Hotels are great, but if I am staying somewhere more than a few days—I always check for an Airbnb. I typically prefer a completely private space, but sometimes rent a room in someone’s home. Whether it’s your first reservation, or you travel frequently, you need to know what to ask before you book your Airbnb.
- What is the cancellation or change policy? This is highlighted in the listing, but always double-check with your host before you book.
- If you are in a basement, attic, garage, or connected accommodations—don’t forget to ask if there is a separate entrance.
- If you are staying in their home, ask who else lives there—including kids and pets.
- What kind of bed—real bed, futon, on the floor, on a frame, pull out sofa, coach, etc.
- What kind of bathroom—shower, bathtub, jacuzzi, steamer, etc.
- Local noise level. While the home you are staying in may be quite, what is the surrounding noise level?
- How sociable are your hosts? If you are staying in someone’s home, in their guest-house, or they live nearby—inquire about how sociable they are. Some hosts really enjoy getting to know their guests, which can be helpful while traveling—but maybe not if you prefer a bit more privacy.
Last but not least, check the photos and reviews—and Google the neighborhood they are in for safety, location, and personal preferences. Now you know what to ask before you book your Airbnb!