As much as we like a nice hotel room when we travel, these days we tend to look for a more unique experience. Hotel chains all seem to look the same after a while and it’s also great to have a bit more space to relax. This is where renting an apartment can be beneficial, especially if you are travelling with a group. Opting for a unique apartment over a hotel can really can add a new dimension to your trip.

Our favourite site for booking apartments is Airbnb. Today we take an in-depth look at Airbnb – how it works and how you can use it to stay in boss accommodation no matter where you are in the world.

Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace where people list accommodation that they have available. Founded in 2008, it’s a truly global site and now offers accommodation in 33,000 cities and 192 countries.

The beauty of Airbnb is the diversity of accommodation available. Whether you’re looking for a studio apartment in London for the night, a villa in the Hollywood Hills for a week, or a castle in France for a month, Airbnb has something for everyone.

There are some truly mind blowing properties on the site that will offer you a completely different experience to a regular hotel, often for less than you would pay for a standard hotel room.

Just recently, the Roll Like Boss team used Airbnb to book a luxurious apartment in Budapest, Hungary. Listed in the Airbnb ‘Top 40’ wish list, the apartment felt like it had been transported straight out of a Bond movie and really enhanced our stay in Budapest.

Another great advantage of Airbnb is that you generally get to meet the host of the accommodation. More often than not, they are able to impart a few gems of local wisdom and point you in the direction of a great restaurant or trendy bar. We’ve found over the years that local advice can be invaluable in foreign cities and really enable you to hit the ground running.

Airbnb – How it works

The Airbnb booking process is straight forward. You can select whether you are looking for an entire home/flat, or a private room. You find accommodation that suits you, Airbnb lists the total cost including fees, and you then apply to the host to approve your stay. Once approved, you confirm your booking and enter your payment details. Your payment is taken immediately.

The site contains a review system similar to that of eBay. You can rate accommodation on factors such as accuracy, cleanliness, location and value. This rating system is useful when you are comparing apartments. The one thing to keep in mind when using Airbnb – is that you’re not staying in a hotel. That means you can’t always expect hotel-style service. You’ll also have to make arrangements with the host for your arrival. However, if you are willing to look past these small issues, the possibilities are endless. So next time you’re planning a trip, ditch the boring hotel chain and have a look at what’s on offer at Airbnb. Give your holiday the boss touch it deserves!


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