And amazingly, that has a few issues. Namely the price of hotel stock. This is the price I had for three nights (Saturday, Sunday and Monday). I’ll let you be shocked at the prices for rooms.
So, yes. This isn’t exactly “cheap”, I’m sure we can agree. I decided initially to try out AirBnB to try to reduce the costs down by… well.. a lot.
Settings up the account wasn’t hard – although there were a few authentication hoops to jump (such as the passport scan).
With all that done, eventually, I found a property in South Boston that suited me for a few nights.
The owner contacted me straight away, and set up the initial items. All well and good for £234 or so.
About six hours later, a message came through on my phone. Not one I wanted to see.
Not what I wanted to see in the least to put it bluntly. The host gave a clear reason why they needed to cancel and cancelled it at their end.
With that done, I decided to go for a room in an apartment. Hey – it’s not perfect, but it would do. Another property later (and more cash handed over), I got this gem for £300 or so.
And about 30 minutes later, the messages started flying back and forth as the person wanted me to cancel as they were travelling (which begs the question why they listed the room as available – but I digress).
So where did that leave me? Sleepless in Boston. Not an ideal thing in the least..
And at this point – I was done with AirBnB. And rather that go around the houses for days more when time is running out, I looked to the hotel point stockpiles.
In the end, I raided the IHG Rewards Kitty (the only thing I could reasonably do as I was out of time for messing around) for a Holiday Inn near Boston. Not perfect, but better than the cash price of US$204+tax a night (vs 15k and $68 a night).
I’m sure AirBnB works very well for a lot of people. I’m rather jealous of some of the experiences people have had with it and the places they get.
However for me… I’m soured by the experience at the moment. I understand people have lives too, but if I’m travelling – I need more than a tiny bit of certainty when booking accommodation. Especially after two cancellations in a row.
I might try AirBnB again sometime… but for now, I’m going to stick to hotels and such.
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