On my first trip with airbnb…

6 January, 2011 § 3 Comments

Over the holidays I took a four day vacation with my girlfriend to New York City and used airbnb to book the trip. I had heard about airbnb through Hacker News and thought it sounded interesting. We stayed at “The Stuydio 2” in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, about a 25-minute subway ride from Manhattan.

At first we were a little apprehensive, but the end result was great. It can be very relaxing to stay in a hotel, but there are some things that are missed by the normal hotel stay.

First of all, we had a kitchen right in our apartment. Eating breakfast before we went out saved a lot of money and reduced some stress from our mornings.

The second perk was free parking. We were able to park right in front of the apartment for free as opposed to our previous stay in Long Island City where parking was $20/night.

The third perk (of many) is the feedback we recieved when we got home from our trip. Like eBay, airbnb allows travelers and their hosts to leave feedback for each other. I’m a big fan of getting feedback so that I can continously improve. I now have positive feedback attached to my name for my next stay, and I was able to give positive feedback to our host. This sharing of feedback is great for the whole community, and will allow a future host of mine to know that I am a clean and respectful guest.

Have you used airbnb, CouchSurfing, or any other similar website before? What were your experiences? How do you feel about traveler feedback?

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