Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Experiences: Staying at Various Types of AirBnb's


Within our Interrail travels, we made 8 AirBnb stays around Europe. This was our first time using AirBnb and we didn't know what to expect but from each experience. We couldn't tell you it's always been the same - we went from the basic to the extraordinary. Here are the various types of experiences we came across...

Living With the Owner 

We believe that most AirBnb hosts rent out only part of their house or flat, and with being on a tight budget for the majority of the trip, we did things this way in Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague, Zurich and Paris. We'll talk about Berlin separately next.

We were so lucky not to have any bad experiences in doing it this way, and always made sure that the place and owner had positive reviews from past visitors before booking. We always adopted the viewpoint that paying a few pounds more for somewhere that had positive reviews was better than risking it than going into the unknown. Each of our hosts were so welcoming, particularly in Prague and Amsterdam, and had full access to their kitchen and utility facilities. With being on a long trip, a washing machine was a necessity! The Czech cat that we were greeted by in Prague was cute too!

We didn't get to see our hosts in Zurich and Paris at all, as the keys were left in a safe place and we simply saw to everything ourselves. That was absolutely fine with us, but the extra touches that our hosts in Amsterdam and Prague took to ensure that we were settled in by chatting and talking through everything made it extra special.



Basic Living Room Space

Similarly to what was previously mentioned, we stayed with the owners of the flat we were in in Berlin. We knew what to expect so we didn't mind at all, but it was here when we were on a living room sofa bed. It was occupied by two students who weren't as meticulous as they could be... maybe move the marijuana from the window sill next time lads???

Whole Space

In Vienna and Budapest, we managed to bag a whole flat for great prices, and took advantage of the private kitchen spaces to make our own meals and make ourselves at home. All we saw of the owners was when we checked in, they gave us their contact details if anything went wrong, and we got on with our travels. We would say that our Budapest was our favourite accommodation of them all - the flat was brand new and had some of the fastest Wifi we've ever encountered. And although we weren't living with the owner, he regularly dropped messages and organised us a taxi to get back to the train station on our final day.

Overall we would fully recommend AirBnb to save the costs of hotels, and as long as you do good research into your options, it is a great way to travel!


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21 comments

  1. I've actually never done airbnb, but most of my friends have and a few even rent out a part of their own homes! I'm glad you had positive experiences, though I'm a bit baffled why anyone would leave a pot plant out in the open!

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    Emily
    emilyhallock.blogspot.com

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    1. We were so worried but were so glad we have done it and it's proved to us that it's as safe as it should be! Gah we have no idea but we do find it funny now!

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  2. I have done air bnb once I think and it was great. The flat was super clean and cute, in the city center, the owners were super nice and helpful! We had a blast! I am glad you had a positive experience too xx corinne

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    1. `That sounds like such a great positive experience - you can find some really cute spots through AirBnb!

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  3. Really great to hear positivity about AirBnB as its something I've only used once and will be doing more so in the future! I went Interrailing too so can't wait to read some more of you blog posts :) xx

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    1. We've always been so sceptical but we're so glad to be able to share our positive feedback!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

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  4. It was great to hear what you thought of air bnb. I havent used it before but I'd like to sometime.

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    1. We hope that you have such a positive experience as we have if you do!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

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    2. Thank you! 😊
      You're welcome 💓

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  5. I've never really had the confidence to stay in an Air B&B before just because I've been a bit nervous of staying in a stranger's house! However, reading about your experiences has convinced me that I might be worrying too much! If I follow you advice and only stay with people who have positive reviews, I should be ok! I am planning a trip to Sheffield soon (for the Cheese Fest!) and will need somewhere to stay, so I'll deffo look into Air B&Bs!

    Abbey 😇 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. Don't worry, it's so easy to feel worried but the reviews defo help and it's crazy how some can be brutally truthful but it's the best, especially when you find such a cute bargain find!

      Thank you for reading and commenting☺💓

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  6. I have used air bnb a couple of times, you can find some real gems. I prefer renting a whole space but we did stay in someone's house with them once and it was an amazing place.

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    1. Yes exactly, we found some really good ones! Glad you found some gems! Whole spaces are the best!

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  7. I absolutely love air b n b but I have tended to err the other way and avoid staying with the owners but it sounds like (bar Berlin!) you've had some great experiences! You've encouraged me to be a bit more adventurous! I would love to see more of the places you stayed! Another great post as always!
    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

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    1. We've tried to avoid not staying with the owners but beggars can't be choosers when you're on a budget haha

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  8. After reading this I really want to give it a go! I've never stayed at a b&b before but my boyfriend and I have seen some great deals floating about on groupon so we may have to look in to it!!!! Xxx

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    1. Airbnb is such a great money saving way to stay in! So easy and convenient!

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  9. I've never used Air B & B before and in the media it has always been horror stories which naturally put me off. Sounds like you've had some good hosts though and I'm like you, I would definitely base my choices on previous reviews.

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    1. We were so happy that we took the plunge and were lucky to have such great hosts!

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  10. I really liked your post. I like to use air b n b when I go to London. The only time something unfortunate happened was when the previous guests had taken the keys with them so I was locked out! But luckily it got sorted out quickly. Narzra x

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    1. Oh no, but at least it got sorted and it wasn't a bad thing from the hosts!

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