First timer traveling to Italy here. My wife and I are going to spend about 4-5 days in Cinque Terre. Any opinions on using AirBnB to lock down rooms? After reading Rick's guidebook and doing some research online, this feels like the most cost effective and fun way to secure rooms.

Thanks for any help!

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Posted by Laura
Rick Steves' Europe
9896 posts

There's been plenty of discussion of AirBnB in this travel forum, most of it positive. I agree that "going local" is fun way to stay, versus a more formal hotel, although many of the hotels are also family-run and very friendly. If you've found a few options that sound right for you, then go for it.

Posted by JD W.
Denver, CO
18 posts

I booked my upcoming place in the Cinque Terre via Airbnb. Granted, I haven't gone yet, but I'm very excited about it. Like you said, it seems to be very cost effective. If you are looking for luxury, I would say, maybe stick with hotels, but if you just want a decent place with a bed and a bathroom, it was way cheaper for me. I also used Airbnb for our 4 nights in Rome and it saved us a fortune.

Posted by Nicole P
Truro, NS, Canada
1753 posts

I've used Airbnb in many places, but not CT...I have used for our two visits to CT...if you have no luck with airbnb (which I love, btw) you may give them a try - they run the gamut from rooms to B&B's and more (they also arrange group and maybe private tours of the area)...

Just make sure you read carefully the airbnb reviews and make sure the room or apt has the amenities you want (ac, wifi, laundry if you want it). If I see a few mentions of dirty floors or bathroom or noisy area or too hot/cold/damp or poor/no wifi, I'll pass it over.

We used airbnb in Rome and had an amazing apartment with a view of the Colosseum (it was steps away) for $150 a can find some real gems!

Posted by Harold
New York, NY, USA
5747 posts

The main thing to understand about AirBnB is that it is merely a listing service. The rooms they offer are all over the map in terms of price, amenities, cleanliness, refund policies, availability of the landlord, etc. So, read all reviews carefully; if you have any hesitation, pass.

Posted by Linda
Bromley, Kent,, UK
1775 posts

I have noticed a growing number of commercial accommodations advertising on AirBnB ie places that are run as businesses rather than people letting rooms in their home.

Posted by donna
roswell, ga, usa
1496 posts

I use VRBO or Homeaway, as they screen their listings. Haven't tried AirbnB yet. I'd definitely check the reviews.