When we were looking at going to Copenhagen earlier this summer we noticed that hotels weren’t exactly cheap. Well Copenhagen isn’t exactly cheap but the price of hotel rooms seemed ridiculous for 3 nights. So we decided to take to plunge and use AirBnB for the first time. Having browsed through Airbnb previously, we already had the app but had no idea how to book or contact hosts.
Do not be afraid Airbnb virgins it’s very easy, as we found out. Once you have found a place that you like the look of be sure to read the house rules and check in times. This could be the difference of carrying your luggage round for another few hours and being comfortable in the place you are staying.
Then its time to make contact! Contacting the host is how you let them know you are interested in booking their place, it also means you can double-check their calendar to make sure that the place is free for the days you are going. When contacting a host be sure to provide some personal details about yourself (just a small introduction will do), the dates you want to stay and any additional questions that you have.
Once you have contacted your host they should reply quite quickly, confirming your place or at least responding to your enquiry. Thankfully our host, Misha, was amazing!
As you get closer to your trip the host should provide you with directions to the place and the best way to get there. Be sure to check these directions before you get to your destination! As we found out, although we knew where we needed to go, once we got out of the train station we were completely lost for about half and hour. So before you leave for your trip Google map it, or even better get an offline map like citymapper.
We were so fortunate with our first trip with Airbnb, Misha was amazing and so welcoming. When we eventually arrived after getting lost she showed us where we were located on a map, told us some great places to visit for all kinds of moods (including night life) and provided us with a drink while we settled in. She made it very easy for us to feel relaxed in her home and in Copenhagen.
Our host made sure that everything was clean and in order for us before we arrived. Essentials were supplied including towels, shampoo and conditioner and a small plate of blueberries (nice touch) were laid out on a table of us to nibble on if we so wished. Everything was as pictured on the listing and Misha’s interior was extremely cute! If you are thinking of visiting Copenhagen we will be happy to pass along her details. We have heard some hour stories from AirBnb experience but we are so happy to say that if you do your research on the host before booking, that the experience can be an extremely positive one!
From this first experience we would thoroughly recommend staying in an Airbnb. It may not have the luxuries of a hotel but you get your own space for those few days where you can make it feel like home and make your own meals if you want to. We will definitely be searching through Airbnb again for accommodation.
Have you ever stayed in an Airbnb?