For the majority of people, they have ended up with nothing but great experiences from their hosts, but there are also a few users who have had near-nightmare experiences with their bookings.
Though it may not be possible to expect smooth sailing all through, Airbnb is a very welcome addition into the industry and one which will continue to give travelers more option as more homeowners offer their property for booking.
Here is a brief read about the pros and cons so that you can be well informed before you go ahead and make the booking.
The Pros of Airbnb
Perhaps the greatest benefit of Airbnb is the fact that it costs way less than the traditional hotels. It gives you a roof over your head with most of the options you would need for a decent stay at a relatively lower rate.
If you were to get all the amenities you get in the traditional hotels, then you can bet that you will surely spend a lot of money. Still on the cost, since you can get in direct contact with the owners before you book, you have more room to negotiate for a better deal, and most of the hosts will always slash the rates a bit for you, thus making it even cheaper.
That Home Feeling
Secondly, Airbnb allows you to have a full house entirely for yourself. This is a great convenience when you are traveling with the entire family and you need a secure and private place for your accommodation.
In as much as hotels may also grant you the privacy and security you need when traveling with the whole family, Airbnb comes with other extras that will treat you to more of a home experience that what you would normally find in hotels.
You get access to your own bathrooms, kitchen, living room, a fenced yard, a swimming pool and maybe a home office depending on the exact thing you need.
The authentic home experience that comes with Airbnb bookings is another great allure of this kind of option for most travelers. When you go for Airbnb, it will be like you are just at home or you are visiting a friend in another place.
You don’t really feel like you are in a hotel and you even have access to a full kitchen where you can walk in at any time and prepare a meal of your choice. Also the convenience it gives you is something you will never find the traditional hotels. For example, you won’t have to strictly check out on time or face penalties, as is the case with certain hotels. You can sleep and leave at a more relaxed pace without feeling as if you are being rushed to leave.
Travel with your Furry Friends
If you are traveling with your pets, then you will agree that it will not be easy find a hotel or a bed and breakfast that will easily accept your pet. But this is where Airbnb differs from most hotels and traditional bed and breakfast. Since the setup is always more like a home, you are free to carry your pet along if the owners don’t object.
And even if it is not clearly indicated that pets are allowed, you can always talk with the host and tell them that you will be going with your pet. In nine out of ten cases, there will be no problems in letting you go with your pet.
Finally, when you are booking your Airbnb, you find that the website and the mobile apps are designed intuitively to make it as easy as possible to navigate and do your booking. There are several tools to help you search and filter your options and if you have an idea of the kind of room you are looking for, then you won’t have to spend a lot of time finding it.
It also comes complete with the reviews of past users so that you can have a very good idea of the kind of experience you can expect from the various hosts.
The Cons of Airbnb
Just like everything else, there will always be the good sides and the bad sides. Regarding Airbnb, here are some of the cons you may run into:
They get Booked up Very Fast
The first downside of Airbnb are that the good properties with good hosts do get booked up very fast. This might leave you with options that are yet to be tried and tested or the new entrants into the platforms and sometimes you may end up not getting the experience you had anticipated.
Hosts can Cancel your Booking
One sad reality about Airbnb booking is that the hosts are free to cancel anytime they want and this is always a great inconvenience to many people. However, you should not worry about the cancellation by the hosts a lot since they will rarely do that.
This is because it has a direct impact on their ratings and most people will not want to book with them if they notice that they have made a lot of cancelations in the past. No one wants to book and have their booking canceled just like that.
No Extra Features
If you are the kind of traveler who loves extra features, then you will be disappointed to note that there are not so many extra features with Airbnb. You can’t also upgrade to a superior room after you make your booking. But you will certainly find some hosts charging extra fees for things that don’t even make sense.
Read the fine print and ensure that if there are any extra charges, then they are relevant and you are comfortable paying for them.
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