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  • stevescoots

    Due to some sad news earlier this year we had to bail out of our US holiday and write off the cost as insurance did not cover it, seems a parent being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and being given 6 months to live is not good enough reason for a pay-out. I managed to recover a bit by changing the holiday to a business trip, during which unfortunately he passed away, just 3 months after diagnosis
    I digress, so now we are looking to take a break after all affairs have been sorted but as we our out of pocket a few grand looking to lower the cost. I have never used Air BNB and whilst I understand the concept easily enough for private homes and small independent hotels, has anyone used them in resorts? I have seen some amazing prices at a few resort hotels operated by big chains. I am guessing that these resorts sell Villas and apartments and then the buyers rent them out. In one case I found the Hyatt DaNang hotel (where I have stayed before) rate was approx $400 US per night, the Airbnb was 65% less. My question is, has anyone encountered any problems this way apart from, as I would expect, not being able to charge expenses to your room?

    Whist I am on the begging stool, any Air recommendations for Malta, Singapore, Penang, beach front Vietnam? As you can see we have not fully made up my mind yet!


    Morning Steve, First my condolences on your recent loss. These moments are never easy and always sad.

    Re AIrBnB, I have no personal experience, but my ex and my daughter do, and they have always been impressed and never been let down or had any major problems, bar one occasion where a sink (not major) was blocked. The owner came out at 11pm within 10 minutes of being called along with a big plunger, and the problem was solved.

    I’ve other friends who’ve used them at resorts and while very pleasant and much cheaper, they missed the 24 hour concierge, room service, buffet breakfasts and services offered by a 4/5* hotel. But they saved over EUR200 a night so took consolation in that and with the savings went to the large hotels for breakfast, drinks etc.

    You do read of horror stories in the good old DM but they are very few and far between so while i personally don’t use them from what I’ve heard I wouldn’t put anyone off.


    Stevescoots, when you ask for Air recommendations for Singapore if you mean Airbnb then hosts in Singapore can only take a minimum 3 month booking. Anything less is banned by the government as the hotel industry was complaining!! Hosts who have taken a booking of less than 3 months have been fined in true Singapore tradition.


    I have used Airbnb quite a few times on business trips, with only one rental letting me down (that was in an industrial area of Paris, where the host had apparently been clubbing all night, and had great difficulty in using a key, or anything else; very amusing, in retrospect).
    Otherwise, I have had great experiences, and I have even rented out a room. The latter have been the best experiences, when travelling on my own, as I get to meet locals, who can really point me in the right direction for restaurants, groceries, bars etc, lend me a bike or just have a safe chat.
    The secret is to really read the reviews given by guests, and read the listing carefully.


    Hi Steve
    Just back from an AirBnB short stay in Bugibba, Malta.

    The accommodation was fantastic, and our host was very friendly and helpful . My huge mistake was that I didn’t read the rental description very well . It came as a bit of a surprise to find that he would be in the apartment during our stay. Totally my fault because I’ve become used to booking accommodation and having the run of the place. As a result it was a bit awkward, kinda like waking up in your girlfriends parents housed for the first time !!

    Totally recommend Malta , first time there and it really surprised me, and if you follow KennyK14’s advice totally recommend AirBnB. My personal advice is to sign up , have a wee treasure hunt about what’s available and you might not look back.

    I’d also add my condolences for your loss …..


    Thanks for the responses. on the ones I have looked at I have made a point of asking the host if anybody else will be in the property, including them

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    My Sympathies on your personal loss..

    Also keep in mind that AirBnB is not the only game in Town.

    I often have a look at (Vacation rental by Owners) which is also part of the HomeAway group.

    I have used VRBO a few times… I also have a property of mine up on this site (managed by an Agent) and this seems to me to be maybe even more or a private temporary letting (i.e with AiRBnB implies the owner is living on the property) but the VRBO means you have the property to yourself.

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