4 Airbnb Stays That Were So Close to Being Awesome
It is a rare Airbnb that has the perfect trifecta of being in a great location, having an amazing (and accurate) interior, and is still within your budget.
Too often it seems like you only get to pick one or two (or worse, end up with an over priced, misrepresented place in a bad part of town).
Here are a few examples from my travels, to help you choose more wisely:
“Garden” Apartment in Old Town Chicago
This is where I learned that, inexplicably, “garden” is a euphemism for basement, underground, or subterranean. It seems like a garden unit would a light, bright home suitable for growing plants. It is not.
Old Town, on the other hand, was vibrant, and the unit was very conveniently located near the L.
Tiny Casita in Old Town Albuquerque
The interior decoration was exquisite, but there was a huge unused space in a back hallway and a strangely long and narrow bathroom. The walls of the bedroom did not go all the way to the ceiling, letting light and sound in.
Although somewhat touristy, I loved the architecture, walkability, cafes, shops, and public art. You really feel like you are in New Mexico in Old Town.
Memphis See Through Shower and Safety Issues
The huge window inside the bathroom faced the back stairs was frosted, but not all the way to the edges, so you could clearly see people while showering — and they could see you! The door code contained the unit number, and the parking spot also listed the unit number, which would make it pretty easy for someone to break in.
But, we were surrounded by all the best that Memphis has to offer. The historic trolly, Beale Street, the Civil Rights Museum, farmers market and more were all just a few blocks away.
Washington DC Studio Only One Key
We’ve gotten so spoiled by keypad entry system that having to share one physical key was a huge drag. While I was out during the day, my husband either couldn’t leave even to grab lunch or a coffee, or he’d keep the key and then have to come down and let me into the building. Usually during the daily late-summer thunder and rainstorm.
The extra shenanigans were worth it to be in Dupont Circle with treelined streets, interesting architecture, nightlife, and easy access to all of DC’s top attractions.
When you are booking an Airbnb, don’t just look at the price or the location, and don’t be dazzled by things that look great in pictures. Especially if you are going to be there for a week or more, or if you have pets, work from home, or have other special needs.
We do provide constructive feedback politely and privately to the hosts and give honest reviews, so hopefully we’ve done our small part to help make sure that your next stay is a good one.