The first time that I stayed in an Airbnb was in Port Dalhousie, Ontario. My husband, my friend and I were visiting one of our friends in Canada.
My first Airbnb – Port Dalhousie, Ontario
The whole process was simple and straightforward. It was in a great location, in a nice neighborhood. We had the amenities of a whole house for less than the price of a hotel.
The house had two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It was decorated cutely. Literally, the only negative about the house was the gnats in the backyard. You can’t even imagine. I know that gnats and other various bugs can be expected around water, but this was insane.
Solution: Don’t sit in the back yard. Simple enough. I would definitely stay there again.
My worst Airbnb experience – Tornoto, Ontario
So, we decided to stay in downtown Toronto for a couple of days. We rented an Airbnb in a condo which was centrally located, was nice and had great reviews.
When we first walked in, we heard water running.
Immediately to my right, the kitchen sink was on. The sink was stopped up, and water was everywhere. The kitchen floor was full of water, the trash bin under the sink was full, the hallway and living room also were wet. (This photo does not do it justice.)
So we waited in the doorway and called our host. Luckily, he lived in the same building, so he was there quickly.
Apparently, the water was off in the building earlier that day, so when the maid had stopped by to clean, she had accidentally pushed the faucet up. When the water came back on, no one was there to stop it!
We helped him clean up the water, he apologized and said that he would give us a night free. Good enough for us! (It did warp his floor, which was unfortunate.)
Later, my husband sat on the bed. He immediately stood up and pulled up the mattress. There was, what I can only describe as a boulder, holding one corner of the bed up. This wasn’t a huge deal since it was near the edge, but it did make it slightly uncomfortable.
Besides these issues, the place was great. The view was amazing and it was so close to everything!
In the end, the guy didn’t refund our money. So that was annoying.
But honestly, I still preferred even that Airbnb over a hotel. There’s something about having a whole apartment to yourselves that is both convenient and comforting. Not to mention how much cheaper it was compared to a hotel near the same location.
My Favorite Airbnb – Chinatown, NYC
This past December, we stayed in an Airbnb in Chinatown. Like most places, there were a couple of negatives that I will go ahead and get out of the way.
The main thing, since it was winter, was the radiators. I have never in my life experienced a radiator that was this loud.
After the first day, we realized that we could turn it off. So we did and we actually slept during the night for the rest of our stay.
The only other thing that could really be considered a negative was the fact that it was a four or five story walk up. This may not bother some people, but others may not be crazy about it.
The place had two bedrooms, a small kitchen/living room and one bathroom. It was definitely all we needed.
It was a cute place and the location was great. It was directly across from a Chinese restaurant called Food King. I’m not sure if the others agree with me, but I considered them to have the best egg drop soup I had ever had.
Still Better than a Hotel
Even with all of the negatives of the places that I mentioned, I would still prefer any of them over a hotel. The main reasons I prefer Airbnb are: budget, convenience, location and staying in a house or apartment in a city that you are visiting can help you feel more like a local.
Have you stayed in an Airbnb? Do you prefer them over a hotel? Or are hotels more your style? Let me know!