Oh my GOSH, our Airbnb in Paris was unbelievable. On the inside, the design was adorable. It had a mix of tile, hexagonal terra cotta, and hardwood floors, an eclectic blend mid-century and rustic furniture, lovely fire places, and plants galore. Location wise, we stayed in the 11th arrondissement, roughly adjacent to the 3rd and 4th. The apartment was situated across from a church, whose bells chimed charmingly every hour and really set the tone for a romantic stay. On the first night, we woke up to discover it had snowed overnight, and on the last night, we stood on the balcony admiring a rainbow after a short rain. Magic right?
I love finding unique and affordable places to stay on Airbnb. When we went to Hawaii last year, we stayed in a yurt in the middle of the rainforest. We walked along meditation trails and played with a dog named Mango. In New Orleans, we found the cutest kitchy shotgun house walking distance from Frenchman’s Street (Bourbon Street’s older, less blackout brother). And we have plans to lock down an insane house for us and our family to stay at during our wedding next summer. Stay tuned on that one!
Not to pat myself on the back, but I think I am pretty damn good at finding drool-worthy Airbnbs on a budget. There are a few tactics I always use when I am searching through Airbnb. Truly, they are not anything ground-breaking. More like small tweaks to your search that will help you find what you are looking for.
Instead of filtering by the number of guests, filter by the number of bedrooms.
This can be found in the advanced filters. When you are traveling with friends or family, it is helpful to do this to ensure there is enough space for everyone and people are not piled on top of each other! This also eliminates any “common space” beds – no one wants to sleep on a futon whilst vacationing.
Map view, always.
Don’t get burnt by falling in love with the perfect space only to find out it is located a 30-minute bus ride from the center of town. It is more important to be close, especially during an extended stay! This view also lets you see what might be nearby the pricier neighborhoods without spending the big bucks.
Increase your price filter.
Many locations have varied pricing depending on the time of year. Once you find the place you like, try a few dates to see when would be the most budget-efficient time to stay and cross-reference with possible flights!
Have a back-up.
Especially if you’re not able to Instant Book. I have had several bookings fall through, and it helps to have a backup plan, even more so if you have already booked airfare.
What do you think? Are these totally common sense or will they help you next time you peruse Airbnb?