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Airbnb is a platform, accessible through its website or app, where people can find short or long-term accommodation for their travels. It offers millions of properties in cities across the globe. It is where you can find all sorts of properties, even castles and tree houses.

The arrival of Airbnb has disrupted the hospitality industry, with a new generation of “casual hoteliers” now sharing their homes to strangers for profit. Established hotels are now paying attention as Airbnb continues with its aim to revolutionise and enhance the guest experience.

Here are the things that make Airbnb different and how staying with it will improve your holiday experience:

  1. Property for every traveller type

With millions of properties, of various types, all over the world, there is an ideal property whatever type of traveller you are.

For example, if you are travelling with a large group or with family, Airbnb offers whole apartments or holiday villas with enough facilities and amenities to cater to all your needs.

Here are the types of properties you can find in Airbnb listings:

  • Entire place: These are properties where guests can have the entire place to themselves, and include at least one bedroom, at least one bathroom and a kitchen.
  • Private room: These are properties where guests can occupy one bedroom and share the rest of the home, including the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Shared room: These are properties where guests sleep in a bedroom or a common area and share it with other guests.

Recently, Airbnb added the following property types to their listings:

  • Vacation Home
  • Unique Space
  • B&B
  • Boutiques

These new property types give guests a broader choice of accommodation, and help hosts better showcase what is unique about their property to accommodate every guest’s preferences.

Airbnb Collections

The Airbnb Collections feature properties that appeal to all types of travel, from families who want lots of bedrooms and bathrooms, and a kitchen to cook, to travellers with adventurous spirits who prefer to stay somewhere off the beaten path. Airbnb for Family and Airbnb for Work with collections for properties that are perfect for every occasion, including weddings, honeymoons, group holidays, and business travel.

Constant business travel can be exhausting and stressful. One of the ways to make business travel more comfortable is to stay in a quiet accommodation. Airbnb for Work makes sure business travellers stay in a place where they can balance work and fun.

Airbnb Plus

To further expand its reach and attract hosts who go above and beyond when it comes to hospitality, Airbnb offers homes that have been officially vetted for quality and comfort. These properties are aimed at guests who are looking for gorgeous homes and superb hosts.

Beyond by Airbnb

This property category is for guests who are looking for personalised trips, including a stay in the most luxurious homes in the world, personalised holiday experiences and world-class hospitality.

  1. More space, less price

If you are travelling with four or more people, you can find a two- or 3-bedroom apartment for a much lower rate than if you book two rooms in a hotel.

There are Airbnb properties that are run by a host management service like Air-rive. Though not affiliated with Airbnb, these services are held to the same standards and responsibilities like other Airbnb hosts.

  1. Discount for longer stay.

Guests that book longer stays can snag a weekly or monthly Airbnb discount. The offer is used by hosts to entice guests to book longer stays. It is easy to see if this offer is enabled as it will automatically show up once you choose your preferred dates in the listing’s calendar.

  1. Amenities

What Airbnb lacks in free breakfast it makes up for other amenities like free Wi-fi, welcome basket with cookies, fruits, and bottled water, and even streaming services like Netflix. If you like a property with a swimming pool and a hot tub for days when you and the gang don’t want to venture outside, Airbnb has definitely got something for you.

Even the tiniest of spaces listed on Airbnb offer the basic small appliances such as toasters, coffeemakers, and microwaves. The kitchen is well-stocked, complete with plates, mugs, and utensils.

  1. Flexibility

There is no strict check-in and check-out times at Airbnb properties. You can work out a time with your host that is most convenient for both you and your host.

  1. Local knowledge

Your host can be your source of which tourist destinations are worth exploring and which restaurants, coffee shops, and bars are the best in town. But remember your host is not your personal tourist guide. Part of being a good guest is not bombarding your host with too many tourist-related questions. It is also fun to explore on your own, meeting new people and experiencing a different culture.

This is not to say that Airbnb doesn’t have its drawbacks. But if you are looking for accommodation that doesn’t fit the typical hotel requirements, why not try an Airbnb? At best, you will have a great holiday experience, at worst, it’ll be a lesson learned and a story to regale your friends and family at reunions. Or something you can write a critical review about as a consolation for your ruined holiday.