A few people have asked us how we felt about using Airbnb for our vacation…
Honestly, we loved it.
We loved how it allowed us to experience life in a new city more like a local and less like a visitor. It helped us leave our comfort zone to find new stores and meet new people instead of just going to the mini market in the hotel lobby or calling the front desk for items we needed. Instead we were taking walks to the local convenience stores and having breakfast alongside people who just weren’t as lost as we were. They knew the city, and they influenced our overall experience in a foreign place making us simply feel more at home. I don’t know if that really made any sense, but it really enriched our time there.
If you’re really on the fence about booking an Airbnb for your next vacation, I’ve gathered 3 honest perks and downfalls of using Airbnb from our experiences. Hopefully it’ll help with your decision 🙂
My Top 3 Perks
Location: With Airbnb, you can choose to stay pretty much anywhere you want. You’re not limited to just touristy areas where the hotels flourish. In London, we were right across from a park, right next to a market, and right next to a subway station in what is considered the most family-friendly area of the city. In Paris, we got a great view of the Eiffel tower from where we laid in bed. You can’t pick things like this out easily with hotels.
Price: This past vacation was my first time using Airbnb, and I’ll honestly say that what really made me want to use the service was the price. I would check hotel prices with good ratings in the same area and would find us paying nearly double of what the Airbnb would cost.
Space: If you choose to book an apartment or house, you will get a kitchen or kitchenette. This is a lot of the parent in me speaking, but it is glorious for washing bottles, heating up a quick breakfast, storing food/snacks in the fridge, etc. I have washed bottles in a hotel room, and it’s pretty frustrating. Also, you can pick a spot with a laundry machine which we did since we packed light for this trip and planned on re-wearing items. There’s almost always a coffee table or dining table and couch to relax and unwind as well. You’re not just confined to a bed and a desk like in a hotel.
My Top 3 Downfalls
No Late Checkout: Sometimes you just want to linger in bed for another hour, but it’s unlikely to get a late checkout with Airbnb as they schedule for cleaning and upcoming residents. I think it’s a possibility, but your chances of getting late checkout are probably better at a hotel.
Less Small Amenities: The places we stayed at did have soap and other small items, but if you realized you forgot your toothbrush or other toiletries, you can’t conveniently call someone. Obviously, you pay more at a hotel to get things like this, but we hardly ever use the hotel front desk other than to check in/out so it wasn’t a huge deal for us. Just something to keep in mind.
No Daily Clean Up: We normally don’t request daily cleaning from a housekeeper when we stay at hotel, but I know people who absolutely need this every day. You won’t get that with an Airbnb. In fact, before you check out, you need to make sure everything is at least somewhat tidy. Remember, choosing Airbnb means you’re choosing to stay at a residence.
Random tidbits if you plan on booking: