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Has anyone ever used Airbnb to book an apartment?

Has anybody used before Airbnb site to book an appartment? 

Is it safe or reliable??

UPDATE:

I really appreciate your help and your advices!

If I got it right, I can rent an apartment, or room through AirBnb and It's completely safe. The only thing I didn't understand (and I apologise If i make stupid questions) is:

  1. In the apartment/room that I would choose I would live with the host??
  2. What is the different between rent an apartment on AirBnb and Booking?(I know booking.com I use it for several years and I am really pleased)
  3. I have to pay by credit card or pay later on cash?
  4. Is there an extra charge for cleaning the room?


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  • Valerie Stimac

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    Elli, short answer? Yes, yes, yes! Airbnb generally does a good job of screening hosts and since the site is based on user reviews and photos, you can usually trust what you see. I've booked 17 trips on the site, 13 of which have been fabulous, and the other 4 of which were okay (not bad, just not as great by comparison).

    I was also a host when I lived in London, and had good experiences--most hosts have to approve their guests, and guests get to choose their hosts among the options, so you can generally feel comfortable that nobody's going to be a creep. Airbnb also has great customer service for dealing with complaints.

    Because I want to add a map, the great ones:

    Hopefully that helps you see what really good Airbnb listings look like--lots of reviews, generally good looking photos, etc.


    Wherever you're going, have a great trip!!

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      Hey ..Its great · (1 likelikes)

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      Valerie, awsome job. I really appreciate links! · (1 likelikes)

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      My pleasure, Victoria! Hope this gives examples of what good listings look like :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Jeannette Norris

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    Hi Elli, I've used Airbnb a number of times in different locations including Santiago, Buenos Aires, Woodstock (New York), and San Francisco. I love it for several reasons:

    • You get a much more authentic experience because you're staying in someone's home, which gives you a direct lens into the culture of the location.
    • You have the option to rent an entire house/apartment, or just a room. While it's nice to have a place to yourself, I find that renting a room/sharing the space with the owner makes the experience a thousand times richer. Plus, renting a room is much less expensive.
    • Additional perks to renting a room is that the owner will more than likely try to make your stay exceptional. They'll give you insight into all the best local spots to try, help you answer any questions, and make you feel at home.
    • The booking process is easy.
    • Most listers have reviews. I never stay at an Airbnb that hasn't had guests stay there previously. If they have at least 3-5 positive reviews and zero negative, then they're probably legit.
    • I've never had any logistical issues. The people I stay with are great at communicating (you'll get their phone number and email address) and coordinating your arrival.


    The best Airbnb experience I had was in Santiago. The person I stayed with was incredibly hospitable and generous. I was staying on his futon, which he set up each evening and even sprayed essential oils on the pillow to help me sleep. In the morning he'd prepare a breakfast of vegetable egg scramble, yogurt, granola, toast, and tea: Santiago

    He shared a bottle of Chilean wine with me and his friends, and also took me and a friend of his out to a couple authentic Chilean dinners. I was blown away.

    In addition to getting to a deeper cultural experience, I made a lifelong friend.

    My other experiences have also been positive with very minor complaints. For instance, in Buenos Aires I rented an entire apartment and you had to use a key to get in AND out of the building, which was annoying. That's about it though.

    I highly recommend it!

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      Wow! Thanks for sharing all this great insight on Airbnb :) · (0 likelikes)

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  • Christopher Barraud

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    I've used airbnb a handful of times and have never had a bad experience. Often I've found the place to be 10 times better compared to hotels in the area when it comes to quality, customer service and the overall experience.

    Many hosts offer smart cards for the public transport, personalised maps, local knowledge, mobile phone SIMs/portable hotspots and other perks that hotels would charge as an optional extra.

    Sure, there are horror stories, but there are are also really bad hotel experiences out there too. Just be smart with your research and you'll find the experience to be incredibly rewarding.

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  • Katie Chum

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    Hi!

    Yes me and my 3 friends literally booked all our lodging needs across Madrid, Barcelona, Ibizia, and Turkey through AirBnB. It is the best way to save money and the hosts can give you great local insight.

    There are also a ton of reviews on each owner so you can peruse through tons of users' comments and experiences!

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  • Bharti Singh

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    I am fan of Airbnb. We stayed only in Airbnb houses during our trip to Europe and each place was a delightful experience. The hosts are usually very helpful and happy to meet guests. Some even stock the kitchen with some yummy stuff - like this lady in Florence who had baked a cake for us and kept as a surprise when we arrived. Now which hotel does that.

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  • Amanda Morris

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    I haven't used AirBnB, but I have used VRBO, which gave us similar results to the people posting before me. We love the feeling of being in a genuine neighborhood and having more room to spread out. We have had great results in Florence and Santa Fe. Traveling with my husband and daughter, it is nice to put her to bed and have a little time to ourselves at night. Also, we enjoy being able to have a few staples in the apartment (cook hard-boiled eggs, keep milk in the refrigerator, etc.).

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  • Gary Witt

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    I've rented several times in Europe through AirBNB. The rooms, in Rome, Paris and The Hague were all clean, and the people were very nice. The bathrooms were all fine, too. They know their renters will be reviewing their stay, so it is in their best interest to make it as nice as possible. Usually it is just a spare bedroom, although that widely varies as you can tell looking through the listings.

    I don't think you can say absolutely that it is safe. You're not totally safe anywhere. I'd read the reviews carefully and stay at places with lots of good reviews.

    Usually the kitchen and laundry are also available to you, which is really nice if you are traveling a lot.

    Here's one important thing to remember if you are traveling by train. Make sure you know how far away the place is, and if it is an easy walk from the nearest train or metro station. In The Hague I had a 25 minute light rail ride from the train station, then a 15 minute walk to the place, which was hard to find in the rabbit-warren of other condos. Luckily, the first time the guy picked me up. Paris and Rome were simple, the places were in the city and a five minute walk from the metro. If you rent, be sure to ask the owner which metro stop you get off and where to go from there! Also, be sure to have the address printed out so if you get lost, you can show someone to get directions.

    Have fun. It's a great way to meet new people. Bring a bottle of wine to share.


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  • Christopher Frame

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    I've used it a lot, for everywhere from Sonoma to Montreal, Iceland, Berlin, New York City. Perhaps I've been lucky, but I've had nothing but good experiences.

    In general, I've found it to be cheaper than other apartment rental services.

    Regarding who you're staying with, it runs the gamut. I've stayed places that are more like rooming houses (someone's renting out an entire multi-bedroom house to several different people) to sharing an apartment with the host to renting the entire apartment.

    Cleaning and cancellation policies depend upon the place and person you're renting from. In general though, you're paying upfront to Airbnb and they hold onto this until you've gotten into the rental (so you're protected from unscrupulous hosts). Rent from someone who has been doing it a while, has good reviews and you should be fine.


    Have fun, C

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      I have used air BnB once. I would query why I had to lay a hefty % for the introduction to my hosts ??and they also had to pay a % cannot remember the exact amount buts was surprised by the double whammy do check what you pay · (0 likelikes)

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  • Holly King

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    Yes and Love it! Spent 10 days in EnglandEngland, 3 days in Scotland, 6 weeks in France and now yes it all over California! Do your homework, look at the reviews of past guests, read everything and you should enjoy. If you want to rent an apartment ask questions - how close is it to the places you want to go? Near transportation, if rental car - place to park it safely? On street? If you have neighbors - loud? Nightlife around you? Smoking allowed? If you have migraines - do they use smelly detergents? Are you allergic to animals? Do they allow pets? What kind of neighborhood is it? Read! Ask ?s, Book, Enjoy!!! We did and are tonight!

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    Air BnB seems too good to be true in terms of price, until you see the sky high admin fees and "cleaning fees" that they add on to the price advertised. However, sometimes even with the "add ons" it works out cheaper than say, booking.com.

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    I definitely recommend airbnb. I started using it on july and my experience was great. In every case we were in the same house as the host. I believe that is the main difference between airbnb and booking.com, but I'm not sure because I don't use booking.com much. I used to stay in hostels, but now I believe I will use only airbnb.


    About the extra cleaning fee, it does exist, but it's worth it.

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    I think Airbnb is one of the best options for finding last-minutes accommodations, or a place to stay outside of normal tourist areas. I used them for the first time on a recent trip to Dublin, where almost every hotel in town was sold out or out of this world price-wise when I went to book, but I managed to find a wonderful place in a great location, just at the end of Temple Bar. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/994084

    I do always check the box for the whole apartment/house option, even still, usually winds up much less than hotels for the night.

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  • Jahn Schlosser

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    Elli! just do it!

    It is the most amazing way to meet locals at the place you travel to and get a decent apartment. I personally would also do couchsurfing, but that is not everybody's piece of bread.

    Try Airbnb. They rule!

    This summer I stayed at (recommend them all):

    Burgos

    Isabel's place

    Porto

    Maria's place

    and Salamanca

    Ana's place

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  • Tony Wright

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    I've never had a bad AirBnB experience. You can filter by "entire apartment/house" if you aren't keen on staying in someone's guest bedroom.

    You general save money and have a more interesting place to stay, but it IS a bit more work to book it.

    I've had annoying experiences where I do 3 reservation requests for apparently available places and get "no" from all three (it sometimes takes 24hrs or more to get replies). Sometime I'll just head to Booking.com just so I can get a room at a hotel/inn just so I don't have to deal with the back and forth.

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    I use it most of the time i trvel. It's really safe. Pictures are generally representative of the flat. I always had good hosts, really friendly and helpful. I used it in Paris, Lisbon, Porto, and New York City.

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    We love Air BnB. Used them to stay in Portland, OR for a week and again in Vancouver Canada as a passing-through spot. We found it's a great way to live like a local and also convenient for affordable one or two night stays. You just have to check out the profiles and reviews to know whether someone has a clean place and is accommodating. I love the service!

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    i've used airbnb on my last three trips and i'm a huge fan. first you usually get more cost affordable options. second, the hosts that i've dealt with have been awesome and give insider tips to the city. you also feel more like a local when you're staying in an apt or a home compared to a hotel. make sure to read the reviews of the host and home you're considering, communicate with them to make sure your expectations are aligned and they can meet your needs, and look for verified photos. hope you enjoy the experience as much as i have.

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    We haven't had any problems. In January we stayed in San Jose del Cabo, beautiful condo. In April we stayed in Brussels at a very nice apartment, next week we will be staying in Ithaca, NY. All airbnb. & We are looking forward to many more stays.

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  • Han Hess

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    Airbnb totally rocks! Have stayed with great hosts and saved tons of money along the way.

    1. It really depends. There are rooms where you often live with the host in the same apartments and there are apartments you will have by yourself. We once had a whole house. But also staying with the host can be a great experience.

    2. Booking is essentially a hotel booking site like expedia. AirBnb is more like having the home stay experience in an apartment or house.

    3. You will get charged by Airbnb. You never pay anything directly to the host

    4. Depends. mostly yes and it will be shown as an extra item when you book.

    Just try it you won't regret it.

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      How do i know that i won't live with the host? I would prefer to rent an apartment only for me and my boyfriend. How can i do that? · (0 likelikes)

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      For once when you search just check "Entire Place" as room type. This way it only lists places where you will be on your own. Otherwise a good way is just email the potential host and ask :) · (1 likelikes)

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      Thank you! :) · (0 likelikes)

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    I just travelled 3 months using only Airbnb and it was a great experience. I met nice people. You can choose if you want a private, share room or apartment. The principle idea of AIRBNB is to give you the opportunity to meet real folks of the city you are visiting, taking to the real city and culture. Some of your hosted are really nice and helpful, some a little bit indifferent, but I never had a bad experience. Be careful to review the comments of other travellers. My advice, don't go to places without evaluations and in my case I always choose places with more than person. Have fun!

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