Am planning a trip to Lisbon and , Portugal and Nice, France. Has anyone had experience with Airbnb as an option for B&B's?

Posted by David
Florence, AL, USA
2844 posts

AirBnB is really coming on as a worldwide provider of accommodations. My only gripe is that they charge your credit card when you make the reservations. The price is certainly right. Sometimes the hosts are on premises and sometimes you stay in apartments. I have heard no complaints online. We have a really nice B&B scheduled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in May.

Posted by Michael
Des Moines, IA
2193 posts

I just used airbnb for the first time recently and thought it was a fantastic experience. It's completely safe and secure, and you'll have so many more options outside of the typical B&B listings. In my case, I needed lodging in a very specific neighborhood in a big Asian city...far from tourist areas. There weren't any hotel, B&B, or other options, so I checked airbnb and found a perfect apartment, and it was super cheap. As for charging your card right away, that's not an issue for me. It's sort of like paying a deposit, and you don't have to worry about settling a bill after your stay...already done. BTW, it's not typical to see actual B&Bs in big cities on airbnb...mostly rooms in apartments where owners are on site or complete apartments where the owners aren't on site. They may call it a B&B, but it's really an apartment. Happy travels!

Posted by Marilyn
30 posts

Hi Susan, We have used for domestic accommodations and have several places planned this summer for both Paris and Nice using them. Absolutely love, love the idea around Airbnb and what they do. The fact that you are able to read reviews of people who have actually stayed with the host you are considering gives you incredible decision-making powers! Then, once you have narrowed your selection, write to the host, and make sure you are comfortable. I would definitely consider them as an option! Also, you can access with a "chat" option to ask any questions you still have. Good Luck, Marilyn