I know I’m very late to this party, but have you used airbnb before? It’s been around for a while but if you haven’t heard of it, it’s a website that lets you rent apartments, rooms, castles, log cabins, grannie flats, igloos (well, probably not) and all kinds of accommodation all over the world.
I had my first airbnb experience on Saturday night in Melbourne. We rented an apartment in South Melbourne for a night from a lady whose name I can’t recall. I know I’m from Melbourne, and so have plenty of lovely people I could stay with but I was looking for a place for Mum and I to stay for the night and I kind of have a thing about staying at peoples’ houses. I sort of hate it. I feel like a total impostor.
Anyway, the apartment was fantastic; excellent location, great view over Albert Park lake, tastefully decorated, clean and a really good price.
There was also a seriously well stocked fridge (cheese, juices, cold meat, sparkling mineral water), a Nespresso machine and an excellent range of teas that we were welcome to help ourselves to.
Staying in someone else’s apartment without them being there also satisfied the voyeuristic snoop inside me, I loved lurking through the books and kitchen cupboards.
I also enjoyed watching the sunset from the warmth of the lounge room.
It was really great. Screw hotels! My sister has used airbnb all over the world with excellent results. She and her partner have also hosted people at their place, which gives travellers the added bonus of local knowledge and tour guides.
I have a night in Perth coming up soon, so I’ve booked a place with airbnb there too. I’m hooked! Have you used airbnb before? Would you?