Lets face it hotels are not cheap. With a trip to Toronto quickly approaching, it was time to figure out where on earth I was going to stay. After searching many hotels in the area it was clear I was going to be dropping about $140 a night for 3 nights, yikes! There was no way I was going to be able to afford that. A friend of mine suggested Airbnb.com.
Here’s the skinny:
Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
Sounds pretty great right? That’s what I thought too and started searching immediately for a room to rent. PLENTY of options for every budget is what I found. One of the best things is getting a few people together and renting out an entire apartment or condo. My visit to Toronto in June is costing $200 total (that’s all 3 nights) I would be paying up the nose with a hotel.
Now some of you might be saying, hostels are much cheaper, and yes you would be right but with a trip that involves a conference, getting ready in a bathroom with a few other people is not what we had in mind.
- Do a little research on the area you’ll be visiting. Airbnb lets you view locations in a map view which is super, this way you can see exactly how close you will be to your location.
- Read the cancellation policies for each property you view. Make sure that if need be you can get out of your rental. Each host can pick from flexible, moderate, and strict, so make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into.
- Read the reviews. Clearly the more reviews there are on a property the better off you will probably be but not necessarily Make sure each review is a great one, not just ok.
We are very excited to put Airbnb up to the test in the next few months. Stay tuned for a detailed review on our stay, our fingers are crossed!