Airbnb or Misterbnb NYC

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    Apr 19, 2016 10:27 PM GMT
    Has anybody tried using either one of these hotel alternate services while traveling. If so tell me about your experiences with it. Seems to have really grown and gained acceptance.

    Tell me your real live stories of using Airbnb or the Gay version Misterbnb.
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    Apr 19, 2016 10:51 PM GMT
    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/4118949/

    Any listing with a few reviews will give you an idea what to expect. Read them carefully - the listing may be for anything from a couch in the living room to a full apartment. With a price range to match.

    Misterbnb really seems to be just locked into a few major European cities. Maybe it's robust in NYC? I have still never had anyone book my room through them, although it seems to get some "views." One reason might be that their location software is all screwed up - no matter how I enter my address, it lists some town that does not even exist. They say they "plan to fix the problem in a future release." icon_rolleyes.gif

    I have had a few gay couples book through airbnb, since Scruff has started providing a listing of gay-owned or -friendly rentals in their "ventures" tab. (As well as events and lists of other users who will be visiting on particular dates.) Hosts can link to any of the rental services through Scruff. It's just that relatively few people are doing it so far. Not many people get past looking for sexy torso shots, I suppose. icon_neutral.gif The lesbians seem to have found me without such help.
  • a303guy

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    Apr 20, 2016 5:00 PM GMT
    Last year a couple friends and I did a 8 day airbnb condo rental in Puerto Vallarta. Place was owned by a Brazilian guy in Rio, so on 1st glance, you'd think this was set-up to fail with a bunch of Americans talking to a Brazilian about a place in Mexico. Place was way beyond our expectations, price was more than reasonable, and I'd do it again in a heartbeat. As mentioned in the previous post, the prior renter comments definitely helped, as well as lots of photographic evidence.
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    Apr 20, 2016 9:14 PM GMT
    kcrunnerguy saidHas anybody tried using either one of these hotel alternate services while traveling. If so tell me about your experiences with it. Seems to have really grown and gained acceptance.

    Tell me your real live stories of using Airbnb or the Gay version Misterbnb.


    I have friends who regularly return to visit elderly family members who have "downsized" from family homes and can no longer accommodate the relatives in house. I've personally observed several of the accommodations booked through airbnb locally, which have been convenient, clean, comfortable, and quite reasonably priced below local hotel prices, ranging from a room in a single family home to an entire house/condo unit rented out. Additionally, one of my personal friends is offering through airbnb a bedroom in her home, located in one of the premier residential areas of the country, super convenient to everything around the city, has thrown dinner parties (which I've attended) for guests she's particularly liked, and is regularly fully booked.

    Like anything, one needs to check things out as much as one can beforehand, but in general, the experiences seem to be quite positive that I've heard both locally and from friends in other parts of the country.

    Also, I have another friend locally who is registered on the couch-surfing website (whatever it's called) and has enjoyed many interesting guests from the US as well as from other countries.
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    Apr 21, 2016 11:16 AM GMT
    I've had great experiences with Airbnb. Haven't tried Misterbnb yet.

    I rented a great 2-bedroom apartment with a washer and dryer for my sister and her best friend when they visited NYC. I've also rented places for myself when traveling. Love it. So much better than a hotel and usually cheaper. Airbnb in NYC is much cheaper if you stay away from the more touristy areas. The East Village/Lower East Side has quite a few affordable places. I tried to find some for a friend, but he couldn't make up his mind in time and they were booked by the time he made a decision.
  • jaxsurfer

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    Apr 21, 2016 7:05 PM GMT
    I've shopped on both and booked several times on Airbnb and all my stays have been great, MisterBnB is always overpriced so I've avoided them.
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    Apr 21, 2016 7:09 PM GMT
    I'm staying in an AirBnB right now...and will be till Sept. The host is amazing. We party on the back porch on the weekend, and other than that I'm free to live my life during the week, which involves riding my bike, riding my bike, and driving places to ride my bike. In fact I'm going to ride my bike now. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 22, 2016 1:27 PM GMT
    i never used Misterbnb, I thought it was an interesting alternative until I saw the overall prices which of course were just absurd.

    it's like hey it's for teh gayz so we can charge more.

    as for airbnb, I wouldn't say it's all that convenient unless you'll be staying for a week, otherwise 4 star hotels can be more affordable.

    And of course I'll have to tell about the time my bf and I rented an airbnb flat in Italy and we had no idea, until the moment we arrived there, that we were to share the apartment with another couple. The other couple were straight and they ended up being quite nice people, but that's beyond the point.

    On the second day it started raining really badly & the power went out, and we were left in total darkness for hours.

    but that's not all, after that incident I became acquainted with the owner of the apartment who promised to give us one free stay for a weekend to make up for what happened. he was friendly and added me on whatsapp and we started talking regularly. Turns out he's gay, and he eventually confessed to me that he saw me & my bf having sex at 4 am in the morning.

    obviously cos he had taped us or something like that.

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    Apr 22, 2016 1:34 PM GMT
    I used airbnb extensively during my several years of "sabbatical" traveling the world. I didn't know about airbnb when I first started my expedition, so initially I stayed in hotels, which was very costly. Several months into my sabbatical I met a British doctor who told me that he had been renting flats all over the world via airbnb. I tried airbnb on my next trip, and it was a great experience. I don't like renting a room in a house. What I generally look for is a flat, usually a studio or a one-bedroom. For example, I lived in Recoleta, Buenos Aires for a total of several months. Instead of paying between $180-250/day for a hotel suite, I got a one-bedroom flat in a luxury condo for $1,000/week via airbnb. Word of caution: if you're going to use airbnb, make sure you are familiar with the exact location of the property; call the surrounding hotels to check out their rates for comparison; talk to as many people in the target area if possible; and do extensive research online on the property and the property owner. Good luck.
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    Apr 25, 2016 4:24 AM GMT
    did an Airbnb in the Village. It was not much cheaper than a hotel, but nice to be able to be in a cool area and feel more at home
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    Apr 25, 2016 5:29 AM GMT
    DOMINUS saidI used airbnb extensively during my several years of "sabbatical" traveling the world. I didn't know about airbnb when I first started my expedition, so initially I stayed in hotels, which was very costly. Several months into my sabbatical I met a British doctor who told me that he had been renting flats all over the world via airbnb. I tried airbnb on my next trip, and it was a great experience. I don't like renting a room in a house. What I generally look for is a flat, usually a studio or a one-bedroom. For example, I lived in Recoleta, Buenos Aires for a total of several months. Instead of paying between $180-250/day for a hotel suite, I got a one-bedroom flat in a luxury condo for $1,000/week via airbnb. Word of caution: if you're going to use airbnb, make sure you are familiar with the exact location of the property; call the surrounding hotels to check out their rates for comparison; talk to as many people in the target area if possible; and do extensive research online on the property and the property owner. Good luck.


    Actually, you cannot get the exact location of a property until after you have booked it. Nor can you telephone the host to discuss anything. The AirBnB software is diabolically efficient at stripping all of that information out of your messages until after they have been paid.

    However, if you are contemplating a long-term stay, it pays to contact hotels directly, too. Don't just look at their posted on-line rates. I've had some amazing deals at small (non-chain) hotels during field expeditions, when I was staying for a month or so. A couple of them took care of everything for a low fixed rate. Lodging, meals, laundry, cocktails, fixing parking tickets... One place in Andalusia even sent a boy up the mountain with my dinner when I couldn't stop working. icon_eek.gif (Although, I like to think that my AirBnB would be at least a good a deal as those.)
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    Apr 25, 2016 12:39 PM GMT
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    DOMINUS saidI used airbnb extensively during my several years of "sabbatical" traveling the world. I didn't know about airbnb when I first started my expedition, so initially I stayed in hotels, which was very costly. Several months into my sabbatical I met a British doctor who told me that he had been renting flats all over the world via airbnb. I tried airbnb on my next trip, and it was a great experience. I don't like renting a room in a house. What I generally look for is a flat, usually a studio or a one-bedroom. For example, I lived in Recoleta, Buenos Aires for a total of several months. Instead of paying between $180-250/day for a hotel suite, I got a one-bedroom flat in a luxury condo for $1,000/week via airbnb. Word of caution: if you're going to use airbnb, make sure you are familiar with the exact location of the property; call the surrounding hotels to check out their rates for comparison; talk to as many people in the target area if possible; and do extensive research online on the property and the property owner. Good luck.


    Actually, you cannot get the exact location of a property until after you have booked it. Nor can you telephone the host to discuss anything. The AirBnB software is diabolically efficient at stripping all of that information out of your messages until after they have been paid.

    However, if you are contemplating a long-term stay, it pays to contact hotels directly, too. Don't just look at their posted on-line rates. I've had some amazing deals at small (non-chain) hotels during field expeditions, when I was staying for a month or so. A couple of them took care of everything for a low fixed rate. Lodging, meals, laundry, cocktails, fixing parking tickets... One place in Andalusia even sent a boy up the mountain with my dinner when I couldn't stop working. icon_eek.gif (Although, I like to think that my AirBnB would be at least a good a deal as those.)


    While it is true that very little information about the host and the address of the property are available prior to booking, it simply would be stupid to book a property without knowing the location of the property (note, geographic location versus actual address). Indeed, when you're looking at potential properties, airbnb will give you a map of where the properties are. Moreover, you can look at the comments before booking a particular property. I have found those comments to be exceedingly helpful in the past (and, in fact, if you really pay particular attention to the comments you will have a very good idea of the exact location of the property). Even before formally booking, you can communicate with the host--there's a "Contact Host" button and you can send the host a message. If you use the airbnb app and use the "Contact Host" opton, the host will reply from his/her phone and you will see his/her phone number. Once you have established that communication, you can verify the veracity of the property description, etc., with the host. If you are satisfied that the info is accurate, you're free to book the property. If later on you find the property to have been misrepresented by the host, you can request a refund. I have never submitted a request for a refund, so I don't know how that would work. I do know that airbnb's refund policy is pretty clear.
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    Apr 25, 2016 5:18 PM GMT
    You actually cannot get the hosts phone number. All of that information is stripped out of messages. Even if you try cute tricks like spelling out the numbers phonetically. They're good at this. The only way I got around it was by sending the message "I'm in the book," so that a guest could look up my name in the phone book. However, I've since cut the land line. Similarly, you cannot give the street address. But you can tell people, "I'm 1.5 miles from attraction A and 3.1 miles from attraction B." And if they are very industrious, they can triangulate on a map. (The marker shown on AirBnB's map for my house is about a mile off from the actual location. Maybe it's the center of some arbitrary polygon that contains the location?)

    When you text on the AirBnB system, the phone number that you see is one of a range of phone numbers that belong to AirBnB. It is not really the other parties phone number. (After you book, you can share real numbers. At that point, you should switch to using the real number, because the AirBnB system sometimes loses txt's). It can get very confusing if you use the system a lot (e.g. If you are a host) because after a few months that same fake phone number will have been assigned to three or four different inquiries, which your phone remembers in its message history. So the first few messages in the displayed thread actually came from an entirely different person, weeks or months ago.
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    Apr 26, 2016 5:33 PM GMT
    ^^^
    Lot of verbiage.....I think the burning question is...ever nakeds with guests? icon_twisted.gif
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    Apr 27, 2016 3:02 AM GMT
    Almost never.




















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    Apr 29, 2016 4:40 AM GMT
    bon_pan said^^^
    Lot of verbiage.....I think the burning question is...ever nakeds with guests? icon_twisted.gif


    That might be the difference between the two sites. Booking with Mister you might get lucky.