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Old 04-17-2018, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Miraflores
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We rented a room from a family with small kids. One of the big reasons we rented it was because it had a spa we wanted to use and we just felt weird using it with the kids around (and did not). We always want to be respectful of families and their children. Plus, we were expecting a private home, paid a good amount for that, and did not get it.
In that case, I understand completely! I hope you complained to the hosting site as that is fraud in my opinion.
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Old 04-19-2018, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Gettysburg, PA
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Has the Air BnB "service fee" affected your occupancy level? After Expedia bought Air BnB and VRBO and they started charging that 4-9% fee fee to renters, my wife and I stopped renting altogether and just got hotel rooms. It was a money grab pure and simple, and we think renters should not have to pay a pointless charge to use the service when hosts are paying already. It is a shame actually; we much preferred Air BnB and VRBO to impersonal hotel rooms, but we dislike being gouged more.
I thought that was different when I booked my vacation rental on VRBO this time. That really sucks. Unfortunately, I'm hooked on my cabin rentals so as long as I can afford it, I'll have to shamefacedly bend over and take it. I've found vacation rentals to be exponentially better than hotels. Just addicted to having my own comfortable little home with (typically) tons of privacy over the hotel experience. That really blows though. Guess that's capitalism for ya. Well, still tons better than socialism. That way, I may never be able to rent out a vacation home! (unless everyone can have one or something; not sure how that would work).
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Old 04-19-2018, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Fort Payne Alabama
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Has the Air BnB "service fee" affected your occupancy level? After Expedia bought Air BnB and VRBO and they started charging that 4-9% fee fee to renters, my wife and I stopped renting altogether and just got hotel rooms. It was a money grab pure and simple, and we think renters should not have to pay a pointless charge to use the service when hosts are paying already. It is a shame actually; we much preferred Air BnB and VRBO to impersonal hotel rooms, but we dislike being gouged more.
If you would take a few minutes more looking you could find those those Airbnb and Home Away/VRBO listings elsewhere with no service fees. Find the Vacation Rental you want on one of those sites, take the tile or lead picture and do a Google search and most likely that same place will pop up in numerous "Fee Free" locations.
Those of us that have Vacation Rentals list on numerous sites, most of which are "Fee Free".
Some prefer using those sites mistakenly believing they actually offer some kind of service or protection.
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:26 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I would assume that a room in an occupied house would be very cheap, so the best option for the low budget traveler. Sort of like a youth hostel
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Old 04-20-2018, 03:43 PM
 
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I thought that was different when I booked my vacation rental on VRBO this time. That really sucks. Unfortunately, I'm hooked on my cabin rentals so as long as I can afford it, I'll have to shamefacedly bend over and take it. I've found vacation rentals to be exponentially better than hotels. Just addicted to having my own comfortable little home with (typically) tons of privacy over the hotel experience. That really blows though. Guess that's capitalism for ya. Well, still tons better than socialism. That way, I may never be able to rent out a vacation home! (unless everyone can have one or something; not sure how that would work).
Off topic, but you can rent beautiful homes in countries that practice socialism, such as Denmark, right now. I think you might be confusing it with communism.
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Old 04-20-2018, 05:25 PM
 
Location: midvalley Oregon and Eastside seattle area
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Son does Airbnb either whole house or room+bath+shared kitchen in a 2+2 townhouse.
He tries not to be around when he has guests who does the room option. Of course he is never around when he does whole house. He may see the guests on their early arrival and he has late get-out-of-town situation.
DS keeps it simple. If you do the room option (typically 1-3 guests at DS's) you essentially get the who house because he tries not to be around. You just wont get his room in this instance and you probably wouldn't want it since it is not cleaned for guests. If you do the whole house, (typically a family or 2 couples) you get his cleaned room and bath. In both situations you get the washer/drier/TV/kitchen.

Son makes nice $$ in the Airbnb which pays for some nice trips. However, his Airbnb is not something that he strives to make a great deal of money. He's just social.

If you want to section off the room/bath/refrig/ from the rest of the living space, you can probably charge more. That has been our experience.

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