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Old 10-15-2012, 01:29 PM   #1
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Thumbs down airbnb...looks good...but performs lousy

airbnb...looks good...but performs lousy

Yup, their site has a big variety of places to stay, all over. From $ to $$$$. Looks AOK. So I tried to sign up to give em a go.

The problem is the "security" required to sign up. I won't go into the details of the ridiculous amount of time I've wasted or silly hoops they wanted me to jump thru. Or their customer service, that sounds nice on the phone and email...then does *nothing* to solve a simple problem they have on their website.

Note that I'm a member of many online services that require security. Airbnb has been *by far* the most frustrating to deal with.
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Old 11-09-2013, 03:33 PM   #2
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Never used it myself but have a few friends that have used it and said it's great. Very nice rooms that they stayed in from what they said at a fraction of what a hotel room would cost in most cities..
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Old 11-10-2013, 04:55 AM   #3
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Had a great experience through Airbnb last year when I needed a good location in Burbank CA.

Short walking distance to Warner Bros. and many times better than a hotel.
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Old 11-10-2013, 05:05 AM   #4
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I live in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC. My wife and I have been airbnb hosts for a year now. We've had nothing but positive experiences, including hosting people from across Europe, Asia, Australia. IMHO, especially if your traveling with kids, there's no better way to go.

To there OP: sorry to hear about your frustrations. I suggest keeping at it - the people we've hosted have all been very happy with the site/service (and our house, of course! ).
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:37 PM   #5
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Ive used it twice, once in Portland ME and another in Asheville NC. Both were great experiences.

I like the site and service.
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Old 11-27-2013, 09:49 PM   #6
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Same here...used it to book an apartment in Buenos Aires a few years ago. No issues at all.

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Old 11-29-2013, 08:00 PM   #7
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I know what the OP means--a huge pain to sign up and they require all of your info. But we use airbnb and are hosts. It's been great both ways.
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:26 PM   #8
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I just found out about AirBnB before my trip to Europe. But I will also report a great experience with it in Spain and France. Worked like a champ. I will certainly be using it in the future. One of the best parts is it being another way to meet interesting people.
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Old 12-14-2013, 05:33 PM   #9
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I've used Airbnb in several countries and relied on 'em for both my ride reports. Saved a ton of $$$, met some really amazing people and stayed in some pretty incredible places.
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Old 12-15-2013, 07:24 PM   #10
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Old 12-19-2013, 08:48 AM   #11
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I've booked about 30 nights with airbnb folx. never once had an issue with the site or the hosts. Thus far all my experiences have been fantastic

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Old 06-29-2014, 07:24 PM   #12
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Any Air B and B Renters Here (who rent out their space)?

How much work is it to rent out?
Do you rent when you are out of town?
How do you arrange to get the key to the rentee?
After the initial commitment, and the work you put into it, is it worth it?
Does the space you rent have to be SPOTLESS?

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Old 06-29-2014, 10:33 PM   #13
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I havent used it at all, because the rooms seem to be just as expensive, if not more than a hotel. People want literal BNB prices for a spare bed.
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Old 07-04-2014, 05:41 PM   #14
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Loved it - my wife and I went to Southern California to visit the folks. I surprised her with one night in San Pedro on a yacht through Airbnb. Worked our great for us.
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Old 07-08-2014, 07:59 PM   #15
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AirBnB as a host

Quote:
Originally Posted by Super Suz View Post
How much work is it to rent out?
Do you rent when you are out of town?
How do you arrange to get the key to the rentee?
After the initial commitment, and the work you put into it, is it worth it?
Does the space you rent have to be SPOTLESS?

Thanks,
Suz
Hi Suz,

We have been renting out a bedroom in our house for a year now with very positive results.
To your questions:
- We just rented out to one person while on vacation in Thailand. She booked long before we decided on our trip. So we decided to just go with it. We probably would do that again, depending on the guest, of course.
- We installed a key lock box close to our front door. Once the renter sends us a copy of his/her pic Id, we forward our address along with the lock box code. That allows the guest to come and go when they please. Often, we are not at home when they arrive, so that allows them to enter the house without us being present.
- Yes, it is worth the time. It is important that you communicate with your guest. We also provide complimentary water, towels, free wifi and sometimes transportation to/from the airport.
- A spotless room and bathroom are two of the most important requirements. Bedding has to be washed after every guest, fixtures dusted, carpet vacuumed. It's a simple formula, just ask yourself, how would you like to find your room upon arrival?

Hope, you find that info helpful.

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