The first time I ever heard of Airbnb was after I started blogging, and it made me curious to find out a bit more about this service that has become so popular in the recent years. The idea was very appealing to me, and I even recommended it to other people before using it, even though I had no idea how it actually worked. I received positive comments from these people who stayed at an Airbnb apartment, and the idea became even more interesting.
I have considered staying at an Airbnb apartment for a while, but I always ended up opting for a hotel. Finally, at the beginning of April this year I had my first Airbnb experience, and I will tell you all about it shortly, but before I do that I just want to briefly explain what it is all about for those who are still unfamiliar with it.
Airbnb is an online home rental community where you can rent an apartment/house/room from a local host in over 190 countries in the World, and also be a host! You can rent an entire place for yourself, or you can rent only a room if you prefer; you can also rent it for 1 day (depending on the host) or for months! It is a way of saving money while traveling, as Airbnb is very often cheaper than staying at hotels and you can also save a lot of money when it comes to food, as you can cook there. At the same time meeting new people and living as a local for a few days! Cool huh?!
So while planning my trip to Copenhagen, I couldn’t help but see that hotels in the city are pretty expensive, so I thought that now was finally the time to find an Airbnb apartment for me, W and 2 other friends. The search for the perfect apartment for the 4 of us took a few weeks, until we found the perfect place.
Our chosen place was a 150 square meters apartment located in the trendy neighbourhood Norrebro, with 2 rooms, 1 bathroom, a huge living room and a very specious and stylish kitchen. The location was perfect, with bus stops just around the corner and plenty of options of cafes, restaurants, supermarkets and stores.
We never met our hosts (Cathrine and Philip) in person, as they were traveling while we were staying at their place. However, when we arrived at the apartment Cathrine’s parents were there to greet us, give us the keys and explain a few things. The lovely hosts left a bottle of wine, Danish chocolates, flowers everywhere and something I considered very special: a little hand written guide to the neighbourhood and the city, as well as how things work in the apartment, Wi-Fi code and some very useful tips and recommendations. How sweet is that?
I was completely in love with the place; I have never seen a Nordic style apartment from the inside before. How cool are these huge windows and how stylish is this decoration?
Both rooms were nice and cosy, and the beds were very comfortable…
The bathroom was not as the normal ones, it was very stylish too…
The kitchen was very cool and we enjoyed cooking there, it was a very different experience to cook and eat at someone else’s kitchen without never having met them!
Before leaving the apartment we cleaned it up and left some flowers and a bottle of wine on the table with a thank you note.
My stay at Cathrine and Philip’s place certainly was special and a very nice and new experience for me. They kept in touch before, during and after my stay, and I can only thank them for being such nice hosts, I hope one day we will meet around the World!
Staying at an Airbnb apartment gave me the sensation of being a local for a few days, going to supermarkets and bakeries as if I lived in Copenhagen. Not to mention the interesting feeling of living in someone’s apartment for a few days. I will definitely do it again!