. I'd tell you to go to Florence just to stay at her house. Little hint...there's plenty of Medici history to it. Seriously - go - it's gorgeous. We've stayed with her 3 veces ahora.

Airbnb de Emile en Beaune: Hay una razón por Emile es un excelente anfitrión. Su piso es espectacular, cómodo, la ducha con agua caliente constante y gran presión del agua, y hay un impresionante jardín donde se puede disfrutar de una botella de Borgoña Chardonnay en los días soleados. Pero además del fantástico apartamento, nos fuimos sabiendo que hicimos un amigo para toda la vida. Reunión Emile hizo el viaje tan especial para nosotros. Emile, if you read this...we're coming back 😉

Airbnb de Nuno en Lisboa: Nos hicimos amigos con Nuno. He's kinda awesome. He took us to parties, was super attentive, y fuera de él que es un super anfitrión ... el apartamento estaba cerca de la perfección y tenía las vistas más increíbles de Lisboa.

Airbnb de Nicole en Williamsburg: Eran tremendamente anfitriones dulces y aceptar perros (a plus when Petey was with us). Gorgeous apartment and it made for many nice "vacations" from our daily grind.Petey was with us).

Airbnb de Ismael en Montreal: I was shocked that we were Ismael's first guests. Pensó en todo lo. El piso tenía un gran gimnasio, una piscina y estaba a unos pocos pasos del área de las artes. Incluso nos trataron de desayuno (no es necesario, pero tan apreciado). Él va a ser un increíble anfitrión.

Airbnb de Aurelie en Lyon: Creo que nos alojamos aquí dos o tres veces. The flat is comfortable, super stylish, y sólo una pocas cuadras deLes Halles de Paul Bocuse. Great location, great value, very nice hosts. Un lugar encantador para alojarse en durante el Fiesta de las Luces.

Airbnb de Sara en Bruselas: Nunca conocimos a Sara, but the guy that did the key exchange with her was super patient (our flight was seriously delayed) and very helpful. I think I could have moved into this flat in seconds. The apartment was huge, had three exposures, and super fast internet. Esto sigue siendo una de nuestras casas favoritas.

Airbnn de Gergely en Budapest: This is not a huge apartment, but it has absolutely everything you could need in a great location. Gergely and his dad were ridiculously nice and accommodating in every way. I've suggested this apartment to many friends who have visited Budapest. You can't go wrong here.

Airbnb de Dorothee en Jersey City: ¡Qué magnífico apartamento! It makes complete sense since Dorothee is an antiques dealer and designers. Her home is an escape from the daily grind. If given a choice, I'd stay here for any future Jersey City stays.

Airbnb de Stefania en Montepulciano: Lugar de Stefania es precioso. Ella compró un Palazio deteriorado y renovado todo el lugar. Hay techos pintados a mano, una impresionante vista de las colinas de la Toscana, y una gran cocina. Su lugar también es justo en medio de la colina, así que te encuentras en el centro. Amarla & su lugar.

Paolo & Airbnb de Franziska en Roma: En las afueras de Trastevere con cualquier comodidades modernas que pueda desear. Esto significaba que era tranquilo por la noche, sólo a pocas cuadras de la bulliciosa vida nocturna. Tuvimos una enorme terraza con una parrilla. La conexión a Internet funcionaba maravillosamente, y la ducha tenía agua caliente constante. Nos encantó su lugar y sin duda me alojaría allí de nuevo.

Airbnb de Gabriele en Venecia: Emocionado añadir éste a la lista. Mientras que Venecia no es mi ciudad favorita en el mundo (demasiados turistas, demasiado difícil moverse, y tan caro ... este piso hizo que nuestra estancia mucho más agradable. El apartamento estaba equipado con un precioso (y cómodo) muebles. Fue junto a un canal, así que podría sentirse como auténticos venecianos, y estaba a punto 3 cuadras de un montón de restaurantes y tiendas. Hemos sido capaces de tener un hogar lejos del bullicio de la ciudad, sin embargo, conseguir cualquier cosa que necesitábamos cuando queríamos.

Airbnb de Anne en París: Otra increíble apartamento de París. Casa de Anne era una 2 dormitorio con una terraza enorme. Fue a través de la calle de un gran supermercado Casino ya pocas cuadras de mi mercado francés favorito - Picard. Tuve la oportunidad de caminar a los Inválidos, el Museo Rodin y mucho más. Ella era un poco más escasa como anfitrión, pero su apartamento nos dio todo lo que necesitábamos - y una vista increíble de la Torre Eiffel.

Airbnb de Bojan en Pula: Bojan es un artista (asegúrese de revisar su galería si usted va a la ciudad y su apartamento refleja plenamente su asombrosa estética. Todo funcionó a la perfección (ducha, internet), y la cocina era un placer de cocinar en. La ubicación era genial, ya que estábamos a pocos pasos del centro histórico y estaba justo enfrente de un parque que significaba que era muy tranquila por la noche.

Como fue prometido, el seguimiento en Venecia.

Qué hacer si usted tiene un problema con su alquiler Airbnb

Una vez que eligió su alquiler de Airbnb, lo más probable es tener un gran momento. Sólo hemos tenido acerca 3 experiencias negativas, y cada vez Airbnb ha tenido gran cuidado de nosotros. Estas son las cosas que debe hacer si al final se ejecuta en un problema cuando llegue a su Airbnb.

  1. mensaje Airbnb: Sólo para hacerles saber que hay un problema y que va a ser la mensajería de su anfitrión para permitirles la oportunidad de rectificar la situación. ¿Quieres Airbnb involucrado en todo el proceso.
  2. Cómo mensaje Airbnb: Iniciar la sesión y pío @AirbnbHelp. No ventilar sus quejas públicamente. Pídales que siga usted para que pueda obtener ayuda con un problema en su viaje. Encuentro que esta es la manera más fácil y más rápida de ponerse en contacto con ellos.
  3. Tomar fotografías: ¿Quieres tener pruebas de todo. Hago un video en mi iPhone a la llegada para documentar lo que las miradas planas como y luego inmediatamente me subo a YouTube (como no listada) de modo que tenga un sello de fecha en ella. Lo hago en la fecha que dejar, así que tengo la prueba en caso de que el huésped siempre dice algo se rompió. En este caso, si dicen que tu piso está sucio cuando esté, hacer el video y tomar fotos.
  4. Manténgase Profesional: Airbnb will be so helpful if you just state the facts. Don't get overly emotional.
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23 COMENTARIOS SOBRE ESTE POST Para “Ten Tips on How to Pick an Airbnb Vacation Rental (y algunos extras)”

  • Tía Ida

    May 17, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Gracias por esta información. Encontré el enlace en un poste Reddit de hace unos meses. Acabo de reservar dos habitaciones para la próxima escapada de un y deseo que había visto esto antes de reservar. Yo soy un gran usuario de Excel, pero no se me ocurrió utilizarlo para este. ¿Le gustaría más consejos sobre cómo leer entre líneas en los exámenes.

    • blancavalbuena

      June 5, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      Hola tía Ida,

      Lo siento, no en contacto con usted antes…Sigo este blog por diversión, así que no reviso tan a menudo.

      Excel es impresionante. Es realmente ayuda y rara vez me decepciona con este. Quiero saber si la forma que funciona para usted y si termino de hacer cambios a la misma. Siempre interesado en lo que es mejor.

      Leyendo entre líneas…esto es especialmente importante con comentarios anteriores dado que antes de poder leer los comentarios Airbnb antes de revisar la otra persona. Esto significaba que los viajeros eran mucho más amable con reseñas de acogida para que pudieran tener una mejor opinión sobre sí mismos.

      Cuando usted lee los comentarios buscar palabras clave…acogedora por lo general significa el apartamento es pequeño…o desordenada. A veces locuaz puede significar autoritario. Todo está en el tono de la opinión.

      ¿Quieres ver opiniones que dicen “looks just like the pictures”, o comentarios que brotan sobre la propiedad. Si alguien se toma el tiempo para escribir una opinión increíble, es porque el host realmente les impactó.

      Déjame saber cómo va con sus apartamentos. Voy a estar actualizando el video apartamento de Venecia cuando llego. Actualmente estoy en Roma y el amor de mi Airbnb plana (la hoja de cálculo utilizado & no me defraudó).

  • Irina

    January 14, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    This is great info. I’ve been using Airbnb myself and was able to find amazing places with amazing deals. I’m looking forward to more posts from you

    • blancavalbuena

      January 14, 2016 at 5:51 pm

      I absolutely love Airbnb. I’ve used Home Away also, but something about Airbnb just makes everything so right. And you are so right Irina. You can get some amazing deals. On top of that, many times you’re helping a family survive. Pleased to meet you 😀

  • Julia

    January 14, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Gracias! Great tips and very relevant for me right now, since I am looking for a summer rental. I am definitely going to ask for a discount since I am looking to rent for an entire month.

    • blancavalbuena

      January 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Awesome Julia. Glad to be of help. Anywhere specific? I may have been there 😉

  • Lauren Golden

    January 14, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    I’ve never utilized Airbnb, but my hubbie and I are driving the west coast this May. Post bookmarked!

    • blancavalbuena

      January 14, 2016 at 9:19 pm

      Awesome! Would love to hear how your first Airbnb experience goes. If you have any q’s, just drop me a line 🙂

  • Padre Beach Rentals

    January 23, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    I love this blog! Thanks for sharing excellent information on how to pick airbnb vacations rental. Keep sharing this type of informative blog.

    • blancavalbuena

      January 23, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Muchas gracias por las palabras amables. I don’t update it as much as I should…cause gotta run the biz, but I do love sharing my experiences and helping others with their travels.

  • Lisa

    August 7, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Just had my first Airbnb locally (50 miles from home) for a solo overnighter after reading your suggestions and desiring to build up my own guest profile. Was a very good first experience! Gracias.

    • Blanca Valbuena

      August 9, 2016 at 11:51 am

      I’m thrilled to hear that Lisa. Airbnb is usually such a different experience than a hotel. I’m such a fan of the service.

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