My first Airbnb experience

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

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?!

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

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.

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

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?

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

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?

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

Both rooms were nice and cosy,Β and the beds were very comfortable…

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

The bathroom was not as the normal ones, it was very stylish too…

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

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!

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

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!

My first Airbnb experience, by Packing my Suitcase.

Would you stay in an Airbnb apartment? Have you ever experienced Airbnb?

About Allane

A Brazilian living in Germany. Married to W. mommy to a baby girl and a Golden Retriever. Traveler, writer, aspiring photographer, diver, wine appreciator, Formula 1 fan, avid reader of historical and young adult fictions books. City girl, nature lover, believer of a better world, one little change at a time.

  • Gin

    I stayed in a room found through air b&b two weeks ago, when I explored the Lake District and I found the room and the host lovely πŸ™‚

    • Ohh really? Awesome!!
      I am actually impressed by how positively people are talking about this service, and by how many people have used it. It is a very nice option when traveling πŸ˜€

  • Woww that’s amazing Lucy!! I actually thought of you when I stayed there, I remember that once we had a discussion about staying at a hotel or a rented home, on a post you wrote about your stay in Paris πŸ˜€

    Yes, I am very happy with my experience and I hope to stay again in an Airbnb apartment soon!
    I agree with you, as long as we read the reviews and the descriptions properly it will be fine. I had no problems whatsoever during my stay πŸ˜€

  • Wow this looks so cool! My first (and only) ABB experience was in Florida, and it was lovely – I had unobstructed ocean view, and a 30-step walk to the water. MAN I want to go back now.

    • How amazing!!! I want one like that too πŸ˜€
      Must have been awesome!
      I really liked the idea of staying in an Airbnb apartment and I will definitely do it again! πŸ˜€

  • That’s amazing Adri!! How cool!
    I really like this idea too, it makes us feel like a local and it gives us a different perspective of the place.
    I hope you experience will be amazing and that you enjoy Croatia a lot… I love that country πŸ˜€
    Can’t wait to read all about it!!

  • Hanne

    What a wonderful appartment! I really want to try Airbnb as well, after you told me. It is such a great way to travel cheap, and still live well! I love the thing you said that you felt like a local living there πŸ™‚ That is a feeling I love! Thanks for sharing, now I just have to try as well!

    • Funny that what I said caught your attention, because this feeling of living like a local was the best part! I loved it! If you like that then I guess you will love experiencing Airbnb! I hope you try it soon and share your experience πŸ˜€

      • Hanne

        I have now booked and Airbnb accomondation for out next trip, let us see how it goes πŸ˜‰

        • yaaaaay how cool!!! I really hope all goes well and that you enjoy the experience as much as I did πŸ˜€

  • What a lovely apartment! With true Scandinavian design! Haven’t tried it yet, because in my latest destinations it wasn’t cheaper than a hotel, but it’s an option I do research nowadays!

    • Hi Anna!! Sometimes is isn’t cheaper than a hotel… I realized that it’s mostly worth it in expensive cities like Paris, London and Copenhagen. And I also notices that if you are staying with more people it gets cheaper than if you are staying alone or in one couple. I hope you get to try it sometime… it is a nice experience πŸ˜€

      • I’ve come across listings (in the US) that you must pay extra 20$ per day (for example) if more than 2 or 3 people are staying there! I researched for 4 people, so yes, it wasn’t appropriate for us! The good thing about London is that I have friends there and that’s why I visited so many times! But for Paris, yes I would research…I’d like to see how a Parisian home looks like!

        • Yes, many apartments charge extra… I tried to avoid them as much as I could. Some charge a lot, others don’t charge much. But I noticed that in many cases even with the extra cost it is worth it more than hotels. At least in Copenhagen that was the case.

          ahahah I have researched in Paris too and the houses look very cool, most of them πŸ˜€

  • Hi!!! Ohh really?? What a coincidence hahaha… I will definitely take a look at yours!!
    It is a very cool experience isnt it? I will definitely do it again! πŸ˜€

  • Pretty cool isn’t it? I loved it πŸ˜€

  • Woww that’s awesome Vlad… I hope you find one!! You guys will probably find something pretty cool and big. It will also get cheaper since you will share.
    The same happened to me while searching… I lost many apartments. I saved a lot of them, then when I wanted to book they were all gone! I realized that almost everyday there are new ones!
    I hope you find yours soon… but you still have time so dont worry πŸ˜€

  • Soooo cool isn’t it? I have to say that I was really impressed by how it works and I definitely want to do it more often πŸ˜€

  • Hi Sabrina!!! Nice to hear about more positive experiences with Airbnb! It’s a very nice option when it comes to saving money isn’t it? I am also very happy to have found Airbnb and will definitely do it again πŸ˜€

  • hahaha how awesome!!!!
    Happy to hear about your positive experience with Airbnb. It seems like it was very cool, and that your host was very nice πŸ˜€

  • Hi Jenn!!

    Thank you for your comment and for sharing your experiences with Airbnb!
    You stay in London sounds amazing. And you are right, we need to read the description carefully so we dont get disappointed. Before deciding on my apartment I considered going to many others, and changed my mind several times… but I am very happy to have found this one and that things worked out well πŸ˜€

    Thank you for stopping by!

  • Are you having trouble with commenting? Normally if you sign up with Disqus you will be able to comment with the id you create… so if you have a website you can create an account for it, and you will be posting the link of your blog πŸ™‚ I hope it helps. Sorry for the inconvenience.

  • How amazing!! I am happy to know that… I have heard so many positive things about people’s experiences with Airbnb. It is such a great system…. I will definitely do it again!

  • It was great Shikha, I can highly recommend this experience! It is indeed a great option for New York, I even looked it up a few times.

    The apartment was veeeery well located, only a few bus stops to the center city. And this neighbourhood was amazing, with a lot of restaurants, cafes and stores. πŸ˜€

  • What a stunning apartment. I LOVE airbnb. We’ve used it a lot over the last few years and have always found it to be very good. In fact, we’re doing it again in October when we go to San Sabastian. Glad you enjoyed your first experience! πŸ™‚

    • Ohh really? I didnt know that! How nice Ting πŸ˜€
      One more Airbnb fan <3
      I definitely want to do it again… it is such a great idea!
      San Sebastian sounds lovely!!!

  • Awesome Jenny!!! I hope you enjoy it πŸ˜€ Lisbon during summer sounds lovely!

  • Hi Emily-Ann,

    Thank you for leaving a comment!
    How exciting!! I do hope you enjoy your first Airbnb experience as much as I did.
    This place was indeed lovely, and the hosts were really really nice!
    Where are you spending your honeymoon if I may ask? πŸ™‚

  • Looks nice doesn’t it?
    Well, not all apartments look like this in Europe… depends on the country. The one I have seen in Paris are quite different! I guess it also depends on the owner πŸ˜€
    It was a great choice I think, they were so nice and the apartment so cool!!
    I hope you get to try Airbnb sometime soon πŸ˜€

  • hahaha nice!!
    Thank you, happy that you like my pictures πŸ˜€