Copenhagen – AirBnb – first time ever!

As I told you in my last post, I had a wonderful weekend trip to Copenhagen, early June, and we tried out AirBnb for the very first time. Β I thought I would let you in on how that experience went πŸ™‚

AirBnb
We decided to try out AirBnb, it was a first for us, and it worked reasonable well. You can find allΒ types of places to live through Airbnb, from guest rooms in family homes to apartments and even large properties. There are options in a variety of price ranges.

We rented a small apartment/condo, at a pretty convenient location, as it was within easy distance to just about everything πŸ™‚

We loved having a place we could call “our own”, where we could relax and do whatever we wanted. We enjoyed the heck out of the small balcony, we could take as long as we wanted in the bathroom, there was a kitchen if we wanted to make food and we could walk around in pj’s until we had to leave the house..

Now, we did learn a thing or two on this first try:

  • always check what the fees are in the local currency
    we had a change of fees due to the owners having had a leak from the apartment above. Since the refurbish wasn’t quite done, some of us had to sleep on a madras on the floor. As a result we got a reduction in price. Now… we thought the reduction was more than it turned out to be. The flaw? We were thinking Norwegian kroner, rather than Danish kroner – lesson learned!
  • check out the details on photos of the place properly – when in doubt. ASK questions!
    our place was kinda cute, but we had a bathroom that had a few flaws:
    – there was no curtain around the shower, so everything got wet
    – there was no proper shower head (homemade, makeshift solution)
    – we wouldn’t have minded if had been a bit cleaner – but then again, our standards are a bit high πŸ˜‰
  • ask loads of questions before you leave –
    REMEMBER! There are no stupid questions, YOU want to make sure the place is a good fit for YOU!Β 

    – we had asked a few questions – like was the beds in the children’s room large enough for adults, the answer was yes, but we forgot to ask if the covers/duvets was large enough for adults, which they were not 😦
    – we also forgot to ask about noise level outside – turns out there was a bar right outside the children’s bedroom, where one of us had to sleep, or not sleep as it was…
    – is there air-con? It was really warm in Copenhagen, and air-con would have been nice. The place did not have it.. hence K having to sleep with the windows open, not getting any slepp because of the bar mentioned above.
    – ask about the closeness to things around you – we did good on this one
    – make sure you have the correct address – we thought we had, turns out there was an error on the website, and we were waiting forever for the host.. outside the wrong house!

Even though we didn’t find our perfect place right away, there is no doubt we will try AirBnb again, as we loved having our own place.

Living in hotels having to meet at a certain time in the lobby, takes a little of the spontaneity out of it, having our own place we notices, put the spontaneity back into our trip.

Planning our day is easier when you can do that over a cup of coffee, with the PC close at hand to find things online, together. Sure you can do this over breakfast or meet at the lobby in a hotel, but hanging around the kitchen table or lounging in a living room when you make the plans, beats the lobby hands down, anytime πŸ˜‰

Have you tried Airbnb? What is your experience?

8 comments

  1. MinimalMelody

    Great tips for AirBnb newbies! We love AirBnb. It’s so convenient and usually a lot cheaper than a hotel. Plus you usually get the added bonus of a very interesting experience πŸ™‚ We stayed in a cottage in Hawaii without air-con in the middle of summer one year. That same place also had a giant spider the size of my hand lurking in the kitchen when we arrived. But despite its flaws, we had an amazing view and a great place to relax when we weren’t touring the island.

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  2. allroundbetterme

    We had some great experiences with AirBnb in Paris and in the Netherlands when we were over there this spring. I have had some not so great cancellation experiences locally, so I’m still a little wary, but I am definitely willing to give it another go. And I totally agree… It is great being able to lounge in a living room or at a kitchen table without feeling the rush of a hotel lobby or a restaurant.

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  3. nrhatch

    Glad it was (overall) a good experience.

    We’ve rented through VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owners) before and enjoyed having a condo for our 2 week stay ~ kitchen, baths, balconies, and washer/dryer for beach towels, etc.

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  4. Anne Lene @ MinimalistSometimes

    Sorry for the very late reply, I’ve been a bit under the weather since my last post, and haven’t been able to keep up.

    I’ve never heard of VRBO before, that is definitely something I will check out for some of my longer trips going forward πŸ™‚ it’s great, isn’t it, having a place to call “home” when your out traveling.. I really enjoyed it!

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