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Old 02-18-2019, 01:14 PM
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Thinking about booking for a Girls' Getaway Weekend. We have never done an Air BNB before. What have your experiences been?


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Old 02-18-2019, 01:17 PM
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Read between the lines and look on a map.

Just sayiní.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:24 PM
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Ask them one or two at a time. You can tell a great deal from the online communication you exchange sometimes. Ask about the neighbors and businesses around the rental.

We just got a vacation home once and it was WONDERFUL!
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:30 PM
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We got an apartment in Rome for a week via Airbnb. It was amazing. No complaints whatsoever.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:36 PM
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And there was a critter in the walls running around. You never know what youíll really get. Other than that the place was ok.

I would do it again, just not in that house


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Old 02-18-2019, 01:37 PM
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I love Airbnb! I recommend renting from a Superhost. They are individuals who have been with Airbnb for a while and are highly rated.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:40 PM
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We've used it several times and haven't had any problems. I think the general rule, "You get what you pay for" applies. And look for good reviews from others.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:44 PM
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Iíve never used Airbnb although I know those who have and been happy with their experience. Iíve used VRBO and always had a good experience. Remember that some rentals are just rooms in someoneís house, double check that youíre renting the entire house/apt if thatís what you want.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:46 PM
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Thanks everyone.
We are sitting here on this day off trying to figure out which one to rent. Thanks for your suggestions and tips.
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:22 PM
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We rented an entire house in the Smokies in North Carolina cheaper than a hotel room. They are another source to check for your weekend.


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Old 02-18-2019, 02:41 PM
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I found the same place we are renting this summer on both sites and the cancellation terms and deposit weee much more favorable on vrbo. We have rented from them for at least 15 years with no issues.
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:44 PM
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Be sure to read between the lines and make sure that it is not just a room and the rest of he house and pictures is shared with owners.

We use VRBO often, just be sure to figure on the cleaning deposit divided nightly, esp for a short stay. It really changes the game.
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Old 02-18-2019, 04:52 PM
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DH and I have done airbnb and VRBO perhaps 15 times and got for the most part exactly what we expected. Yes, absolutely do read between the lines. Read the reviews carefully. I have noticed that sometimes reviewers don't want to hurt the business because the owners were super nice, so their reviews tend to go easy on the property.

Only once were we somewhat disappointed as the photos didn't quite show the dimensions of the room. Let's just say that the room was more snug than we had expected. The furniture was practically miniature, so the place looked bigger than it really was. We laughed about it and wrote it off as a learning experience, and we still had a good time because the location was outstanding. I did give some feedback in my review.

DH will tell you that his experience last summer was not as great. He had a reunion with 9 of his high school soccer buddies and they rented a 5 bedroom house by the bay. The reviews were good, although I suspect that the person in charge of finding the airbnb didn't read the reviews as carefully as he should have. The house turned out to be a dump. They had to call the caretaker when a sink and a toilet clogged, a large wood window shade came crashing down and almost hit one of the guys, there was mold on the wall in one of the rooms, lightbulbs were burned out, and so on. The person in charge was very upset and wrote a scathing review. I hope it was published. It turns out that the owner was an absentee landlord living in China who had a proxy who rented the place out. The house would probably be good for a fraternity party whose standards were lower.
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:05 PM
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We use it all the time. I will echo what many have said- read the reviews, look at the fine print, make sure to carefully see what's included. After booking, you usually have 48 hours to cancel and get back all your money, so once they send you an address, put it in Google Maps and look at street view to get a better idea of the neighborhood. The ONE time I chose to kind of ignore some of the reviews to save money, I was a little bit disappointed. It wasn't terrible, but not as good as our previous experiences.
We are headed to visit DD in Barcelona (where she's studying abroad) for 9 days and got an AirBnB. I'm so excited!! Good luck and have fun

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Be sure to read between the lines and make sure that it is not just a room and the rest of he house and pictures is shared with owners.
When you do your search in AirBnB, make sure to choose "whole house".
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:10 PM
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We've had several experiences with Air Bnb. Everyone of our experiences has been great. Do look at the host and whether they are a superhost. Do look at the reviews and where the house is located. Also, communicate with the host. Everyone we've had (we've probably stayed at 10) has been great.

The only thing that we don't like about Air BnB's are that most of them don't have tv. They have TVs, but you have to use a roku or something.
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Old 02-18-2019, 05:54 PM
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I LOVE Airbnb! Iíve used it at least a dozen different times and gave always been very happy. Read the listing carefully and read the reviews and you should be all set. I usually choose to book with superhosts to make sure itís a good experience.
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Old 02-18-2019, 08:16 PM
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We have used VRBO but our next trip is Airbnb. We drove by the house yesterday in Solana Beach. It looked good, so we will see.
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Old 02-18-2019, 10:58 PM
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We drove by the house yesterday in Solana Beach.
I love Solana Beach! Is the house near the beach? Check out Cedros Avenue for interesting shops. For pizza and good beer visit Pizza Port on the 101.
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Old 02-19-2019, 07:15 AM
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We have had good experiences. A house in Cocoa Beach last summer and my son stayed in one in Dubai in November. It was amazing!
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Old 02-19-2019, 01:01 PM
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What I don't like about Air bnb is that don't give you the exact location until after you've booked! Location is very important to me, that's why I like VRBO. They give you a map of the exact location and I bring up the satellite view so I can see how the area is and what's around there. I can also see the neighborhood and how close neighbors are.
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