Guest Tam o' Shantie Posted August 3, 2011 Report Share Posted August 3, 2011 Anyone checked this out yet? Heard of?Airbnb - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaBasically a more upmarket/commercial version of the 'couch surfing' concept. People can lease their rooms or flats/apartments for free from as short a stay as per night to travelling customers, who pay a percentage based booking fee to the company. Owners, accomodation and customer/resident are individually reviewed after each stay so that a profile is built up with an honest picture of what to expect from each.From what I gather, there was one horrible, high profile incident where a woman's flat was entirely ransacked, burglarised & wrecked which appears to have marred their image a bit.Around The World and Back Again: Violated: A traveler’s lost faith, a difficult lesson learnedIn the company's defense, the woman herself said they had been incredibly helpful offering her support every step of the way & working with the police as much as possible. They offered a proper, public apology afterwards which is something that you don't see that often. Furthermore, since then they have doubled their support staff who deal with these sorts of problems and have brought in insurance policies etc that protect the property owners. Apparently prior to this they had dealt with 2,000,000 bookings with no such incident.I've gotta say having had a quick browse for apartments in NYC i'm amazed at some of the prices (ie. nicely decorated Bushwick apartment w/ accomodation for 4 people, 45 per night). I'd definitely consider using them purely to stay elsewhere. Can't say I'd touch the concept of leasing with a bargepole at this stage though...not that Aberdeen is gonna fill up with bookings I'd have thought anyway. What do you guys make of it? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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