“It’s not always easy to plan and budget for a vacation, but that’s the beauty of Airbnb.
I’ve got a couple of weeks left in New York, and my hotel in Los Angeles is booked out.
The hotel has all the facilities it could want, and I can rent out the rest of the rooms to friends and family.
I can even use Airbnb as a temporary home away from home.”
—Tara Kowal, a 25-year-old filmmaker from Los Angeles, who recently booked a three-night stay at the Hyatt Regency in Hollywood.
“My Airbnb booking comes with a couple caveats: It’s not the first time I’ve booked an Airbnb, and it’s not a regular booking, so I’m going to be taking it as a chance to see what’s new and new to offer.”
—Alex Hirsch, a 27-year veteran of the hospitality industry, who owns his own Airbnb company.
“I have a couple other things that I can share.
First off, there are no Airbnb rooms in my hotel rooms.
There are a couple hotels in the Los Angeles area that do.
The other thing is, I can’t guarantee that guests will be staying there every night.
I could have someone book an Airbnb room, and they could stay overnight at the hotel, but I wouldn’t want that for a family member.
So, if there are any concerns, I’d probably prefer that guests book a hotel room.”
—Cameron Kiley, a 30-year Airbnb veteran, who has rented out his hotel rooms to more than 100 friends and colleagues in the past year.
“A lot of people are worried about what they’re going to find when they get there.
It’s definitely a place to be careful about what you do.”
—Marko Vojnar, a 29-year professional photographer who recently shared his Airbnb room with three friends in his home town of Belgrade, Serbia.
“This is a great way to stay connected, get a feel for the hotel and how it’s connected to your home and community, and be able to offer suggestions to guests when they arrive.”
—Michael Schram, a 28-year entrepreneur who runs a social enterprise called The Couchsurfing Network, which allows anyone to connect with others on a network of online “couchsurfing.”
“For the people who stay in Airbnb rentals, this is a really good way to get a taste of what’s out there.
And for the people that don’t, this can be really useful.
The downside is, it can be difficult to find out what to look for, or to know what rooms are available and what prices to pay.
So I’m not saying it’s the right thing for everyone, but it is a safe way to discover what’s going on.”
Airbnb offers a host of other perks, like a host-member list, room services, and an in-room booking system that helps guests navigate their hotels.
“It is a very unique option that offers so many benefits that you can’t get anywhere else,” says Kowolich.
“But if you want a little bit of the comforts of home, you should definitely go to a hotel.”
Airbnb also lets users book out their rooms at discounted rates.
Kowalev says that he was pleasantly surprised to see how much his room rates fell when he checked into the Hybetts.
“In general, the room rates were very reasonable,” he says.
“They offered free Wi-Fi, free phone calls, and a complimentary shower and bath.”
“I was pleasantly shocked at how much they had lowered the price.
For a family of four, that’s a pretty nice price.”
Airbnb is also one of the few options to rent out an entire house for free, and if you have a roommate, you can rent rooms to your family members.
“The great thing about Airbnb is that you don’t have to pay for rent,” Kowak says.
But, like other hotel rooms, it’s important to keep in mind that you may not be able use the services of a friend or family member who is a guest at the same time.
“As an Airbnb guest, you’re only responsible for the room you rent,” he notes.
“If a guest’s not on the same bed, they’ll probably not stay in the room they were on, so they’ll be late or may be late to get in.”
“In my opinion, it would be really helpful to have a hotel reservation system, where you can add a guest who doesn’t share the same room as you and get their name and their number to call and ask if they’d like to stay.”
—Harrison Schram and his family, who have been using Airbnb to stay in luxury for the past four months.
“We’re really into Airbnb because it’s great to rent and you can go out and explore.
We’ve always wanted to stay at an Airbnb but it’s just never been