How to book an AirBnb
You read my article from last week!!
You THINK you know what you are looking for in an airbnb!!
I have managed to talk you into booking yourself an airbnb for the next time you travel!!
I have got you so riled up that you pull your phone out and decide to have a look straightaway!!!
You enter your destination, your dates and click “save”!!
AirBnb in return throws at you a plethora of options to choose from.
BUT wait a second, now how do you determine which one is the best suited option when the entire website can be easily confused with a home décor catalogue.
This is where I come in and help you out. *Thank you very much*.
I had the exact same look on my face and that knot in my stomach as I scrolled down that list of gorgeous apartments in plain confusion before booking my first ever (three) airbnbs for my trip to Georgia and Azerbaijan in august 2018.
The website does offer user ratings and reviews that can help you make a better decision.
But after my first experience with airbnbs I would like to highlight a few other things that I learned and things that you must keep in mind when selecting an airbnb.
Always go for a super host. No matter how beautiful the apartment may look in the pictures shared on the website, you must never book an airbnb that does not say ‘SUPER HOST”. I regretted not booking my first airbnb with a super host only after I had experienced how the other option was far better in terms of hospitality and level of service provided by the host.
For my first airbnb, the host barely knew English and it was a challenge to get the simplest of information out of her, regarding the water heating system in the apartment. The apartment was well decorated but very poorly lit. The kitchen had a lot of cooking utensils missing and the ones available, were in very bad shape. The dark and dingy elevator could not accommodate more than two people and it felt as if it were to open in a secret cell from World War 2.
Luckily on the other hand I booked two airbnbs run by super hosts for the other half of my trip and although they were a bit smaller in size, the apartment was ready before our check-in time, the hosts were always available and fluent in English and they left a complete list of instruction printed along with a welcome note and the wi-fi password on the entrance, making sure that we had a comfortable stay.
Unless you wish to curse yourself or your wife (sexist joke alert) for utilizing your baggage limit till the last kilogram, you must nitpick for details that we never bother to check or take for granted while booking a hotel.
Therefore do not forget to either check for the availability of an elevator in the section called “Amenities” and in case the option is greyed out (meaning its unavailable) then do not hesitate to drop in a message for the host, inquiring about the floor/level number (which the address usually does not include as it drives away potential fools customers).
Once the host has communicated the floor you will be staying on, make sure that IF it is a multiple storied building, your apartment has a fire alarm. Again, check for it in the “Amenities” and I wouldn’t compromise on this safety feature for anything that is above the third level.
This was my favorite, most convenient feature that a lot of airbnbs had to offer. Self-check- in. As the name suggests you do not have to wait for the host to hand you over the key and then repeat the same routine when you check out. The key is left inside a password protected lock box on the main door and all you have to do is pick up your bags and walk right in using the password that is given to you by the host. This option gives you and the host, both, more flexibility and independence and I would consider it as a bonus point the next I am on an airbnb hunt.
White sheets and towels
Nothing to me says Vayy-Cay-Shun more than clean, crisp, white bed linen and I think I can sleep better on a bed that ensures the transparency of the hygiene standards being followed.
So just in case you are the same level of obsessive compulsive cuhhrazyy or would like to have the five star feels for half the price, please make sure that you request for white sheets and white towels ONLY from the host before booking an AirBnb.
Hope you follow along these guidelines when choosing an AirBnb and I hope your experience turns out to be even better than mine.
Leave a comment in case you have a query regarding my experience and I will get back to you asap 🙂