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Old 04-11-2017, 05:46 AM
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Can anyone provide feedback on Air BNB? My daughter want to travel to Italy and Spain this summer and spend several days in Air BNB rentals. The whole idea is spooky to me from a security standpoint but I'm just a Dad (aka that old guy). Would you let your 19 year old stay in one?
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We use it on the hosting side. Very good luck almost 2 years in just booked a month at our mountain cabin. Sorry I can't speak for the renting side but if you check the rental listings they have a star rating system and user feedback which we strive to be 100%.
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Are you talking Air BnB room rentals or Air BnB whole house/apartment rentals?
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I airbnb. It's pretty simple and I haven't had a problem. I did it with somebody's RV on the river a few months ago. Worked out great! My director's daughter does it a lot. She does her apartment on weekends.

That's the first place I look now if I'm thinking about going somewhere.

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I mean "anything" can happen, but it is what it is. I mean I HIGHLY doubt she's traveling all alone so I mean as long as she's with someone, she wouldn't be at too mush risk as long as she's smart. Also there are 2 types of air B&B. One where you share the house and you rent a room, and then where you rent the whole house. Is it as secure as a 4 star hotel..? Probably not, but there is a feedback rating system on the place you're choosing where previous guest have stayed there. Are you still sleeping under the same roof as a stranger..? Yes, but like I say...it is what it is. And if she's 19 years old, I don't believe you have too much say pops haha. I mean I hear you, I have a 13 year old myself, but you can only express your concerns to her and if you really care that much you'll pony up the coin and offer pay for her to stay at a nice establishment like a hotel because mostly people stay at Air B&B's because its cheaper and its the trendy thing to do right now.
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I've used it a few times, one of which was a week in Ireland last year where we rented an entire condo. I've never rented just a room, only whole condo's/houses, and things have been great.
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Used it a lot in Australia and New Zealand, no problems.
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My wife and friends rented a "cottage" on air BNB in rural VA last summer. NOT the experience they expected. The "cottage" was a converted garage with no A/C and no screens on the windows. Needless to say they spend the night in the comfort of the nearest chain hotel.

Sleeping in places like that is a younger mindset of "part of the adventure", Not me, too old.
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My wife and friends rented a "cottage" on air BNB in rural VA last summer. NOT the experience they expected. The "cottage" was a converted garage with no A/C and no screens on the windows. Needless to say they spend the night in the comfort of the nearest chain hotel.

Sleeping in places like that is a younger mindset of "part of the adventure", Not me, too old.

Its a "trendy/fad" thing for youngsters for sure. I don't quite get it to be honest. There are just too many "what if's" for me personally. I'll uber all day, sharing a roof with people that I don't know, probably not going to happen unless I'm in a absolute jam. I would and prob would do the rent the whole house thing. Thats no different then a beach cottage on the OBX, or a VBRO.
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I used it in Rome last year, and had a great experience., It was a really nice apartment at a fraction of the price I thought it would be.
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I have used it a few times but normally an entire house/apt/condo. Never done a room. It has worked out great. We rented an entire waterfront 6 bedroom house in Wilmington for a family reunion this summer and the host could not have been more accommodating. He would let us use his floating dock for the Viking and Move his boat off his lift so we could use it We are not taking the big boat now but he was willing to do what it took to make it work. I will use them again.
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Tell her to couch surf, she can find a woman to stay with plus they will show her around.
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Just don't watch any of the Hostel movies and try not to worry about all the hidden cameras.

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My brother and law and his wife have used it all over the world - Spain, France, Switzerland, Amsterdam - with great success. They always rent the entire apartment.

They are planning on using it next month in Japan as well.

Look at the reviews for where they are staying and make sure you understand the neighborhood she would potentially be staying in. The only time they ever had any issue was when they rented in a so-so neighborhood and had to be careful coming and going.
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My daughter loves these things and it scares me to death. We let her do it in Savannah a while back but it was the whole house and they dealt with the owner's assistant so I saw it as I would see any other house rental. I don't like the idea of her renting a room with someone there. She just rented one last weekend but we were with her so it felt safer but the place was a dump. This person usually just rents two rooms but if someone wants the house she stays with friends. Unfortunately, she doesn't treat it as a rental, so she just picked up and left. Felt weird staying there.
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As many have said, it's a good service and as safe as it can be made to be.
I host so I've got a lot of interaction with a myriad of guests.
Not one has recounted a bad experience.
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I've done it a lot, and actually just went to the beach last weekend with some friends in an AIR BnB.

I'd never do a partial rental, but the full home rentals have been great.
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I thought we were boycotting AIR BnB because of their Super Bowl commercial???
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I would like to thank everyone who responded to this thread. Sounds like she is going to have an awesome trip. Now its time to Dad up - I will probably have many more grey hairs before she gets home.
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My Wife and I have used Airbnb several times in the states. So far it has been great experiences getting a nice place for less than a hotel. We are visiting Italy and Spain this summer for ten days and we will be staying in Airbnb the entire time. We found a great apartment in Rome, a small town in Tuscany, a beautiful place overlooking Lake Como, and still looking for a place in Barcelona.

I'd recommend it, just read the reviews and use common sense. The hosts so far have been great suggesting local places to eat or visit too.

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