Whenever we go away I always look for a hotel on sites such as Booking.com or LateRooms as you can usually find some fantastic deals. However, this was not the case when we decided to book a weekend away in Edinburgh. The hotel prices were ludicrously expensive and as we are saving up for our trip to New York in February we didn’t want to spend a huge amount (I’m talking a few hundred pounds a night for a pretty basic room). I’d heard about Airbnb but had never actually looked into it and didn’t know anyone who had used it before.
I typed in what we were looking for and the map began to show all the different places we could stay and at reasonable prices. It gives you the option of renting an entire home, a private room or sharing a room, so whatever budget you are on, there is definitely something for everyone. We wanted to rent an entire home and I managed to narrow it down to a few flats. The profiles have a brief description of the home and also list what amenities are included. You can also read the reviews of guests who have stayed at the property previously which was useful.
The flat we chose for Edinburgh was reasonably priced and quite central to all the tourist attractions. The host messaged us the same day asking if we needed any recommendations and was very helpful from the start, which was reassuring. Throughout the weeks leading up to our stay, our host was in contact regularly to see if there was anything we needed help with and I can’t say if all hosts are like this but it was really appreciated.
When we arrived at the flat after a 4+ hour train journey, we were given a warm and friendly welcome from our host who showed us around and told us all we needed to know, even giving us directions on how to get around the city. The flat was really lovely and it was so nice to come back to something a bit homely after a day of exploring, rather than a hotel room.
Based on our first experience of an Airbnb stay, we would definitely look into it again on our next adventure as there are some great benefits. You can save a lot of money and by renting out a home in your holiday destination, you get to experience the city like a local.