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Old 08-20-2014, 12:32 PM
 
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I'm no stranger to AirBnB. I've used it all over from NYC/Ibiza/Mexico/Canada etc. I've had nothing but great experiences so far. However, I always rented from listing that had a decent amount of costumer reviews that detail the experiences they had in order to know if the listing met my expectations.

I'm currently planning another trip at the moment however some the listings that appear to be what I am looking for in a condo rental are new listings that do not have any previous customer reviews. In cases such as this, would it be wise to skip over these? Or would you give it a go and potentially have the worst stay ever?

Thoughts?
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Old 08-20-2014, 01:29 PM
 
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I would send an email to the person listing the property with your concerns, etc. I would skip it but if the price is good i would send a message to the person.
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Old 08-20-2014, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I just did that in Innsbruck with no problems. Just message them first to get a feel for the folks running the show. I'm pretty sure AirBnB will refund you if they fall through or something.
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Old 08-20-2014, 05:55 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Been doing hospitality guest homes for 30 yrs.

No reviews no problems (yet)

$10 / night worldwide - works for me.

My kids use AirB&B with excellent success.
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Old 08-22-2014, 12:50 AM
 
Location: Strasbourg, France
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Like Jesse44 said. Contact them first. It bothers me too when there's no reviews and I generally choose those who have reviews but at the same time I'm thinking: they need to start somewhere. If everybody thinks like you (and me) they'll never get any review. There has to be a first time. So thank you to those who rent places with no reviews.
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Old 08-22-2014, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC area
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Same advice as above. Send a message to the person listing the place. I've done that when looking at places w/o reviews. I did it twice and neither lister sent me a message back. I took it as a sign and chose not to book.
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Well one thing is for sure with every single listing and that is at some point all had no reviews until one person took the leap! I would certainly be asking the host more questions though - just to make sure its what im looking for but I wouldn't automatically rule it out just because there are no reviews. Anyway if any host doesn't get back to me within 24 hrs....NEXT!
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Old 08-28-2014, 11:06 PM
 
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Thanks guys, sorry for the late response.

What probing questions should I be asking in these cases? Btw, Its for a listing in Playa del Carmen, MX in January for a music festival.

Ive been to this town of quite a few occasions, but everytime I used a listing that had plenty of reviews.

This time the hottest thing smoking has non. Lol
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Old 09-11-2014, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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I actually started hosting late this summer. We finally have three reviews after hosting six or seven travellers. Some people just won't be bothered to leave a review, even if their stay was completely positive. Otherwise, some hosts are just starting out, and it would be very good for them if an experienced traveler gave them a chance, and left a positive (if you can do so honestly) review.
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Old 11-21-2014, 10:20 AM
 
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Smile I would!

I just started hosting on Airbnb. When you look at my site, you see that I have just started and have one review. I think the advice is good - contact the host and ask questions and get a feel for things. I know I can't be objective about my own place, but I have tried really hard to play the "guest" role while getting my place ready. I would love to find such a place in New Orleans when I go there in the future!
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