Wednesday, December 2, 2015

6 reasons to Stay With Airbnb

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Oh hey there! Today, folks, we're talking Amsterdam. One of the questions I was asked most when I was out there was where did I stay, so I thought it'd make sense to start with that! We decided to go down the Airbnb route, which is what we did back in Iceland at the start of the year and loved it, and - from asking around - it's definitely the way to go in Amsterdam. There's SO much choice (seriously, check it out if you don't believe me) and something there for every price point. We decided to go for Ron's apartment and I'm so glad we did; it was only a 10 minute tram from the centre of town and right on the canal front, straight across from the zoo. Plus, as you can see, it came with a big ole dollop of interior inspo. Ron himself was absolutely lovely, even leaving us with a personalised map with lots of his favourite restaurants and spots marked on. Don't get me wrong, I still bladdy love a nice hotel but it is nice to mix it up now and then, so I've put together a little list on why airbnb might be for you:

1) If you choose an apartment with kitchen access then you've got the option to make your own breakfast/lunch/dinner to save you eating out every day. Dolla dolla saved instantly. It's also pretty handy if you're GF/coeliac etc - it can be quite hard finding places abroad so this way you know exactly what's going in your food.
2) It's a great way to get tips from a local; most hosts are more than happy to share their favourite restaurants/hot-spots with you that might otherwise have gone under the radar.
3) Nosiness. I friggin love seeing inside other people's houses so airbnb's a bit of a dream. I've picked up many an interior tip this way (most recently being Ron's blown up photo collage of his New York snaps which you can see above).
4) Flexibility. You can normally work out check-in and check-out times that suit both you and the host so that you're not arriving in a city with 4 hours to kill before you can check in. Even though our check out was 12, Ron let us keep our cases there for the afternoon until we had to go to the airport to save us lugging them about Amsterdam, and often you can arrange for a later check-out altogether if they don't have anyone staying there that night.
5) If you spend a little extra time looking around then you'll start uncovering gems with exciting extras; I spotted everything from hot tubs to roof terraces on there.
6) It's like a little home from home. One night we were pretty knackered from hoofing it around all day, so just got in some food - including a big-ass tub of ice cream - and watched a film. Bliss.

So there we go! Next up, what to do in Amsterdam. Or maybe a photo diary? Decisions, decisions...



Abbie said...

Oh wow, such a cool place to stay! I am yet to try Air BnB but I must and I shall after this post! xx

Unknown said...

I always find myself browsing Air BnB but have never fully committed... yet!Trudy x | TrudyJohanna

Unknown said...

I stayed in an apartment last time I was in Amsterdam, best way to get to know the neighborhood! X

Anonymous said...

I also am a fan of Airbnb its's a great service, and the apartments are always so nice

Unknown said...

I love Airbnb too! I have stayed in apartments in Paris and Amsterdam, and I love how it makes you feel like a local rather than a tourist staying in someone else's home.

Piia Õ. said...

Oooh, this looks so nice! I had my first AirBnb experience in Paris this fall and it was perfect. Our apartment was supercentral and spacious, so we saved a lot on accommodation and dinners.


Unknown said...

I've never stayed at an airbnb, but I will definitely reconsider next time I travel. My friend used Airbnb for her trip to Paris/Milan/Rome/London, and she loved it so much.

Black & White

Anonymous said...

Next to the upsides, here's another thing to consider, though: When you book an Airbnb, you're staying at an aparment that otherwise someone could live in. Where I live, this has become a real problem: People buy apartments only to rent them out to travellers online. This means the market for apartments to actually live is being squeezed, prices go up and people are having a harder time finding a place to live. Many of the nice hosts of Airbnb are full-time landlords who own lots of properties, not just that one flat. (which Airbnb is doing nothing to limit)

So that's something I would consider when renting an Airbnb apartment for a holiday. It may be convenient but it can have really negative effects for the city you visit. Thanks so much for thinking about these things! :)

Josie said...

What an amazing apartment! I'd love to try Air BnB simply because I'm the nosiest person ever haha x

Josie | Sick Chick Chic

Holl JC said...

This sounds amazing! I've definitely been considering Air BnB more and more over the last year or so, apartments are always my preference over hotels anyway, so these always sound like the most perfect solution! x

Unknown said...

I love AirBnb, it really does have that homey nature to it and you can feel a lot more integrated!

Lauren x
Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

Unknown said...

I have stayed in AirBnB many times now and have never had a bad experience. Love the more local vibe it gives. Next city to try is Edinburgh.

Tusks and Tails said...

I just love using Airbnb! I always find such good deals in L.A. and San Diego! Sometimes in NYC I find it easier in a hotel though!

The Style Rawr said...

Wow, this place looks amazing (& I'll 100% stay here if I can, the next time I'm in Amsterdam). I've never used AB&B before but one of my best friends has booked an epic Zoolander style loft in Barcelona for my hen party... I can't wait! ♥

Tara x

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