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I’ve used it once this year for a show; first time of using it ever. But I’m thinking about it for a possible trip to Europe, for a few days in Venice and then in Budapest. I’m thinking it has potential if you are going to be staying in one place for a few days. A place with a kitchen would be a big plus (not that I’m going to cook, but it would make breakfast and that first cup of coffee easier).
I’m wondering what the potential pitfalls might be. Has anyone given this a try? Thanks
My son (early 20s) has used AirBnB in Italy and I think Switzerland. He recommends this option, especially because he can keep a little food there and not eat out every meal. (Bread, salami, cheese, fruit, etc.)
Do you have specific questions you would like me to ask him?
Thanks, Camryn! Somehow I didn’t see your reply til now.
I guess if it has worked out well for him, he wouldn’t know of potential pitfalls!
I am wondering what recourse one has if you book and pre-pay (I believe it is all pre-paid, I know my local one is/was), then arrive, and something has fallen through: it’s rented to someone else, you can’t get in, etc. Or the place is misrepresented, such as, a one bedroom with kitchen turns out to be a studio with no kitchen. I gather (but am too new to know much) that it runs on trust, and Air bnb doesn’t stand behind accuracy of the bookings, all you can do is write a bad review of a given host.
And, being, as I said, very new: are these usually rooms rented out in people’s houses/flats where the owner is present to solve problems? With some spaces like the kitchen shared with the family/other guests? Or is it more likely internationally that hosts have leases to apartments they have just to rent out, and they themselves are not resident?
I don’t know if language barriers are a big issue, with making sure you are getting what you think you are.
This is before Air BnB, but I remember booking online a “bed and breakfast” in Rome 12 years ago, for my husband and kids, which turned out to be a for profit apartment with 4 bedrooms. All the proprietors knew was that we were coming on one date and leaving on another. We knew 2 words of Italian and they knew no English. We didn’t know where they lived or how to reach them. Breakfast was a freezer full of hard white bread rolls and a half empty jar of jam. Luckily my husband found a market and started making our own breakfast. It worked out, but….!
I actually know someone's son who works for AirBnB -- the company itself should assist if you arrive and things aren't right. There is a pretty good evaluation system, with feedback on both parties. Interestingly, recently I got a note saying my host/owner had filed feedback on me but I could NOT look until I filled out my own evaluation. So you can't do tit for tat; it has to be honest more or less. (And she had given me a good review anyway, but I thought it was interesting that both parties have to file feedback before either goes public.)
My friend whose son works for AirBnB said if any property gets less than stellar raiting, they check up on the situation, call the owner, have things fixed. So I don't think you arrive, and are out of luck if it's not as pictured. It would also be hard to be listed with AirBnB if you didn't match the description, as the first tenant/renter/guest would be all over it.
Also, he would know of potential pitfalls. He is 24 1/2 years old and he knows everything.
Thanks, Melanie! I will look up vrbo.
"For airbnb I always choose entire place."
How can you tell? That's a question I have about my one local booking, plus the listings I see for the cities I'll be in in Europe. Is it a parameter of the listing somewhere that I have not found?
Thanks! Having only used it once, so I didn't notice that.