Airbnb.com is a website on which anyone can list space to rent, similar to a bed and breakfast this can range from the person who may just have an extra bedroom all the way to an extra castle. Both the host and guest are able to rate each other based on their experience. But why do travelers utilize this site instead of traditional hotel rooms or bed and breakfasts?
Airbnb Gives You More Value
Accomodation can be the most expensive part of travel. The average for a night at a hotel in downtown Bremerton is $150. That includes a continental breakfast (which are never very good), free (usually shitty) wifi, a hundred or so square feet of bedroom, an ish view, and basic cable access. For $120 more, I can rent a waterfront cottage with THREE bedrooms. You just can’t get that same access with traditional hotel options.
Access To Local Sights
Locals aren’t going to direct you to the worst diner in town. They’re full of insights into the community, which parts of town are safe and which aren’t, and the best way to navigate their corner of the world.
Not only is staying in a “real house” with a kitchen, full bathroom, and living space more comfortable, but it can also be more interesting. Since
Airbnb is so budget friendly, you have access to stay in places like sailboats, mountain cabins, and tiny houses.
Sometimes properties aren’t as the host described, however, their review system as well as excellent customer service from Airbnb can weed out such hosts. Sometimes the hosts are creepy, again rely on the review system and on the Airbnb customer service hotline. (If you feel unsafe, just turn around and leave. Then call Airbnb and ask for help finding somewhere else to stay, they will comp you a night somewhere else or refund your money. If someone is threatening you, call 911 immediately!)
A good way to avoid bad experiences? Do your research, don’t select an accomodation that will put you in circumstances you aren’t comfortable in. Select a host with LOTS of positive reviews about them AND their property. Review hosts honestly – always!
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