I actually started writing this post right there, at that little table in our Airbnb in D.C. I couldn’t wait to write about our experience because it was definitely worthy of a post dedication. Excuse the photo quality, that was taken with my iphone and I’m a few generations behind because I’m cheap and refuse to upgrade.
First let me say WHY we chose to use Airbnb for all of our lodging this trip. Traveling can be expensive, but there are TONS ways to save. We researched hotels vs Airbnb and there was a huge difference. We decided, why not try something new? If we hate it we won’t do it again, but if we love it, then we saved a bunch of money and it was worth it.
Since this was our first time using Airbnb, I wanted to do a post about our various experiences since we stayed in three different ones:
- The one in Atlanta: The first one we stayed in was very last minute. We knew we had to be at the airport in Atlanta very early and driving over from Birmingham, AL in the middle of the night was not going to be much fun. So, we found an Airbnb about 5 minutes from the airport for $25. We thought, “It’s one night – how bad can it be?” Well, sadly it was not the best experience. I feel a little bad listing all the reasons why but let’s just say, there is a reason it was only $25. I’m not going to link this one because I don’t recommend it.
- The one in D.C.: I read a ton of reviews before I chose the one we went with and it was exactly as pictured. Truly wonderful. Our host was amazing and was super easy to communicate with. Though we never saw her in person, the experience was everything I’d hoped for! This was a private basement apartment but it was not actually in a basement, more like the first floor of a row house. We had a giant two person steam shower, a home theater, a private courtyard, full kitchen, adorable bedroom with a super comfortable bed. There was a library of books about the city and tons of movie options. She had two journals full of recommendations of things to do around town from all the people who have stayed there over the years. I could go on and on about how much I adored this place. If you are going to D.C. anytime soon, it was only $100/night.
- The one in New York: We were only in the city for two days and one night. So, we wanted a convenient location. Stephen found a guy who had really good reviews and seemed totally booked except for the weekend we needed it. So, we jumped on it. The apt was minimal, but still had everything we needed. We knew we were more likely to run into the host of this one but based on the reviews he was the kind of guy you actually wanted to meet. People raved about how awesome he was. However, he ended up being gone during our visit so we had the place to ourselves. The views of the city were unreal and our bed was very comfortable. He even had a box fan we could plug in to drown out the city noise. For one night, it was perfect and the location was excellent. Price was $125.
A few things I want to note about staying in Airbnbs:
- If it’s just a private room, consider that your bathroom may not be attached to your room and you could potentially bump into your host in your pjs. This didn’t happen to us in ATL or in NYC, but wasn’t really something I had thought about until we were there.
- If you can find a cool one that is totally private like our D.C. Airbnb – do it! It was unique, fun and so memorable.
- Read reviews! Check out what other people are saying. You’ll know if you’ve found a good one or not.
We will definitely be Airbnb people in the future. Here are a few that are on my wishlist:
This old church turned modern house in England. It’s unbelievably cool.
This 1600s cottage in Scotland that’s been modernized. It has a glass floor in the entry and the owners really did an amazing job incorporating history into the remodel.
Lastly, check out this clocktower apartment in London! It is uber cool!
Anyone else stay somewhere really cool using Airbnb? Do everyone a favor and tell us about it in the comments!
P.S. Use this link to set up an account on Airbnb if you don’t already have one and you will get $40 off your first trip! Wahoo!!
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