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:
***I ended up not picking up either of these listings…you’ll have to wait until August to find out which listing I chose.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF AIRBNB HOSTS
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.
Sette anni più tardi, we’re still huge fans of Airbnb. We’ve had mostly good experiences, 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.
BLANCA & ANTONIO’S TIPS TO FINDING THE PERFECT AIRBNB RENTAL
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. I find that those times I’ve sacrificed these needs for either cheaper cost or neighborhood, 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 (accogliente – significa piccolo). 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. È il loro armadio pieno di vestiti? Allora avete bisogno di chiedere questo host se avrete spazio per i vostri articoli. 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, ma tenete a mente queste foto scattate Airbnb rendono gli appartamenti un aspetto molto più grande (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: Leggere questi. 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 (Sono totalmente ok con questo – potrebbe non essere), or a late check in fee. Make sure you read these thoroughly.
7. Chiedere uno sconto: 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? A lot of European/Latin American listings don’t have hot water or have unreliable heaters. 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? Penso che tutti gli host dovrebbero aggiungere un servizio di pulizia settimanale al costo della quotazione. 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 . mi piace
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. Ci sono vari tipi che 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. Fare un Walkaround: Airbnb solo vi darà una stima di dove gli appartamenti sono. Afferra il “indirizzo” e copiare incollarlo google maps. Fare un walk-around. Questo vi darà una buona idea di ciò che la zona è come. Cosa vuoi cercare? Vedere se c'è un bar al piano terra dal vostro noleggio (questo potrebbe significare che sarà forte di notte). “Camminare” a pochi isolati, vedere se ci sono gastronomie / supermercati / negozi. Questo vi dirà quanto sia conveniente la vostra zona è. C'è un sacco di spazzatura in strada. Sarete sorpresi di quanto sia utile un walk-around sarà al momento di scegliere il vostro noleggio Airbnb.
13. Mai cambio Cash off Airbnb: Se il vostro host desiderato si sta chiedendo informazioni di contatto o suggeriscono che il pagamento effettuato dalla piattaforma, Non scegliere questo noleggio AIRBNB. This is a scam and you won’t have any Airbnb protection.
MY FAVORITE AIRBNB HOSTS SO FAR
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.
Troy’s Scandinavian Airbnb in Hyde Park NY: Troy is the best host we’ve ever stayed with. Abbiamo rotto il nostro affittare solo un intero regola della casa perché i suoi giudizi erano così incredibile. Posso capire perché lui è un superhost. Abbiamo intitolato a lui il 3 Stella Michelin di Airbnb. I won’t say more, scegliere attraverso e controllare i suoi giudizi. Troy è sorprendente.
Matthiew’s Airbnb in Paris: Abbiamo preso in prestito un sacco di suo senso dello stile. 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.
Sabina’s Airbnb in Florence: I am thrilled to say that we were Sabina’s first Airbnb hosts. 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 di volte.
Emile’s Airbnb in Beaune: C'è una ragione Emile è un ospite eccellente. Il suo piatto è spettacolare, confortevole, la doccia ha l'acqua calda costante e la pressione dell'acqua, e non vi è un giardino straordinario dove si può godere di una bottiglia di Borgogna Chardonnay nei giorni di sole. Ma oltre al fantastico appartamento, abbiamo lasciato sapendo che abbiamo fatto un amico per la vita. Incontro Emile reso il nostro viaggio così speciale per noi. Emile, if you read this…we’re coming back 😉
Nuno’s Airbnb in Lisbon: Siamo diventati amici con Nuno. He’s kinda awesome. He took us to parties, was super attentive, and outside of him being a super host…the apartment was close to perfection and had the most incredible views of Lisboa.
Nicole’s Airbnb in Williamsburg: Erano super padroni di casa dolci e accettare cani (a plus when Petey was with us). Gorgeous apartment and it made for many nice “vacations” from our daily grind.Petey was with us).
Ismael’s Airbnb in Montreal: I was shocked that we were Ismael’s first guests. Ha pensato a tutto. L'appartamento aveva una grande palestra, una piscina ed era a pochi passi dalla zona delle arti. Anche lui ci ha trattati per la prima colazione (non necessario, ma così apprezzato). Sta per essere un ospite incredibile.
Aurelie’s Airbnb in Lyon: Credo che siamo stati qui due o tre volte. The flat is comfortable, super stylish, e solo a pochi isolati dallaLes Halles de Paul Bocuse. Great location, great value, very nice hosts. Un bel posto dove stare durante la Fête des Lumieres.
Sara’s Airbnb in Brussels: Non abbiamo mai incontrato 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. Questo è ancora uno dei nostri case preferite.
Gergely’s Airbnn in 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.
Dorothee’s Airbnb in Jersey City: Che splendido appartamento! 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.
Stefania’s Airbnb in Montepulciano: Stefania’s place is gorgeous. Ha comprato una Palazio malandato e ristrutturato l'intero posto. Ci sono soffitti dipinti a mano, una splendida vista delle colline toscane, e una grande cucina. Il suo posto è anche nel bel mezzo della collina, so you’re centrally located. Amala & il suo posto.
Paolo & Franziska’s Airbnb in Rome: Alla periferia di Trastevere con qualsiasi comodità moderna che si può desiderare. Questo significava che era tranquilla di notte, solo a pochi isolati da una vivace vita notturna. Avevamo un terrazzo enorme con una griglia. La connessione internet funzionava meravigliosamente, e la doccia aveva acqua calda costante. Mi è piaciuto molto il loro posto e sarà assolutamente ancora qua.
Gabriele’s Airbnb in Venice: Entusiasti di aggiungere questo alla lista. Mentre Venezia non è la mia città preferita nel mondo (troppi turisti, troppo difficile andare in giro, and so expensive…this flat made our stay so much more pleasant. L'appartamento è stato attrezzato con splendida (e confortevole) arredamento. Era accanto a un canale in modo che potessimo sentire come veri veneziani, ed era circa 3 isolati di distanza da tonnellate di ristoranti e negozi. Siamo stati in grado di avere una casa lontano dal caos e dalla frenesia, ancora ottenere tutto ciò di cui avevamo bisogno quando volevamo.
Anne’s Airbnb in Paris: Un altro incredibile appartamento di Parigi. Anne’s place was a 2 camera da letto con un mazzo enorme. Era di fronte a un grande supermercato casinò ea pochi isolati dal mio mercato francese preferito – Picard. Sono stato in grado di camminare fino a Invalides, il Museo Rodin e molto altro ancora. Era un po 'più radi come ospite, ma il suo appartamento ci ha dato tutto il necessario – e una splendida vista sulla Torre Eiffel.
Bojan’s Airbnb in Pula: Bojan è un artista (assicuratevi di controllare la sua galleria se si va alla città e il suo appartamento rispecchia pienamente la sua sorprendente estetica. Tutto ha funzionato alla perfezione (doccia, internet), e la cucina era un piacere per cucinare. La posizione era ottima come eravamo a pochi passi dal centro storico ed era proprio di fronte a un parco che significava che era super tranquilla di notte.
Come promesso, il follow-on Venice.
Cosa fare se si ha un problema con il noleggio di Airbnb
Una volta scelto il vostro noleggio Airbnb, you’ll most likely have a great time. We’ve only had about 3 esperienze negative, e ogni volta Airbnb ha preso molta cura di noi. Queste sono le cose che si dovrebbero fare se si finisce per imbattersi in un problema quando si arriva a Airbnb.
- Messaggio Airbnb: Giusto per far loro sapere che c'è un problema e che vi sarà di messaggistica vostro ospite per consentire loro la possibilità di rettificare la situazione. Si vuole Airbnb ha coinvolto durante l'intero processo.
- Come messaggio Airbnb: Accedere e twittare @AirbnbHelp. Non in onda vostre lamentele pubblicamente. Chiedi loro di seguirti in modo da poter ottenere l'assistenza con un problema sul vostro viaggio. Trovo che questo sia il modo più semplice e veloce per entrare in contatto con loro.
- Fare foto: Si desidera avere la prova di tutto. Faccio un video sul mio iPhone in arrivo per documentare ciò che le appare piatto piace e poi ho subito caricarlo su YouTube (come non quotate) in modo da avere un indicatore di data su di essa. Lo faccio alla data lascio pure in modo ho la prova nel caso in cui l'host mai dice qualcosa era rotto. In questo caso, se dicono il vostro piatto è sporco quando si arriva, fare il video e scattare foto.
- soggiorno professionale: Airbnb will be so helpful if you just state the facts. Don’t get overly emotional.