Airbnb is my first choice for lodging no matter where I am going: a short weekend away in the country, a week-long beach trip with family, or even all over Europe. I stayed in a beautiful slope side condo in St. Moritz, a yurt on an organic farm in Malibu, a large Caribbean beach house for a family reunion, and even a converted war plane in New Zealand. All of these were well below local hotel costs. If your tastes are more conventional than mine, don’t worry. There are over 4 million listings to choose from!
While you do have the option to rent just a room or even share one, I prefer to filter my home type choices to “Entire Place” which gives you the ultimate privacy. You may or may not actually even see the host.
For those with the most discerning taste, Airbnb just released its new Airbnb Plus. These higher-end accommodations must meet over 100 criteria and Airbnb is being very picky. Currently, there are only 2000 such properties in just 13 cities.
Even if you don’t find your dream location on Airbnb Plus, you can be assured that you will find the perfect place among the millions of other choices. By filtering with location, dates, number of guests, and price, you can quickly find incredible lodging choices. At this point, I usually check the exact location (scroll down the bottom of the listing) and check the references. More often than not, I choose a Superhost (which you can filter for using the More Filters tab). These locations have the best reviews from previous travelers.
When you find your dream location, it is important that your potential host feels comfortable with you as well. Airbnb gives you the opportunity to write a quick note to the host explaining the reason for your trip and even include a picture for your profile. I appreciate that the host cares enough about their property to screen renters and always send a quick note. It can set up an instant rapport with some amazing hosts. One of my favorite stories is from that St. Moritz condo mentioned previously. In communication with the owner, I asked if there were any gluten-free groceries or restaurants nearby for my celiac children. Not only did she respond, but she actually had a batch of homemade gluten free cookies waiting for us upon our arrival!
Happy vacation planning!
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