Have you sometimes wished that your hotel had a bit more spunk? A personality? Would you rather be looking at something other than a brick wall through your hotel window when you are visiting an exotic country?
These reasons are exactly why I pick Airbnb over hotels now.
Ok..so you can get amazing views from extremely pricey hotels but if you want a gorgeous view without breaking the bank…try Airbnb.
Last weekend we stayed in a studio apartment tucked away amongst trees with the view to the beach. One side of the whole studio was all glass doors. And yes the seat from the bathtub had the best view.
Some of the other views we have had on our trips:
All three places I’ve stayed in, where I have had the entire place to myself has been under $160 a night. This includes in peak season over Christmas and Summer.
When I stayed in NSW country side Alstonville the day after Christmas, the host had left us with plenty of breakfast supplies, and even some home-made Christmas treats.
The Central Coast host was amazing! She left wine, cheese platter, fruit platter. All these places had a coffee machine as a bonus!
All these places think about everything and leave spare umbrellas, blankets, towels and beach
And don’t even worry about paying crazy wi-fi prices. These guys are clued in and know wi-fi is the norm.
How often do you get these extras with your hotel room?
The hosts and their pets
I have a confession to make. I don’t like animals. Not one bit. But staying at some of these Airbnb has totally changed my mind on this. I told the rather thrilled husband the other day that I am becoming more open to the idea of us getting a dog when we get our own place.
The last 2 places I stayed at had incredibly friendly dogs!
As for the hosts they have all been amazing, like-minded, well-traveled individuals who have created beautiful places. Since they have traveled extensively themselves they know exactly what their visitors need and because they live in the area themselves, they are able to make excellent recommendations for meals, walks and other activities.
Most hosts will message you a day before and give you clear directions and ask if you have any concerns. Which hotels offer this service?
The last host I had was so lovely. She sent freshly baked cake up to our studio and we had a good old chat about Bali and home designing.
The decor and accommodation
Hardly and beige and white decor here. All these places have given me so much inspiration for my own home one day!
Airbnb accommodation usually has a personality of it’s own..and they radiate so much warmth it often makes you feel like home the minute you walk through the door.
Since I live out in the suburbs, its pretty nice to have a quaint little cottage in the country side:
Or a beach themed studio on the cliff side overlooking water:
Or a luxury studio by the beach:
with a bathroom to be OBSESSED with
If you have any trips or weekends away planned please give Airbnb a go!
If you haven’t used Airbnb before here are some of my best tips:
- Read reviews thoroughly before booking.
- If it’s your first time – perhaps book with a “Superhost”. They are recognized for being reliable and well experienced with hosting.
- Check your location. Is there transport nearby?
- Don’t expect any extras i.e breakfast supplies unless specified. Sometimes they are a nice little surprise.
- Respect your hosts rules.
- Make sure you understand the concept of sharing a place or having the entire place to yourself.
- Your host leaves a review for you so other hosts will know whether you a good guest of not. So best behaviour please!
Have you stayed in any Airbnbs? Or do you prefer hotels?