Now I know I’m late at this game, having only rented my first Airbnb this past August, and I’m not really sure why I resisted this long. So after much hesitation and research, I decided to try it out and much to my delight, it did not disappoint.
I am not new to holiday apartment renting, it is one of the most affordable accommodation options, especially in a town like Paris.
To be honest, we didn’t holiday in hotels much as kids; we would travel around the world and my parents would still find a “relative” for us to stay at. This often resulted in 2 months long of summer holidays spent playing video games and getting to know new “cousins”, and not much exploring, yep boring. Our Congolese parents were on to something though, savings !
What I like about Airbnb are: the wide spread of rental options (sleeping and budget); the perks such as cash back on referrals; personalized holiday experiences suggested on the platform; and if you’re lucky, your host can provide some tips so you feel like a local.
Our apartment was situated on the 7th district, near the Champ de Mars, which meant that the Eiffel Tower was in our backyard. It was surprisingly spacious, which is gold in Paris and our host Guillaume was very responsive, helpful and most importantly, invisible; I quite prefer it when the host is not hovering. Whilst Airbnb is the bomb.com, I would suggest for one to still compare with offers from other providers such as booking.com and Paris cosy. I am curious to hear about your Airbnb experiences, or perhaps other similar services you might might have tried.
- Read as many reviews as you can before making up your mind.
- Eelway.com: If like us your apartment is only available many hours after you’ve landed in Paris, Eelway is a luggage storage and transfer service that comes in handy. So you start exploring the town, and your luggage meets you where and when you decide.
- Elevators: many if not most of central Paris apartments don’t have lifts, please make sure you ask your host in advance (we were on the 4th floor with 5 suit cases)
- Ask your host for recommendations about good spots and things to do around your apartment, even before you leave for a more local-like experience.