Airbnb

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May 17, 2012 // Shiny Stuff

This is not a sponsored post. I am in no way affiliated with Airbnb. All opinions are my own.

While planning our trip to London and Paris I spent countless hours looking up places to stay. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to stay in a hotel (chain or boutique?) or a B&B. Hostels were not an option. I needed to find somewhere affordable with a decent location and free wi-fi.

I eventually came across Airbnb. It’s an amazing website where people post vacation rentals. There are rentals in tons of cities around the world. From private rooms to villas, you can find practically any type of accommodation you’re looking for at just about any price point.

Looking for a penthouse loft in Tokyo? They’ve got that.

How about a private beach shack in Mexico? No problem.

Or perhaps you want a castle in Ireland? You’ve got more than 10 to choose from.

Using Airbnb, I eventually booked an apartment for Paris and a room for London.

We rented an apartment in Paris from a lovely girl named Erika. The apartment was the perfect size for two or three people. It was only a 10 minute walk away from The Louvre and just a two-minute walk away from what I think is the best bakery in Paris, Aki Boulanger. Added bonus for this apartment? A washer!

For London, we rented a room. The couple renting the room, Mel & Colin, were amazing hosts. Unbelievably welcoming. Before getting to London, Mel answered any questions I had very quickly. The room we rented looked like it belonged in a boutique hotel. We even had an en-suite bathroom.

This was the view from the apartment.

Crazy, right?

Some other awesome things about staying there:

  1. There are several bus stops just a couple of minutes walk from the apartment. I definitely recommend taking the bus over the tube. It’s a lot cheaper.
  2. Mel set out a continental breakfast for us every morning.
  3. After our daily adventures, we got to talk story with Mel & Colin.
  4. They have a really adorable and friendly dog named Baxter.
  5. Colin even drove us to the airport (for a small fee).

I would highly recommend renting out a room in their apartment whenever you head to London.

On your next trip, instead of staying at a hotel or B&B, you should totally give Airbnb a try.

I know I will.

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