Is it safe to stay on Airbnb?

One of the most important choices a traveler can make when planning their trip is deciding where to stay.

For a work trip you might prefer a hotel; for a personal trip you might prefer an Airbnb accommodation. 

According to studies published on the site: statista.com, in 2019, 41.1 million Americans will be staying through Airbnb.

What drives a person to choose an Airbnb accommodation?

Nowadays, tourists prefer to try new experiences and book their accommodation in a non-traditional manner, for instance not with a hotel, but online with Airbnb.

The prospective traveler may find a room, or even an entire property (apartment, house) on Airbnb, because the owners made it available on this site for this purpose.

Travelers can then search by specifications of price, size, location, and more.

And what advantages can an Airbnb provide?

For example, family travel is much more enjoyable, when everyone can gather in a room and talk about how the day went, as well as plan the next few days.

Being able to have meals, morning and evening to your own taste and schedule is also a convenience, and is more economical.

When traveling alone or just the couple, you can rent only one room and enjoy the conviviality of the family that lives there. This provides a cultural immersion.

And are there any drawback of staying on Airbnb?

You need to make an appointment with the owner or renter, who usually meets you when you arrive for a tour. If they don’t, they can leave their keys under the rug or at a local company and leave a note about what you need to know.

There will be no amenities unless they come with the building in which you are staying. This means that you will have to wash the sheets and towels if you wish. There will be no daily cleaning.

There will be no breakfast available. You will need to stock the refrigerator with all the meals you want to eat there.

You will be in a place where someone else (the owner or renter) has a key; therefore, there may be a security issue.

Are privacy and security impeding?

Also according to the website, mentioned above, despite the large amount of people that are satisfied with their Airbnb experience, there still remain those in the U.S. that do not want to use the company’s services. The most common reason for people not to use Airbnb were privacy/security concerns, according to a 2017 survey – with 36 percent of respondents expressing this fear.

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Comments (3)
Alex
November 14, 2019

Use the filters such as price, location, and facilities as a starting point. The Airbnb website has a lot of helpful filters that can allow you save time getting exactly what you want to see. Also use the map on the right hand side of the website to pinpoint the location you want so that you only see listings in the neighborhood you require. After filtering the search results, favor the listings near the top of the results. Airbnb s algorithm ranks properties based on their quality and popularity. These accommodations are much more likely to be winners than the ones at the bottom of the page with few reviews and limited numbers of previous tenants.

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Timothy
November 22, 2019

If you deem your accommodation not safe or not up to your expectations, it will be difficult to get any support from customer service and next to impossible to get a refund unless you have photo evidence, and even then it’s not likely that getting a refund will be easy. Many reviewers shared that they’d provided multiple pictures to Airbnb Customer Experience, and their claims were still denied. In my experience and that of many reviewers, even if your claim does get approved it will take weeks of going back and forth with a highly disorganized customer service team and when they do refund it will likely only be a partial refund. The common complaints (and this is what happened to us) are that they withhold the cleaning fee and Airbnb service fee even if you didn’t stay at the place!

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Patrick
November 28, 2019

In my experience, major problems still exist. For example, in September we stayed at a beautiful place in Sardinia, Italy and our host was wonderful. She was so helpful and nice that we left a glowing 5-star review. However, what we should have done was leave a 4-star review because the bed was horrible. We did let her know about the bed privately but not publicly because we had built a personal relationship with her and didn’t want to leave a bad review. That means that the pressure of the personal (good or bad) relationship between guests and hosts affects the legitimacy and accuracy of ratings. After doing over 1rs of research and finding out that anyone can become a host and list a property that may or may not be real, there is no way to be sure an Airbnb listing is safe.

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