Airbnb

  • Import

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    Jan 17, 2015 9:24 PM GMT
    Has anyone used this site?

    How was it?
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    Jan 17, 2015 9:34 PM GMT
    I want you in my bed...
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    Jan 17, 2015 9:58 PM GMT
    I used it once and it was fine. The condo deal we got was cheaper than renting hotel rooms. The owner was responsive to our questions and inquiries. Everything went according to plan. I would use it again if the reviews are good.
  • Bunjamon

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    Jan 18, 2015 4:48 PM GMT
    I'm a big fan of AirBnB. I know it has it's detractors (though not as many as Uber!) and I like the idea of people being able to rent our spare rooms in their owns, or their entire home if they're going away for an extended period of time. I do NOT support the assholes in large cities like NY and San Francisco who refuse to renew their tenants' leases so that they can turn their buildings into miniature hotels.

    That being said, I've used AirBnb in multiple countries on three continents with no bad experiences. I saved a ton of money compared to hotels, could cook my own meals, lived in cooler, more "authentic" local neighborhoods, etc. I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.
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    Jan 18, 2015 5:56 PM GMT
    I'm also a big fan of AirBnB. Most of my experiences have been pleasant.

    I did have one issue where a host cancelled my request the morning of the day I had booked his room. I was traveling at the time and found myself with nowhere to stay once I arrived. He did NOT, however, cancel the payment so I was charged. He then never returned my requests for a refund.

    There's a happy ending here though. AirBnB has a means of resolving certain conflicts. When I didn't get the money back from him, I got them involved and not only was I refunded, but they credited me $200 USD to use for another room. I was very impressed with how they handled my conflict. The credit helped me get a nice room for my boyfriend on his birthday.
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    Jan 18, 2015 7:30 PM GMT
    Has anyone had much experience using MisterBnB?
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    Jan 18, 2015 7:58 PM GMT
    There was once a thread about the various "gay" versions of airbnb (I think I started it) but I cannot dredge it up with the search function.

    Dunno... I might try putting one room up for a few weeks this summer and see what happens. As long as the real BnB in town stays overbooked, I wouldn't feel too guilty about it. I'd put Mom's house up for weekly vacation rentals, but it would take a depressing amount of work to get it in shape. Then I'd have to get a houseboy to deal with the guests, and give him half the money. The other half into the property. And end up back where I started?
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    Jan 18, 2015 8:59 PM GMT
    Koastal saidHas anyone had much experience using MisterBnB?


    Haha, I recently found out what that is
  • mwolverine

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    Jan 18, 2015 10:09 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidThen I'd have to get a houseboy to deal with the guests, and give him half the money. The other half into the property. And end up back where I started?

    But you'll have created a job and improved the house. icon_smile.gif

    I have a friend who routinely rents out a room. When someone wanted to stay longer and he couldn't accommodate them because someone else was arriving, he asked me if I could put them up (for 2 weeks; their new apartment wasn't yet ready). I did. Nice guys, still in touch with them.

    Since then I've had a medical intern stay for 4 weeks. Overall a good experience.

    Question I have is if someone is just looking for a night or two, why pay via Airbnb rather than use something like Couchsurfing for free?

    I've had no success with Couchsurfing myself, but one time I tried to use it was very short notice, but like 9 of 10 people never responded. The other time was way in advance and I only inquired with one person (who seemed like a really good fit) and it took weeks for him to reply.

    So maybe people who host on Airbnb are more "professional" and reliable?
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    Jan 19, 2015 9:05 AM GMT
    I've used airbnb a number of times to rent apartments- mostly in other countries. It's a great site. Renting an apartment can be better than a hotel - since you have more space and can cook - but you lose the maid service of a hotel.

    Advantages - you pay by credit card, and the apartment owner does not get paid until you arrive - If the place is falsely advertised - does not meet up to advertised specifications- and you contact airbnb right away, the owner does not get paid, and you get your money back. So you can't be totally ripped off, like you could on other rental sites - Homeaway, VRBO, apartment rental services. Also, there are reviews of most listings on the airbnb site. Anyone who stays at an airbnb listing can write a review of the place, and it gets posted, whether or not the owner likes the review.
  • mladri

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    Jan 19, 2015 10:16 AM GMT
    I used it few times and I would highly recommend it to anyone!

    You can save a lot of money and you can meet realy interesting hosts.
    The best part for me is that you can learn much more about the city where are you staying and see how the locals live there.
    You can also cook your own meals so that is a big plus.

    Go for it man, but be carefull and READ profile of your future host!
  • thisguy023

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    Jan 19, 2015 1:37 PM GMT

    I am a big fan. I have used RBnB several times. Always good.
  • hartfan

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    Jan 21, 2015 3:15 PM GMT
    Used it when I traveled in several European countries. It's been a great experience for me. Stayed with some interesting gay folk and you get readily available local knowledge as well.

    You could also try out MisterBnB as others have suggested. Similar to AirBnB but you can be sure they are gay friendly.
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    Jan 21, 2015 3:20 PM GMT
    I used misterbnb when I came to Montreal to look for an apt. I spent 300 something dollars for a week. It was cheap. The guy was nice and it was clean and comfortable.

    I've also used couchsurfer as a host and that was a great experience.
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    Jan 21, 2015 7:24 PM GMT
    ryyyder saidI want you in my bed...


    lol How sweet. How irrelevant.
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    Jan 21, 2015 8:49 PM GMT
    Yes, I use AirBnB both as a Guest in the US and abroad, and as a Host at my place in Sonoma Valley. Super way to meet local folks if you are renting a room. If you are renting out the entire place, you may not meet the Host at all. As a Guest, I choose carefully by location, price and the Host's profile & property description. Read all the reviews; read between the lines. I usually send an inquiry first to see how the Host responds.
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    Jan 21, 2015 11:49 PM GMT
    is it really less expensive than a small simple clean hotel room?
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    Jan 25, 2015 6:16 PM GMT
    pellaz saidis it really less expensive than a small simple clean hotel room?


    It depends. In markets like SF, most likely. For me, the real benefit of AirBnB is that it's a great way to meet locals when traveling. Of course, if you just rent the entire house or flat, you will probably have no/little interaction with the host. But if you rent a private room, your host could be a great guide or resource. It's not for everyone, so it depends on your travel style and personality.
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    Mar 13, 2015 9:13 PM GMT
    icon_eek.gif I was looking into this a little more deeply, and I see that you can book a 2000 square foot sex dungeon in Seattle for $400.

    ...and now I feel so vanilla with my clothing-optional private woodland. And under-priced. icon_redface.gif

    http://www.misterbnb.com/en/rental/united-states/washington/king-county/seattle/98109/kinky-seattle-secret-3786.html
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    Apr 25, 2015 7:25 PM GMT
    I've used Airbnb twice so far in the past year and it has been a wonderful resource when traveling. Getting to know someone from the area and also getting a room at a fraction of the price of a hotel is a win-win for me.

    I've also hosted. Wasn't too bad, I didn't review the potential guest before I confirmed his reservation so I spent the better half of the day worrying if he was going to eat my skin. He turned out to be a decent guest and was no trouble at all.

    I also understand some people do use airbnb to meet sexual partners, in response to ryyyder's comment.
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    May 09, 2015 5:36 PM GMT
    I've rented my apartment room out for Airbnb. I enjoyed hosting a couple tourists. I will likely rent out space again. I plan to be a guest through Airbnb this summer. My friends have used it and say it adds to your travel experience by staying with a local.
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    May 09, 2015 5:58 PM GMT
    Another good site is vrbo.com. While small hotel rooms may be fine for sort stays, it's much more pleasant - and often considerably less expensive - to "have a place of one's own," for longer ones.