Airbnb’s are becoming an increasingly better alternative to hotels not only because of price, but for a variety of other reasons. In case you’ve been living under a rock and still don’t know what all this Airbnb business is about, Airbnb is a website which serves as an advertising platform for short-term sublets.
You can see ratings of hosts and guests, the property itself, and securely pay for your rental fee without worrying that someone is going to run off with your money.
That’s not to say there aren’t still some things to be wary of when choosing the right Airbnb. By carefully looking out for potential obstacles, you can ensure you will make the best possible Airbnb selection. Follow these tips and make sure you make the best choice for your trip.
Look Closely At Location
Sometimes when searching for a specific location, Airbnb’s search results will also include neighboring towns to your desired area. It’s important to look at the property listed on a map, and not rely simply on the search terms.
It’s easy to start clicking rapidly, see a property you like, get excited and put down a deposit, only to realize once you get there that rather than being in London, you’re in a cottage 35 miles north, up a steep cobblestone road, with no vehicle access. Oops.
Keep an Eye on Guest Rules
As with many things in life, the fine print on this section of Airbnb is very easy to overlook. Hosts can implement any rules they want, and if you don’t comply, you will be asked to leave, and still be held liable for the full amount of the reservation, and possibly your deposit as well if there were any damages incurred.
If you are planning on renting a property for a raging birthday party with 100 guests, you probably want to verify that your location has something mentioning that it’s “a great place to host an event” or “no limit on guests.”
Often properties are listed as no limit on guests, excluding overnights, however. So if you are planning on having a sleepover, make sure you really read that fine print or you may have just put yourself out hundreds.
Read The Amenities Closely
Any property could easily have a beautiful terrace, a full kitchen, a 360-degree view of the city, and yet, no wifi!
If you are staying in a remote area, it’s highly recommended to seek a place that has a property manager that can provide 24-hour assistance should you need it. From asking them how to get around to fixing a plumbing issue.
By confirming you have the amenities you need beforehand from the comfort of your computer, you can save yourself a lot of trouble.