Booking AirBnB Accommodation
You’ve decided where you want to go on holiday…now you need to find somewhere to stay!
AirBnB can be a great option instead of staying in a hotel…and can sometimes be much cheaper too! The owner of the AirBnB accommodation may also have lots of useful tips and recommendations about the city you’re staying in.
There are lots of things to consider when it comes to booking your AirBnB. What’s your budget? Do you want to pay more to stay in the city centre, or are you happy staying further away to save a little money? Do you want to treat yourself to a whole flat, or just a room? Are you travelling alone, or do you need accommodation for more people? It’s a lot to think about!
As AirBnB is a website, you shouldn’t have to speak to anyone when you book. There is, however, some useful vocabulary that you might need when you are deciding if a particular AirBnB place is right for you.
You probably know about single beds and double beds…but did you know double beds can come in different sizes? The smallest is ‘double’, a little larger is a ‘queen size’ bed (although these are not so common!) and even larger is a ‘king size’. You may also see ‘super king’ beds…these beds are bigger than king size and are more common if you travel to the US.
On AirBnB, you may see other ways of describing beds:
Sofa bed/Pull out bed – a sofa that can be unfolded to make a bed.
Inflatable mattress/air mattress/lilo – a rectangular piece of plastic that can be inflated and used as a bed.
Sofa – A sofa is not the same as a sofa bed! A sofa bed can transform into a bed, but a sofa means you will just lie on a regular sofa to sleep.
Camp bed – a folding portable bed, made of canvas stretched over a metal frame.
It’s important to know the different types of bed available so you know what to expect at your accommodation. For example, if you are travelling alone you may appreciate a room with a single bed much more than sleeping on a sofa or camp bed!
If you are travelling with several people, it’s also important to check which beds are available. For example, a flat that accommodates four people may offer one double bed and one double inflatable mattress. Are two people in your group going to be ok with sleeping together on an inflatable mattress? If not, you may want search for accommodation that offers more comfortable beds!
Before you make your booking, you may also want to check which amenities are available. This information can be found on the page of every AirBnB property you look at.
Is it important for you to have Wifi on your holiday? Make sure your AirBnB accommodation offers this before you book.
Will you be hiring a car or bringing your own? It is a good idea to check that the AirBnB accommodation has a parking space for guests to use.
Does the accommodation provide towels? If not, you will need to remember to bring your own towel on holiday with you.
There should also be information on the AirBnB property page about how easy it is to get to the city centre using public transport or walking. Usually this is described using length of time and the method of transport. For example, ’a 20 minute walk’, ‘10 minutes on the bus’ or ’20 minutes using the tube/underground’.
When you are ready to book your accommodation, sometimes you need to send a message to the host. It’s important that this message is polite because a host may refuse to let you stay at their AirBnB if they think you are rude. Try including phrases like, ‘I’m going to be staying in your lovely city…’, ‘your place looks wonderful/perfect/beautiful…’, and ‘I can’t wait to explore’. It’s also a good idea to add, ‘If you have any questions you’d like to ask me, I’d be very happy to answer them.’ This helps to make your host feel more at ease.
Now you know what to look for when you’re booking your AirBnB accommodation.