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Old 02-22-2016, 11:44 AM
 
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I'm looking at European locations.

It doesn't seem cheap or like a bargain.

Am i seeing this wrong??
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Old 02-22-2016, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Lafayette
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Who said it was cheap or a bargain?
Air BnB's are known as unique properties to stay in as far as I know.
You can get a room, a part of a home or a whole home that is different than a hotel etc.
if you want cheap try a hostel!
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Old 02-22-2016, 12:20 PM
 
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I thought their goal was to be cheap??

Some are in the same range with good hotels.
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Old 02-22-2016, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I thought their goal was to be cheap??
You would be wrong. That is NOT their goal. The company was started when the two founders, room mates in San Francisco, couldn't make their rent. There was a convention in town, so they rented one of their rooms to a conventioneer. Bingo - additional income for the homeowner. That was the original benefit of Airbnb. https://www.airbnb.com/about/about-us

In practice, many of the places ARE cheaper than hotels. As well as smaller, less private, in less convenient locations, etc. And some are more expensive than hotels, as well as larger, more private and in ideal locations without the surrounding tourists.

If you're looking for cheap, I'd agree it's a hostel. If you're looking for inexpensive, Airbnb, low end motels and (in Europe and Asia) B&B's can work very well.
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Old 02-22-2016, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, QC, Canada
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I thought their goal was to be cheap??

Some are in the same range with good hotels.
It is completely subject to the individual putting up a place. Set the site parameters to exclude anything greater than what you want to pay. Any large city will have people offering literally mattresses on the floor for a few Euro. I once saw the opportunity to sleep in a camper in Eastern Spain in the driveway of the owners home. I cannot remember the cost, but it was not much.
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Old 02-22-2016, 04:29 PM
 
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We've had great luck using airbnb to find clean apartments, in decent neighborhoods, near where we want to be - all to ourselves and at a considerable discount to hotels. In the USA and abroad. It creeped me out the first time - the concept - but never since. Most of the places my husband finds are sort of quirky and add to our overall experience. Hotels always felt like a waste to us and neither of us are into all the amenities. For us it's much more relaxing and enjoyable to come "home" to our own apartment
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Old 02-22-2016, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Mooresville, NC
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Just saw an info graphic the other day and it was showing the various large cities in the US and whether an AirBnB was cheaper than a standard hotel room. In some cities it was a deal and in others the AirBnB was actually higher.
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Old 02-22-2016, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean
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I thought their goal was to be cheap??

Some are in the same range with good hotels.
While I've heard Airbnb executives boast of the "cheap" deals you can find via the service (I wouldn't say that is their goal, though), I have found much better deals typically on accommodations via Priceline's Express Deals or regular bidding process.
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Old 02-22-2016, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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We've had great luck using airbnb to find clean apartments, in decent neighborhoods, near where we want to be - all to ourselves and at a considerable discount to hotels. In the USA and abroad. It creeped me out the first time - the concept - but never since. Most of the places my husband finds are sort of quirky and add to our overall experience. Hotels always felt like a waste to us and neither of us are into all the amenities. For us it's much more relaxing and enjoyable to come "home" to our own apartment
I totally agree, but I suspect that the OP's budget will limit him/her to a room in somebody's house whike tge owner is still in the house, too. That's a very different experience.

We do home exchanges, and think they are great. Our favorite way to travel. But I don't want to do a hospitality exchange on either the host or guest side.
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Old 02-23-2016, 05:36 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Been Hospitality Guest Home staying for nearly 30 yrs. $ 10 - $20 / night worldwide, We've stayed in hundreds of excellent, safe, friendly, beautiful places. In another one tonight 12,000 miles from home. Traveling 100% of the time this yr. Only 5 nights in hotel this year to burn some award points. Over age 40? Hundreds of guesthomes. (often is free).
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