AirBed&Breakfast is a newer online service for renting accommodation. I came across it searching the web quite some time ago but wanted to see how it was going to unfold. So, what is it all about…
I would explain it as an interactive online service where you can rent accommodation as a traveller or rent accommodation to other traveller coming to your city. AirBed&Breakfast offers travellers around the world to find accommodation all over the world, whether it’s just a room or a whole apartment. When you search for your stay, you can see the pictures, the description, information like breakfast and internet access, profile of a person who rents their place,a map and testimonials. The point is to get as much information and to communicate with each other. That way, you can choose the right stay and the right person you want to stay with. Another goal is also affordable accommodation. Depending on the location and the size and quality, you can find a stay for as low as €20 a night.
The service provides you all the booking options, as well as, cancellation one day in advance with a full refund. Payments can be made via credit cards and Paypall. As a host, it’s a great opportunity to make extra money or to present your room or any type of accommodation if you are already renting. You will receive a payment after providing the service via Paypall or a check. The great thing about it all is that every guest and every host must write a testimonial about each other that will be available for everyone to see. So far, people are mostly satisfied with the experience, being safe and inexpensive.
The idea came from the US; most of accommodation available is still across the pond but it’s slowly spreading all over Europe and other parts of the world.
In my opinion, having a host can be a very good idea. You have someone give you first hand information, meet local people and maybe even be shown around. But, the way I see it is private accommodation rental (you would search for somewhere else) put online where you can get to know a little better your host or your guest before you meet, or before you accept their request for stay. Not so bad, right? :)
Stella – European Travelling Advisor