If you’ve never stayed in an Airbnb before, chances are you will have been doing your research to find out what exactly it is you need to know before staying. Questions such as will the host be there? No, actually it will be just you and your party. How do I access the property? Hosts should send out an email before you arrive detailing everything you need to know about their property. When can I check-in and out with an Airbnb? This is something that can be discussed with your host when you book.
Getting the most out of your Airbnb rental for the duration of your stay means you can experience that home comfort vibe while travelling and be free to come and go at your own leisure. This type of holiday rental is becoming more and more popular as people want to experience their travels in a new and different way and avoid the limitations of staying at hotels or hostels.
How do you know you have picked a good property and what questions should you be asking when booking your first or even 21st stay with an Airbnb host?
Will they be meeting you upon arrival?
Chances are, experienced and highly rated hosts will be meeting you as you arrive to let you in and make sure you are happy with your accommodation. Here they can give you all the details you need to know and inform you of any quirks and eccentricities to help your stay go smoothly and remove the need to contact them for something minor.
If they aren’t meeting you, ask how you will need to access the property and if there is anyone or a place you need to check in with upon arrival. The last thing you want at the end of a long journey is not to know how to get into the property.
Are there any curfews, security features you should be aware of?
Again, this information should be contained in a welcome email or handover upon arrival. Be wary of curfew restrictions if you are staying in a place that has a staffed entrance and exit should you need access to get back in. Knowing how to work and security alarms when entering and exiting the property will help avoid last-minute panics for you and the host too. Ask if the host has an airbnb noise detector in the property too. A noise detector will monitor the noise levels in the apartment and inform the host when it gets too noisy. This is to protect the host and appease the neighbours too.
Are they flexible on arrival and check out times?
Some hosts are relaxed when it comes to delayed flights, being stuck in traffic or other issues that arise, especially when international travel is concerned—the same when it comes time to check out. Delayed flights or even cancelled travel options can throw a spanner into the works. Many hosts will be understanding that this isn’t your fault and allow flexibility on these times. Make sure to keep them informed either way of any issues or potential issues so that you can be aware of your situation and allow leniency if required.